Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Layout

The new format is delivered on a computer at Pearson Vue Testing Centers. Computer-based testing (CBT) allows NICET to extend several benefits to our customers: more flexible exam dates and appointment times; immediate scheduling and confirmation; and quicker exam scoring.

This certification program is for engineering technicians engaged in the layout and detailing of water-based fire protection systems that must meet code and statutory requirements. Areas covered include plan and submittal preparation, applications of various types of water-based systems, equipment selection and application, and technical management of layout projects. Technical areas covered include types of water-based systems and their components; water supply requirements; hydraulics; building features, hazards, and occupancy considerations; system installation, inspection, and maintenance requirements; applicable codes and standards; and contract administration.

Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Layout comprises four levels of certification. Level I is designed for trainees and entry-level technicians who perform limited job tasks under frequent supervision. Level II is for technicians who perform routine tasks under general daily supervision. Level III is for technicians who can work independently with standards, plans, and specifications to produce complete plans for typical/standard systems for approval. Level IV is for senior-level technicians whose work includes complex or specialized systems and supervision of others. Certification requirements for each Level build on those of lower Levels: Certification at Levels II, III, or IV does not require prior certification at the lower level, but it does require that the certification requirements of the lower levels have been met.

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Content Outlines
The major responsibilities, tasks, knowledge, and skills associated with each level of certification and serve as the outline of exam content.

Level I
Level II
Level III General Plans Preparation
Level III Hydraulics and Water Supply Planning
Level IV

Reference Materials
Listing of references allowed in testing centers and some books that might be useful in preparing for an exam. (Note: Effective November 1, 2014, Levels I and II Water-Based Systems Layout exams will reference the 2013 versions of NFPA 13, NFPA 13D, NFPA 13R, NFPA 14, and NFPA 20.)

Level I
Level II
Level III General Plans Preparation
Level III Hydraulics and Water Supply Planning
Level IV

Water-Based Systems Layout Standard Model/CBT Application  
Level I $205
Level II $265
Level III  
General Plan Preparation $260
Hydraulics and Water Supply $260
Level IV $370
Rescheduling more than 24 hours before your exam date is complimentary in the same testing window. Please contact PearsonVUE.

Within 24 hours, after your scheduled date or for a new testing window there is an additional fee equal to one half of the original testing fee.

 

 

What is the Test Like?

Water-Based (formerly Automatic Sprinkler) Systems Layout Exam Requirements
Exam Names Certification Level
I II III IV
Level I Level I Exam
(109 questions, 135 min.)
Level II Level II Exam
(129 questions, 225 min.)
 
Level III General Plan Preparation Exam
(58 questions, 170 min.)
   
Hydraulics and Water Supply Exam
(50 questions, 230 min.)
   
Level IV Level IV Exam
(70 questions, 290 min. including a 20-minute break)
     
 
√ indicates a passing score is required to meet the exam requirement for the specific level.

The exam will be administered on a computer at a proctored test center managed by a test administration company. These exams are normally closed book; any exception to this policy will be stated in the test information for that program. The content outline for the program will serve as the guide to what will be covered on the test.

Each test session begins with a tutorial allowing you get used to the process. During the test, you will see one question at a time, but can move forward or backwards to view or review other questions. There may be a graphic or text box to be viewed by clicking a button. Correct answers will usually be selected by clicking the boxes next to the answers. In a few questions, you may be presented a picture and asked to click on the part of the picture that correctly answers the question. Questions may have more than one correct answer, but in those cases, you will be told how many answers to choose. You will receive your score at the conclusion of your test session.

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Calculators

A calculator is built into the exam. Please see the CBT Calculator Preview for information about the onscreen calculator. Candidates may not bring any additional calculators into the testing room.

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