Archive - Fire Alarm Systems

This page is for informational purposes only. NICET is no longer offering this program in the Work Element format.

Work Element (WE) Format Transitioning to Standard/ CBT Format February 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011

  • New applicants may apply for WE testing until February 1, 2010.
  • Returning applicants may apply for WE Testing during the transition period.
  • All WE must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight January 31, 2011

This certification program was designed for engineering technicians working in the fire alarm industry who engage in a combination of the following fire alarm systems activities: system layout (plan preparation), system equipment selection, system installation, system acceptance testing, system trouble-shooting, system servicing, and system sales. Technical areas covered include applicable codes and standards, types of signaling systems, supervision requirements, types of fire and smoke detectors, building occupancy considerations, basic electricity and electronics, and physical science fundamentals.

The Fire Alarm Systems program 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 intermediate-level technicians who, under little or no daily supervision, work with standards, plans, specifications, and instructions, and Level IV is for independent, senior-level technicians whose work includes supervising others. Certification at Levels II, III, and IV does not require prior certification at the lower level, but it does require meeting the certification requirements of the lower levels.