Fire Alarms Systems Certification Requirements

Level I   Level II   Level III   Level IV
Examination- Pass the:
Level I Exam   Levels I and II Exam   Levels I, II, and III exams   Levels I, II, III, and IV exams
Performance Verification- Obtain supervisor verification of:
All Level I Performance Measures   All Levels I and II Performance Measures   All Levels I, II, and III Performance Measures   All Levels I, II, III, and IV Performance Measures
Work History- Provide complete, detailed position descriptions and time allocations showing*:
A minimum of 6 months of technical experience with fire detection and signaling systems.  

A minumum of 2 years of fire detection and signaling systems experience which MUST include:

At least 12 months of fire alarm systems experience, including alarm and detection, notification, sprinkler monitoring, and interfaces and controls for agent releasing suppression systems (either agent or water-based systems) in any of the following roles/funtions:

  • installation
  • inspection
  • testing
  • commissioning
  • technical system estimating and sales
  • plans preparation
  • maintenance

The 2 years MAY include up to 12 months of related experience**

 

A minimum of 5 years of
fire detection and signaling
systems experience,
which MUST include:
At least 33 months of fire
alarm systems
experience, including
installation, maintenance,
inspection, testing,
commissioning, technical
system estimating and
sales, plan preparation,
code compliance review,
project management,
and/or technical business
management.

The three years must
include field experience,
team leadership, and at
least one year in a fire
alarm systems technical
management role.
The 5 years MAY include
up to 3 months of related
experience.

 

A minimum of 10 years of
fire detection and signaling
systems experience, which
MUST include:
At least 45 months of fire
alarm systems experience,
including technical business
management and/or
or a management role in
installation, maintenance,
inspection, testing, commissioning,
technical system
estimating and sales,
plan preparation, and/or
code compliance review.
The five years must include
at least two years of overseeing
fire alarm systems
project management.


The 10 years MAY include
up to 15 months of related
experience.

Personal Recommendation- Obtain recommendation ratings showing a capacity for:
(not required)   (not required)   Independent engineering technician responsibilities   Senior engineering technician responsibilities
Major Project- Provide a detailed description of a major project and your role in it showing:
(not required)   (not required)   (not required)   Senior responsibility for a fire alarm system project of substantial complexity

*Time periods are full time equivalent

**Related experience may include involvement in fire alarm or other code-driven and/or life safety electrical building systems work beyond the scope of the core experience defined above for this Level including, but not limited to:

  • low voltage systems
  • building electrical power or control systems
  • special hazards systems or
  • smoke control systems

in the role/function of installation, inspection, testing, comissioning, maintenance, technical system estimating and sales, plans preparation, code compliance/review, project management, or technical business management. It may also include providing full-time technical support or training to fire alarms systems technicians.