Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
The Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems exam 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. For more information about taking the Standard Model exam, please click here
This certification program is for engineering technicians engaged in the performance, documentation, planning, and coordination of periodic inspection and testing of existing fire alarm systems and their components. General areas covered include inspection and testing procedures, periodicity, documentation, safety, and work management. Technical areas covered include types of fire alarm systems and their respective components, device and circuit specific test procedures for initiating devices, notification appliances, supervisory signal-initiating devices, primary and secondary power supplies, emergency communications equipment, interface with other systems, and on/off premises monitoring.
NICET now has two Fire Alarm Certifications
The Fire Alarm Systems certification is a robust credential, based on inter-related elements of system design, installation, maintenance, and inspection. It is anticipated that most AHJs who have accepted it as evidence of qualification to perform maintenance/periodic inspections of fire alarm systems will continue to do so.
The Inspection & Testing of Fire Alarm Systems certification was developed for those inspectors who specialize in maintenance/periodic fire alarm inspections and who have little experience in other types of fire alarm systems work.
If you have successfully tested above Level I in Fire Alarm Systems and want or need certification in Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems, you may be closer than you think. Find out more about testing credit for I&TFAS exams.
Application Package (apply for testing and certification)
Individual Sections of the Application:
- Test Application (to apply for testing only)
- Part I: Work History Form
- Part II-III: Performance Verification Form
Take a Practice Test
The major responsibilities and tasks associated with each level of certification, serving as the outline of exam content.
Listing of references allowed in testing centers and some books that might be useful in preparing for an exam.
Inspection & Testing of Fire Alarms Systems Standard Model/CBT Application Level I $225 Level II $290 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?
|Inspection & Testing of Fire Alarm Systems
|Level I Exam
(77 questions, 110 mins.)
|Level II Exam
(69 questions, 110 mins.)
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 to 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.
To apply, click here.
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.
Special Testing Accommodations
Applicants with a disability as defined in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act who may be placed at a disadvantage when taking a NICET certification examination may request a testing accommodation by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org prior to scheduling testing. Each request will be evaluated individually and every effort will be made to offer reasonable accommodations to qualifying applicants. There will be no additional charges to qualifying applicants for these accommodations. NICET will contact the applicant to arrange a mutually suitable accommodation.
Development Volunteers and the Companies that Supported Their Participation
Eric Amsbury, Allied Security
Brad Austin, Poole Fire Protection
Scott Bailey, Tyco Integrated Security
Eric D. Bailey, Fire Protection Industries
McKay (Luke) Baird, Walmart
Chris J. Barrera Sr., ECSI
Jon Boyce, Custom Security Technologies
Glen Brewster, Gallahes and Associates
Daniel Brown, National Park Service
Ivan Cabrera, IFC Designs, LLC
Thomas Capie, Electronic Security Solutions, LLC
Tim Carter, GSA
Rich Castle, Electronic Systems International, Inc.
Gary Church, SH Datasite Protection Co., Inc.
Michael Cohen, Colorado University at Anschutz Medical Center
Uroy Cooper, MTA NYC Transit Authority
Long Dao, Siemens
Derek David, SimplexGrinnell
Jimmy Davis, RCI of South Carolina
Kevin Decker, P1 Group, Inc
John DeRienzo, C. Martin Co. (Contractor), US Air Force
David Dressler, MN Statewide Limited Energy J.A.T.C.
Tommy Durham, Telgian Corporation
Randy Eberle, Fire Protection Specialists LLC
Jamie Ehmer, Northwoods Fire & Security
Tommy Farr, JATC of Southern Nevada
Robert Forbus, Siemens
Justin Frank, Montgomery County Maryland
Eric Gilbert, Time and Alarm Systems
T. Glaze, Fire Tech Systems
Angel Gomez, Pyro-Comm Systems, Inc.
Jeff Hale, Cintas Fire Protection
Elizabeth Handler, Cornell EHS
Jamey R. Hendrix, Telgian Corporation
Noel Hernberger, Electrical JATC for So. Nevada
John Horn, Tyco Industries
Steve Hoysic, Technical System Group
Christian Hultquist, Climatec LLC
Jaime T. Ihrig, Berkshire Systems Group, Inc.
Matthew Jakusz, ADT
Joe Jaramillo, Poudre Fire
Juan Jimenez, Wilson Fire Equipment
Trent Jones, GETZ Fire
David Kirwin, Berkeley University
Jeremy Kucler, Arapahoe Fire Protection Inc
Donald Laningham, Siemens Inc
Jon Madden, SimplexGrinnell
Steve Malcom, Siemens Building Technologies
Ryan Mathews, Ener-Tel Services, Inc.
Scott Mell, Berkshire Systems Group, Inc.
John J. Nachbar, Siemens
W. Berry Nall, VFP Fire Systems
Scott Newman, Walgreens Corporation
Tom Parrish, Telgian Corporation
Christopher Pecore, Fire Control Systems Inc.
Christopher J. Perry, MCS of Tampa
John Perskari, ADS Systems
Craig Peterson, 3D Security, Inc.
Daniel Phillips, Cornell EHS
Jon Pomerantz, Universal Surveillance Systems (USS)
Michael Reinhold, Per Mar Security Services
Eric H. Ricker, SimplexGrinnell
Daniel Rolla, Crossfire & Security Co, Inc
Jeff Schoen, City of Sheridan Building Dept.
David Schultz, Global Fire & Safety
Steve Schwartz, Consolidated Fire Protection
Brian Sedlak, Colorado State University
George Sharer, Fire Engineering Services
Yatish Sharma, Shenoy Engineering
C.J. Simonds, Mountain Alarm
Daniel Souza, Cintas Fire Protection
Martin Spears, Stanley Black & Decker
Lee Steffeck, Firetrol Protection Systems
Kip Strobel, CH2MHILL Engineers Inc.
Timothy Swenson, ECS
Steve Tiner, Adcock Systems
Jerry VanWagoner, Cal West Fire Protection
John Waring, SimplexGrinnell
Bradley Wilcox, SET, CFPS, GHD
Brian Willis, BFPE International
Carl Willms, CFPS, SET , Fire Security Technologies, Inc
Andrew Young, Safe Side Security
Bridget Yuknat, Shoreline Sanitation
Tom Zornes, Koorsen Fire & Security