Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Systems

The Inspection and Testing of Water-Based 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 inspection and testing of existing water-based fire protection systems, including identifying and addressing emergency and pre-planned impairments. Areas covered include inspection, testing, documentation, safety, and work management. Technical areas covered include types of water-based systems and their components; types of damage and deficiencies that can impact system operation; basic building features; system inspection and testing frequencies, requirements, and procedures; use of appropriate tools and test equipment; working safely with minimal impact on surroundings; applicable codes and standards, primarily NFPA 25; impairment procedures; and reporting of findings.

Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Systems comprises three levels of certification. Level I is designed for technicians who perform limited job tasks under direct supervision. Level II is for technicians who perform routine inspection and testing tasks under general daily supervision. Level III is for technicians who can work independently to perform complete system inspection and testing jobs, and who may supervise the work of other I & T technicians. Certification requirements for each Level build on those of lower Levels: Certification at Levels II or III does not require prior certification at the lower level, but it does require that the certification requirements of the lower levels have been met.

Application Information

Application Package (apply for testing and certification)

   Individual Sections of the Application

Certification Requirements Chart
Application Procedures
Rescheduling Form

Take a Practice Test

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

Level I 
Level II 
Level III

Reference Materials

Listing of references allowed in testing centers and some books that might be useful in preparing for an exam. 

Level I 
Level II 
Level III

Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems Standard Model/CBT Application  
Level I  
Inspection And Testing Fundamentals $165
Work Practices $165
Level II  
Inspection $175
Testing $175
Work Practices $175
Level III  
Inspection and Responsibilities $220
Advanced Testing $220
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 Water-Based Systems
Level I Inspection and Testing Fundamentals
(55 questions, 80 min.)
Work Practices
(50 questions, 80 min.)
Level II Inspection
(47 questions, 80 min.)
(52 questions, 80 min.)
Work Practices
(54 questions, 80 min.)
Level III Inspections and Responsibilities
(53 questions, 80 min.)
Advanced Testing
(79 questions, 110 min.)

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.

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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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