Special Hazards Systems
The Special Hazards 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 designed for engineering technicians engaged in the detailing and layout and/or installation and maintenance related to special hazards suppression systems. Technical areas covered include knowledge of physical science and mathematics, elements of electricity and electronics, available fire suppression agents, available fire protection devices, hydraulics of the flow of various agents, systems installation, servicing and maintenance, applicable codes and insurance authority standards, and contract interpretation and preparation.
Application Package (apply for testing and certification)
Individual Sections of the Application
- Test Application (apply for the exam only)
- Part I: Work History Form
- Part II-III: Performance Verification Forms
- Part IV: Personal Recommendations
- Part V: Major Project
The major responsibilities, tasks, knowledge, and skills associated with each level of certification and serves 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.
Standard Model/CBT Application Level I $225 Level II $290 Level III $345 Level IV $400 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?
|Special Hazards Systems Exam Requirements|
|Exam Names||Certification Level|
|Level I||Level I Exam
(100 questions, 140 min.)
|Level II||Level II Exam
(160 questions, 170 min.)
|Level III||Level III Exam
(103 questions, 200 min.)
|Level IV||Level IV Exam
(60 questions, 140 min.)
|√ 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 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.