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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 additional years from Level II 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 a management role in installation, maintenance, inspection, testing, commissioning, technical system estimating and sales, plan preparation, and/or code compliance review.

The five additional years from Level III 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.