certification programs

Fire Alarm Systems Performance Measures

Level I Performance Measures


 awareness of job site safety procedures


 an ability to reliably identify common fire alarm systems equipment and related   materials


 an ability to perform at least one of the following:

  • select and use tools for a given task, and use them safely
  • use software or drafting tools for a given task


 an ability to perform at least one of the following:

  • proper installation techniques for fire alarm components and infrastructure
  • proper application of fire alarm components and infrastructure


 read and understand drawings and specifications


Level II Performance Measures


 ethical behavior on the job, consistent with the NICET Code of Ethics


 an ability to give complete and accurate reports   on work activities, progress, and   problems encountered


 an ability to coordinate the work of another individual on a fire alarm system job


 an ability to perform at least one of the following:

  • mount control equipment, peripheral devices, and related hardware
  • document the correct placement of control equipment, peripheral devices, and related hardware


 an ability to perform at least one of the following:

  • connect test equipment such as voltage, current, and resistance meters in order to test and diagnose
  • system problems
  • identify the appropriate calculations, codes, standards, and listing agencies required to prepare plans in
  • accordance with project specifications


 an ability to perform at least one of the following:

  • routine installations of basic fire alarm systems following the project plans or shop drawings without
  • immediate supervision
  • prepare basic documentation such as drawings and submittals, quotations, inspection reports, and record of completion reports in conformance with project specifications and applicable codes and standards.


Level III Performance Measures


 evaluate site conditions relevant to fire alarm system layout, and correctly identify the   occupancy types, codes, and standards involved


 communicate technical information that is clear and accurate


 understand and adhere to contractual obligations


 develop and implement an installation strategy, including resolution of on-site   scheduling conflicts and issues with other trades and project stakeholders


 plan and oversee a complete and successful   system commissioning, including   documentation of test completion and creation of as-built drawings


 demonstrate an understanding of computer applications for programming a fire alarm   system


 determine whether a specific device type will meet codes, standards, and project   specifications


 identify appropriate procedures to troubleshoot and repair system faults


 oversee simultaneous fire alarm system activities, meeting time, budget, and technical   requirements


 oversee work practices to comply with environmental and safety requirements


 engage in work practices that consistently comply with the NICET Code of Ethics


 an ability to perform at least one of the following:

  • review a construction document package, develop a bill of material, and an appropriate scope of work
  • prepare or review a fire alarm system submission package to meet the specifications and requirements of clients, design professionals, and AHJs (also meeting requirements of codes and standards)


 demonstrate technical leadership or mentoring


Level IV Performance Measures


 prepare a complete, accurate, and realistic response to an RFP/RFQ


 develop contractual criteria for fire alarm system projects that meet legal and AHJ   requirements


 evaluate the requirements for a new or existing fire alarm system and its components,   and provide a clear rationale, based on functionality, codes, standards, and cost, for   either replacement or repair of any deficiencies


 develop and accurately document project budgets that meet the client’s needs,   contractual   obligations, codes, and standards


 coordinate multiple project plans and schedules to meet project objectives, minimize   conflict with other trades, and optimize use of company resources


 communicate with design professionals and AHJs while maintaining a professional   bearing and demonstrating subject matter expertise


 review shop drawings for technical accuracy, including, but not limited to, power and   battery calculations and component compatibility


 select system components that will meet applicable criteria*


 recognize and mitigate potential threats to a fire   alarm system’s functionality or   reliability from severe environments, nuisance alarms, or other   sources


 accurately evaluate the completion of a fire alarm system installation project to ensure   that applicable criteria* have been met


 coordinate and oversee multiple project teams, ensuring that each meets budget,   schedule, and applicable criteria*


 monitor the general and job-specific capabilities of team members, to ensure that   they have received adequate training on technical, safety, and communication


 accurately communicate technical information and interpretations


 engage in work practices that consistently comply with the NICET Code of Ethics

* ”applicable criteria” may include codes and standards, AHJ requirements, contractual obligations, project specifications, or client needs, as appropriate