certification programs

In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB-PSC)

This certification program is designed for engineering technicians engaged in the detailing and layout, installation, and maintenance, and/or designing of in-building public safety communication systems. Technical areas covered include knowledge of radio frequency theory, equipment mounting requirements, delivered audio quality scale, business software and mathematics, communications using project specifications and documents, site survey data and design tools, and interpretation and evaluation of surveys.

The program is being developed in cooperation with the Safer Buildings Coalition. See Initial Announcement.

IB-PSC exams (coming soon) are delivered on a computer at Pearson Vue Testing Centers. For more information about taking the Standard Model exam, please click here.

 

Level I: The candidates for NICET certification at Level I in In-Building Public Safety Communications should have the knowledge, experience, and basic skills needed to work in the industry. Under the direct supervision of a qualified technician, they apply fundamental radio frequency knowledge to install passive and active equipment per system design and manufacturer specifications. Level I technicians have at least 6 months of experience in in-building public safety communications.

Level II: The candidates for NICET certification at Level II in In-Building Public Safety Communications should have the knowledge, experience, and intermediate skills needed to work in the industry. Under limited supervision, they utilize radio frequency principles and equipment to conduct initial surveys, install, commission, and maintain in-building public safety communications. They are responsible for ensuring system evaluation, quality, acceptance, and complete documentation. Level II technicians have at least 2 years of experience in in-building public safety communications.

Level III: The candidates for NICET certification at Level III in In-Building Public Safety Communications should have the knowledge, experience, and advanced skills needed to work in the industry. Working independently, they utilize radio frequency principles and equipment to interpret and evaluate surveys, layout, and manage in-building public safety communication systems. They are responsible for ensuring system evaluation, quality, acceptance, and complete documentation. Level III technicians have at least 5 years of experience in in-building public safety communications.

Design: The candidates for NICET certification in the Design of In-Building Public Safety Communications should have the knowledge, experience, and advanced skills needed to work in the industry. Working independently, they apply drafting skills and radio frequency theory to prepare plans for in-building public safety communications using project specifications, documents, and site survey data and design tools. Design technicians have at least 2 years of experience in the design of in-building public safety communications.

Coming Soon

Standard Model Programs

Standard Model/CBT Application
Level I $230
Level II $300
Level III $355
Design $355

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?

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. Some questions include a graphic or document to be viewed by clicking on the exhibit button. Exhibits may be in color. 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.

In-Building Public Safety Communications Exams
Level I Exam TBD
Level II Exam TBD
Level III Exam TBD
Level IV Exam TBD

To apply, click here.

NOTE: Your appointment time will be 10 minutes longer to cover an introductory tutorial section before your exam begins. Any unused time will NOT extend the time allotted for answering exam questions.

 

Calculators

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. Hand-held calculators may be available for candidates to use on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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 test@nicet.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.