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 has a three-level technician track and a one-level Design track that may be used independently or together to establish minimum qualifications for appropriate roles.
Successful candidates must pass an exam or exams, complete a work history description that documents and meets specific industry related experience, successfully perform key role specific activities, and obtain a personal recommendations (Levels III and Design). Once earned, certification must be maintained through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and recertified every three years.
See specific IB-PSC Requirements Chart.
The program was developed in cooperation with the Safer Buildings Coalition. See Initial Announcement.
The In-Building Public Safety Communications 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.
In January 2020, a group of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) met to perform a Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies’ (NICET) In-Building Public Safety Communications (IBPSC) Certification. During the JTA, the meeting participants identified all of the duties and tasks performed by IBPSC professionals, as well as the underlying knowledge, skills, abilities, and attributes required to perform those tasks. Although there are multiple methods for conducting job analyses, for this job analysis the DACUM method was used. DACUM, an acronym for Developing A CurriculUM, is a JTA process that analyzes a job role or a profession systematically.
Following the meeting, two online surveys were created to validate the results of the JTA and finalize an examination blueprint for the development of a certification program for those working with In-Building Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems. The online survey was administered to IBPSC professionals across the United States. Survey participants were asked to rate each of the job tasks using two rating scales – time spent and task importance. A total of 246 In-Building Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems professionals responded to the surveys.
Following completion of the survey validation study, members of the DACUM committee reviewed the results from the study and finalized examination blueprints, including the number of items that should be on the credentialing exam.
Click here for an excerpt from the JTA report that shows the content outlines and the knowledge, skills and abilities for domain/sub-domain at each level.
|Standard Model/CBT Application|
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If you need to reschedule under the 24-hour mark, or after your eligibility window expires, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then respond with the rescheduling process. Please provide your name as it appears in your candidate account and your NICET ID.
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||88 questions, 110 min.|
|Level II Exam||143 questions, 155 min.|
|Level III Exam||126 questions, 170 min.|
|Design||110 questions, 150 min.|
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Adam Feehan, PierCon Solutions LLC
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Robert LaMadline, Elite Fire Safety, Inc.
Michael Littman, RF Solutions LLC
Matt Lunny, Comba Telecom Inc.
Casey McKenna, SET, ADT Commercial
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James Moore, JM Electronic Engineering, Inc.
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Mark Rice, TESSCO Technologies
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Kevin Shea, USA Groups
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