certification programs

FAS Exams and I&TFAS Exam Credits

If your testing record shows that you have met the current exam requirements for certification in Fire Alarm Systems (FAS) at Level II or above, then you are eligible to apply for exam credit toward certification in Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems (I&TFAS) as detailed below:

FAS to I&TFAS – EXAM CREDIT SUMMARY

If you met the FAS exam requirement for:

Then you will have met the I&TFAS exam requirements for

Level II

Level I

Level III or Level IV

Levels I AND II

  • If you have met the exam requirements for, or are certified to, FAS level II you are eligible to apply for exam credit and evaluation for certification to I&TFAS Level I, but you are not eligible to test for I&TFAS Level I.
  • If you have met the exam requirements for, or are certified to, FAS levels III and/or IV, you are eligible to apply for exam credit and evaluation for certification to I&TFAS Levels I and II, but you are not eligible to test for I&TFAS Levels I and II.

Application Procedures

To apply your FAS test records toward I&TFAS certification, complete and submit the following sections of the NICET application through your online account. Start by logging in and clicking "Apply", then use search or page through to the appropriate I&TFAS application card, then click "Save to Home":

  • Performance Measures: Enter name and email of direct supervisor or other appropriate verifier in the Performance Verification section. Once the verifier submits verification the responses can be viewed in these same section. To avoid delays: please confirm all performance measures are verified with a "yes" before submitting. 
    • Level I, if you are applying for Level I certification
    • Levels I and II, if you are applying for Level II certification
  • Work History: Use the "+Add" button to add a section to document each position held at each of your employers. If you have previously submitted work experience accounts on file, you may only have to provide an update covering the period from the closing date of your last account to date.
    • Please be sure to separate the FA, ITF, and other activity percentages using the plus "+" button. Provide a detailed description for each area with a percentage. Previously submitted FA duty descriptions that do not include I&TFAS duties will not count toward I&TFAS experience.
  • Finalize: Read final instructions and click "Finalize" to indicate to NICET staff that your submission is ready for review. Reviews are completed on a first-come-first served basis. The timeframe varies based on volume. NICET strives to complete all reviews within 90 days.   

     The full certification requirements for the Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarms Systems can be found here.

    Pay online by credit card:

    • To pay for the application review for I&TFAS Level I ONLY click here to be taken to the online payment form
    • To pay for the application review for I&TFAS Level II click here to be taken to the online payment form
      • paying for the Level II application review includes a review for Level I, so the performance measures for Levels I and II must be sent in for evaluation

    Fees

    FAS to I&TFAS Application Review (optional)
    The Application Review fee is to review FAS II/III/IV testing records for I&TFAS I and/or II testing credits. Application procedures need to be met. To see if you qualify for the review, see the chart above. Please allow up to 90 days for the evaluation to be completed.
    $160

     

    Go to Fire Alarm Systems program page.

    • This certification program was designed for engineering technicians working in the fire alarm industry who engage in a combination of the following fire alarm systems activities: system layout (plan preparation), system equipment selection, system installation, system acceptance testing, system trouble-shooting, system servicing, and system technical sales.

    Go to Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems program page.

    • This certification program is for engineering technicians engaged in the performance, documentation, planning, and coordination of periodic inspection and testing of existing fire alarm systems and their components.