certification programs

Special Hazards Systems

The Special Hazards Systems certification program is designed for engineering technicians engaged in the detailing and layout and/or installation and maintenance related to special hazards suppression systems. Technical areas covered include knowledge of physical science and mathematics, elements of electricity and electronics, available fire suppression agents, available fire protection devices, hydraulics of the flow of various agents, systems installation, servicing and maintenance, applicable codes and insurance authority standards, and contract interpretation and preparation.

The Special Hazards Systems 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.

 

The major responsibilities, tasks, knowledge, and skills associated with each level of certification and serves as the outline of exam content.

Testing before
September 1, 2021
Testing on/after
September 1, 2021
Level I Level I
Level II Level II
Level III Level III
Level IV Level IV

Listing of references allowed in testing centers and some books that might be useful in preparing for an exam.

Testing before
September 1, 2021
Testing on/after
September 1, 2021
Level I Level I
Level II Level II
Level III Level III
Level IV Level IV

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Standard Model Programs

Standard Model/CBT Application
Level I $230
Level II $300
Level III $355
Level IV $410

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.

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Testing before September 1, 2021
Special Hazards Systems Exam Requirements
Level I 100 questions, 140 min.
Level II 160 questions, 170 min.
Level III 103 questions, 200 min.
Level IV 68 questions, 140 min.
Testing on/after September 1, 2021
Special Hazards Systems Exam Requirements
Level I 83 questions, 140 min.
Level II 144 questions, 170 min.
Level III 94 questions, 200 min.
Level IV 63 questions, 140 min.

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.

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.