Through the efforts of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) is now offering a new certification program for Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems. This new certification program consists of two levels.
- Level 1 is for those who test “Basic” fire alarm systems, with a minimal amount of interconnection with other systems. 6 months of I&T experience is required. Individuals already certified for Fire Alarm Systems at Level 2 are considered to meet the testing requirement for Inspection and Testing Level 1.
- Level 2 is for those who test “Complex” fire alarm systems, including systems with multiple or complex interconnection with other systems. 18 months of I&T experience is required. Individuals already certified Fire Alarm Systems Levels 3 or 4 are considered to meeting the testing requirements for both Inspection and Testing Level 1 and Inspection and Testing Level 2.
This new certification is not meant to replace the existing Fire Alarm Systems certification, but is intended to start having certifications more specific to an individual’s work experience. The intent is to broaden the base of certificate holders in the fire alarm industry. AFAA promoted this to continue our efforts to improve professionalism as well as improve the quality of inspection and testing of fire alarm systems.
For more information, go to www.nicet.org. There is a link to this certification on the home page. For more information on AFAA’s new Inspection and Testing Seminar to help prepare for these tests, look at the Training Calendar under the Training tab on www.afaa.org.
About the Author
Tom Hammerberg is Technical Director of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association. He has been in the alarm industry for 40 years and with AFAA for 21 years, serving as President/Executive Director from 2003-2014. Tom is NICET Level 4 certified in the field of Fire Alarm Systems and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist. Tom represents AFAA on NFPA 3 and 4, the NFPA 72 Technical Correlating and Protected Premises Technical Committees, NFPA 90A and NFPA 101/5000 Building Services and Fire Protection Equipment and Fundamentals Technical Committees, the ICC Industry Advisory Committee, Life Safety Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Codes, Standards & Technical Research Committee of the Center for Campus Fire Safety.