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Silent Knight Tech-Ed Training in 2016

Welcome to 2016! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We are happy to announce that schedule for the first half of 2016 is now available on our website at www.silentknight.com. Once on our website, click on Training and select Schedule.

Tech-Ed Knight School is our popular instructor-led training course. This comprehensive course is designed for technicians who work on Silent Knight IntelliKnight® fire systems. The 3-day class will introduce technicians to system installation, SLC devices, emergency communication systems ECS, programming, and troubleshooting using the SKSS Software Suite. Hands-on exercises will solidify the learning experience. It is very important to mention that all attendees will receive continuing education credits (CEUs) for participating along with proof of course completion.

The Tech-Ed Knight School course covers:

  • 5600 FACP
  • Integrating CO and Emergency Communication Systems into Fire Alarm Systems
  • Silent Knight Selection Tool (SKST)
  • Installation of Addressable FACP
  • Understanding the Benefits of Addressable Technology
  • Signaling Line Circuit for SK Series Device
  • Programming and troubleshooting
  • Silent Knight Software Suite (SKSS)
  • Upload Event History and Detector Status
  • Wiring and hands-on exercises of Emergency Communication System
  • Hands-on SKSS programming exercises

Having conducted many courses, I can tell you that the value of these 3 days is immense and well worth your time. If you haven’t attended a Silent Knight training course, please consider doing so. If you have attended a training course, please refer it to someone you know and consider attending again.

Did you know that Silent Knight offers custom training? Please contact the Silent Knight training department for further details on how you can conduct a course at your office or location. Click here to view the latest training schedule.

 

About the Author
Brian Brownell joined Silent Knight as a Technical Trainer in 2011 and has worked within the fire alarm industry for 30 years.​

New NICET Certification Program

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.