Fire Alarm Certification


This is a continuation on the series of articles about the most important requirements in NFPA 72 National Fire alarm Code Book. Make sure to read the first article NICET Study Guide – NFPA 72 Chapter 4 Fundamentals of Fire Alarm. In this articles I will discus Heat Detectors and give you the most important code requirement that you must know about for the exam.

General Requirements  for all types of initiating devices:


Nicet Level 1 is based on installation and maintenance tasks. In this post, I will try to give you the necessary information on what subjects and what books to study with in order for you to pass the Level 1 exam. Unfortunately, there is no one specific book for each exam level, it is based on different books and references along with the knowledge of different tasks. With this Nicet Level 1 Study Guide I will try to guide you successfully through these different books and reference while explaining the knowledge and skills that you will need for each task. In addition, I will give you a few practice exams questions to help you become more familiar with the type of questions you are likely to see on the exam.

Are you ready? Great! Here is what you can expect to learn in this post:

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5 Tips to Pass Your Nicet Exam

So what did I learn from my level I exams. I will tell you what is the 5 most important areas you need to concentrate on to guarantee your success in passing the NICET fire alarm exam.

1) Tabs and Highlights.

NICET Will allow you to bring some reference books to the exam. please see my previous post NICET Certification – Study and Reference Books on which books are allowed on which exam level. Also NICET will allow you to use tabs and highlights. No handwritten notes or any other marks are allowed. Also the tabs should be permanent. “watch this youtube video”

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This is the second part of a previous post NFPA 72 Unlocked and Demystified for NICET Exam Part 1. I have decided to make it a video post so you can have a clear understanding of the material.

This video is about the NFPA 72,  The National Fire Alarm Code reference book, and explains how to use this book during your study for NICET exams and also how to use it in the actual exam. I will be talking about how I organized my book and go over a sample NICET practice test question and explain how to find the answer using this book. I have included the transcript of the video at the bottom of this post.

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Electrical Safety

One of the reference book recommended by Nicet for the fire alarm certification exam is the Electrical Safety Student Manual. The book is around 90 pages long and available for free on line through CDC website. I will try to summarize the book in this post.

According to the Bureau of labor Statistics Census of work related deaths, electrical hazards are the fifth leading cause of work-related deaths. Whenever you are working with power tools or electrical current, there is a risk of injury due to electrical hazards. These hazards can come in four main forms that include electrocution, burns, falls and electrical shock. So if you are working at home, or on a job site, it is important to recognize situations where there is risk of injury and take the necessary precautions to avoid an accident. The following guide will assist you in understanding how an injury occurs, recognizing potential hazards and suggestions for solving them.

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This is the second post of the most important notes from NFPA 72 Chapter 4 – Fundamentals of Fire Alarm Systems. Be sure to read Part 1 of this chapter in previous post.

  • Equipment shall be capable to operate at 85% and 110 % of nameplate voltage.
  • Equipment Shall be capable to operate at temperature between 32 and 120 Degree Fahrenheit (0-49 Celsius).
  • Equipment shall be capable to operate  at 85% relative humidity and 86 Degree ambient temperature.
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NFPA 72 – Chapter 4 Fundamentals of fire alarm systems

These are few notes from my previous study that I have kept since my initial Level I NICET Certification Exam. They are the most important requirements in Chapter 4, Fundamentals of Fire Alarm Systems – NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code. I have revised and updated a few of the codes for the 2007 edition. These requirements should be read over and over until memorized. This post will be a first in a series that I will post regularly.

  • The Purpose of fire alarm system is to alert the occupants, to summon aid and to control fire safety functions.
  • Equipment shall be listed for the purpose for which it is used.
  • Fire alarm system plans and specifications shall be developed by persons who are experienced in design, installation and testing.

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The NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, is the most highly referenced and used guide by fire alarm system contractors, AHJ’s and anyone involved in the construction and fire industry. It is the standard on HOW things should be done when it comes to fire alarm systems. It covers the application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of the fire alarm systems and their components. The current edition of the code book is 2013, However as of today, NICET will test you on the 2007 edition and it is the only edition permitted in the exam room.
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So I’ve decided to study for the exam. Now, where to begin? What to study? Where to get the reference materials? It’s overwhelming. So, let’s take it one step at a time.

The majority of the questions in the NICET certification exams are from four major code books, NFPA 72,  NFPA 70, NFPA 101,  and IBC.

Depending on the level of the NICET CBT exam, you are permitted to bring some of the reference books I mention above to the testing center. Bring ONLY the specified editions by NICET. DO NOT  bring older or newer  edition of the code books, Also NFPA “Handbook” will NOT be Permitted, just Bring the regular code book. The following table will tell what you can bring at each level.

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NICET Certification for fire alarm systems is offered by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies. Founded in 1961 they offer certification in various technical areas such as fire protection, security systems, low voltage communication systems, and various fields like civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

Fire alarm certification is becoming a very important credential in the industry; it is now a requirement by specific jobs, AHJ, and employers. I think the certification will play a big role in the advancement of one’s career in this industry.
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