About Me


Hi! My name is John and I’m the guy behind firealarmcertification.com. For the past 15 years I have been working in a low voltage contracting firm in Southern California, specializing in fire alarm systems, among other things. Although I graduated with a B.S in Computer Science and Engineering, for some personal and uncontrollable circumstances I did not end up working in the computer industry.

Several years ago, as a young professional in the field of fire alarms, I felt that the next logical step in my career would be to get some kind of certification in my field. That was when I was introduced to NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering). Upon the recommendation of my superiors, I started studying the materials and taking a few introductory classes in order to prepare for the exam. After a few attempts, I passed level 1 and was 2 elements short of passing level 2. Subsequently, my firm became very busy with new projects and regrettably I did not have time to continue my path toward level 4 certification. Also, seeing as there was no need for it from the AHJ in our area at the time, I decided to put that on hold, until now.

Today, more companies as well as AHJ’s are requiring higher levels of fire alarm certification, so I’ve decided to continue my path towards Nicet level 4 certification and ultimately obtain my PE in fire protection.

It has been ten years since I took the exam, and I can still recall its difficulty. On top of that, the structure of the exam has changed entirely. The information has become denser, and the material more complicated. I began looking for tips and guides from others. I came upon various study guides and books online, each more expensive than the one before. Effectively I resolved to take it upon myself to create my own study guide, and publish it on a web format, making it accessible to me any place, any time. Thus firealarmcertification.com was born.

Through this site I will share my journey towards NICET and PE Certification. I will put up all my notes and study guides as well as general information about NICET certification to help me prepare for the exam. It will also be my way of helping others seeking certification. This industry has provided for me and my family for the past 10 years. It is time for me to give a little back.

Please feel free to comment on any article or note I share on this site. My father once told me there is no better way to learn something than to teach it. If I can help a single person pass his or her NICET Exam, I will be glad to have made such an impact.

If you have any questions or comments (or suggestions!) about anything, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Best of luck to all who wish to take this journey with me.