Nicet Level 1 Study Guide – Outlines

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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:

1.1 Installation Tasks

1.1.1 – Properly mount and connect fire alarm system components

In this task, you should have prior knowledge concerning various aspects of fire alarm components and the proper way to install them. You should be able to read plans and identify fire alarm devices and circuits. In addition, you should be familiar with the proper use of any tools, as well as how to mount and connect the fire alarm device and wires. You also need to have a clear understanding of the scopes for the following codes and standards:

NFPA 1 – Fire Code – Covers the full range of fire and life safety issues from fire protection systems and equipment and occupant safety in new and existing buildings, to hazardous materials, flammable and combustible liquids, LP-Gas, and more.

NFPA 70 ? National Electric Codes (NEC) – Covers the installation of electrical conductors, equipment, and raceways; signaling and communication.

NFPA 72 – National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code – Covers the application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems, supervising station alarm systems, public emergency alarm reporting systems, fire warning equipment and emergency communications systems (ECS), and their components.

NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code ? Covers the strategies to protect people based on building construction, protection, and occupancy features that minimize the effects of fire and related hazards. It addresses the features of fire protection, sprinkler systems, alarms, emergency lighting, smoke barriers, and special hazard protection.

IBC – International Building Code – Addresses fire prevention concerning construction and design. The scope includes all buildings except detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories.

IRC – International Residential Code – Compiles all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas and electrical requirements for one- and two-family dwellings in one convenient code. The regulations cover dwellings and townhouses up to three stories.

IFC – International Fire Code – Covers general fire precautions, emergency planning and preparedness; including, fire department access, water supplies, sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems and maintenance of fire protection equipment in existing buildings.

This task also requires that you have an understanding of the functions performed by fire alarm devices such as, manual fire alarm boxes, automatic detectors (smoke, heat, beam, duct?), audible and visual devices and annunciators. Be familiar on how they operate.

Suggested Book/Reference to read for this Task:
NFPA 72 2007 Edition Chapters 4,5,6,7
NFPA 70 2008 Edition Articles 725, 760 & Annex C
NFPA 101 2006 Edition
IBC 2006 Edition

Practice Question 1
A  1/8 : 1 scale means that a line on a drawing measuring 2.5″ is an actual distance of:

a) 200 feet
b) 16.4 feet
c) 20 feet
d) 164 feet

Practice Question 2
Wall mounted visible appliances (strobes) shall be mounted so that the top of
the lens is not more than____________ inches above finish floor.

a) 80
b) 96
c) 75
d) 60

Practice Question 3
Manual fire alarm boxes shall be installed within ________ of the exit doorway.

a) 4 feet
b) 5 feet
c) 8 feet
d) 10 feet

1.1.2 – Practice Correct Wiring Methods.

In this task, you should be able to use project plans and specifications to determine the system components, dimensions, elevations and locations of these components. You should also be familiar on the types of outlets, junction boxes, wires and conduits and the material required for mounting and installing these items.

Book/Reference to read for this Task:
NFPA 170: Standard for Fire Safety and Emergency Symbols
(Please note that you can have a free access to NFPA Documents by registering on their site. or clicking “Free Access”).
NFPA 70 Articles 725, 760 & Annex C.

Practice Question 4
What is the equivalent Value of a 2 resisters wired in parallel. Resister #1 is 4K ohms, resistor #2 is 4K ohms

a) 2K ohms.
b) 4K ohms.
c) 8K ohms.
d) 16K ohms.

Practice Question 5
FPLR fire alarm cable can be used in.

a) Floor to Floor.
b) Ducts.
c) Plenum Spaces.
d) All of the above.

Practice Question 6
How many 12 AWG conductor of the type THHN are allowed in 3/4″ EMT (electrical Metallic Tubing).

a) 6
b) 8
c) 12
d) 16

1.1.3 – Practice Work-Site Safety.

This task is about safety on the job site. You should be familiar with how to use power tools, ladders, lifts and other equipment properly, and have understanding of the potential hazard associated with this equipment. In addition, you should be able to recognize common minor injuries or conditions such as cuts and strains as well as major ones such as heart attack, heat exhaustion and electrical shock. You should also be able to apply basic first aid for these common injuries or conditions using materials found in a typical first aid kit.  You should also be able to use proper fall protection equipment as well as head, eye, ear and foot protection. Finally be able to read and interpret material safety data sheets (MSDS) and the proper way to handle and dispose a potential hazardous materials.

Suggested Books/References to read for this Task:
OSHA Publications
First Aid And Safety Handbook.
How to read an MSDS

Practice Question 7
The Occupational Safety and Health Organization is responsible for approving safety related items used in construction.

a) True
b) False

Practice Question 8
To treat a first degree burn you should:

a) Apply a good quality burn cream or ointment
b) Clean the area thoroughly with hot soapy water
c) Apply a constricting band between the burn and the heart
d) Apply cool running water until there is little or no remaining pain

Practice Question 9
What is one of the the major symptoms of a heat stroke.

a) Extreme sweating
b) Chest pain
c) Dry skin
d) Pain in the left arm

1.2  Maintenance Tasks

1.2.1 -  Perform simple maintenance tasks and operate basic test equipment

For this task, you should be able to use basic testing equipment such as Volt/Ohm Meters, Smoke detector testers, sound meters, battery testers and air flow meters in the process of testing the fire alarm system. You should also be able to follow manufacturer recommended procedures for operation, testing and cleaning of fire alarm devices. Finally, be familiar with NFPA 72 testing and inspection forms.

Suggested Books/References to read for this Task:
Various Manufacturers installation and maintenance manuals.
NFPA 72 2007 Edition Chapter  4,5,6,7 & 10
How to use volt ohm meter
How to use sound meter
How to clean a smoke detector
How to test a battery

Practice Question 10
When using a Volt Ohm Meter (VOM) to measure a resistance you should:

a) Set your meter to DC setting
b) Set Your meter to AC Setting
c) Disconnect the power to the circuit
d) Put Your Meter in Series with the circuit.

Practice Question 11
Which of the following test methods shall be used to ensure that each smoke detector is within its listed and marked sensitivity ranges:

a) Calibrated test method
b) Listed control equipment arranged for the purpose
c) Manufacturer?s calibrated sensitivity test instrument test
d) All of the above.

Practice Question 12
Testing and inspection records shall be kept until the next inspection and test date and for an additional __________ after that.

a) 1 month.
b) 6 months.
c) 1 year.
d) 5 years.

This is a compact version of NICET Level 1 Study guide, it should put you in the right direction and give you a general idea about the exam.

I encourage you to find the answers for the practice questions.  Please check my previous post on how to use the NFPA 72 book, it will help you in finding the answers quickly.

Please let me know in the comments area below what do you think about this concise study guide and what would you like to see in future posts.

Cheers and happy studying.

John

by John

10 comments… add one

  • HI my name is William. what i want to know is there a question and answer book that i can get to study bye. I have taken the electrical exam and i had a book of question that i had to answer and study bye. just like the question you have above. thats based on the question on the test

    Reply
    • Hi William,

      Unfortunately I did not find any book out there that has a good number of questions and answers. there are few but are limited. I will be posting more questions and answers as I go along and see what others need in this site. I the Majority want Q&A ‘s, than I will concentrate on that. I will try to give what my readers want.

      Cheers!!

      Reply
  • Hi John,

    One question, I have practical experience of 3 years in Simplex, Honeywell, Siemens etc. make fire alarm panel installation,commissioning and maintenance.
    Can I appear for NICET exam? [I am bit doubtful, as I am not resident of US. I am living in India.] Please suggest.

    Reply
    • Shreyans,

      You do not need to be a resident of the US to take the exam, when filling out the application you can use your passport as a form of identification. However your experience should be obtained within the states, you must provide complete information on where and when you worked for a US company. You can not use an international experience in your application.

      Reply
  • Hi John,

    Nice website you have here with a lot of useful information. I didn’t see a question for question #9 only possible answers.

    John

    Reply
    • Thanks for pointing it out John, it should be:
      “What is one of the the major symptoms of a heat stroke.”
      Glad you liked the site, let me know if you need any help.

      Reply
  • Hi buddy, would it please be possible you email some books that I need to study for level one, I know nfpa 72 2007 edition and the nfpa 70 electrical code is there a certain OSHA book I need to reference too? Thanks for your help!

    Reply
  • What a great site! thanks for your info. and cant wait for my videos on preparing for my test in June.

    Reply
    • You are welcome Nate,
      Please check back soon for more material and study guides.
      Good Luck in your endeavor.

      Reply

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