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Navigating the New NICET Certification Model. Computer-Based Testing (CBT). What’s on the Agenda. Work Element vs. New Certification Model (CBT) Status of Fire Protection Programs Program Requirements Future Direction Questions. 50 Years of Proven Performance.

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what s on the agenda
What’s on the Agenda
  • Work Element vs. New Certification Model (CBT)
  • Status of Fire Protection Programs
  • Program Requirements
  • Future Direction
  • Questions
50 years of proven performance
50 Years of Proven Performance
  • Semi-autonomous division of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).
  • 100% financial independence and self-supporting.
  • Annual budget over $5,000,000.
  • Offer 27 certification programs.
  • Over 135,000technicians certified to date.
  • Over 42,000 active certificants.
  • Over 14,000 exams administered in 2011.
  • National test center network.
  • Conversion of major programs to CBT by 2012.
existing vs new testing model
Existing vs. New Testing Model

Work Element Model (Existing)

Standard Model (New)

  • Paper & Pencil Exam
  • Up to a 7 hour Test(s)
  • 140 Test Centers Nationally
  • Quarterly Test Dates
  • Basic Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Pass/Fail Elements
  • “Bank” Passed Elements
  • Computer Based Tests
    • Composite Exams
    • 1-3 Tests per level
  • 2-4 hour Tests*
  • 5,000 Test Centers/165 Countries
  • Daily Testing Available
  • Advanced Multiple-Choice, Hot-Spot, Drag & Drop, Performance Simulations
  • Pass/Fail Tests
existing vs new certification
Existing vs. New Certification

Existing

New

  • Written Examinations
  • Graduated Work Experience
  • Verification of Work Elements
  • Personal Recommendation
  • Major Project Write-up at Level IV
  • Computer-Based Tests
  • Graduated Work Experience
  • Verification of Work Tasks
  • Personal Recommendation
  • Project Write-ups at Multiple Levels
status of program
Status of Program
  • Fire Alarm Systems (FAS)
    • Implementation of Level I CBT – February 1, 2010
    • Implementation of Level II CBT – April 1, 2010
    • Implementation of Level III CBT – June 1, 2010
    • Implementation of Level IV CBT – September 3, 2010
fas level i test
FAS – Level I Test
  • Content Outline
    • Installation (77-82%)
    • Maintenance (18-23%)
  • 85 Questions
  • 110 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable References
    • NFPA 70 (2008) and NFPA 72 (2007)
  • Test Fee: $125
fas level ii test
FAS – Level II Test
  • Content Outline
    • Submittal Preparation and Layout (15-20%)
    • Installation (44-49%)
    • Maintenance (21-26%)
    • Management and Supervision (10-15%)
  • 119 Questions
  • 150 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable References
    • NFPA 70 (2008), NFPA 72 (2007), and IBC (2006)
  • Test Fee: $156
fas level iii test
FAS – Level III Test
  • Content Outline
    • Submittal Preparation and Layout (23-28%)
    • Installation (28-33%)
    • Testing and Maintenance (15-20%)
    • Maintenance (15-20%)
    • Education and Communication (5-10%)
    • Management and Supervision (17-22%)
  • 102 Questions
  • 150 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable References
    • NFPA 70 (2008), NFPA 72 (2007), NFPA 101 (2006) and IBC (2006)
  • Test Fee: $187
fas level iv test
FAS – Level IV Test
  • Content Outline
    • Submittal Preparation and Layout (23-28%)
    • Installation (22-27%)
    • Maintenance (13-18%)
    • Education and Communication (12-17%)
    • Management and Supervision (17-22%)
  • 100 Questions
  • 170 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable References
    • NFPA 72 (2007), NFPA 101 (2006) and IBC (2006)
  • Test Fee: $218
status of program1
Status of Program
  • Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems (I&T)
    • Implementation of Level I CBT – February 1, 2011
    • Implementation of Level II CBT – February 1, 2011
    • Implementation of Level III CBT – April 1, 2011
i t level i test
I & T Level I Test
  • Content Outline (Test 1: Inspection & Testing Fundamentals)
    • Inspection (85-89%)
    • Testing (11-15%)
  • 66 Questions
  • Content Outline (Test 2: Work Practices)
    • Documentation (18-22%)
    • Safety (38-42%)
    • Work Management (38-42%)
  • 59 Questions
  • 80 Minutes to Complete Each Test
  • Allowable Reference:
    • NFPA 25 (2011)
  • Test Fee: $104 Per Test
i t level ii tests
I&T – Level II Tests
  • Content Outline (Test 1: Inspection)
    • Inspection (100%)
  • 55 Questions
  • Content Outline (Test 2: Testing)
    • Testing (100%)
  • 61 Questions
  • Content Outline (Test 3: Work Practices):
    • Documentation (12-16%)
    • Safety (14-18%)
    • Work Management (68-72%)
  • 64 Questions
  • 80 Minutes to Complete Each Test
  • Allowable Reference:
    • NFPA 25 (2011)
  • Test Fee: $120 Per Test
i t level iiia test
I & T Level IIIA Test
  • Content Outline (Test 1: Inspection and Responsibilities)
    • Inspection (79-83%)
    • Documentation (11-15%)
    • Work Management (4-8%)
  • 70 Questions
  • 80 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable Reference:
    • NFPA 25 (2011)
  • Test Fee: $135
i t level iiib test
I & T – Level IIIB Test
  • Content Outline (Test 1)
    • Testing (85-89%)
    • Safety (2-6%)
    • Work Management (7-11%)
  • 101 Questions
  • 110 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable Reference:
    • NFPA 25 (2011)
  • Test Fee: $135
status of program2
Status of Program
  • Water-Based (formerly Automatic Sprinkler) Systems Layout (WBSL)
    • Implementation of Level I CBT – September 1, 2010
    • Implementation of Level II CBT – September 16, 2010
    • Implementation of Level III CBT – December 9, 2010
    • Implementation of Level IV CBT – March 29, 2012
wbsl level i test
WBSL- Level I Test
  • Content Outline:
    • Safety (2-5%)
    • Contract Documents (7-10%)
    • Survey Existing Conditions (13-15%)
    • Codes and Standards (7-10%)
    • System Layout (53-56%)
    • Submittal and Approval Process (4-7%)
    • Project Management (4-7%)
  • 109 Questions
  • 135 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable Reference
    • NFPA 13 (2007)
  • Test Fee: $125
wbsl level ii test
WBSL- Level II Test
  • Content Outline:
    • Safety (2-5%)
    • Contract Documents (4-7%)
    • Survey Existing Conditions (10-12%)
    • Codes and Standards (5-8%)
    • System Layout (68-71%)
    • Submittal and Approval Process (1-4%)
    • Project Management (3-6%)
  • 129 Questions/Tests
  • 225 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable References
    • NFPA 13 (2007), NFPA 14 (2007), NFPA 20 (2007), and Automatic Sprinkler Systems for Residential Occupancies Handbook (2007)
  • Test Fee: $156
wbsl level iiia test
WBSL- Level IIIA Test
  • General Plans Preparation Content Outline:
    • Contract Documents (7-10%)
    • Survey Existing Conditions (10-15%)
    • Codes and Standards (7-10%)
    • System Layout (60-70%)
    • Project Management (7-10%)
  • 60 Questions
  • 165 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable References
    • NFPA 13 (2007), NFPA 14 (2007), NFPA 20 (2007), and Automatic Sprinkler Systems for Residential Occupancies Handbook (2007)
  • Test Fee: $187
wbsl level iiib test
WBSL- Level IIIB Test
  • Hydraulics & Water Supply Planning Content Outline:
    • System Layout (100%)
  • 60 Questions
  • 225 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable References
    • NFPA 13 (2007), NFPA 14 (2007), NFPA 20 (2007), and Automatic Sprinkler Systems for Residential Occupancies Handbook (2007)
  • Test Fee: $187
wbsl level iv test
WBSL- Level IV Test
  • Content Outline
    • Contract Documents (5-10%)
    • Survey Existing Conditions (5-10%)
    • Codes and Standards (5-10%)
    • System Layout (75-80%)
  • 63 Questions
  • 420 Minutes to Complete Test (plus an hour lunch break)
  • Allowable References:
    • NFPA 13 (2007), NFPA 14 (2007), NFPA 20 (2007), and Automatic Sprinkler Systems for Residential Occupancies Handbook (2007)
  • Test Fee: $360
status of program3
Status of Program
  • Video Security Systems Technician (VSST)
    • Implementation of Level I CBT – May 13, 2005
    • Implementation of Level II CBT – September 2006
    • Implementation of Level III CBT – September 2006
    • Implementation of Level IV CBT – June 1, 2007
vsst level i
VSST – Level I
  • Content Outline:
    • System Installation (55-60%)
    • System Testing and Commissioning (10-15%)
    • Troubleshooting (10-15%)
    • Documentation (15-20%)
  • 49 Questions
  • 60 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable Reference:
    • No references are allowed in the testing facility.
  • Test Fee: $125
vsst level ii
VSST – Level II
  • Content Outline:
    • Project Planning (10-15%)
    • System Installation (30-35%)
    • System Testing and Commissioning (20-25%)
    • Troubleshooting (20-25%)
    • Planning and Conducting User Training (5-10%)
    • Documentation (5-10%)
  • 142 Questions
  • 180 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable Reference:
    • No references are allowed in the testing facility.
  • Test Fee: $156
vsst level iii
VSST – Level III
  • Content Outline:
    • Project Planning (10-15%)
    • System Installation (25-30%)
    • System Testing and Commissioning (15-20%)
    • Troubleshooting (15-20%)
    • Documentation (15-20%)
    • Project Management (10-15%)
  • 140 Questions
  • 165 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable Reference:
    • No references are allowed in the testing facility.
  • Test Fee: $187
vsst level iv
VSST – Level IV
  • Content Outline:
    • Project Planning (10-15%)
    • System Installation (20-25%)
    • System Testing and Commissioning (20-25%)
    • Troubleshooting (25-30%)
    • Documentation (5-10%)
    • Project Management (5-10%)
  • 98 Questions
  • 105 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable Reference:
    • No references are allowed in the testing facility.
  • Test Fee: $218
status of program4
Status of Program
  • Video Security Systems Designer (VSSD)
    • Implementation of Level I CBT – September 2006
    • Implementation of Level II CBT – September 2007
vssd level i
VSSD – Level I
  • Content Outline
    • Identify Customer Needs and Project Objective (10-15%)
    • Conduct Site Assessment (20-25%)
    • Lay Out System (25-30%)
    • Prepare Proposals, Contracts, and Documentation (10-15%)
    • Plan and Conduct User Training (10-15%)
    • Project Management (10-15%)
  • 146 Question
  • 180 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable References
    • No references are allowed in the testing facility.
  • Test Fee: $156
vssd level ii
VSSD – Level II
  • Content Outline
    • Conduct Site Assessment (10-15%)
    • Lay Out System (60-65%)
    • Prepare Proposals, Contracts, and Documentation (5-10%)
    • Project Management (15-20%)
  • 77 Question
  • 105 Minutes to Complete Test
  • Allowable References
    • No references are allowed in the testing facility.
  • Test Fee: $187
special hazards suppression systems
Special Hazards Suppression Systems
  • Remains in the Work Element Format
  • Currently under development to transition to the Standard Model/CBT Model.
future direction
Future Direction
  • More Electronic Capabilities and Communications
  • Online Applications and Renewals
  • All Computer-Based Testing
  • Interactive/Performance Based Questions
  • Increased Promotion of “Qualified” Engineering Team Members
  • International Testing/Certification
questions
Questions?
  • www.nicet.org
  • 1-888-IS-NICET (1-888-476-4238)
    • Customer Services #2
    • Examination Services #3
    • Certification Services #4
    • Program Development #5
    • Marketing & PR #6
  • 1420 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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