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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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Navigating the new nicet certification model

Navigating the New NICET Certification Model

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)


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.


Fire protection numbers as of october 2012
Fire Protection Numbers (As of October 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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