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Old 02-16-2009 - NICET Certification - Fire Alarm Systems - Voltage Talk forum
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Web Link NICET Certification

As some of you may know, the specs for many larger commercial fire alarm systems require the minimum of NICET III certification for fire alarm plans and a minimum of at least 1 NICET III (or sometimes NICET IV for some government contracts) certified technician as jobsite supervisor.

Many fire alarm companies will pay extra for a qualified level III or IV tech and I've heard through the grapevine that a level IV tech can pretty much ask for whatever he wants. (We'll see about that. I do know that my wage went up over $10.00/hour since I first reached level I to my present level III and I've already sent my level IV quals in).

At any rate, I highly recommend pursuing certification to those of you that plan on making a future out of this business.

Start here:
http://nicet.org/index.cfm

I'll be glad to answer any questions any of you may have.

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Old 03-15-2009 - NICET Certification - Fire Alarm Systems - Voltage Talk forum
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In Oregon Nicet 1 can draw the plans and its up to the GC or EC on Techs. Might be different in other jurisdictions up here but not ours. Sadly we are behind the times.
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Old 03-16-2009 - NICET Certification - Fire Alarm Systems - Voltage Talk forum
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Sparky.
I have heard rumors that NICET will be required for FA work,Nation wide. The time frame is unclear,but I have started on mine (J-man electrician,allows me in Ma. no restrictions,But ...CYA).
Looks like if you have a few years in the industry a level 2 is a snap,test out.

I know 2 level IV, wow! the stuff they know,would blush an engineering grad!
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Level II is pretty easy - I made Level II on my 1st test. Level III & IV are considerably tougher.
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I agree that NICET has a lot to offer those who want to stay in the industry. I wish it were policed better when it comes to the specs. that require a Level III or Level IV. I have bid many jobs that are bid that way only to learn a company without NICET Certifacation was awarded the contract. When I questioned it the answer was the General & the Electrical agreed it was OK so the owner approved it. Hard to fight that. I have a II and will proceed to a IV in the next year.
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Can somebody give me the run down on how to start the Nicet process? I want to go for my Alabama license now and they just instituted the policy that the qualifying agent for fire be Nicet Level III or better. I have taken the Florida FASA/BASA classes before because that is what Florida required but have never checked into Nicet.

If I understand correctly, Burg Alarms and Fire alarms in Alabama are going to be governed by two different entities. The AESBL for burg, and the Fire Marshal for the Fire. I have to take NTS Level I and II for the burg and now the Nicet requirements for the fire.

I'm sure the time frame will vary greatly per individual, but can anyone give me an idea of what to expect going from nothing to at least Nicet Level III?

The process does not seem clear yet, but from what I understand, I should proably go ahead and take care of the NICET I and II first to get the Burg Liscence and work on the Nicet as a secondary effort. From what I was told, since they just started the governing the Fire side of the business, they are giving 36 months to complete the Nicet training.
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You can find all of the information you need at Nicet.org on the internet.
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