Fire Protection Training FAQ’s

We welcome your calls and emails but we’ve also tried to answer some of your more common questions below.


NICET Fire Protection Exam Prep Questions

Q: Who is NICET?

A: NICET – The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies is a not-for-profit organization created by the National Society of Professional Engineers to serve the certification needs of the engineering technology community.

Q: I'm just starting the NICET process. Where do I start?

A: Fire Tech Productions offers a FREE webinar to help acquaint candidates with NICET. You can SIGN UP here. To research more about NICET, visit their web site at: www.nicet.org.

Q: What references can I bring into the Water-Based Layout exams?

A: You are allowed to take the following NICET approved standards into your Water-Based Systems Layout Exams:

Level I

NFPA 13, 2013 edition

Level II 

NFPA 13, 2013 edition
NFPA 13R, 2013 edition
NFPA 14, 2013 edition
NFPA 20, 2013 edition
NFPA 13D 2013 – available on-screen only

Level III – General Plans Preparation & Hydraulics and Water Supply Planning

NFPA 13, 2013 edition
NFPA 14, 2013 edition
NFPA 20, 2013 edition
NFPA 13D and NFPA 13R Automatic Sprinkler Systems for Residential Occupancies Handbook, 2013 edition

Level IV 

NFPA 13, 2013 edition
NFPA 14, 2013 edition
NFPA 20, 2013 edition
NFPA 25, 2014 edition

Q: Can I bring a Handbook into the exam?

A: Unless specifically listed, Handbooks will NOT be accepted as a substitute for any of the listed titles.

Q: Can I highlight in the standards?

A: You are allowed to highlight in your standards. NICET will permit them in the exam.

Q: Can I use sticky notes instead of Fire Tabs?

A: NICET does not permit sticky notes on the standards in the exam. Fire Tech Productions offers NICET approved Fire Tabs for the standards. These tabs are labeled to mark the important and frequently-referenced areas in the code for ease in locating during the NICET exam and for field use later. Here is a link to the page for easy ordering: ORDER TABS

Q: Can I bring a calculator into the exam?

A: An on-screen calculator is built into the exam. Additional calculators are not permitted. NICET provides a calculator preview which offers additional instruction about the features of the on-screen calculator:
http://www.nicet.org/become-certified/how-do-i-get-certified/technician-certification-programs/electrical-and-mechanical-systems/cbt-calculator-preview/

Q: What is the best way to start preparing for a NICET Certification?

A: Fire Tech Productions offers self-guided NICET online test prep with add-on options: (Webinars, Fire Tabs). We recommend following our proven system (Here is an example using Level I Water-Based Layout)
Step 1: Register to take your NICET exam at NICET.org. NICET will give you a 3-month testing window.
Step 2: Schedule your NICET exam at the nearest Pearson Vue Testing Center.
Step 3: Order NFPA 13 (2013 edition) with Fire Tabs and Water-Based Layout Level I Online Course – ORDER Water-Based Layout Level I and start your online training (the webinar adds 2 online sessions of instructor-led training)
Step 4: Pass your NICET exam!

Q: How long do I need to study to be ready for the NICET exam?

A: Everyone is different and you know what works best for you. Studies show that the more time you invest in studying and practicing, the better the outcome. This is especially true when preparing for taking the NICET exam.
We recommend reviewing all course contents and using the NICET approved references for looking up every answer to the sample quizzes contained with each training module. Knowing the NFPA standards and where to look for specific answers will be a huge factor in passing your NICET exam.
Every Fire Tech course concludes with 3 simulated exams to simulate the same number of questions and time constraints you will experience while taking the NICET exam. We recommend taking all 3 simulated exams after you have completed your course. And again – Remember to look up EVERYTHING in your standards!

Q: What is the difference between the online course and the reference textbook?

A: The contents of the reference text reflects the same information provided in each online training module presentation. However, the quizzes and simulated exams are available exclusively within the online courses. The text offers an additional learning option for those who have limited access to a computer or prefer the portability of a textbook.

Q: Do I have to purchase Fire Alarms Level I & II together?

A:  You are not required to purchase Fire Alarms Levels I & II together. However, Fire Tech highly recommends purchasing the combined courses due to the redundancy in test content between Level I and Level II.
Fire Tech additionally recommends taking the Level II exam within 60 days of passing the Level I exam. Doing
so helps to ensure retention of the Level I material as you prepare for Level II testing. Again, with
the redundancy in test topics and training material, selecting this option will continue your access to Level I material, allowing you to review and take practice exams while studying for the Level II exam. This one-two approach has proven to be an extremely successful and productive option for candidates since 2010.
There is an option to purchase Level I and Level II independently. They are $199 each with 90 days of access per Level.


Continuing Education – CEU & CPD Questions

Q: Is your training covered by grants or state funding?

A: We are an approved Training Provider in many states such as Ohio, Colorado, Delaware, Texas, North Carolina & South Carolina. We will be happy to work with you in your state or with your organization for approval.

Q: Do you provide on-site training?

A: On-Site customized training is available. Please call or email for a quote. We recommend webinar training in place of live training as it allows for shorter classes (which are recorded and loaded into your online account for additional review).

Q: Can I receive CEU/CPD credits for your courses?

A: Fire Tech Productions provides over 50 courses available for CPD or CEU credits. For more information on NICET CPD credits, visit: http://www.nicet.org/newsletter/june-2015/counting-and-tracking-nicet-cpd-points-easier-than-it-looks/ or http://www.nicet.org/about-us/policies/policy30/

Q: Which courses can I take for CEU credit?

A: See our listing: Fire Protection Continuing Ed Course Credits. If you would like us to work through the CEU approval process for your state, send us the contact information and we will be happy to submit the paperwork to have our courses approved.

Q: How do I know if your course is approved?

A: Our CEU approved list is growing. If you have questions, send an email to info@firetech.com or call 937.434.3473. Our current approvals include:

ICC (International Code Council) – see selected courses

Colorado – selected courses

Florida – all courses

Louisiana – selected courses

Ohio – see selected courses

Wisconsin – see selected courses

Q: Where can I purchase your courses?

A: You can purchase courses at:

Online Store
Ohio CEU Credit Courses
Workshops

Ohio Fire Marshal Exam Questions

Q: In Ohio, who is required to obtain a Fire Protection Certification?

A: All persons involved in the installation, service or maintenance of fire protection equipment, including sprinkler systems, fire detection, fire extinguishing systems and fire extinguishers “for profit”.

Q: Is there a job experience or training minimum requirement to become certified in automatic sprinklers and standpipe systems, fire pumps, fire alarm and detection equipment or portable fire extinguishers?

A: No job experience or training is required

Q: Are you required to take an exam to become certified?

A:  Yes

Q: What is a passing score for the exam?

A: 70% or better is a passing score to become certified.

Q: What is the fee to take the exam?

A: $35.00 per test

Q: Where do I take the exam?

A: Division of State Fire Marshal
Bureau of Testing & Registration
8895 E. Main St.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Additional test locations are listed on the exam schedule

Q: How often are the exams offered?

A: The exams are offered many times per year – please refer to State Fire Marshal’s website for exam dates: http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/fire_fireprotectionexam2016.pdf

Q: How many exams can I take on the same day?

A: The exam period is 2 hours – you can take as many exams as you want in that period. However, it is suggested not to take more than two in one day.

Q: How do I schedule to take the exam?

A: For more information, visit: http://www.com.ohio.gov/fire/faq.aspx#T&R or call 614.752.7126 to have an application mailed to you. Return the completed application with a check or money order for $35.00 made payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio to:

Division of State Fire Marshal
Bureau of Testing & Registration
8895 E. Main St.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Q: Does Fire Tech Productions, Inc. provide exam testing?

A: No, we are a training company. We will help prepare you for the State of Ohio exams.

Q: I am certified in another state, can I use this certification in the State of Ohio?

A: No, the state of Ohio does not recognize certifications/licenses from other states.


Workshop Questions

Q: What workshops do you offer?

A: Fire Tech provides workshops for sprinkler installation, inspection & testing of fire alarms, and inspection & testing of sprinklers, sprinkler service and repair and fire pumps. VIEW our workshop page.

Q: Do the workshops offer hands-on experience?

A: Yes. Fire Tech students have found the hands-on experience to be one of the major strengths of our workshops. Students gain actual experience in dealing with the equipment and applying what they have learned.  The majority of our workshops are led by at least 2 experienced instructors, allowing ample time for student questions and content.


Other Very Important Questions

Q: What are your shipping rates?

A:  Shipping (US):   Up to $55 = $7.00 | $55.01-$100 = $15.00 | $100.01-$400 = $16.50 | $400.01-$700 = $18.00 | $700.01 and up = $25.00

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