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Why is NICET important?

by Adam Jacobs 6/9/2021

NICET is the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies.  There have been other certifications in alarm technologies, but none as complete and rigorous as the NICET certification programs.  The programs are self-study, so they are a challenge to complete.  We all know how hard it is to come home after a long day and spend your evening studying.  We are designing, installing, and testing life safety systems so consistency is important.  That's why NICET certification is important.  Requiring certification like NICET is the only way to ensure a level of consistency in the systems that are installed and operating.  American Alarms promotes and requires NICET certification in all technicians and designers.  We also encourage office staff to pass the NICET tests, because the information is just that important.  For more information on the NICET certifications, see their website: nicet.org

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Why NICET certification?

by Adam Jacobs 6/9/2021

After a palm scan, photo ID check, receipt verification, and new photo, I was ready to take my test.  "Wow, they are serious about these tests!" I thought, as I locked my belongings in a locker.  For the next 3 hours I answered questions about everything from smoke detector placement, to strobe light coverage, to occupancy classes of new buildings.  I had to simulate trouble-shooting a wiring problem, calculate voltage drop on a circuit, and decide how to settle an employee dispute.  It was the widest variety of questions I have seen on any of the NICET certification tests.  Since this is my level IV Fire Alarm Systems test, it may be the last NICET test I take.  But as I finished the test and got my passing grade, I was reminded of how much I've learned since I started taking these tests.  I will always be a big supporter of the NICET certification.  I think it separates the people that are serious about life safety and the ones who are just out to make money in the business.  American Alarms pays for NICET testing for all employees that want it (or require it).  We also offer a pay bonus when employees graduate to a new NICET certification level.  It's that important.

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