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Licensing Requirements in New York

New York City

Section 7-1.2.2 - Personnel shall be qualified and experienced in the inspection and testing of fire alarm systems and shall meet the following requirements:
(a) Certified by the Buildings and/or Fire Commissioners, or
(b) Trained and qualified personnel of a NYC licensed electrical contracting firm, or
(c) Personnel with National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) Certification of Level II in fire alarm technology, or
(d) Trained and qualified personnel of firm listed by a national testing laboratory for servicing of fire alarm systems.

Section 7-1.2.3 - Personnel shall be qualified and experienced in the maintenance of fire alarm systems and shall meet the following requirements:
(a) Factory trained and certified, or
(b) Trained and qualified personnel of NYC licensed electrical contracting firm, or
(c) Trained and qualified personnel of firm listed by a national testing laboratory for servicing of fire alarm systems. (d) Service personnel employed pursuant to (a), (b), and (c) above shall either have a valid NICET Certification of Level II in fire alarm technology or work under the direct supervision of a person having such certification.

Exception: The following are exempt from the above requirements:
(1) Person(s) exclusively performing smoke detector cleaning, having a Certificate of Fitness from the Fire Department and working under the supervision of, or employed by a person(s) having NICET Level II certification.
(2) Person(s) exclusively performing maintenance of fire alarm systems installed and approved prior to 1987, and working under the supervision of, or employed by a person(s) having NICET Level II certification.


(e) If during the course of maintenance either:
(1) total system replacement, or
(2) wiring repair, or
(3) replacement of wiring is (are) indicated, such repair(s) or replacement(s) shall be performed by a person holding a license or a special license in accordance with the provisions of the NYC Electrical Code.

The requirement of NICET Certification as outlined under Section 7-1.2.3 shall be applicable beginning on January 14, 2006.

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New York City

To: All Smoke Detector Maintenance Companies

From: Director of Public Certification & Education

Subject: Smoke Detector Maintenance Company Certification

Date: January 1, 2002

Pursuant to the Rule Section 17-06, the FDNY requires all Smoke Detector Maintenance Companies to conform to the qualifications of Section (f) and to fully comply with the provisions of the Rule.

This rule prescribes application requirements and fees for original applications to be one hundred five dollars ($ 105) and renewal applications to be fifty dollars ($ 50). Please do not mail cash under any circumstances.

Applications deemed defective may be resubmitted one time within 30 days without any financial penalty. A new application and fee are required after 30 days.

Please certify and return a completed affidavit using the attached form. You will be required to certify how your company meets the criteria provided in the Rule. Please send all documents and fees to:
New York City Fire Department
Bureau of Fire Prevention
9 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Attention: 1S-1C Smoke Detector Maintenance Company Certification

You may obtain the entire RCNY for the Fire Department by contacting Lenz & Reicker, Inc. (212)-629-6660 or (800)-582-8020. Please specify RCNY volume 2, Fire Department since we may legally only provide a copy of the Rule to New York City employees.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Excerpted from the form:

SECTION D- NICET Certification There must be a Yes response to this item to qualify.

Has the owner, principal, or officer received a Level II certification in Fire Alarms from the National Institute in Engineering Technologies? _________ If yes, attach a copy of the certification.

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