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August 12, 2001

                   Northwest NICET Newsletter
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Volume 1 Issue 7                                       8-12-2001
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        News for Fire Protection Engineering Technicians
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Contents:
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- News
- Tech Tips
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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WBFAA
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The Washington Burglar & Fire Alarm Association is sponsoring their 7th
annual trade show in Spokane on November 2. My wife Cynthia and I had a
great time last year and we're looking forward to attending this year. Point
your favorite browser to http://washingtonbfaa.org or email Stella
McDonald --> smspokane@sisna.com or call her at 800-248-9272 for more
information.

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TECH TIPS
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Four Certification Criteria
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A common misunderstanding of the NICET program is that once the exam is
passed, you're done. In fact, some applicants are convinced that because of
their experience they should be able to take a level IV exam and be done
with it. Au Contraire! NICET treats all applicants equally; all four
criteria are required of all applicants:

1 - Relevant work experience.
Sufficient work experience relevant to the desired certification is
necessary to qualify for a particular level of certification. The amount of
experience required for each level is:
Level I - several months
Level II - 2 years minimum
Level III - 5 years minimum
Level IV - 10 years minimum

Your work experience must be progressively more technical and responsible.

2 - Written examination
You may select work elements for testing according to your personal
employment situation and experience. Although it is possible to meet the
Level II certification exam requirement in just one sitting, about half of
all applicants need a second examination to finish the requirement.

3 - Supervisor Evaluation of On-The-Job Performance
Your immediate supervisor is required to affirm that they have personally
observed you repeatedly and correctly perform the task(s) and/or apply the
knowledge associated with the particular work element under a variety of
on-the-job conditions.

4 - Recommendation from a Qualified Individual
A personal recommendation is required from a professional who is familiar
with your technical capabilities and background, including the quantity and
quality of your work experience.

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CLASS SCHEDULE
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The Washington Automatic Fire Alarm Association and the City of Redmond is
sponsoring a 16-hour Saturday Seminar(r) in Redmond, WA in August:

--> 8-11-2001 9am - 5pm NICET Certification and Level I Element Review

--> 8-18-2001 9am - 5pm Level II Element Review

Contact Howard Richardson 206-236-4025 to register.

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Clackamas Community College is sponsoring a 16-hour weekday evening seminar
in September:

--> 9-10-2001 6pm - 10pm NICET Certification application process

--> 9-12-2001 6pm - 10pm Fire Alarm Systems Level I Element Review

--> 9-17-2001 6pm - 10pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review part 1

--> 9-19-2001 6pm - 10pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review part 2

Call 503-657-0135 to register.

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ADMINISTRIVIA
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