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December 23, 2001

                         FPET Newsletter                          
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Volume 1 Issue 26                                     12-23-2001
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        News for Fire Protection Engineering Technicians
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Contents:
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- News
- Tech Talk
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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For readers living on the bleeding edge of technology, this newsletter
is now available in Handheld Friendly format. Visit
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Mobile Favorite" button if you're using Microsoft(r) Internet Explorer
or create a custom channel at http://www.avantgo.com for use with the
Palm(r) or PocketPC(r) thingie you receive for Christmas.

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TECH TALK
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
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*NICET certificates are valid for 3 years. Six months before your
certificate expires, you should receive a re-certification application
from *NICET. While completing these documents, bear in mind a couple of
caveats:

1) Return your re-certification material and payment such that *NICET
receives it at least 80 days before your certificate expires. This will
help to ensure that *NICET has enough time to evaluate your material and
request additional information, if necessary, and then recertify you
before your certificate expires.

2) Keep track of your related activities as you participate in them.
Three years doesn't seem like a long time, but when you have to recall
all of the activities that you participated in three years afterward, it
*does* seem like a long time! *NICET has an editable Adobe Acrobat(r)
version of a CPD diary available for download from their website at
http://www.nicet.org/cpdlog.pdf. Use the form to keep track of your
activities throughout the three-year period, then all you have to do is
review, print, and mail.

3) 90 points are required to recertify so overwhelm *NICET with points.
If you're not sure whether or not a particular activity qualifies for
points, include it on your application  and let *NICET make that
determination. You are eligible for 24 points per year (72 points max)
for your job, so long as your work is relevant to your certificate.

Other activities that qualify for points include;
-Additional Education: college credit courses, CEU training courses,
seminars, etc.
-Advance The Profession: committee activity, course instructor, author,
association membership, etc.
-Testing/Certification: upgrading a *NICET certificate, passing exam
elements, etc.

See Policy #30 for the complete list of activities.

4) If you have multiple certificates, each certificate requires 90
points of activity and you have the option to either renew or
discontinue each certificate. The base re-certification fee is $75 plus
$15 for each certificate, which means if you have one certificate your
fee will be $90.

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*NICET TEST DATES 
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OREGON
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PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 1/26/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.
Test 4/20/02. Postmark deadline 3/2/01.

Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 1/26/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.
Test 6/22/02. Postmark deadline 5/4/02.

WASHINGTON
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Bates Technical College, Tacoma;
Test 2/23/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.
Test 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/01.

Walla Walla Community College;
Test 1/26/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.
Test 4/20/02. Postmark deadline 3/2/01.

Spokane Community College;
Test 2/23/02. Postmark deadline 12/1/01.
Test 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/01.

For a complete list of all test centers and test dates, visit
http://63.70.211.210/cfdocs/nicetschedule.cfm

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CLASS SCHEDULE 
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WASHINGTON >>
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The Washington Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (WBFAA) is sponsoring a
pair of 16-hour seminars in January 2002 near Seattle:

>> 1-12-2002 8am - 5pm *NICET Certification application process and Fire
Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 1-19-2002 8am - 5pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

>> 1-15-2002 8am - 5pm *NICET Certification application process and Fire
Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 1-16-2002 8am - 5pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

CONTACT:
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Stella McDonald, WBFAA Executive Director
(800) 248-9272
mailto:smspokane@sisna.com

LOCATION:
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9555 SE 36th
Mercer Island, WA 98040

INSTRUCTOR:
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Dean Reed, CET
mailto:bubba@oz.net

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OREGON >>
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Clackamas Community College is sponsoring a 16-hour Saturday Seminar in
January 2002 near Portland:

>> 1-12-2002 8am - 5pm *NICET Certification application process and Fire
Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 1-19-2002 8am - 5pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

CONTACT:
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Limited Energy Resource Center
(503) 657-0153
http://www.lerc.org

LOCATION:
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Clackamas Community College
19600 South Molalla Avenue
Oregon City, OR 97045

INSTRUCTOR:
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Michael B. Baker, CET
mailto:mbbaker@attbi.com

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ADMINISTRIVIA 
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When you find yourself looking for a tech manual, visit Jim Rojas at
http://www.tech-man.com.

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I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas.

Mike

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