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January 6, 2002

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- News
- ET Journal
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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New year, new challenge, new look...
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As I work to find training opportunities for engineering technicians in
all disciplines, I'm counting on you to share information with me such
that I may make it available to others.

Winter Term
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For those of you attending one of my classes at CCC, I've posted syllabi
and other relevant information at
http://geocities.com/michaelbaker/ccc.html

OAFAA
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Now is your chance to affect change in Oregon. Join the Oregon chapter
of AFAA on Wednesday, 1/15/02 9am, at the Radisson Hotel in Portland, as
we elect the 2002 Board of Directors. Contact Larry Tate at
mailto:larry@nwfire.com for more information.

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*NICET Fire Alarm Element 31001 'Basic Fire Alarm Systems'
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References given are NFPA 72, NFPA 101, and Fire Alarm Signaling Systems
(FASS). The term "Basic" in the element title suggests that you will
need to know what kinds of devices, systems, etc. are used but you will
not necessarily be expected to understand principles of operation.

When I prepared to test for these exams, I broke down and summarized the
description as follows:

"Understand the various types of fire alarm systems..."
Some information can be found in NFPA 72-1999 1-3.1 and FASS Chapter 2.

"Understand the electrical requirements..."
Some information can be found in NFPA 72-1999 1-5.2, 1-5.5.2, 3-8.1.1,
8-4.1, FASS Chapter 2 & 13, and elsewhere (NFPA 70, for example).

"the alarm initiating devices..."
Some information can be found in NFPA 72-1999 1-4 & chapter 2, NFPA
101-1997 7-6.2 and FASS Chapter 2 & 3.

"the control functions..."
Some information can be found in NFPA 72-1999 1-4, 1-5.4 & 3-9, NFPA
101-1997 7-6.5.4 & A-7-6.5.4.

"the alarm indicating appliances..."
Some information can be found in NFPA 72-1999 1-4 & chapter 4, NFPA
101-1997 7-6.3, and FASS Chapter 7.

"and the power requirements of a fire alarm system."
Some information can be found in NFPA 72-1999 1-4, 1-5.2, & 8-4.1 and
FASS Chapter 8.

"Know the types of signaling services that can be provided..."
Some information can be found in NFPA 72-1999 3-8.4, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5,
6-13, 6-14, 6-15, 6-16, & 8-4.3 and FASS Chapter 4, 7, & 15.

"and the automatic fire detectors in common use."
Some information can be found in NFPA 72-1999 1-4 & chapter 2, NFPA
101-1997 7-6.2, and FASS Chapter 2.

CAVEAT: Don't expect to successfully pass *NICET exams through book
study only. There is no substitute for job knowledge and work
experience, which are two of the four requirements of *NICET
certification. *NICET exam questions are structured such that you will
need to *understand* the material in order to correctly answer the
questions. NFPA standards are not do-it-yourself guides, but rather,
performance requirements.

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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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OREGON
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Clackamas Community College is sponsoring a 16-hour *NICET Test
Preparation 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, SET
mailto:mbbaker@attbi.com

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WASHINGTON
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The Washington Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (WBFAA) is sponsoring a
pair of NICET Test Preparation 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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