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August 31, 2003

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Issue No. 114          http://www.etnews.org           8-31-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS
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We returned from our camping trip today completely worn out and
filthy dirty. In other words, we had a great time! I'll post
photos soon.

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I'll see you in Happyrock this week.

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org

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LEVEL IV SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Excerpt from the NICET Fire Alarm Systems Program Detail Manual:

LEVEL IV MAJOR PROJECT
Ten or more years of employment in the certification area, by
itself, is not sufficient for the granting of Level IV. An
absolute requirement for certification at Level IV is
senior-level involvement in a major project that is directly
related to the sub field in which Level IV certification is
sought. The major project selected must be completed, must be
recent (within the past 3-4 years), and must have taken place
well into your career in the certification area. A write-up
submitted too early (for example, after only 5 or 6 years in the
certification area) will not be reviewed.

The write-up for a major fire alarm systems project should
include the following information:
 o Type of project (medical facility, warehouse, shopping mall,
 etc.);
 o Scope of work (number and type of alarms, detectors, pull
 stations, etc. installed);
 o Time involvement (start date, end date, number of hours
 worked);
 o Your supervisory responsibilities; and
 o Range of your involvement on this project -- hazard analysis,
 design calculations, approvals, proposals, system installation,
 checkout, and final approval test.

Your write-up must address the Level IV requirement that your
level of responsibility demonstrates independent senior
engineering technician work, including delegated responsibilities
and duties for which engineering precedent exists. You must
describe the pertinent work experience in depth; official job
descriptions or testimonials from others will not be evaluated.

LEVEL IV MAJOR PROJECT GUIDELINES

The project write-up must answer these basic questions:
 o What was the project?
 o How was the candidate involved?
 o The project write-up must be a separate document from the work
 history
 o The project must be recent (within the past 3-4 years)
 o The write-up must demonstrate independent, senior-level
 engineering technician work including delegated responsibilities
 and duties
 o The write-up must include a range of fire alarm system
 activities*
 o The candidate must describe the project; official job
 descriptions and testimonials from others will not be evaluated.
 o The project write-up must be a concise, detailed, two-to-three
 page written description of one* major fire alarm system
 project.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
 o Narrative description of the type and location of project
 (factory, warehouse, hotel, medical facility, etc.)
 o Size of project (square footage, number of stories,
 approximate installation time, etc.)
 o Time period (start / stop dates, dates of candidate’s
 involvement, amount of time candidate spent on project)
 o Scope of fire alarm system activities (risers, circuits,
 interconnections, spacing of components, etc.)

CANDIDATE’S INVOLVEMENT
 o Supervisory responsibilities (number of people and tasks they
 performed)
 o Range / scope of activities and role in each activity (hazard
 analysis, design calculations, approvals, proposals, system
 installation, check-out, and final approval test, etc.)

*NOTE: If all of these activities cannot be documented for a
single project, they may be accumulated via several more narrowly
focused projects.
 
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NICET TEST DATES
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OREGON
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OR1 PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.
Test ??/??/04. Postmark deadline 12/1/03.

OR2 Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 9/27/03. Postmark deadline 8/9/03.
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.

These dates are from the NICET web site. For a complete list of
all test centers and test dates, visit:
http://63.70.211.210/cfdocs/nicetschedule.cfm

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AFAA CLASS SCHEDULE
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September 9-11, 2003 Batavia, NY - Sponsored by NYBFA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/NYBFA_Sept03.pdf

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September 15-18, 2003 Oakland, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/PR_INT_CAFAA_OAKLAND_SEPT2003.PDF

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September 22-25, 2003 Lafayette, LA - Sponsored by LA AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/INT_TI_LAAFAA_Lafayette_Sept2003.pdf

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September 16-18, 2003 Philadelphia, PA - Co-sponsored by PA AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Philadelphia_Sept2003.pdf

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October 8-9, 2003 Wichita, KS - Sponsored by KS AFAA
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Plans Review Seminar.
Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar.
More information will be available soon.

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October 15-17, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_NewEngland_Oct2003.pdf

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October 21-23, 2003 Anchorage, AK
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Anchorage_Oct2003.pdf

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November 3-6, 2003 Anaheim, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Plan Review Seminar
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 4-7, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 21, 2003 Reno, NV
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Plan Review Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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December 2-4, 2003 Phoenix, AZ - Co-sponsored by AZ AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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December 9-11, 2003 San Antonio, TX - Co-sponsored by TX AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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