In the fall of 2013, ESA launched its newest fire certification,
Certified Fire Alarm Designer – Level III Fire, and to date the certification
has been accepted in three states as equivalent to the National Institute for Certification in Engineering
Technologies (NICET) Level III.
The most recent approval was granted on Feb. 13, 2014 from the Louisiana Fire Marshal Office’s
Life Safety & Property Protection Advisory Board (LLSPPAB). This approval
was the result of a joint presentation by ESA’s National Training School (NTS) and
the Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association (LLSSA). The board voted by a majority ‘yes’ vote to accept
ESA’s Certified Fire Alarm Technician and Certified Fire Alarm Designer for a company "qualifier's" education/certification requirements for non-required and required
fire alarm contractors in Louisiana.
alarm companies are required to have a "qualifier,” which is defined as one full-time
employee that has demonstrated knowledge in all aspects of designing and
supervising the installation of required fire alarm systems. Until the
Feb. 13 vote, a NICET Level III certification in Fire Alarm Systems
was the only accepted competency level allowed for the company "qualifier”
seeking to participate in the required fire alarm business.
alternative certification path through ESA/NTS and LLSSA is a "stair-step”
succession of education courses as follows:
Alarm Technician (Level I),
Alarm Installation Methods (FAIM),
the Life Safety Code (LSC) or International Building Code (IBC),
the NEW Professional Fire Alarm Design (PFAD).
step prior to becoming a Certified Fire Alarm Designer (CFAD) is to provide proof
of at least 36 months of
experience in fire detection and signaling systems. This experience includes
installation, maintenance, inspection, testing, commissioning, technical system
estimating and sales, plan preparation, code compliance review, project
management, and/or technical business management. Field experience, team
leadership and technical management role experience are also required. Proof
must include notarized affidavits from their employer that confirms they have
ESA would like to thank the Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association and LLSSA Training Coordinator Danny Northcutt for their guidance, expertise and
support in this endeavor.
Louisiana joins Iowa and Tennessee in accepting CFAD as an
equivalent to NICET III. To find out
more about ESA’s Certification programs please visit www.esaweb.org/nts.