The Iowa State Fire Marshal recently approved the Certified Fire Alarm Designer (CFAD) designation offered by ESA's National Training School (NTS) as an acceptable form of training for
applicants seeking Fire Alarm System Contractor licensing in the state
Iowa licensing laws state that alarm system contractors
and installers must have prior training and be certified by the fire
marshal. In order to attain proper licensing, individuals must apply for
endorsements in the scope of work that they perform. CFAD is one of
three acceptable certification programs for the Fire Alarm System
Contractor endorsement in Iowa.
"Gaining approval for CFAD in
Iowa is a major accomplishment for NTS,” said ESA Vice President of
Training and Certification Michelle Yungblut. "Having this new
certification recognized as equivalent to NICET III has been a goal of
the ESA Education Committee for quite some time, so this is a momentous
occasion. This is the first of many states we will pursue to get CFAD on
the ticket for acceptable licensing.”
To earn CFAD status, a
student must hold Certified Fire Alarm Technician (CFAT) status or
higher for 36 months or prove equal work history by work verification
and successfully complete ESA’s newest course, Professional Fire Alarm Design (PFAD).
The 14-hour course provides individuals with specific training for
developing an installation plan based on field conditions and project
The first PFAD class offering will be held on Dec. 3-4, 2013 at the Iowa DPS in Des Moines. Students may register online by clicking here.
The newly developed course is the most advanced fire class offered by NTS
. It’s also the most up-to-date fire course in the industry.
is based on the 2013 NFPA 72, which is more current than many, if not
all, of the competing courses,” said Greg Kessinger, national training
director at Zenith Design Group and PFAD subject matter expert. "And the
depth of knowledge that ultimately created this course cannot be
compared to any other organization’s offerings.”
CFAD isn’t the only NTS certification
that gained recognition in Iowa. CFAT was also recently approved for
the Nurse Call System Contractor endorsement. CFAD and CFAT join two
other certifications previously approved through the Iowa State Fire
Marshal: Certified Alarm Technician Level II and Certified Alarm
Technician Level I.