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Fire Alarm Assessments

FA2 - Fire Alarm On-Site Competent Person

Review important information on the "Test Info" page common to all exams and about marking / tagging your study material.

 

This assessment is generally intended for installers of fire alarm systems.  Questions focus heavily on notification, detection, obstructions, spacing, circuits, survivability, acoustic levels /loss, wire resistance / size, and voltage drop.  The focus on voltage drop is not to design systems, but to understand the impact that voltage drop has on a system and how to avoid it. Questions will also address NFPA 70 criteria for panel clearance, circuit types, support of circuits, raceways, and more.  OSHA criteria on Lock-Out-Tag-Out is also touched on.

Exam Fee:

Application Fee:          None

FA2 - Fire Alarm Competent On-site Person     $150 / each attempt

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Important Concepts:

The following lists some but not all materials covered on exams.

  • Notification including visual and audibility

  • Detection types and spacing

  • Circuit types, support, sizing

  • Voltage drop with some calculations

  • OSHA

  • Panel clearance

Books Required:

  • NFPA 72, 2016 Edition (Handbook Recommended)

  • NFPA 70, (any edition between 2008 and 2014 will have applicable information)

Documents Required from Our Site:

Download and print these pdf documents.  (click link)

FA4 - Fire Alarm Business Representative

Review important information on the "Test Info" page common to all exams and about marking / tagging your study material.

 

This assessment is generally intended for business representatives of fire alarm systems as required by some jurisdictions for business owners / partners.  Questions focus heavily on notification, detection, obstructions, spacing, circuits, survivability, acoustic levels /loss, wire resistance / size, and voltage drop.  The focus on voltage drop is not to design systems, but to understand the impact that voltage drop has on a system and how to avoid it. Questions will also address NFPA 70 criteria for panel clearance, circuit types, support of circuits, raceways, and more.  OSHA criteria on Lock-Out-Tag-Out is also touched on. 

This exam also includes material from the International Building Code (IBC).  Including material on access control and fire alarm interface, where fire alarms are required, and other specific fire alarm requirements of the IBC that are often overlooked by fire alarm companies.

Important Concepts:

The following lists some but not all materials covered on exams.

  • Notification including visual and audibility

  • Detection types and spacing

  • Circuit types, support, sizing

  • Voltage drop with some calculations

  • OSHA

  • Panel clearance

  • IBC

Exam Fee:

Application Fee:          None

FA4 - Fire Alarm Business Representative    $170 / each attempt

Books Required:

  • NFPA 72, 2016 Edition (Handbook Recommended)

  • NFPA 70, (any edition between 2008 and 2014 will have applicable information)

  • International Building Code (IBC) either 2012 or 2015 edition [not IBC handbook]

Documents Required from Our Site:

Download and print these pdf documents.  (click on link)

Other Optional Study Material:

This material is not allowed in the test, but may be used to better understand and/or study.

  • V=IR Report   Voltage drop report on a research project to evaluate voltage drop and circuits.  Explains what voltage drop is and how it impacts systems.

NFPA documents can be purchased from the National Fire Protection Association at www.NFPA.org.  You can purchase hard copies and have them mailed to you, or download pdf copies at time of purchase.  We recommend using NFPA handbooks when available as they contain the full standard along with additional useful images, commentary, and explanations.  Before ordering, make sure you know what edition (Year) that you need.