Fire Alarm Assessments

This page and documents on it have been updated to new criteria for exams effective October, 2020.  If CSA has approved you to finish taking an exam with PSI proctoring using older exams you may use these or the older guides.

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     $180 / each attempt 

Books Required:

  • NFPA 72, 2019 Edition (Handbook Recommended)

  • NFPA 70, (any edition between 2008 and 2020 will have applicable information)

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

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.

Exam Fee:

Application Fee:          None

FA4 - Fire Alarm Business Representative    $210 / each attempt 

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

Books Required:

  • NFPA 72, 2019 Edition (Handbook Recommended)

  • NFPA 70, (any edition between 2008 and 2020 will have applicable information)

  • International Building Code (IBC) either 2015 or 2018 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.

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