≡ Menu

ICC Requests Feedback on Certification

The International Code Council is looking to new certifications.  Based on responses to a previous survey they conducted to determine need, the International Code Council (ICC) is developing the following commercial fire sprinkler and commercial fire alarm certification examinations:

  • Commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspector
  • Commercial Fire Sprinkler Plan Examiner
  • Existing Commercial Fire Sprinkler System Inspector
  • Commercial Fire Alarm Inspector
  • Commercial Fire Alarm Plan Examiner I
  • Commercial Fire Alarm Plan Examiner II

ICC examinations are developed using a Job Analysis approach, which focuses on analyzing a profession to determine the observable job behaviors (“tasks”) performed. The data collected during the Job Analysis is used to create a list of discrete job tasks, their relative importance to the profession, and linkage to knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs).

The job task statements were developed by the Fire Sprinkler Examination Development Committee (EDC) or the Commercial Fire Alarm Examination Development Committee (EDC), both working in conjunction with the Fire Services Membership Council (FSMC).

During each survey, you will be asked to rank each task by how frequently you perform this task and how important the task is in the performance of your current job. Each survey should take approximately 30 minutes of your time. Your completion of both surveys in appreciated and will help shape the certification examinations.

Commercial Fire Sprinkler Examination Study

Commercial Fire Alarm Examinations Survey

{ 1 comment… add one }

  • C. Wayne Boss January 23, 2014, 4:39 pm

    I was a working Fire Inspector in one of this country’s 10 largest cities for the majority of my 43 years in the Fire Service, and managed to do my job and trained many other Inspector’s without benefit of certification.

    I took the certification exams because they were required, during my last 6 years on the job. I don’t believe certification made me a better inspector, if anything I believe certification makes Inspectors lazy.

    I studied the codes, standards and regulations because I wanted to do the best possible job for the Citizens that paid my salary.

    It’s my belief that “certifications” of all kinds are nothing more than a cash cow for the organizations that “sell and conduct” them and they’re way over priced and even more over-rated.

    Studying because you wish to improve yourself and your product (inspections) self-testing to satisfy one’s self of progress in ones field is and always has been my goal.

    The prices people must pay for the Code and Standard manuals are bad enough without further burdening Inspectors and their jurisdictions with the cost of certification.

    The whole process of or concept of the “code cycle” and changing the codes and standards every 2 or 3 years is counter productive.

    Change for the sake of “improvement” is one set of things… that can be done with amendments on occasion… if and only if the proposed “improvement” is substantial enough to provide or cause substantial benefit to all concerned.

    Change for the sake of “change” is imposing unnecessary cost on jurisdictions, building owners, building users, and all those that are involved in designing, building and maintaining the built environment. I’ve witnessed the unnecessary affliction of these costs on jurisdictions and the publics they serve most my adult life.

    Code and law making entities are infected by the same ailment at all levels of government from the Feds to the smallest local jurisdiction these days… that they know how to improve people’s lives, better than the people themselves.

    Unfortunately oft times “the people” don’t get to chose whether or not they want to abide by these “new improved codes or laws” imposed on them. “We the people” came here from the old country to escape this kind of overreach. Enough already!

Leave a Comment