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Program Overview

Fire Alarm Systems Training is a program to produce competent and qualified individuals. It is our belief that properly trained and knowledgeable fire alarm system designers and technicians will reduce the losses due to fire or false alarms and improve the quality of life in their community.

Cape Fear Community College offers our Fire Alarm Systems Training courses online and allows anyone with an internet connection to take the course. You are not required to have US citizenship, but the course is taught only in English. Fire Alarm Systems Training is a well-rounded offering that encompasses online instruction coupled with an optional hands-on lab at our Safety Training Center located at Castle Hayne, North Carolina on the Carolina coast.

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies or NICET “is a non-profit organization created by the National Society of Professional Engineers to serve the certification needs of the engineering technology community”. Fire Alarm Systems Training endorses and encourages NICET certification.

Graduates who complete Alarms 101 Practical in conjunction with Alarms 101 will be considered “qualified” per NFPA 72, New Hanover County Fire Service and the Wilmington, NC Fire Department.

Course Descriptions

Alarms 101

This course is designed for those individuals who are new to the fire alarm industry and will focus on fundamentals. Students will learn basic electrical theory and understand resistance, voltage and current. Individuals currently in the fire alarm industry would benefit from the concepts and theories, which will be built upon in the Alarms 102 course.

Students will also acquire a basic understanding of the physics involved in the chemical reaction and the by-products of fire. Students will learn basic electrical workmanship and installation methods of fire alarm equipment and devices. The student will gain an understanding the requirements of codes and standards that govern fire alarm systems and installations. (14.4 CEU’s awarded)

Students will become familiar with NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm Code, and NFPA 70, the National Electric Code (NEC). These references are consistent with NICET’s allowable references for Level I and II Fire Alarm Systems exam(s).

Spring: January – April | Summer: May – August | Fall: September – December

Downloads

Alarms 101 Flyer
Alarms 101 Curriculum
Fire Alarm Systems Training Pamphlet

Alarms 101 Practical

The Alarms 101 Practical consists of four hands-on labs hosted at the Safety Training Center located at CFCC’s North Campus on Saturdays. The lab is also offered in a two-day, eight-hour format that can be scheduled at any time when a ten-student minimum is met. (1.6 CEU’s)

Course Offered

Spring: January – April | Summer: May – August | Fall: September – December

Downloads

Alarms 101 Flyer
Fire Alarm Systems Training Pamphlet

Alarms 102

This course is designed for individuals who are fire alarm technicians or have intermediate experience in the fire alarm industry and will focus on application and design.The subject matter will build upon concepts addressing the behavior and generation of smoke, the combustion process and the requirements of codes and standards that govern fire alarm systems and installations. (14.4 CEU’s awarded)

Students will become familiar with NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 70, the National Electric Code (NEC), NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code, and the International Building (IBC). These references are consistent with NICET’s allowable references for Level III and IV Fire Alarm Systems exam(s).

Course Offered

Spring: January – April | Summer: May – August | Fall: September – December

Downloads

Alarms 102 Flyer
Alarms 102 Curriculum
Fire Alarm Systems Training Pamphlet

Curriculum

Discussion Boards

  • Evaluates the students understanding of the lesson topic.
  • Comments supported by codes, standards and references
  • Develop the skills of supporting position when dealing with AHJ’s, clients and peers.

Lesson

  • Available online through Distance Learning
  • Course will last 4 months
  • 48 lessons, 3 per week (approximately 1 hour each)

Pre-Test

  • 5 questions, 5 minutes
  • Identifies areas of focus
  • Allowed to take twice (Exam review)
  • Non-Graded

Progress Survey

  • 10 questions, 10 minutes
  • Measures progress
  • Graded

Practical Labs (Alarms 102 Practical)

  • In-person at North Campus on Saturdays (tentatively from 8:00am – 12:00pm)
  • 4 (1 per month)
  • 3 hours in duration
  • “Hands-on”

 

Link For Class Registration:
http://cfcc.edu/ce/schedule-of-classes/

 

Internship Program

Program designed to allow students with no prior experience in the fire alarm industry, to acquire hands-on skills with participating fire alarm contractors and organizations.

  • Participating fire alarm contractors and firms complete a form listing skills they can provide (rough-in, pull wire, inspections, etc.).
  • Students are provided with an alphabetical list to choose a company with skill sets they desire.
  • Students will perform internship and not receive wages, but acquire hands-on skills desired by potential employers.
  • Companies and firms contribute to the development of future fire alarm industry professionals and get a “first-look” at prospective technicians.

Donations

Course budget will not accommodate equipment needed to provide a well-rounded graduate of the program

  • Solicit companies and organizations to support FAST with equipment for labs.
  • Placard will be affixed to equipment to recognize donation.
  • Logo on flyers and promotional materials.
  • 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status:
    • Donor determines value.

Donors

Fire Alarm Systems Training and Cape Fear Community College would like to recognize the following companies and organizations who have contributed to the program.

 



Wilmington Campus
411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

North Campus
4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Burgaw Center
100 East Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC 28425

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Accessibility Services

Cape Fear Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, political affiliation or age.