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Fire Alarm Systems Training

Fire Alarm technicians design, install, service, and inspect fire alarm and voice evacuation systems. Codes require fire alarm technicians to be properly trained and certified. Properly trained and knowledgeable fire alarm system designers and technicians will reduce losses due to fire or false alarms and improve the quality of life in the 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. 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.

Cape Fear Community College offers Fire Alarm Systems Training through two paths. Students may register for Alarms 101 and Alarms 102 courses or they may register for the Apprenticeship Program.

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Apprenticeship Program

Fire Alarm Apprenticeship courses begin in the summer (middle of July) and are one year in length each. In total, a student will complete 578 hours of instruction.

This program is a registered apprenticeship program through the Department of Labor. Upon completion of the four-level/four-year program, apprentices will receive their journeyman card and certificate. The apprenticeship is open to students nationwide and encourages NICET certification.

Interested in the Fire Alarms Apprenticeship program? Don’t have a job in the industry yet? Please reach out to eeaston@cfcc.edu to learn more about how to register and get connected with employers for interviews.

Job & Industry

The mean hourly wage, as of May 2019, for fire alarm systems technicians is $24.14.

For additional employment statistics for this industry, visit bls.gov .


Course Information

Courses
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 of 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 and Signaling 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


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 CEUs awarded)

Students will become familiar with NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling 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).

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


Scholarships

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation has established a scholarship for our Alarms 101 and Alarms 102 courses, and also NICET exam reimbursement. The John E. Lucas Memorial Scholarship Fund will enhance the quality of life in our community by cultivating Life Safety (Fire Alarm) Engineering Technicians and promoting industry certification by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET). Cape Fear Community College scholarships come in the form of a reimbursement of expenses for continuing education courses. CFCC does not award scholarship funds prior to enrollment or payment of tuition for a course.

If selected, you will receive the scholarship funds upon meeting the eligibility requirements and providing this application along with proof of participation in the exam. Download the form below and return to pinferrera@cfcc.edu . Scholarships are limited and awarded on a first-come basis.

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