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Fire Alarm Systems Training

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. 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.

Apprenticeship Program

Cape Fear Community College has created a Federally recognized Fire Alarm Apprenticeship Program and is seeking companies to participate. The apprenticeship is open to companies nationwide and will encourage NICET certification. Interested companies may return the completed Employer Agreement to pinferrera@cfcc.edu .

John E. Lucas Memorial Scholarship

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.

Access the application

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 101 Flyer
Alarms 101 Syllabus
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 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

Alarms 102 Flyer
Alarms 102 Syllabus
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
Registration
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.

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