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American Fire Sprinkler Association

To successfully complete this course the trainee will take a test after studying each module. Details about testing in a correspondence course are available in the AFSA Product Catalogue

Study Guide for NICET Certification

Series N

Upon completion of this book, the trainee will be awarded 18.8 CEUs (188.0 Credit Hours) Required Hours of Instruction Unit 1 Inspection Procedures Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the Procedure for General Sprinkler System Inspections; Explain the Procedure for Fire Pump Inspections; Explain the Procedure for General Water Supply Inspections; Explain the Procedure for Inspecting General System Valves and Connections; Recognize Inspection Reports, Tags, and Frequencies; Explain the Procedures of Inspections Preparation; Explain the Procedures for Notification of Proper Personnel and Supervisory Services; Identity Test Equipment Needed for Sprinkler System Testing and Inspection; Identify Test Equipment Needed for Foam Systems; Identify Test Equipment needed for Fire Pumps; Explain Impairment Procedures; Explain Emergency Impairment Unit 2 NFPA Standard Definitions Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Define the following words and terms related to the NFPA Standards: Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), Approved, Listed, Shall, Should, Inspection, Testing, Maintenance, Qualified Unit 3 Classification of Occupancies Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Light Hazard Occupancies; Identify Ordinary Hazard Occupancies; Identify Extra Hazard Occupancies; Identify Storage Occupancies; Identify Special Occupancy Hazards; Identify Commodities Classification; Determine Building Usage Unit 4 Basic Components Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the Purpose of Product Approval Laboratories; Describe the Operations of Sprinklers; Describe the Operation of Alarm Valves; Describe the Operations of Dry Pipe Valves; Identify Other Components Unit 5 Plans and Specifications Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Locate Referenced Specifications; Identify Sprinkler Coverage; Read Site Plans; Recognize Fire Protection Design Symbols; Read Working Plans Unit 6 Contracts and Forms Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Determine Responsibility for Compliance; Record Preparation and Retention; Explain Requirements for Inspection and Testing of Components; Demonstrate Equipment Tagging; Explain the Importance of Utilizing Existing Records; Evaluate Inspection Proposals and Scope of Work; Identify Contractual Obligations and Responsibilities; Propose Cost Estimates; Prepare Contracts; Define Various Levels of Inspection, Describe Testing and Maintenance; Coordinate Time Management and Scheduling; Coordinate Inspections and Testing Scheduling; Recognize Customer Considerations Unit 7 System Appurtenances Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Control Valves for Water Supplies; Identify Wet Systems; Identify Dry Systems; Evaluate Piping Arrangements; Identify Common System Auxiliary Components

Unit 8 Water Supplies Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Locate Public Water Main Connections; Locate Private Water Main Connections; Explain the Requirements for Atmospheric Storage Tank; Explain the Requirements for Pressure Storage Tank; Locate Reservoirs; Describe Water Flow Tests; Calculate Static and Residual Pressure; Explain Correction of Flow Due to Hydrant Opening; Read Water Supply Graph Unit 9 Standpipe and Hose Systems Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Define the Terminology Used with Standpipe and Hose Systems; Identify the Components and Hardware; Describe the Design Requirements; Describe the Acceptance Requirements; Explain how to Inspect Standpipes and Hoses; Explain how to Test Hoses; Explain the Procedure to Take Standpipe Systems Out of Service; Explain how to Test Pressure Reducing Devices and Valves Unit 10 General Purpose Valves Inspection Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the General Purpose of Valve Inspection; Define and Inspect Control Valves; Identify and Inspect Pressure reducing Hose Valves; Identify System Dry Valve; Identify and Inspect System Alarm Valve; Identify and Inspect Deluge And Preaction Valves; Identify and Inspect Check Valves; Identify and Inspect Fire and Pump Relief Valves; Identify and Inspect Miscellaneous Valves Unit 11 Standpipe Flow Tests Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain Standpipe Flow Testing; Explain Class II System Flow Testing; Explain Flow Test Procedures; Explain Class I System Flow Testing; Decipher Test Results and Evaluations Unit 12 Local Alarm Devices Inspection Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the Requirements for General Alarm Installation; Explain the Requirements for General Alarm Inspection and Testing; Identify Electric Alarm Components; Explain Supervisory Alarm Inspection; Explain the Requirements for Supervisory Alarm Device Installation; Explain the Procedure for Mechanical Alarm Devices Inspection and Testing; Identify Various Types of Electrical Supervision; Identify Inspection Requirements Unit 13 Authorities Having Jurisdiction Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Describe Authorities Having Jurisdiction; Explain the Roles Of Parties Involved; Compare the Interest vs. Jurisdiction; Define Authority Including Legality and Enforceability; Explain the Relationship of NFPA Standards, Insurance Companies, and AHJ Unit 14 Non Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Non-Water-Based Fire Protection Systems; Explain the Use of Non-Water-Based Systems; Describe the Types of Non-Water-Based Systems Unit 15 Math, Physical Science, and Communication Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Metric Units; Calculate Metric/English Conversion; Calculate Rounding to the Correct Significant Figures; Calculate Percentages; Define Geometric Terminology; Define Geometric Formulas; Define Physical Science Terminology; Define Chemistry; Define Heat; Describe Basic Principles of Combustion; Utilize Basic Communications Skills Unit 16 Pipe Hangers and Spacing Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the Requirements for General Hanger Installation; Spacing of Hangers on Branch Lines; Spacing of Hangers on Mains; Spacing of Support on Risers; Support of Specialty Listed Pipe and Tube; General Seismic Bracing; Flexible and Rigid Couplings; Unit 17 Obstruction Investigations Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Potential Obstruction Conditions; Explain Proper Flushing Procedures; Explain Proper Flushing Frequencies;

Unit 18 Fire Pumps Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the General Pump Requirements; Explain General Appurtenance or Attachment Requirements; Explain General Driver Requirements; Explain General Controller Requirements; Explain General Centrifugal Pump Installation Requirements; Describe How to Install Electric Drive Fire Pump and Controller; Explain the Inspection Procedures for Pump House Conditions; Inspect Pump System Conditions; Inspect and do a Weekly Test on Controllers and Drivers; Utilize Forms Unit 19 Fire Pump Acceptance and Annual Tests Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the Procedure to Test Fire Pump Acceptance and Flow; Explain the Procedure to Test Field Acceptance; Identify Field Test Equipment; Explain the Procedure for Acceptance Test Closeout; Explain the Procedure to Test Fire Pump Annually Unit 20 Fire Protection Water Tanks Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Recognize Fire Protection Water Tanks; Define the Fire Protection Water Tank Terminology; Identify the Types of Storage Tanks; Explain the General Atmospheric Tank Installation Requirements; Explain the Procedure for Atmospheric Tank Inspection and Testing; Explain the General Pressure Tank Installation Requirements; Explain the Procedure for Pressure Tank Inspection and Testing; Explain the Procedure for Storage Tank Accessory Inspection and Testing; Describe Atmospheric Tank Freeze Protection; Describe Pressure Tank Freeze Protection Unit 21 Foam Water Systems Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Foam Water System Components; Explain the General Installation Requirements; Explain the Procedure for Foam Water System Inspections and Tests; Explain the Inspection Requirements For Foam Concentrate and Proportioner; Explain the Inspection Requirements for Piping and Discharge Devices; Explain the Procedure to Test Foam Water System Flow; Explain How to Maintain a Foam Water System Unit 22 Private Fire Service Mains Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Private Fire Service Main System Components; Define General Terminology of Private Fire Service Mains; Define Scope Of Standard; Identify Water Supplies and Connections; Explain the General Piping Installation Requirements; Explain How to Install Valves; Explain How to Install Hydrants; Reference NFPA 25 for the Private Fire Service Mains Inspection Frequencies; Explain the Piping Inspection Procedures; Explain the Hydrant Inspection and Test Procedures; Unit 23 Water Spray Fixed Systems and Exposure Protection Systems Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Water Spray Fixed Systems; Identify Water Spray Fixed System Components; Identify Detection; Identify Types of Pipe and Fittings; Identify Valves; Identify Accessories; Explain General Installation Requirements; Explain the Procedure for Water Spray Fixed System Inspection; Determine Water Supply Considerations; Explain the Procedure for Operational tests for Fixed Water Spray Systems; Explain the Procedure for Operational Tests for Ultra-HighSpeed Water Spray Systems; Explain the Procedure to Maintain Fixed Water Spray Systems; Unit 24 Sprinkler Location, Position, and Condition Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the Obstruction Requirements for Spray Sprinklers; Explain the Spacing And Obstruction Requirements for ESFR Sprinklers; Explain the Spacing Requirements for Spray Sprinklers; Explain the Spacing and Obstruction Requirements for Large Drop Sprinklers; Explain the Spacing and Obstruction Requirements for Extended Coverage Sprinklers; Unit 25 Wet Pipe Systems Inspection Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Equipment needed; Determine Correct Arrangement Methods; Identify Proper Installation Methods; Recognize Concerns of Climate and System Protection in Cold Weather Conditions

Unit 26 Dry Pipe Systems Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Determine Correct Arrangement Methods; Explain Performance Testing and Limitations; Identify Special Conditions Pertaining to Drainage and Pitch of Pipe; Explain the Inspection Procedure and Frequency for Dry Pipe Systems; Explain the Procure to Test; Decipher Test Results and Recording Data Unit 27 Residential Systems Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Define Residential Systems; Explain the Installation Requirements for Residential Sprinklers; Explain the Inspection Procedures and Intervals; Determine Hydraulic Considerations Unit 28 Fire Protection System Special Valves Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the Procedure for Inspection and Operations of Pressure Reducing Valves; Explain the Procedure for Inspection and Operations of Preaction Valves; Explain the Procedure for Inspection and Operation of Other Miscellaneous Valves; Explain the Procedure for Inspection and Operation of Detector Check Valves; Describe Backflow Protection; Explain the Need for Backflow Protection; Compare Double Check Assemblies vs. Reduced Pressure Assemblies; Explain the Procedure for Inspection of Devices; Explain the Procedure for Forward Flow Testing of Devices Unit 29 General Storage Systems Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Explain the Procedure for General Storage Systems Inspection; Determine Storage Arrangement Including Flue and Aisle Space, Array, and Stability; Determine Storage Commodity Classification; Compare Storage Height vs. Clearance vs. Sprinkler Density; Identify Hose Connections; Describe Idle Pallet Storage; Explain the Procedure for Rack Storage Systems Inspection; Describe the Proper Piping Configuration; Identify Types of Racking and Aisles; Identify Flue Spaces, Solid Shelves, In-Rack Clearance; Determine Storage Height, Clearance, and Sprinkler Density Unit 30 Anti-Freeze Systems Inspection and Testing Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Calculate Liquid Capacity of System; Determine Proper Antifreeze Water Solution Ratios; Identify Piping and Components; Explain the Procedure for Inspection and Testing of System; Explain the Importance of Handling Antifreeze As a Hazardous Substance Unit 31 Preaction and Deluge Systems Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Define General Design Criteria; Explain the Preaction and Deluge System Inspection Procedures; Explain the Procedure for Testing Preaction Systems; Explain the Procedure for Testing Deluge Systems; Explain the Importance of Record Keeping Unit 32 Testing of Multi-Purpose Piping Systems Upon completion of this lesson the trainee will be able to: Identify Multi-Purpose System; Explain the General Installation Requirements; Describe Inspection Items; Reference NFPA 25 for Inspection Frequencies; Explain the Procedure for Component Installation and Configuration; Describe the Proper Water Supply Configurations; Identify Approved Materials; Explain the Testing Procedures

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