The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Alexandria, Va., announced that, with the help of experts in the fire protection industry, it is launching a review and update of the certification programs for the fire protection area: Fire Alarm Systems, Special Hazard Suppression Systems, Automatic Sprinkler Layout and Design, and Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Systems.

NICET hosted a meeting of 20 industry experts in fire protection devoted to a discussion of the workforce certification needs for the fire protection industry, related to both currently available and future NICET programs. Subject matter experts representing fire chiefs, fire marshals, government, standards organizations, educators, insurance and allied associations met with participants.

NICET regularly brings together industry leaders and subject matter experts to identify industry needs and design and maintain technician certification programs that promote technical knowledge and skills. The resulting programs measure the competency of – and lay out career paths for – engineering technicians and technologists, and supply industries and employers with a more highly skilled workforce. NICET promotes the continuing professional development of its certified technicians and technologists through a re-certification process that emphasizes updated skills and state-of-the-art knowledge.

Since 1961, more than 113,000 technicians and technologists have met NICET’s rigorous certification criteria. NICET is a non-profit division of the National Society of Professional Engineers.