ESA/NTS Fire Alarm Certifications Recognized by Texas State Fire Marshal
Texas is the latest state to approve the Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) fire alarm certifications as an acceptable testing resource for three of the state’s fire alarm licenses: Fire Alarm Technician (FAL), Residential Fire Alarm Superintendent (RAS), and Fire Alarm Planning Superintendent (APS).
ESA’s National Training School (NTS) submitted the curriculum and on-the-job training requirements needed to obtain the Certified Fire Alarm Technician Level II (CFAT) and Certified Fire Alarm Designer Level III (CFAD) certifications to the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office earlier this year. As a result, the State Fire Marshal’s Office announced on September 18 that ESA’s fire alarm certifications would be accepted immediately as an option to fulfill the technical requirements for licensing.
Individuals applying for a FAL or RAS license now have the option to obtain the CFAT certification in place of taking the Fire Alarm Technical TFM12 test or being NICET Level II. Individuals applying for the APS license can obtain the CFAD certification as an alternative to NICET Level III. All three licenses still would require an individual to pass the Fire Alarm Statute & Rules TFM11 test.
To find out more about ESA courses and certifications, visit www.ESAweb.org/NTS.