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Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

(OP)
I am preparing to take the test on both of these test. I have been a field employee for 13 years, doing any number of tasks. I have been in our office for the last 6 months doing design and layout. Any helpful hints on the study procedures? And how difficult are these test exactly? Thanks!

RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

I haven't taken the tests in over 10 years. But, from what I remember, Level 01 and 02 are pretty simple. Just be sure to read the question thoroughly and then use the reference material you have available. Make sure you use the appropriate year of the reference standard.

Good luck on the test and your career going forward.

Travis Mack
MFP Design, LLC
www.mfpdesign.com
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RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

(OP)
Thanks Travis!

RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

(OP)
Update-Nailed level 1! Now to wait for NICET to let me know if my work experience is good. And start studying for the level 2 test. I take it Feb 25th!

RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

Congrats man. Level 2, if I recall was not that difficult either. The one that got me was pipe joining methods. I just remember them being some obscure questions that I couldn't find in the standards at the time. The test was a lot different style when I took it. I never got my Level II or III. I went from Level I right to Level IV. It was just an element thing.

Again, study hard and make sure you have proper reference material.

Travis Mack
MFP Design, LLC
www.mfpdesign.com
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RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

(OP)
Thanks again! I intend to be buried in the books the next 6 weeks. We will see how it goes. Seems like everyone I talk to took the old style tests, so I don't know what to expect!

RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

I've taken the new style tests and Level I and II were rather straight forward if you have experience in Sprinkler layout. Get familiar with NFPA13 and you should be alright. Fire Tech Productions has some online courses that help you to prepare for all levels of NICET certification. I used them for my prep for the tests. I am currently prepping for the second portion of my Level III certification. I passed the first test easily but didn't pass the second exam last time I took it.

Good luck with your test.

RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

I just took Level II about two weeks ago and it was pretty easy. I've been in the industry for about 3.5 years on the design side. Like jkampana mentioned you need to study NFPA 13. They will also ask you some questions on figuring friction loss in pipe, figuring pressure at a hose connection inside a stairwell from a water source or elevated tank. You will also need to get familiar with NFPA 14 and NFPA13R. I was asked to figure the domestic demand for a multi story apartment complex. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR FUTURE TEST!!!!!! Side note I took firetech level I & II nicet prep courses and I believe it helped me a lot.

Jkampana can you give me any suggestions or help on what to study for for my first level III test.

RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

I am currently in the Masters in FPE program through Cal Poly - SLO. We just covered the class on hydraulics last night. If you look in the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook in the chapter for hydraulics, there are some formula for calculating flows along each leg of a simple loop. I vaguely remember doing this when I took the NICET IV test about 10+ years ago. The method I used then was more trial and error and was not near as clean and quick as the formula in the NFPA Handbook. If you have access to that, it may help you on that portion of the exam for Level III or IV. The company I worked for at the time had test prep materials from FireTech and they seemed to help out a fair bit.

Good luck on your future tests.

Travis Mack
MFP Design, LLC
www.mfpdesign.com
"Follow" us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/MFP-Design-LLC/9221...

RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

(OP)
Jkampana--Thanks for the info! I still have a little over a month until I take the Level II test, so I am just gonna keep reviewing and reviewing! Good luck with your test!
Simplex13--Thanks for the heads up. I'm pretty well versed on looking up the code side, but do need to brush up on the hydraulic side. Will do!Good luck going for level III!
TravisMack--Thanks for the information. I intend to look all that up, and hope the others find it useful as well!

RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

(OP)
Well, that test was certainly a little more difficult, but wasn't too bad. I passed. Thank you all for your input! Now I just wonder what the Level III test will be like. I need a few more years experience, I think, before I have to worry about taking it.

RE: Nicet Water Based Systems Layout 1 & 2

Simplex 13, I would use the courses at FireTech for both portions of the Level III exam. I would also recommend getting the handbook for NFPA 13 and read it start to finish. Familiarize yourself with the sections concerning storage occupancies. There will be many questions that tell you commodities and storage layout then ask you for something that is 3-5 steps down the line. Familiarize yourself with NFPA 14, 20, 24, & 25. Understand how to do do calculations by hand. Including friction loss and balancing at junction points.

I would also recommend reading a book about Fire Sprinkler design. Like one from Pat D Brock or Mark Bromann.

This should be enough to get you prepared for the level III exams. Good luck and I hope you pass.

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