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NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

(OP)
Hello!

About 3 months ago I took my Level 1 exam and failed. I was off by about 50 points. There were questions about pumps that I could not find in the NFPA 13 reference...i key searched all the answers and I couldn't find anything that hinted at the answer. I know that you are allowed to challenge questions but if I could get some insight and tips from anyone, I would greatly appreciate it!

RE: NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

You will find nearly all references to fire pumps in NFPA 20 but as I understand it for Level I all you are allowed as reference is NFPA 13.

Do you remember any specific questions?

RE: NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

(OP)
The questions were of a diagram pointing at parts of the pump. I found it odd that these questions were included into this test since my only reference is NFPA 13. I can't recall the exact question. I just found out about this forum. I plan to take it again in the next month. Hopefully I can pass but if not, it'll be fresh in my mind and i'll post any questions I have!

RE: NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

I took my Level I about 3 and a half years ago. I don't remember there being any questions about pumps. Like SprinklerDesigner2 said, if you can remember any of the questions, it would be easier to help. Don't give up, or let it get you down. The key to NICET apparently is persistence. I passed level's I & II the first time through. I recently took the level 3 Plans portion, and failed. Am scheduled to take the hydraulics portion on Thursday, and am having some trepidation about it. Everybody on here that responded to the thread I started when I failed the first portion indicated that we all have failed a one point in our life/career. You just need to learn from it, and move forward. And at least you know what to expect this time!

RE: NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

lmflores just curious if you ever took your test, and how it went?

RE: NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

(OP)
Hey, sorry for the late response, Dennis. I have not taken the test yet. After I let the owner know about the results, he was very...unprofessional with his reaction and comments (I'd also like to mention I was not comfortable in my ability to take the exam and even after letting him know, he still pushed me to do it and paid for the test). So currently, I have decided to avoid having them pay for the next test and do it myself but that means it'll take me a bit of time to put money aside. What I have been looking into is the training through some sites that have been brought up to me before. In October, they will be updating their courses with 2016 ED and I am thinking of using that to get a better grasp on things then moving forward. I'd like to push for the test before the end of the year. I don't exactly know what to expect from the training courses but I hope it works out the way I think it will.

RE: NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

Which courses are you looking at? I took a few courses through AFSA when I first started designing. They are pretty informative. But for NICET prep, FireTech's courses are the BOMB! They really helped me through the Level III tests. Sorry to hear the owner was like that with you. Don't let it defeat you though. With a little hard work, you can nail the test, and then rub it n his face! And, as always, if you don't grasp something, ask. Usually somebody on here can help shed light on the subject!

RE: NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

(OP)
I think those are the courses i was looking at. I see people talk about them a lot and was thinking once they update their stuff with the 2016 edition, i'd do that then try the test again by the end of the year. Looks like i'm on the right path! thanks again to all of you guys helping me out with their tips and experiences. I appreciate it!

RE: NICET Level I - Water Based System Layout / Looking for some helpful tips!

Right now I am training someone who, and this is partially my fault, failed the Level I test.

I say partially my fault because while he know sprinklers I didn't know NICET asked about OSHA requirements for ladders on a job site.... it was the first test question he had and I, I've had my level IV for decades now, didn't even know the answer.

But then I would venture to say very few of us never answered a test question wrong.

I advised him to wait until after the 2016 test is implemented and I will purchase the Fire Tech Level I and II study guides. Seems the test is a lot for then just sprinklers.

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