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Important Changes Affecting Smoke Control Systems Certifications      
       

ICB certifications are periodically reviewed to ensure content is relevant to current industry practice, including the guiding documents used to develop exam content. After an extensive review of the Smoke Control Systems (SCS) certifications, the ICB determined that changes were required in three areas:

  1. Prerequisites.
  2. Guiding Documents.
  3. Certification Exams.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Prerequisites.

What changes were made to the prerequisites? Effective 10/01/2022, a qualified applicant for SCS certification (new and renewal) shall hold the following prerequisite certifications:

·       Technician:

o   Fire and Smoke Damper Technician, and

o   TABB Technician.

·       Supervisor:

o   Fire and Smoke Damper Supervisor, and 

o   TABB Supervisor.

I am a SCS Technician and hold the Fire and Smoke Damper Technician certification but not the prerequisite TABB Technician certification. Is my SCS Technician certification still valid? Yes. Your certification is valid through 9/30/2022. To renew, you must obtain the prerequisite TABB Technician certification before 9/30/2022.

I am a SCS Supervisor and hold the Fire and Smoke Damper Supervisor certification but not the prerequisite TABB Supervisor certification. Is my SCS Supervisor certification still valid? Yes. Your certification is valid through 9/30/2022. To renew, you must obtain the prerequisite TABB Supervisor certification before 9/30/2022.

I am a SCS Contractor. How will the changes to the prerequisites affect my certification? Your certification is valid through 9/30/2022. To renew, you must employ SCS Technicians and Supervisors who hold the prerequisite certifications listed above.

2. Guiding Documents.

What changes were made to the guiding documents? They were updated to latest versions.

·       Technician:

o   NFPA 3 (2018), Annex C.

o   NFPA 92 (2018), Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8.

o   ASHRAE Guideline 1.5 (2017), Annex L.

o   ASHRAE Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering (2012), Ch. 7, pp. 191-196.

·       Supervisor:

o   NFPA 3 (2018), Annex C.

o   NFPA 92 (2018), Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8.

o   ASHRAE Guideline 1.5 (2017), Annex L.

o   ASHRAE Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering (2012), Ch. 7, pp. 191-196.

o   International Building Code (2018), Sections 909.18.8, 909.18.8.2, 1705.18, and 1705.18.2.

o   International Fire Code (2018), Section 909.18.8.2.

3. Certification Exams.

What changes were made to the exams? Exam content was revised based on the testing and inspection requirements in the latest versions of the guiding documents.

When will the revised exams go live? 9/1/2020.

I hold the prerequisite Fire and Smoke Damper certification but NOT the TABB certification. Can I take the revised SCS exams? Yes. If you pass the exam, your certification will be valid through 9/30/2022. To renew your SCS certification, you will need to obtain the prerequisite TABB certification before 9/30/2022.

What should I do to prepare for the new exams? Follow these steps:

·       Technician:

o   Familiarize yourself with the Scope and Job Task AnalysisClick the link on the right-hand side of this page for access.

o   Identify and learn the applicable content in the guiding documents.

o   Review the ITI – Smoke Control Systems Technician Student Manual (Student Manual will be available the first week of September 2020).

o   Complete the online training course: ITI – Smoke Control Systems Technician (course will be available the first week of September 2020).

§  Go to www.sheetmetal-iti.org.

§  Click TRAINING.

§  Click ONLINE COURSES.

§  Click Smoke Control Systems Technician.

§  Log in using your ITI username and password.

§  No ITI username and password? It's simple to register – detailed instructions are provided on the log in page.

·       Supervisor:

o   Familiarize yourself with the Scope and Job Task AnalysisClick the link on the right-hand side of this page for access.

o   Identify and learn the applicable content in the guiding documents.

o   Complete the online training course: NEMI – Smoke Control Systems Supervisor (course will be available the first week of September 2020).

§  Go to www.icbcertified.org. 

§  Click Certification.

§  Click Smoke Control Systems Supervisor.

§  Click Get Certified Now! (scroll to bottom of page).

§  Complete Option 1 or Option 2.

§  Complete and Submit the application.

§  Once approved, you will receive an enrollment code and detailed instructions to access the online training.

How do I gain access to the ITI – Smoke Control Systems Technician Student Manual? Contact your JATC Coordinator and request the book – it is issued as an electronic book for SMART members. The Student Manual will be available the first week of September 2020.

Why were NFPA Standards used to develop some portions of the exams? To ensure ICB-certified professionals are knowledgeable of testing and inspection requirements. Local, state, and international codes require that smoke control systems be tested and inspected according to the requirements in the NFPA Standards.

Are the revised exams administered as "open-book"? Yes.

Do I need to purchase the NFPA Standards to use during the exam? No. The NFPA allows free access.

How do I gain free access to NFPA Standards and use them during the exam? Follow these steps:

·       Go to www.icbcertified.org.

·       Click Resources.

·       Click Resources for ICB/TABB Certified Professionals.

·       Login to your ICB account.

·       Select NFPA Standards-eResources on Exam.

·       Click Download.

 

Click here to access the Smoke Control Systems Scope and Job Task Analysis.

 
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