This program has been established to enable experienced fire
sprinkler fitters/installers a means to demonstrate their knowledge
in the field of fire sprinkler installation.
A qualified candidate for this certificate must be able to
verify that he/she has
- (a) completed an approved apprentice
program in the fire sprinkler trade or
- (b) has worked a minimum
of four (4) years as a fire sprinkler fitter.
Once that information is verified, the examinee will complete
an online examinaton including questions that cover fire sprinkler
industry installation standards and practices. The test must
be taken online and proctored by someone unrelated to the examinee,
and the examinee will have a time period of three consecutive
hours in which to complete the test. The test will included
100 multiple-choice questions that cover technical installation
and code issues. The examinee may bring a calculator and any
typical industry resource books, such as NFPA standards, etc.,
to the test facility; however, sprinkler fitter training books,
personal computers, cell phones, and personal digital assistant
(PDAs), etc. will not be allowed. A minimum score of 70% is
required to receive a certificate.
Test questions will cover topics found in typical fire sprinkler
fitter apprentice training materials (based on NFPA 2007
Edition) such as:
- General trade math
- Trade specific hand tools and power tools
- CPVC materials and installation practices
- Copper and steel materials and installation practices
- Preparation of pipe and fittings
- Typical hanging/bracing materials and methods
- Title and scope of NFPA sandards commonly referenced by
fire sprinkler fitters
- Construction occupancy types
- Blueprint reading
- Sprinkler system types
- Identification of fire sprinklers and other system components
- Valves, fire department connection, etc.
- Acceptance testing
Prior to taking the Certificate test, the
candidate must register either online or via mail. If submitting
online, fill out the online form, and pay using a credit card.
Then download the application package using the link below,
fill out the forms and submit via mail. If paying by check,
applicant should submit a completed application and payment
of the registration fee (by money order, or check). The application
can be downloaded using the link below.
There are 2 methods for paying:
A. (ONLINE Payment) To expedite the registration
process, submit your payment online using a credit card. You
will receive a Registration ID Number and a link to download
the application package if you haven't already done so.
The applicant package will include the following:
- Application for Testing (Form A-1)
- Employment verfication form (Form A-2)
- Proctor application (Form A-3)
B. (CHECK) Send a check with your application.
This method will take an extra 30 days to verify that the payment
has gone through. If paying by check, applicant will not receive
Registration ID until payment is received. Submit application
forms with the Registration # field left blank.
Examination candidate will be responsible for submitting a
The application includes:
- Candidate's Information: You must provide
your contact information including an email address for correspondence
and test results.
- Employment Verification: You must provide verifiable information
regarding employment history or apprentice training in the
- Proctor Information: You must provide contact information
for your Proctor. Once approved by CLSE, you will be responsible
to arrange for an appropriate location and time with your
Proctor for you to take the online test.
proctor guidelines on Proctor Application.)
Upon receipt and verification of the completed application
package, CLSE will notify the candidate via email of acceptance
to the testing procedure. An email will be provided
to the approved proctor that provides the applicant's login
and password information to access the testing center.
APPLICANT or SUPERVISOR/TRAINING COORDINATOR MUST SETUP A TIME
WITH THE PROCTOR TO TAKE THE TEST.