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CLSE Testing Center - Certificate Testing


What is this?

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.


Who can apply?

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.


How does it work?

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.


What does the test cover?

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


What are the steps to apply?

Step 1) Applicant must register and make payment

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.


Step 2) Applicant must fill out paperwork

Examination candidate will be responsible for submitting a completed application.

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 industry
  • 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.
    (See proctor guidelines on Proctor Application.)


Step 3) Applicant must setup time with proctor to take test

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.



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Before you purchase this program, please download and review the instructions, application, and requirements.

The program is non-refundable. You must be able to complete the application and furnish the required documents before you will receive the test code.
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$60.00 Regular Price / $45.00 - AFSA Members

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Test results may demonstrate basic knowledge of fire sprinkler system installation, but do not assure competence as a fire sprinkler fitter. Assessment of abilities rests with the employer. Neither the Center for Life Safety Education (CLSE) nor the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) warrant the abilities of anyone taking the test.