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(1) The department shall issue an endorsement for both nonpre-engineered and pre-engineered fire alarm systems, special fire agent suppression systems or fire extinguishing systems to an individual who pays the required fee and submits satisfactory documentation that the applicant satisfies one of the following:

(a) currently holds the equivalent of endorsement in another jurisdiction (state, territory, federal government, federally-recognized tribe, country or local government) , provided that the applicant meets or exceeds the qualifications for endorsement in this state;

(b) has been issued a letter of certification, specific to the endorsement being sought, of NICET Level II or higher; or is a candidate for certification from NICET Level II or higher. The letter of certification must be sent directly to the program office from NICET.

(c) has passed the following NICET examination elements, for the system(s) for which endorsement is sought, as specified below:

(i) automatic sprinkler fire extinguishing system (NICET) examination requirements:

13001 construction plans

13002 fire protection plans and symbols

13003 specifications and cost estimates

13005 basics of system layout

13006 classification of occupancies

13007 water supply requirements

13008 system connections

13009 system piping configurations, schedules and sizes

13010 requirements of spacing

13011 sprinkler location and position

13012 pipe joining techniques and fittings

13013 pipe hangers and hanging

13014 wet and dry systems

13016 underground piping

13017 building codes

13020 common material specifications

13021 system components and limitations

13023 special sprinklers

13024 water flow test

13026 dwelling sprinklers

14002 selection of fire pumps

14004 pump flow test

14005 high piled storage

14006 rack storage

14007 sprinkler system maintenance

14009 standpipe systems

14010 fire pumps and systems

14011 storage tanks

14012 alarms and system supervision

14013 fundamentals of fire extinguishment

14015 seismic bracing;

(ii) fire alarm system endorsement (NICET) examination requirements:

33001 fire protection plans and symbols

33002 basics of system layout

33003 electrical installation standards

33004 basic fire alarm signaling systems

33005 supervision and supervisory service

33006 detection methods

33007 detector spacing

33008 power supplies

33009 system acceptance and periodic tests

33010 construction plans

33011 specifications and cost estimates

33013 building codes

33016 local protective signaling systems

33017 auxiliary protective signaling systems

33018 remote station protective signaling systems

33019 proprietary protective signaling systems

33020 central station signaling systems

33021 manual fire alarm systems and guard's tour service

33022 heat-sensing fire detectors

33023 smoke-sensing fire detectors

33024 flame-sensing fire detectors

33025 sprinkler waterflow and supervisory devices

33026 alarm indicating appliances

33027 basics of signal transmission

34001 emergency voice/alarm communication systems

34002 signal processing

34003 surveys for fire alarm and detection systems

34004 fire alarm system maintenance

34005 fire alarm system wiring

34006 emergency evacuation signals;

(iii) special agent fire suppression system endorsement (NICET) examination requirements:

23101 materials and components

23102 standard symbols

23103 specifications and cost estimates

23104 hazard analysis

23105 detection methods

23106 fundamentals of fire extinguishment

23107 extinguishing agents

23108 heat-sensing detectors

23109 smoke-sensing detectors

23110 flame detectors

23111 fire gas detectors

23112 foam water systems

23113 halon 1301 systems

23114 carbon dioxide systems

23115 dry chemical systems

23116 halon 1211 systems

23117 electrical installation standards

23118 area, volume and weight calculations

24101 explosion prevention and venting;

(c) has successfully completed an apprenticeship program approved by the department; or

(d) is currently licensed as an engineer in any jurisdiction (state, territory, federal government, federally-recognized tribe, country or local government) , that has licensure standards as stringent as or more stringent than those for licensure as an engineer in the state of Montana.

(2) The department shall issue an endorsement for pre-engineered fire alarm systems, or special fire agent suppression systems to an individual who submits proof of manufacturer training on the specific brand and model of such pre-engineered system for which the applicant seeks endorsement. An endorsement granted under this rule shall be valid only for the brand and model number specified on the endorsement. Those extinguisher system endorsements issued under this rule prior to February, 1998, will remain valid until or unless the endorsement is not renewed by the renewal date or is revoked.

History: 50-3-102, 50-39-107, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 50-39-101, MCA; NEW, Eff. 10/5/75; AMD, Eff. 12/4/76; AMD, 1983 MAR p. 15, Eff. 1/14/83; AMD, 1985 MAR p. 936, Eff. 7/12/85; AMD, 1991 MAR p. 1839, Eff. 9/27/91; AMD, 1993 MAR p. 2953, Eff. 12/10/93; TRANS, AMD, 1996 MAR p. 748, Eff. 3/22/96; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 458, Eff. 2/13/98; TRANS, from Commerce, 2005 MAR p. 261; AMD, 2006 MAR p. 1583, Eff. 7/1/06.

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