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Water-based Fire Protection Inspector Level I

The ACE Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Systems certification program is for technicians working in the inspection and testing of existing water-based fire protection systems.

Eligibility for ACE Certification is based on different factors depending on which certification level is sought. Please note both continuing education and work experience requirements must be met to be eligible to sit for an exam.

Certification is specific to the individual qualifying and not to the organization or employer.

A Level I Inspector certification is designed for ITM technicians who perform ITM duties under supervision.

Prerequisites for Certification

  • A minimum of 16 hours of relevant continuing education in the previous 24 months prior to the exam

Prerequisites for Recertification

  • A minimum of 16 hours of relevant continuing education since the last certifying exam
  • A minimum of 2,000 hours of ITM of Water-based Fire Protection experience since the certifying exam date.

Water-based Fire Protection Inspector Level II

A Level II certification is designed for ITM technicians who work independently to perform normal ITM duties and have a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience in the field of inspection and testing of water-based fire protection systems.  This certification is typically for individuals who have successfully passed the Level I exam and gained experience in the industry.  However, if an Inspector already meets the prerequisites for a Level II and wants to test directly to Level II, skipping Level I certification, that is permitted.  The Inspector would sign up for a “Level II Direct” during the registration process.  It is recommended that Inspectors test for Level I and then Level II but it is not required. 

Prerequisites for Certification

  • A minimum of 32 hours of ACE approved continuing education in previous 24 months prior to the exam.
  • A minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience in the field of inspection and testing of water‐based fire protection systems in the previous calendar year.

Prerequisites for Recertification

  • A minimum of 16 hours of relevant continuing education since the last certifying exam
  • A minimum of 2,000 hours of ITM of Water-based Fire Protection experience since the certifying exam date.

Steps for Certification

If you don’t already have an account, “Create New Account“.  After you’ve created your account, you’ll be taken to your Account page.

Once logged in, click on the Register for an Exam link on the left side of your Account page.  You will be shown a list of all upcoming exams. Select one to begin the registration process.

When registering you will need to provide your training and work history.  Certificate for training can be uploaded directly to your account.  An Work Experience Validation Form will need to be completed, signed and uploaded.  Documents can be signed electronically. 

Once registration is complete, ACE Staff will review your application
and validate your work experience and training.

If your application is not adequate or appropriate, ACE Staff will notify you.

Once your application is approved, you will receive notification of acceptance and be given a final confirmation and information for taking the exam.

Please bring your ID and approved materials to complete the exam.  Check out all the details on the “About the Exam” page.

Exams are graded and results will be emailed within 7 – 10 business days to the email address on file.  

Certification is Awarded.