Flashpoints: American Fire Sprinkler Association Scores First in NICET Industry Partner Initiative Program
The leaders of the American Fire
Sprinkler Association (AFSA) and the National Institute for
Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) recently approved a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), agreeing to mutual cooperation in the
redesign and validation of the NICET Fire Protection Engineering
Technology certification programs.
The MOU specifies that AFSA will make a
financial contribution of $100,000 in direct and in-kind contributions
to support continuing development of the NICET certification programs.
An AFSA representative will sit on the NICET Leadership Advisory Group
and the various Program Development Committees. NICET will recognize
AFSA's training programs and materials through the Training Provider
Directory, and both parties will utilize a new logo that cobrands AFSA
as a NICET Industry Partner. Additionally, both parties agree to work
together to explore alternatives for computer-based testing.
Fire protection is one of the biggest
markets for NICET, and the four programs currently being offered
continue as some of the most popular and fastest growing areas within
NICET, according to Mike Clark, general manager.
Commenting on the importance of this new
alliance between the two organizations, AFSA President Steve Muncy noted
that the tremendous change in the fire protection engineering field has
affected the way AFSA designs and delivers training programs.
"NICET is the leader in certifying
competencies of engineering technicians in the fire sprinkler industry,"
says Muncy. "It is critical that we work together to keep the Fire
Protection Engineering Technology certification programs up-to-date and
reflect the most widely used and recent standards."