ICC certification is required for building inspectors, plan examiners, as well as building officials. The certifications prove that the inspector or plans examer has been properly trained and can apply the code effectively to construction projects. To become a certified fire plan examiner, you must pass the International Code Council (ICC), certification exam. Let’s take a look at the preparation guide to the Fire Plans Examiner Exam.
About Fire Plans Examiner Exam
The Fire Plans Examiner (F3) program prepares candidates to determine if submitted plans (building plans and fire protection plans) meet the requirements of various Codes and Standards adopted by their jurisdiction. This certification will help you advance your career.
You will also be able to approve submitted plans for fire safety and life safety issues, such as interior finish and occupancy type, height and area limits, construction type, and general safety.
How do you qualify for the Fire Plans Examiner Exam
You should be familiar with all topics and subtopics in the Fire Plans Examiner Exam syllabus. This will help you to understand the topics and subtopics you will need to know, as well as how you plan your study time. These steps will help you pass the exam.
1. Learn about theExam Syllabus
This is a crucial step to gain a full understanding of the exam.
Administration: 5%
Research and Testimony: 22%
For special constructions, operations, or materials, research fire protection requirements. Provide expert technical testimony regarding fire codes and standards when asked by the fire code official.
Consultation and explanation: 2%
Assist in coordination of activities of the fire code official and the building official, the zoning official. Registered design professionals, owners/developers, contractors, and the public utilities.
Recordkeeping: 1%
Keep a log of every fire protection plan examination, including any notices or orders, and keep it up to date. This will show the results and how they were handled.
Occupancy: 15%
Type of occupancy: 2%
Verify that the building’s occupancy type is correct.
Type of Construction:
Verify, in addition, that the building’s construction type is correct.
Occupant Load : 4%
Further, verify that the code compliance is met for each room’s specified occupant load.
Specific Occupancy Hazards and Use Dangers: 3%
Verify code compliance to guard against hazards of particular occupancies or uses.
Evaluate Special Fire Protection Features: 3%
Check that any special fire protection features such as fire-resistive material and surface treatments are included in the building’s specifications. Also, ensure that there is clearance for combustibles around the building.
Hazardous Materials: 20%
Management Plan: 2%
Also, review the hazardous materials management plan, inventory statement, and compliance with code requirements to prevent, control and mitigate dangerous conditions related storage, dispensing, use, and handling hazardous materials.
Material Safety Data Sheets: 2 %
Verify that hazardous material safety data sheets have been submitted and that the hazards are clearly identified. Verify the correct classification of hazardous substances and the maximum allowable amount.
Control Areas: 3%
Verify that control areas have been designated where necessary and are constructed in accordance with the code.
Special Hazards: 3%
Verify that special hazards such as semiconductor fabrication, hazardous production material (HPM), dry cleaning, and woodworking are covered by the applicable code requirements. Verify that explosion control is in place where necessary.
Flammable and combustible liquids and gases: 5%
Also, ensure that flammable and combustible gases and liquids are properly stored, used, and handled.