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Practice software for Ohio's Commercial Fire Alarm Installer's Exam

If you are preparing to take Ohio's Commercial Fire Alarm License exam this is just what you need.

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The Classroom Edition© of NFPA 72

NFPA 72, pre-highlighted, with visual recognition cues printed in the margins of all chapters.

NICET is testing on the 2016 edition of NFPA 72.  Use this Classroom Edition©  during your open book exam for NICET!

The Classroom Edition© is a standard licensed copy of NFPA 72  with our highlighted text and our copyrighted icons added to the page margins for faster location of specific rules.  For many code users, visually scanning page after page of black and white text looking for information is difficult.  Most of us are more visually oriented and respond better to a mix of colors and other visual cues.  In fact, users of the Classroom Edition© appear to be speed-reading since they typically slide their finger down the page, scanning only the icons and/or color highlighted key words of our Classroom Edition©.

Let’s suppose you need to find the specific “Level” number assigned to a Type 10, Class 24 electrical generator.  You’d turn to Chapter Ten, the Fundamentals of Fire Alarm Systems in NFPA 72.    See a highlighted page illustrating our highlighting and icon system from 2016 edition.)  To use the Classroom Edition©, slide your finger down the page margins until you spot the distinctive engine-driven generator icon:  .   Then, knowing that in your Classroom Edition©, all values (time, distance, sound levels, etc.) will be highlighted in green, your eyes will quickly look for any green numbers near the Generator icon.  Quickly, you'll find the answer you're looking for;  “Type 10, Class 24, Level 1” all highlighted in green.  How much time did you spend finding the correct answer;  About 30 seconds.  Not having to re-take your certification exam?  Priceless.  The Classroom Edition© is also great for those having English as a second language and those with learning disabilities.

DON'T SCAN ALL THE  TEXT, SCAN THE ICONS ON THE MARGINS OF EACH PAGE!  Instead of having to read each word, look for the subject icon, highlighted key words, and underlined text, for the answer.  Take this book into your NICET exam!   Take this book into any open-book fire alarm test!

 How to Purchase the Classroom Edition©     More Information HERE. 

 We have been awarded a Copyright Registration by the US. Copyright Office for the 2-dimensional artwork/text and symbols associated with our Classroom Edition©!

The visual cues used in our Fire Alarm Systems Training software are the same as used in our Classroom Edition©. They were made for each other!

Our Latest Fire Alarm Software Is An International Hit!

The 2013 version of our software will be available shortly. For sale here, is still the 2007 edition.

F.A.C.T.S.© - Fire Alarm Code Test Software© provides challenging questions, on varying levels, over several subject areas, to help you prepare for any fire certification or licensing exam. Be prepared for your next computer based Fire Alarm exam. 

Our practice exam software has sold more copies than any other.  We are the original NICET Test-Prep providers!

Prior versions of our exam software have been for sale since 1999!

More questions and more subject modules than other providers              

Challenging questions that help you think and don’t just test your memory

 Get the F.A.C.T.S.! Purchase your Fire Alarm Code Test Software© so you can begin to study today for whatever fire certification exam (i.e. NICET, IMSA, NTS, etc.) or low voltage apprenticeship exam, electrical exam, or state fire licensing exam for which you are preparing.  Starting with the F.A.C.T.S.© can help.

Sample a short  5 question FACTS© quiz HERE.

More software details are HERE.   

Warning:  Don't waste your money by purchasing out-of-date 'NICET training manuals'!   They are no longer permitted into the test centers!   Trained professionals will take their fire alarm knowledge into the test center in their head!

Diminish test anxiety by practicing with a virtual duplication of the actual NICET test experience.  You will feel more reassured and confident walking into a test center after you have studied using exam software nearly identical to that used at the Pearson Vue test centers!

Our Order Page (for all products) is HERE

The visual cues used in our Fire Alarm Systems Training software are the same as used in our Classroom Edition©!!


Fire Alarm Tag Law is Getting a Lot of Attention!

If you install fire alarm systems in Ohio or are one of the other 48 states that use the International Fire Code, this could be the beginning of an upturn for your company's recurring revenue! 

For the latest news regarding the new Fire Code ordinance, CLICK HERE .


Are you in-FORMed?

CLICK HERE to learn about the RECORD OF COMPLETION forms and other documentation alarm companies are required to provide for every fire alarm installation.

Do you have what it takes to help keep the fire alarm industry informed of code issues?

Check out the Ohio website:  http://www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/index.jsp

Are you here for the NICET Fire Alarm Certification practice test software?

Our acclaimed NICET Test-Prep Software is now available in three versions.   For more Information this practice test for the NICET exam,  CLICK HERE.  

(These are the updated version of the popular fire alarm training software we have sold since 1999!)

Legal Notice:   Out software and its contents is protected by the copyright laws of the United States.  No person or organization may use its content in any form, without express written permission from Zenith Design Group, Inc..  This includes all versions, including the 1999, 2002, 2007, and 2013 code editions. 




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New & Improved Record of Completion form is now available.  Read more.......


Greg Kessinger's class for the USAF was at "the top of the world"!

Mr. Kessinger has also provided fire alarm training classes for oil companies in both northern Alberta Canada (oil sands) and Alaska, but this Air Base site 'topped' them all!  At more than 600 miles further north than Point Barrow, Alaska, it is very near "the top of the world"!  In fact, a compass here will point westward, since the difference between magnetic north and true north is considerable at this latitude. For some photos, click here.


Having taught several classes for the United States Air Force in the past,  including one for the technicians charged with protecting America's Stealth Fighters, his most recent Air Force class was very different!


With some of the coldest temperatures on earth, the walls at Thule have to be over a foot thick to keep the heat in (but with small windows to keep the Polar Bears out). 

Read about Mr. Kessinger's recent fire alarm class he held at the top of the world for technicians and engineers at Thule Air Base in Greenland, 650 miles above the arctic circle.

Download the original magazine article.



Q. How can you tell if someone is selling out-of-date fire alarm training manuals and other materials?

A.  If they mention "Work Elements"!  The new NICET tests are no longer based on Work Elements!

NICET has finished their changeover to computer-based testing.   NICET's new PC fire alarm exam is currently being given for all four Levels.  While our software programs were originally designed to follow the Work Element test scheme, NICET’s new computerized tests are not broken down into specific Work Elements.   However, those taking the new PC based exam will still be tested on the same general knowledge.   Their exams are now Pass/Fail tests.   Doing poorly in several specific subject areas will cause you to fail the test and the entire test will have to be re-taken.  In other words, you will no longer be taking a series of mini-quizzes for each Work Element by answering five to seven questions grouped into subject specific areas such as Job Safety or Smoke Detection.   This will mean that our practice test software should become even more valuable since it will indicate weak subject areas.  Locate your nearest NICET Test location HERE.


Fire Alarm System Training Courses

Several fire alarm classes are available:

bulletNICET fire alarm test preparation classes for certification at Levels I and II (both levels taught are in same seminar)
bulletNICET fire alarm test preparation classes for certification at Level III
bulletOhio Fire Alarm License test prep class
bulletFire Alarm "Testing and Inspecting" seminar
bulletOhio BBS Approved for Inspectors and plan reviewers "Top 10 Fire Alarm Violations and How To Spot Them"
bulletContact us for more information about a class near you.

 Can't attend a class?  We offer computer based training in your own home using software to prepare you for many Fire Alarm Certification Exams. 

Some seminar information:

bulletAll materials are included:  workbook, NFPA 72, code and standard excerpts, handouts, pen, pencil, post-it notes, highlighter, etc.    

The instructor   

Mr. Greg Kessinger teaches fire alarm classes across the United States.  He is a trained professional, holding a teaching degree from Kent State University in Ohio.  After having taught high school for eight years, his love of education persisted.  Although he owned his own alarm company from 1982 through 2010, he also began to teach fire alarm code classes to inspectors and technicians. Greg is also a magazine columnist for Security Dealer & Integrator and authors the industry’s longest continuously published fire alarm column called  "Grill the Fire Expert".   Some of his accomplishments and experience are listed below. 

bullet Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) from NFPA
bulletCertified Level II Interior Fire Alarm Systems from IMSA
bullet Certified Level IV (SET) in Fire Alarm Systems from NICET
bulletCertified Document Technologist from CSI
bullet Certified Fire Alarm System Designer from state of Ohio
bulletLicensed Ohio Fire Alarm System Installer
bulletPast Chairperson of the Fire and Life-Safety Committee for the ESA


bulletDoes the National Electrical Code or the National Fire Alarm Code require junction boxes to be painted red?
bulletDoes the code require either of the digital communicator (DACT) phone lines to be a dedicated phone line?

Visit the myth buster page to find out.

Do you have a myth or other fire alarm question you think would be challenging to others?

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If we are out of the office presenting one of our many fire alarm training classes, we will respond ASAP upon our return.