One of the primary goals of the International Fire Sprinkler Association is the “development of information systems to protect product integrity and industry identity. “ Key to this goal are certification programs that help ensure the proper use of quality products. These programs take the form of both product certification programs and design technician certification programs.
Product certification programs are those carried out in accordance with published product standards for fire sprinklers and related equipment. It is essential that laboratories not only test products for initial compliance with minimum standards of performance, but that follow-up services ensure the continuing quality of production. More information on product certification services is available from internationally-recognized product approval laboratories:
Design Technician Certification
While many countries regulate system design through the enforcement of minimum educational and practice credentials for design professionals, there are also specific testing and certification programs available to ensure that individuals involved in the application of sprinkler system design and installation standards such as NFPA 13 – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.
In the United States and Canada, such certification programs have been administered through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) since the 1980s.
Beginning in 2015, a Spanish language technician certification program was initiated by the Mexican AMRACI in cooperation with the IFSA. The program is administered through a separate organization designated as CETRACI.