News Briefs

Exam Notice: Graphics and General Item Clarity

December 18, 2018
NICET has received comments from several candidates regarding some graphics and general item clarity with the Fire Alarm Systems, Level I and Level III exams as well as the Water-Based Systems Layout, Level I exam. NICET staff worked quickly to make corrections to impacted questions and released modified exams mid-December. Candidates negatively impacted by these errors issues have been contacted. The Fire Alarm Systems, Level I exam includes Ugly’s Electrical Reference as an acceptable reference in the testing center. We apologize for any confusion these issues may have caused.

Please contact Sara Clark, Manager of Certification Program Development at sclark@nicet.org with any questions or concerns.

WANTED – NICET Certified Technologist (CT) working in a management position who is interested in serving on the NICET Board of Governors.

December 11, 2018
Certified Technologists have a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology, a minimum of 5 years of engineering technologist level work experience acquired after graduation, and two endorsements from a PE. The NICET Board of Governors is responsible for establishing policies and operating procedures for the Institute, overseeing the administration of NICET certification activities (including fiscal oversight), and up-holding the NICET Code of Ethics and the integrity of NICET certifications. The Term of Service would be for 3 years, beginning July 1, 2019; and Board members can be reappointed to a second 3-year term if interested. The NICET Board meets face-to-face twice a year – typically in March/April and again in September/October – generally over a weekend. The NICET Board will also hold telephone/web conferences between meetings approximately 3-4 times a year. NICET will reimburse all reasonable travel, lodging and meal expenses for Board members to attend meetings of the Board and other events in an official capacity.

All Certified Technologists interested in serving on the NICET Board of Governors for the 2019-2022 term should contact Michael A. Clark, CAE, NICET Chief Operating Executive (Mclark@nicet.org) and submit a short bio or resume’ for immediate consideration. The deadline for applying is January 15, 2019.

Update - Louisiana House Bill 748 No Longer Poses Threat to Certification Organizations

May 10, 2018
Thanks to a strong, coordinated response from NICET Certifications holders and supporters, LA HB 748,  was dramatically changed yesterday in committee hearing. The certification language has been removed and most of the other language has been removed as well. It’s now essentially a Governor-mandated review of boards.

We will continue to be following the bill but it currently does no harm to certification programs or certified persons and it is unlikely to be substantively changed. 

Here is the amendment which replaces all of the text: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1094793

Louisiana House Bill 748 Poses Major Threat to Certification Organizations

May 1, 2018
Pending legislation in Louisiana, if enacted, would effectively place Louisiana off-limits to most certification organizations and, for the few certifications recognized by Louisiana’s licensing laws, would lay the groundwork for eliminating those certification requirements. Louisiana House Bill 748, the Occupational Licensing Review Act, passed the Louisiana House of Representatives, by a vote of 87-7. Without significant public opposition, the bill appears to be on a fast track to passage.
In a nutshell, HB 748 would:

  • Prohibit any individual holding a certification from a private organization from using the term “certified” as a title, unless certification is requirement for licensure.
  • Create a presumption against licensure laws requiring certification.
  • Allow rebuttal of the presumption against certification requirements in licensure only based on “empirically substantiated harms to consumers” if certification is not required.
  • Conduct a “sunset review” of each existing occupational licensing law every five years, leading to the potential repeal or watering down of such laws.

NICET is voicing opposition and encouraging NICET certificants in Louisiana to contact their state senators and congressmen to oppose this legislation. 

View the legislation here: http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1084525