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Automatic Fire Extinguishing System Contractor Certification and Fire Protection System Installer and Maintenance Worker Licensing programs

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The state of Iowa does not regulate portable fire extinguisher inspections or testing. Please check with the local jurisdictions regarding any requirements.

Iowa License Management System (ILMS)

All new and renewal applications are now processed online through the Iowa License Management System at iowa.imagetrendlicense.com. Please email sfmlicense@dps.state.ia.us with questions regarding the licensing programs

Businesses must submit the Fire Extinguishing System Contractor form and upload a copy of the most current certificate of liability insurance. The COL must show coverage amounts of $1M per occurance, $1M property damage, and $500K per person.
NOTE: it is the licensee's responsibility to make sure a current COL has been uploaded online. A mailed copy from the insurance company does not meet this requirement.

Responsible Managing Employees (RME) must submit the Fire Extinguishing System RME form and upload a copy of their current qualifying certification as specified in the matrix below.

Installers, maintenance workers, and inspection/testing workers must submit the Fire Protection System Installer & Maintenance Worker form and upload a copy of their current qualifying certifications as specified in the matrix below.

Trainees not in the union apprenticeship program are required to obtain an installer trainee license. They must submit the Fire Protection System Installer Trainee form. There is no additional documentation required.

All fees are calculated at the time forms are submitted. Payments can be made online by debit/credit card or eCheck or by mailing a check payable to the Iowa State Fire Marshal Division at 215 E 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319.

Endorsement   Qualifying Certification Options

RME-Automatic Sprinkler System Layout (1)
(includes 1a and 1b)

 

Professional Engineer license in IA <or>
NICET III or higher in Water-Based Layout

RME-Pre-Engineered Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems in 1/2 Family Dwellings (1a)   Manufacturer Training Completion Certificate for Each System
RME-Testing/Inspection of Water-Based Systems (1b)   NICET III or higher in Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems
RME-Special Hazards Fire Systems (2)
(includes 2a)
  Professional Engineer license in IA <or>
NICET III or higher in Special Hazards Suppression Systems
RME-Pre-Engineered Dry Chemical and/or Wet Agent Systems (2a)  

NICET II or higher in Special Hazards Suppression Systems <or>
NAFED/ICC Pre-Engineered Kitchen/Industrial Fire Suppression Systems <or>
FPC Pre-Engineered Kitchen/Industrial Fire Suppression Systems

     
Installer-Automatic Sprinkler System (1)   Apprenticeship Completion Certificate<or> 2-Year Work Affidavit <AND>
UA STAR Fire Sprinklerfitting Mastery <or>
NICET I or higher in Water-Based Layout <or>
NICET I or higher in Inspection/Testing of Water-Based Systems
Installer-Special Hazards Fire System (2)   2-Year Work Affidavit <AND>
NICET I or higher in Special Hazards Suppression Systems
Installer-Pre-Engineered Kitchen Fire Extinguisher System (3a, 3c)   Manufacturer Training Completion Certificate for Each System <or>
NICET I or higher in Special Hazards Suppression Systems <or>
NAFED/ICC Pre-Engineered Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems <or>
FPC Pre-Engineered Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems
Installer-Pre-Engineered Industrial Fire Extinguisher System (3b, 3d)   Manufacturer Training Completion Certificate for Each System <or>
NICET I or higher in Special Hazards Suppression Systems <or>
NAFED/ICC Pre-Engineered Industrial Fire Suppression Systems <or>
FPC Pre-Engineered Industrial Fire Suppression Systems
Installer-Pre-Engineered Water-Based Fire Protection Systems in 1/2 Family Dwellings (4)   Manufacturer Training Completion Certificate for Each System <or>
NICET I or higher in Inspection/Testing of Water-Based Systems
Installer- Installer Trainee (5)   Trainee in the process of obtaining one of the required certifications to become a licensed installer.

 

 

 
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State Fire Marshal Division
215 East 7th Street | Des Moines, Iowa 50319 | 515-725-6145

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