Alabama Fire Marshal Accepts NTS Certification for State Licensing

IRVING, Texas—The Alabama State Fire Marshal is recognizing the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association’s (NBFAA) National Training School’s (NTS) Certified Fire Alarm Technician as a valid certification for licensing.

Alabama passed a Certified Fire Alarm Act in August that requires businesses that install fire alarm systems in commercial occupancies to be licensed as a certified fire alarm contractor.

The law requires technicians who work for a certified fire alarm contractor have a Certified Fire Alarm Technician by NTS or hold a NICET Level II certification. The Alabama Alarm Association worked closely with the State Fire Marshal’s office to have the NTS certification recognized by the state.

To become an NTS Certified Fire Alarm Technician, participants must complete a two-day Fire Alarm Installation Methods course and a one-day Life Safety Code course and pass the required multiple-choice exams.

The certification is valid for one year and technicians are required to complete 1.2 continuing education units (CEUs) each year to maintain certifications — the equivalent of 12 classroom hours.

For NTS course information and schedules, visit on

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