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Technologist / Specialist Certification Guide:
Every LSST or CLSS Seal has three areas which help identify the individual performing the testing/inspection of your building’s life safety systems and equipment and allows you to confirm the Member’s ability to perform the required service (as illustrated in the sample official Seal):
The first set of letters that appear under the Member’s name identifies whether the Member is either an LSST (Building Life Safety Systems Technologist) or CLSS (Certified Building Life Safety Specialist).
The first number group of two digits that follows identifies his Province/Territory of Practice (as illustrated in the table below).
Labrador / Newfoundland
Prince Edward Island
Nunavut / NWT
The second number group of four digits is the Member’s personal unique identifier.
Together, all three groups comprise the Certified Individual’s Membership Number.
Certification Levels & Equivalencies:
The letters under the Member’s Certification Number represent the various disciplines for which he is endorsed. The following table illustrates these endorsements, outlines the educational components as well as the required field experience to achieve full Certification in that discipline. There are often additional requirements such as relevant manufacturer’s training and certification, special tools and equipment, etc. that will be necessary to perform the full levels of testing mandated by the Standards. Please refer to the Certification Policy page for more information.
Technicians with current ASTTBC Certification in Smoke Control Systems (SM), will usually also possess an “FA” designation. LSST-F and LSST-V are certified to perform testing of Smoke Control Systems (we do not have a separate designation for this).
*PPE is Professional Practice Evaluation
Fire Safety (Emergency) Planning Fire Door Assemblies Mechanical Smoke Dampers Self-Illuminating Egress Path Markers Self-Illuminating Exit Signs Fire Stopping
FTN Passive Building Life Safety Systems Course
Testing of: 150 fire door assemblies 50 self-illuminated exit systems 50 fire-stopping inspections 30 mechanical shutters Production of five (5) AHJ Approved Fire Safety Plan Manuals or Construction Safety Plan Manuals (includes onsite training of Fire Safety Director and Deputy Fire Safety Director)
Carbon Monoxide Systems
FTN Carbon Monoxide Systems Inspection and Testing Course
Testing of: 25 CO Detection Systems 50 CO Alarms
Fire Extinguisher (Annual Inspection)
ASTTBC EX (LSST-E issued following PPE*) BCIT Fire Extinguisher Course (or equivalent) LSST-E Course
Fire Alarm Systems Emergency Voice Communication Systems Fire Alarm Communicator Systems Elevator Dedicated Detection & Recall Control Systems Extinguishing & Releasing Systems Smoke Control Systems Smoke/CO Alarms Egress Path Marker Systems Fire Curtain Assemblies
Current ASTTBC “AL” or CFAA “CT” (LSST-F issued following PPE*, with completion of LSST-F Review or Full Course within 12 months) OR CFAA Courses 1-5, BCIT Fire Alarm Testing Course (or equivalent) PLUS LSST-F Review Course OR BCIT Smoke Control Systems (or equivalent)
Testing of: 40 Fire Alarm Systems (Annual) Must include the testing of ten (10) high-rise buildings with smoke control or smoke venting measures 20 Ancillary Systems Periodic Testing 20 Communicators
Generator / UPS Systems
ASTTBC “GS”, supplemented by manufacturer sponsored training are issued LSST-G OR BCIT Generator Course & equivalent manufacturer supported training, OR LSST-G Course & equivalent manufacturer supported training
Testing of: 40 Systems
Kitchen Hood Cleaning
ASTTBC “CO” or Equivalent are issued LSST-H following PPE*
Three months documented work experience with a recognized kitchen hood cleaning company
Valid Certificate(s) of manufacturer sponsored training OR ASTTBC SP are issued LSST-K following PPE* & documented manufacturer’s training
Testing of: 20 Systems
Unit Emergency Lighting
ASTTBC EL are issued LSST-L following PPE* BCIT or equivalent FTN Emergency Lighting Course
150 Dual Funciton Exits and 150 ELU Packs Tested
Fire Pump Systems
ASTTBC FP are issued LSST-P following PPE* OR BCIT or equivalent, Journeyman Sprinkler Fitter, valid Certificate(s) of manufacturer sponsored training
Testing of: 40 units (flow and performance parameters measured and recorded in the jurisdictional approved format)
Fire Alarm Verification
Pre-requisite is LSST-F Endorsement with two (2) years of continuous practice. Must complete FTN LSST-V Course. Current ASTTBC “AL” or “VI”, or CFAA “CT” not in the employ of a manufacturer or designated distributor must enroll in (or have completed) FTN equivalent courses in: LSST-V (Verification) OR Communicator Installation, Testing and Commissioning (CAN/ULC-S561) Smoke Control Systems Extinguishment Systems Testing
Testing of: 100 Fire Alarm System Annual Tests, 30 Fire Alarm System Verifications 30 Ancillary Systems Testing [which must include testing of twenty (20) high-rise buildings (or other occupancies) that employ fire alarm system controlled smoke control or smoke venting measures] 20 Communicator Systems Tested (waived for previous “F” Endorsement)
Water Based Extinguishing Systems Stand-pipe Assemblies Sprinkler Back-Flow Assemblies Fire Hose Testing
ASTTBC WA are issued LSST-W following PPE* OR BCIT or equivalent, FTN Water Based Extinguishment Systems Course or Journey Sprinkler Fitter with FTN completed ONLINE NFPA 25 Course
Testing of: 20 Dry Pipe Systems 20 Wet Pipe Valve (and related) systems 30 Wet Sprinkler Tests 10 forward flow tests 150 fire hose inspections 40 stand-pipe tests
Commissioning, Verification (CLSS Designation)
Fire Alarm Verification/Commisioning/Integrated Systems Testing
Must have LSST V, B, E, B, K, L, & P FTN Course Integrated Building Life Safety Systems Testing
Must be able to document participation in 10 Commissioning Tests involving integrated testing of fire alarm, EVCS, smoke control, elevator recall, and extinguishment systems
What we’re all about! We are not affiliated with ASTTBC, CFAA, CANASA, NFPA, NAFED, or NICET (although we encourage you to explore and objectively evaluate the benefits associated with supporting their individual efforts). Membership in the Fire Technicians Network is entirely voluntary. Are you up to the challenge of demonstrating your commitment to public safety and the highest standard of professional practice? JOIN US! And let us help take your career to the next level!