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C16 – Fire Protection Contractor

A Fire protection contractor lays out, fabricates and installs all types of fire protection systems; including all the equipment associated with these systems, excluding electrical alarm systems.

Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (Business and Professions Code)

Content of the Examination

The Fire Protection (C-16) Examination is divided into four major sections. These sections are:

1. Design and Pre-Installation (33%)

  • Estimating and job planning
  • Design of underground systems
  • Design of overhead wet sprinkler systems
  • Design of dry and pre-action systems
  • Design of special hazards systems

2. Fabrication and Installation (37%)

  • Material listing and selection
  • Installation of underground systems
  • Installation of overhead systems and seismic requirements
  • Acceptance testing of overhead and underground systems
  • Acceptance testing of pumps

3. Testing and Maintenance (12%)

  • Testing and maintenance of overhead systems
  • Testing and maintenance of underground systems
  • Testing and maintenance of special hazards systems
  • Repair and replacement of fire suppression systems

4. Work Safety (18%)

  • Heavy equipment safety
  • Trench safety
  • Power tool safety
  • Personal safety

*Percentages are approximate*


Test Site Policy
   This is a closed-book examination. No reference materials may be used during the examination. All materials brought to the examination site must be left in an unmonitored area at your own risk.

Test Strategy
   This is a multiple choice examination with four choices per question. Some questions require mathematical computation. Examination questions are written to provide only one BEST answer and are NOT written as trick questions.
   All correct answers have equal value and there are no score reductions for wrong answers. Therefore, all examination questions should be answered.
   Ample time is provided to answer all examination questions, so be sure to read each question and its four choices completely and carefully before selecting the BEST possible answer to the question.



Sample Questions

The following questions are typical of the types of items that are on the examination. The correct answer is highlighted.

1. In Ordinary Hazard pipe schedule systems, what is the maximum number of sprinklers allowed for a 3” steel pipe?

  1. 35 sprinklers
  2. 40 sprinklers
  3. 45 sprinklers
  4. 50 sprinklers

2. Refer to booklet – Project #4. If the end head pressure is 8.0 psi, what is the total flow at C1?

  1. 14.8 gpm
  2. 15.0 gpm
  3. 15.6 gpm
  4. 15.8 gpm

3. According to OSHA, a permit is required prior to excavation when the trench meets or exceeds what minimum depth?

  1. 4’
  2. 5’
  3. 6’
  4. 7’

*All questions are written and reviewed by licensed contractors who are actively working in the field*


Resources
Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook,
(includes NFPA 13, NFPA 13D, and NFPA 13R).
National Fire Protection Association,
1 Batterymarch Park,
Quincy, MA 02269.
(800) 344-3555
FAX: (800) 593-6372.
INTERNET: www.nfpa.org/catalog

NFPA 14 - Standard for the Installation of Standpipe, Private Hydrant, and Hose Systems,
National Fire Protection Association.
1 Batterymarch Park,
Quincy, MA 02269.
(800) 344-3555
FAX: (800) 593-6372.
INTERNET: www.nfpa.org/catalog

NFPA 17 - Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems.
National Fire Protection Association,
1 Batterymarch Park,
Quincy, MA 02269.
(800) 344-3555
FAX: (800) 593-6372.
INTERNET: www.nfpa.org/catalog

NFPA 20 - Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection.
National Fire Protection Association,
1 Batterymarch Park,
Quincy, MA 02269.
(800) 344-3555
FAX: (800) 593-6372.
INTERNET: www.nfpa.org/catalog

NFPA 25 - Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.
National Fire Protection Association,
1 Batterymarch Park,
Quincy, MA 02269.
(800) 344-3555
FAX: (800) 593-6372.
INTERNET: www.nfpa.org/catalog

Title 19 - Public Safety.
California Code of Regulations, Division 1, Chapter 5,
Barclays Official California Code of Regulations,
50 California Street, 19th floor,
San Francisco, CA, 94111.
(800) 888-3600
FAX: (415) 732-8875
OR
Building News, Inc.
1612 S. Clementine Street,
Anaheim, CA 92802.
(888) 264-2665
INTERNET: ccr.oal.ca.gov or www.bni-books.com

Cal/OSHA Construction Safety Orders.
California Code of Regulations, Title 8,
Industrial Relations, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4,
Barclays Official California Code of Regulations,
50 California Street, 19th floor,
San Francisco, CA, 94111.
(800) 888-3600
FAX (415) 732-8875
OR
Building News, Inc.
1612 S. Clementine Street,
Anaheim, CA 92802.
(888) 264-2665
INTERNET: ccr.oal.ca.gov or www.bni-books.com

*Publisher information is current as of 09/02*

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