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FM and UL-ULC Firestop Exams

For those Specialty Firestop Contractors and Special Inspection Agencies conducting specialty firestop inspections that are looking to set themselves apart from the competition, the FM 4991 ApprovedUL-ULC Qualified Contractor, and IAS AC 291* Programs are credible 3rd-party accreditation programs. For all three programs, the first step towards becoming an Accredited firm is taking – and PASSING – the Firestop Exams.

Preparing for the FM and UL-ULC Firestop Exams is a long process. Both exams are based on the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice and are offered at ALL FCIA Conferences and Symposiums throughout North America, Canada, and the Middle East.

To help prepare for the exams, FCIA offers a variety of options:

  • The FCIA Education for the Firestop Exams education sessions – a 4-hour curriculum comprised of Education and Management System Manual Seminars held directly before the Firestop Exams (available at all FCIA Conferences and Symposiums)
  • Monthly webinar sessions covering a variety of topics all related to the firestop and effective compartmentation industry
  • Extended webinar sessions covering the FCIA Education for the Firestop Exams education sessions (available to FCIA Contractor and Special Inspection Agency Members two times annually)

The seminars cover the key points likely to be found on the Firestop Exams, as well as an overview of the Quality Management System Manual requirements for each of the three programs.

FCIA Members save on the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice and the FCIA Education for the Firestop Exam education sessions. Learn more about joining FCIA

2022 Exam Dates**

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – Nashville, TN
- Tuesday, 21 June 2022 - Doha, Qatar
- Wednesday, 22 June 2022 - Dubai, UAE

– Tuesday, November 1, 2022 – Amelia Island, FL

  FM UL
# of Questions 100+

125

Those writing the ULC Firestop Exam are required to complete the UL Core Exam, plus an additional 25 questions for the Canadian supplement. This supplement is added to the core UL Firestop Exam and graded as a whole.

Length of time allowed 2 hrs 45 mins (Full)
90 mins (Re-Exam)
3 hrs – UL Core Exam
1 hr – ULC Supplement
Open Book No Yes
Score required to Pass 80% 80%
MOP Version Required 7th Edition or Newer 7th Edition
Online Exam Option No Yes – Register to take the Online Exam at UL.com
How long for results 2-4 weeks 3 hours
If I don’t pass, can I retake exam? Yes Yes
After passing the exam, how long before I need to retake the exam?

3 yrs

Earn less than 6 CEUs every 3 years and write the standard FM Firestop Exam
OR
Earn greater than 6 but less than 9 CEUs every 3 years and write the FM Re-Exam
OR
Earn 9 CEUs every 3 years to be exempt from having to test

3 yrs
OR
Earn 6 CEUs every 3 years
What constitues a CEU? A CEU is definied as a Continuing Education Unit (CEU).  CEUs are comprised of Learning Units (LUs), which equate to actual hours of industry-specific contact education.

 

1 CEU = 8 LUs

A CEU is definied as a Continuing Education Unit (CEU).  CEUs are comprised of Learning Units (LUs), which equate to actual hours of industry-specific contact education.

 

1 CEU = 10 LUs

I live and work in Canada. Is there a different requirement? No Yes
The ULC Canadian Supplement is required. The Canadian Supplement consists of an additional 25 questions, to be completed within 1 hour. This supplement is added to the core UL Firestop Exam and is graded as a whole.
Study Guides FCIA Manual of Practice
Standard for Approval of Firestop Contractors, Class 4991
The FM Approval Guide
FCIA Manual of Practice
UL’s Online Certification Directory
UL Qualified Firestop Contractor Program Requirements and Checklist

 

ULC Canadian Supplement
NRC Best Practice Guide to Fire Stops

* The IAS AC 291 for Special Inspection Agencies requirement of taking the Firestop Exam can be fulfilled with EITHER the FM Firestop Exam OR the UL-ULC Firestop Exam.

** Firestop Contractors and Special Inspection Agencies NOT located in North America can contact FCIA to inquire about hosting a(n) FM or UL Firestop Examination at your location. Email info@fcia.org with inquiries.