Obtain a: Class A, B or C Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor License


STEP 1: EXAM GUIDELINES

To obtain a Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor license, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years old

  • Be able to read and write the English language

  • Be fit to perform the work authorized by the license;

  • Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor;

In addition, all applicants must meet one (1) of the following levels of experience:

  • Have had at least seven (7) years total experience* within the ten (10) years prior to application in the planning or design, and installation of fire suppression piping systems under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor in the United States.  All experience must be for the class of license you are applying for.
  • Have received a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, fire protection engineering, or appropriate engineering technology from a college or university registered by the New York State Department of Education and have had at least five (5) years total experience within seven (7) years prior to application in the planning or design, and installation of fire suppression piping systems under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor in the United States.  At least two (2) years of this experience must be in New York City and all experience must be for the class of license you are applying for.
  • Be a New York State-licensed professional (Professional Engineer or Registered Architect) and have at least three (3) years of experience within the five (5) years prior to application in the planning or design, and installation of fire suppression piping systems in the United States.  At least one (1) year of this experience must be in New York City and all experience must be for the class of license you are applying for.
  • Have at least seven (7) years total experience* within ten (10) years prior to application with at least two (2) years of such experience working in the planning or design, and installation of fire suppression piping systems under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor in the United States.  The balance of experience may be obtained by performing maintenance, replacement and repair of fire suppression piping work on existing buildings while in the employment of a New York City agency under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor Supervisor employed by the City agency.  All experience must be for the class of license you are applying for.
  • Have been an employee of a government agency, private inspection agency or other entity accepted by the Buildings Commissioner whose duties primarily involve the inspection of plumbing work for compliance with the New York City Plumbing Code and/or other laws relating to the installation, alteration or repair of fire suppression piping systems and this experience** combined with your work experience equals seven (7) years of work experience required within the ten (10) Year prior to application

    **Such applicants can count 50 percent of the years he or she was satisfactorily employed in the above work towards the seven (7) years of total required work experience as long as it was obtained within ten (10) years prior to application. The number of years credited shall not exceed two and a half (2.5) years of the satisfactory experience. The remaining balance must be obtained by working in the planning or design and installation of plumbing systems under the direct and continuing supervision of a licensed master plumber in the United States

    *As of July 1, 2011, at least two (2) years of the required practical experience must be obtained as a Department-registered Journeyman Fire Suppression Contractor. Please see the full text of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code for all the qualifications requirements

STEP 2: APPLYING FOR THE LICENSE

You must pass a written exam (LIC41), in order to become a Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor. To do this you must complete the exam application, check the box that indicates you are a Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor candidate and submit the application with $525.00 fee, payable by money order only, to:

NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing & Exams Unit – Exams
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007


STEP 3: SCHEDULING YOUR EXAM

After submitting your exam application, you must next schedule your exam.

  • If your application is accepted, you will receive an email from the exam administrator in three (3) to four (4) weeks with instructions on how to schedule your exam.  Exams are given at several different locations throughout the City.

  • The written exam consists of multiple choice questions that assess your knowledge of the NYC Construction Codes, rules and relevant regulations.  You will not be allowed to use reference materials during the exam.

  • Passing score is seventy (70) percent; if you pass the written exam you will receive your report (printed by the site proctor) at the exam site at the time of testing.


STEP 4: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

To become a Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor, you must also pass a background investigation by submitting the below documents, in-person and by appointment only, to the Department:

  • Examination Score Report;

  • LIC2 License Application

  • Typed LIC34: Licensing Supplemental Affidavit, if applicable;

  • LIC51 application
    NOTE: Applicants may fill out the LIC51 Voluntary Authorization for Service of Process by email even if they reside within the City of New York and would like to to receive Notices of Violation (NOV)/Summonses via email.
  • Notarized Background Investigation Questionnaire

  • LIC62 Physical Exam Form must be completed within 90 days to application date

  • Supplemental Investigation Questionnaire

  • Experience Verification Forms from all supervisors for the years you are claiming as experience;
    NOTE: Experience Verification Forms from company Human Resources will not be accepted.

  • Certified Social Security History of Earnings for the years you are claiming as experience;
    NOTE: There is a fee charged by the Social Security Administration for this service. You must request the report to be run by company name. You may request the information by mail or in-person (ordinarily you can receive this instantly in-person). Visit http://www.ssa.gov/online/ssa-7050.html for more information.

  • Photo ID (driver’s license, learner’s permit, State ID, green card, or passport);

  • Original Social Security Card;

  • Original birth certificate, current passport, or green card;

  • Proof of residence (utility bill, bank statement, lease or deed) or a typed notarized letter and bill from the person you are residing with
    NOTE: Cell phone bills will not be accepted.

  • Latest pay stub or W-2;

  • Two (2) passport sized photographs;

  • Child Support Certification Form;

  • $500.00 Background Investigation Fee – for questions pertaining to your background investigation or to find out the status, please send inquiries to lbackgrounds@buildings.nyc.gov

Applicants have one (1) year to complete the submission of all documentation.


STEP 5: OBTAINING YOUR LICENSE CARD

Once you have passed the exams and background investigation, you need to apply for your Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor license.  The Master Plumber and Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor License Board investigates the character and fitness of all applicants for a Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor license.

  • If you successfully pass the written exam and the background investigation, you will be notified in writing by the Department’s Licensing Unit that you are eligible to apply for a Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor License.
  • You have one (1) year from the date of that letter to begin submitting the required documents for your license. If you do not complete the process within one (1) year of the date on the letter, you will be required to retake the exam.
  • You must make an appointment to apply for a license by calling the Department’s Licensing & Exams Unit at (212) 393-2259.  All documents submitted must be originals; copies will not be accepted.  Candidates without appointments will not be seen.

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