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(1) License Required. No person shall certify the installation, extension, alteration or repair of a fire alarm system without a Fire Alarm Systems Inspector license. Only a licensed Fire Alarm Systems Inspector may submit the annual certification of fire alarm systems required by The Philadelphia Code.
(2) Application Requirements. In order to secure a license an applicant must:
(b) hold, or be an employee of a person who holds, a Business Privilege License 1099 issued by the Department; and
(c) demonstrate competency in fire alarm systems. Competency shall be presumed if the applicant presents one of the alternatives set forth below:
(.1) NICET Alternative. A National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) certificate at Level II or higher in the Fire Alarms subfield of Fire Protection Engineering Technology.
(.2) Underwriters' Laboratory (UL) Alternative. The company for which the applicant is principal or designee is listed with UL in one of two categories of Protective Signaling Services. The first acceptable category is for Central Station Service (UUFX) as a "Full Service Company" or "Fire Alarm Service – Local Company". The second acceptable category is for Local, Auxiliary, Remote Station and Proprietary Service (UUJS).
(.3) Professional Engineer Alternative. A professional engineer registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who provides the Department with a signed and sealed statement of qualifications in the field of fire alarm systems.
(3) Enforcement. The Department shall enforce the provisions of this Section by suspending, revoking or refusing to issue or renew the license of any fire alarm inspector or certificate holder who has:
(a) practiced any fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit in obtaining or renewing a license or certificate;
(b) performed the installation, alteration, repair, testing, servicing, inspection or certification of a fire protection system in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, or has engaged in intentional or knowing misconduct in the providing of such services;
(c) violated the codes and/or regulations adopted by the City of Philadelphia;
(d) engaged in unfair or deceptive trade practice;
(e) failed to responsibly train or control employees performing under the licensee's supervision; or
(4) The licensee shall notify the Department in writing of any change of address, or change in certification status provided pursuant to subsection 9-1303(2)(c), within ten days of such change.
Note that "business privilege license" was changed to "commercial activity license" by Bill No. 110758 (approved December 21, 2011), effective May 1, 2012.