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2021 ICC Fire Plans Examiner Practice Test

Building Code Masters' 2021 Fire Plans Examiner Practice Exam for the ICC certification stands as an invaluable resource for aspiring professionals seeking to excel in the field of code enforcement.

Designed with in-depth knowledge of the International Fire Code (IFC) and NFPA 13, this practice exam offers a comprehensive practice test for candidates to hone their skills and knowledge. It meticulously covers essential topics of administration, occupancy, hazardous materials, fire protection, and egress safety.

The exam is designed to simulate real-world scenarios, providing candidates with a practical understanding of the complexities they might encounter in their roles as residential building inspectors.

With a focus on clarity and relevance, Building Code Masters' 2021 Practice Exam equips candidates with the confidence and expertise needed to successfully navigate the challenges of the ICC certification.

2021 ICC Fire Plans Examiner Certification Outline

The outline provided is directly from the specification of the coverage areas that are on the real certification exam from the ICC. All of the information about ICC certifications can be viewed through the ICC exam catalog.

Administration (5%)

Research and Testimony (5%)

  • Research fire protection requirements for special construction, operations, and materials.

  • Provide expert technical testimony on fire codes and standards when directed by the fire code official.

Consultation and Explanation (2%)

  • Coordinate activities with building official, zoning official, design professionals, owners, contractors, and public utilities.

Recordkeeping (2%)

  • Prepare and maintain records of fire protection plans examinations, including notices, orders, findings, and dispositions.

Occupancy (15%)

Occupancy Type (1%)

  • Verify correct building occupancy type classification.

Type of Construction (2%)

  • Verify specified building construction type.

Occupant Load (3%)

  • Verify code compliance of occupant load for individual rooms.

Specific Occupancy and Use Hazards (4%)

  • Verify code compliance for specific occupancy and use hazards protection.

Evaluate Special Fire Protection Features (5%)

  • Verify specified fire-resistive materials, surface treatments, and clearance of combustibles surrounding the building where required.

Hazardous Materials (20%)

Management Plan (2%)

  • Review hazardous materials management plans for compliance with prevention, control, and mitigation code requirements.

Material Safety Data Sheets (2%)

  • Verify submission of material safety data sheets, correct material classification hazard, and maximum allowable quantity.

Control Areas (2%)

  • Verify design and construction of control areas in accordance with the code.

Special Hazards (3%)

  • Verify compliance of occupancies with special hazards requirements, such as hazardous production material (HPM), semiconductor fabrication, dry cleaning, and woodworking.

Flammable and Combustible Liquids and Gases (3%)

  • Verify storage, use, and handling of flammable and combustible liquids and gases comply with code requirements.

Storage of Combustibles (5%)

  • Verify general fire protection and safety requirements for combustible storage.

Fire Protection (35%)

Water Supply for Fire Protection (5%)

  • Verify sufficient water supply for fire protection systems with necessary control and monitoring equipment.

  • Ensure compliance of fire department inlet, hydrants, and hose connections.

Sprinklers, Standpipes, and Alternate Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems (5%)

  • Verify design, listing, and compliance of sprinklers, standpipes, and alternate fire extinguishing systems.

  • Ensure compliance of construction and equipment specifications.

Fire Alarm and Detection Systems (12%)

  • Review specifications and design of fire alarm and detection systems.

  • Ensure compliance of construction and equipment specifications and monitoring requirements.

Portable Extinguishers (2%)

  • Verify size, class, and location compliance of portable extinguishers.

Smoke Control Systems (2%)

  • Verify specifications and design of smoke control systems where required.

Egress Safety (25%)

Emergency and Standby Power (2%)

  • Verify provision of emergency and standby power for egress and occupant safety.

Egress Doors (2%)

  • Verify compliance of egress doors with size, swing, fire protection rating, and panic or fire exit hardware.

Stairs, Ramps, and Balconies (6%)

  • Verify compliance of stairs, ramps, and balconies with code requirements for dimensions, guards, rails, and landings.

Exit Access (6%)

  • Verify compliance of egress routes with code requirements for width, clearances, travel distance, fire protection, illumination, and signage.

  • Ensure compliance of dead-end corridors.

Access to Buildings, Windows, and Roofs (7%)

  • Verify emergency access to the building, windows, and roof for the fire department.

  • Ensure stairway access to the roof and specify location of premise identification and fire-department key boxes as required.

Hazards to Fire Fighters (2%)

  • Specify hazardous material signage where required.

  • Ensure protective barriers and identification of hazardous building elements for emergency personnel safety.

How To Study With The Fire Plans Examiner Practice Test

Knowing how to tackle answering questions from all of the required sections is a daunting task. Practicing answering building code questions is essential for a building inspector or someone about to take an exam.

In the field, a building inspector should be able to answer general questions about administration, occupancy, hazardous materials, fire protection, and egress safety. During an exam, test takers must be able to navigate the International Fire Code and other texts fast enough to answer all of the questions within the allowed time of 3.5 hours.

Fire Plans Examiner Practice Test Study Recommendation

Building Code Masters recommends that test takers be able to do the following before taking a certification test:

  1. Have the table of contents and index tabbed for easy access.

  2. Be able to look up 60 practice test questions in under 2 hour.

  3. Know the location of and mark all important tables.

This basic three step formula has proven successful for several examinees and speed is key just as it is in the field. Building Code Masters has several practice exams for building inspectors to test their skills and learn the most essential questions and scenarios they will be presented with.

How to Take the 2021 Fire Plans Examiner Test

The final step in completing your certification is scheduling and taking the examination. All exams can be schedule from the exam catalog or ICC account. Either log in to your account and follow the credentials tab OR go directly to the exam catalog and schedule from there.

From myICC account:

myICC residential building inspector

From Exam catalog:

exam catalog residential building inspector


Good luck to all the examinees! May your hard work and dedication be reflected in your exam results. Trust in your preparation, stay confident, and give it your best effort. Wishing you success and a bright future in your endeavors!


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