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About the Exam

Exams consist of multiple-choice questions, with each question having one correct answer.  Each exam is automatically generated from a test bank containing hundreds of exam-level appropriate questions.

Refer to the content overview for topics covered for each certification.

CertificationExam QuestionsTimeContent OverviewFee
Inspector Level I75 Questions100 minutesLevel I Content Outline$400
Inspector Level II Next Step125 Question170 minutesLevel II Content Outline$300
Inspector Level II Direct145 Questions195 minutesLevel I – II Content Outline$600
Inspector Level 3NEWComing SoonMore Information

Materials Permitted in the Exam

Due to the nature of both the profession and the assessment, Academy Certification Exams’ Inspector I and Inspector II exams are “open‐book”, allowing the use of various materials for reference. Exam takers will receive a list of allowed materials, including those specific to the State where applicable. Unless otherwise indicated in the confirmation email, only official bound or copies in binders, of the materials listed will be allowed into the exam room.

ACE Certification exams are based on the NFPA 25 2017 standard. It is strongly recommended that the 2017 edition of NFPA 25 is used for the exam.

ACE allows the following reference materials to be used in the exam:

  • NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
  • ACE provided state specific reference material (see links below)

State Specific Reference Materials:

Reference material may contain MINIMAL handwritten notes.  Highlighted passages and permanent tabs are allowed.  If permanent tabs are not used, the tabs will be required to be removed prior to the exam. 

You will also be allowed to bring in one calculator. You will NOT be allowed to use the calculator function on cell phones, laptops, tablets, or other media-devices. Any electronic device other than the allowed calculator must be powered down and put away during the entirety of the exam.

NFPA Handbooks are not permitted.   Only bound copies of the NFPA codes and standards books will be allowed. Any employer-issued copies of these materials MUST be spiral bound or in a binder. NO LOOSE PHOTOCOPIES. Books may contain minimal handwritten notes. Highlighted passages and permanent tabs are allowed. If you do not have access to bound copies of these codes and standards books, they can be purchased online at

ALL materials will be checked for appropriateness by the proctor prior to AND following the exam. No notes or comments about the exam, topics, questions, format, scoring, etc., will be allowed to leave the exam room. The exam and details surrounding it are confidential. This will be outlined in our Academy Certification Exams Non-Disclosure Statement, which must be signed before turning in your exam. Without your signature on this agreement, we will not process your certification.

Please review Academy Certification Exam’s complete policies and procedures

The exam is paper and pencil.  Here is some key information to keep in mind for the day of the exam:

  • You must be checked in and ready to begin by 8:00 am.Please arrive at least 15 -30 minutes early for check in procedures.If you are not checked in and ready by 8:00 am you may be asked to reschedule your exam.
  • You must have a PICTURE ID. 
  • Pencils are required.
  • You are permitted to use a calculator.  
  • No cell phones or any other type of electronic device will be permitted to be used in any way during the exam and must be powered off.
  • Materials with excessive writing or removable paper tabs will not be permitted to be used during the exam.
  • Exam results are typically available within 24 hours.  
  • If you have not completed the required prerequisites prior to the exam date, you may not be permitted to take the exam. Please confirm your account is up to date.