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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. Each exam is entirely unique and answer choices are randomly ordered. 

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

Certification Exam Questions Time Content Overview Fee
Inspector Level I 75 Questions 100 minutes Level I Content Outline $400
Inspector Level II Next Step 125 Question 170 minutes Level II Content Outline $300
Inspector Level II Direct 145 Questions 195 minutes Level I – II Content Outline $600

A score of 70% or higher is required to pass for all ACE certifications.

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