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NOW AVAILABLE: The Complete ERCES Handbook


This first-of-its-kind printed desk reference and study guide authored by the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC), includes comprehensive learning and reference material pertaining to Emergency Responder Communications Enhancement Systems (ERCES).

The Handbook covers the following NICET IB-PSC certifications: Designer and Technician (Level 1, 2, and 3), and is used as a reference for a variety of topics. It also includes an exclusive ERCES Vendor Directory to accelerate your search for knowledgeable industry resources.

Key Objectives of the Study Guide

  • Increase industry competence
  • Prepare students for NICET Certification
  • Provide a pathway for workforce development
  • Establish the definitive In-Building Public Safety Reference, covering:
    • RF Fundamentals
    • In-building design and installation core knowledge and best practices
    • Identify requisite skills
    • Code and standards requirements
  • Level the playing field for contractors
  • Provide AHJs, general contractors, and building owners the ability to identify competent vendors
  • Facilitate common interpretation of codes and standards from jurisdiction to jurisdiction
  • Provide a consistent working model for in-building public safety system collaborative processes

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What Others Are Saying

What is the SBC-NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications Certification Program?

In-building public safety communications systems are a crucial element of the life-safety tools first responders depend upon every day to protect themselves and the communities they serve. The people whose lives rely on fire and life-safety systems deserve and demand competent design and installation. As one of the newest elements of fire code – first entered into the books in 2009 – the industry is going through a growing phase in developing best practices and training. It can be very difficult for AHJs, radio system operators, and building owners to distinguish the experienced and competent from the newcomers. This is a scenario that demands objective, third-party verification of the skills and knowledge needed to do the job correctly.

Nicet Seal Recognizing this need, in 2020 The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), in cooperation with the Safer Buildings Coalition announced a joint effort to develop a new engineering technician certification program for Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES). That program is the NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB-PSC) Certification.

This certification program is designed for engineering technicians engaged in the detailing and layout, installation, and maintenance, and/or designing of in-building public safety communication systems. Technical areas covered include knowledge of radio frequency theory, equipment mounting requirements, delivered audio quality scale, business software and mathematics, communications using project specifications and documents, site survey data and design tools, and interpretation and evaluation of surveys. The program has a three-level technician track and a one-level Design track that may be used independently or together to establish minimum qualifications for appropriate roles.

Successful candidates must pass an exam or exams, complete a work history description that documents and meets specific industry related experience, successfully perform key role specific activities, and obtain personal recommendations for Level III and Design. Once earned, certification must be maintained through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and recertified every three years.

NICET statement: “The Safer Buildings Coalition has established itself as the leading proponent for highly qualified individuals to design, install and maintain these critical life-safety systems. NICET has been very happy to have the support of the Safer Buildings Coalition to develop and launch this very important new certification program.”

For more information about this one-of-a-kind certification program for ERCES installers and designers, visit this link: NICET In-Building Public Safety Communications (IB-PSC) Certification Program

We also have a webinar replay focused on the certification here: WEBINAR | Getting NICET Certified for ERCES – In-Building Public Safety Communications Professional Development

The Authors


Chief Alan Perdue (ret.), CFO, FM

Safer Buildings Coalition Executive Director

Chief Perdue began his fire service journey as a volunteer firefighter with the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department and was employed by Guilford County Department of Emergency Services in 1979. He progressed through the ranks and was appointed Emergency Services Director in 2003 and after 34 years of service he retired in 2013. Chief Perdue is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Fire Marshal (FM) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission for Professional Credentialing.


John Foley

Safer Buildings Coalition Managing Director

John has a deep understanding of the connectivity industry, providing leadership and service for over 45 years, with particular expertise in strategy development, executive leadership, public speaking and education. As the Managing Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition, John speaks regularly on the topic of public safety communications policy; in-building wireless dead zones; NFPA 72 & 1221 and IFC 510 fire code education and development; E911 calling and location accuracy; and the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN, or FirstNet).


Mike Brownson

Founder, Brownson Consulting

Mike Brownson is a wireless industry veteran with 50 years in the industry. Over his career he’s been involved in a wide variety of wireless technologies including two-way radio, cellular, microwave, unlicensed broadband wireless and most recently has invested the past 15 years dedicated to Distributed Antenna Systems for public safety and cellular enhancement. Currently retired from full time employment and looking for opportunities to pass along his wealth of knowledge of ERCES best practices for installers and AHJs. Mike holds numerous industry certifications and is on the Standards Technical Committee for UL-2524.