Prepare for the Exam

All documents and videos needed to pass the exam are in the Reading List below

The Reading List (Exam Study List)

The order in which these documents are listed provides an approximate order in which it is suggested that they be read and studied.

The material goes from basic to more involved, and from general to more specific.

About the Reading List

Each reading list item can be accessed from the links below. You can download the word document linked below as a check list and navigate to each resource through the document from your own desktop.

Note: login is required for some of the documentation. To view documents 12, 13, and 14 you will be required to create a free account with UL Product iQ.

Optional (NOT on exam), but highly recommended if you have limited experience in fire safety.
FEMA: “Overview of fire protection in buildings”

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Need Some Additional Help With Your Studies?

Want some additional help learning/understanding some of the reading list documents? IFC Special Inspector Member Firewise Consultants have a course that provides useful explanations and elaborations of a few of the most complex and technical documents in this Reading List. The course costs $99. You can access it at

The IFC does not receive any revenue from the pay-per-view purchase of these videos. We make you aware of them here as a service to those seeking to broaden their learning options, from a recognized expert instructor. Viewing these tutorial videos is not necessary in order to achieve a passing score on the examination. Over 150 people have passed the examination prior to these video tutorials being available. However, it is judged that these videos will be very helpful in allowing many people to gain a fuller and quicker understanding.