Residential Fire Alarm - ONLINE


PRICE: $265 for members (enter member discount code on purchasing screen)/ $365 non-members.  

Price includes 200 page manual and proctored exam that must be taken at a PSI testing center.

This seven-hour course, followed by a one-hour examination, will provide individuals with experience designing, selling, installing, servicing and maintaining residential fire alarm systems.

What to Expect in the Online Course:

The course is delivered using a presentation style that is built off the exact same content covered in our instructor led course.  The presentation includes text, graphics, videos and activities to help you absorb the information presented. Each module is concluded by a knowledge checkpoint quiz to make sure you have understood the core concepts presented.  The course ends with a comprehensive assessment test that you must past with a 70% or greater to complete the course.  Your time will be tracked in the course and you must spend 7 hours interacting with the course materials before you will granted a course completion.

Please be aware that if you need to use this course for licensing or towards one of ESA’s certifications you will need to take the RFA proctored exam at a PSI testing facility. For more details on arranging and scheduling a proctored exam please visit the Proctored Exam information page.

Who should attend: Technical staff of residential fire systems (installation, service, and maintenance).

NOTE:  Not all state regulatory agencies allow online courses for licensing.  Please check with your licensing agency prior to taking this course for licensing.

Once your registration has been processed you will receive a training manual via ground service delivery. Your manual will arrive within 3-5 business days. If you do not receive your manual within that time please contact NTS at 888.447.1689 or

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Cancellation Policy:

If the student has completed less than ¼ of the course and a request is made to cancel, a refund is available less a 25% administrative fee. Students may choose to transfer their funds to another ESA/NTS provided course if less than ¼ the course has been completed. Transfers will not be issued until the class materials, including the course manual, is returned in like new condition to ESA/NTS. Fund transfers cannot be made to non-ESA/NTS courses due to the varied payment terms established by the Training Providers. Cancellation requests made beyond one-quarter through the course will not be refunded or transferred.

Refunds should be expected within thirty days of receipt of returned materials. Returns should be sent to: Attn: Returns ESA/NTS, 6333 North State Highway 161 Irving, TX 75038

Returned items should include a letter regarding the nature of the return, include the student’s name, telephone number and email address.

7 hours
Must spend 7 hours in online course, complete the online assessment, and pass the proctored final exam.
Time Limit to Complete :
365 days before course access expires

Detailed Course Outline:

Certifications available: none

Why Residential Fire Alarm Course?

  • Teaches the code knowledge and practical technical skills you need to design, install and maintain residential fire alarm systems that comply with NFPA 72 (2011 edition), the IRC (2009 edition), NFPA 101 (2009 edition) and NFPA 70 (2008 edition).
  • Provides the information necessary for individuals and companies previously focused solely on intrusion systems to expand their business services to include residential fire alarm systems.
  • Provides the training necessary so you can offer current and prospective customers the code-required system test and inspection services included in today's fire alarm codes.

Subject Areas:

  • Codes and standards
  • Control panels
  • Power requirements
  • Notification appliances
  • Initiating devices
  • Communication methods
  • Wiring
  • Testing and cleaning
  • Documentation
  • Client relations