Understanding Approved Supervising System Types – Recorded Webinar


Code officials, design professionals, and other stakeholders work tirelessly to ensure that fire alarm systems are installed per applicable codes, standard and design requirements; however, after systems are installed it is a challenge for many jurisdictions to ensure required on-going code compliance.

UL has developed a webinar series that will provide attendees the framework of building code, fire code and NFPA 72 monitoring, maintenance, and service requirements for Supervising Station fire alarm systems.

The UL Fire Alarm Certification program is designed to give Authorities Having Jurisdiction and all stakeholders confidence and reliability that fire alarm system functionality, monitoring, inspection, testing and maintenance and fire alarm company service delivery are in compliance with nationally recognized codes and standards through regular assessment and oversight at no cost to jurisdictions.

This is the second in a series of four webinars designed to give code authorities and alarm companies a better understanding of UL’s Alarm Certificate Services program and how it relates to nationally recognized codes and standards.

This recorded webinar will take a deep dive into what NFPA 72 says about the different types of Supervising Station Systems along with the Pros and Cons of the various types that are most commonly utilized today. It is presented in a manner that bridges the gap between the technical language in NFPA 72 and easy to understand terms that make sense using real word examples.


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand UL’s program for fire alarm systems based on NFPA 72 requirements
  • Learn how UL audits alarm service providers
  • Understand how UL’s certification of alarm system services helps to provide confidence in code compliant fire alarm systems.

Target Audience

 This course is applicable to multiple roles and levels in an organization including, but not limited to:

  • Architects & suppliers
  • Building inspector (AHJ)
  • Engineers
  • Facility & building managers
  • Fire Alarm manufacturers
  • Fire Alarm installers
  • Fire inspector (AHJ)
  • Other Code officials

IACET Procedure:

UL Knowledge Solutions is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this course; contact your local jurisdiction for CEU recognition. 0.1 CEU will be awarded upon successful completion of the knowledge assessment following the course.


Presenter Biography:

Tom Presnak  - Engineering Associate Lead

Tom Presnak has been with UL for more than 30 years. His duties include performing evaluations and audits of fire alarm contractors and supervising stations across the U.S. He leads UL’s outreach and support for AHJs and alarm contractors to help them understand UL’s Fire Alarm Certification programs. He holds NICET Level II certification as a Fire Alarm Technician, and an associate degree in Fire Science. Tom also represents UL on NFPA 72 Chapter 14 Inspection, Testing & Maintenance. He spent 12 years as a firefighter/engineer in the suburban Chicago area, and worked as a Field Representative for insurance service offices for over six years.


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Time Requirement


Web-Based 60 minutes Free

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