certification programs

In-Building Public Safety Communications Performance Measures

Level I Performance Measures


Accurately measure voltage, current, and resistance with an electronic multimeter.


Accurately read and understand project drawings and specifications.


Follow properly job site safety procedures.


Identify and properly use generic tools for a given task and use them safely.


Identify common IB-PSC equipment and related materials.


Perform proper installation and termination techniques for IB-ERCES components and cabling.


Properly mount active/passive control equipment, peripheral devices, and related hardware.


Properly use cabling and connectorizing tools for a given task.


Level II Performance Measures


Accurately review construction documents, bill of materials, and appropriate scope of work.


Accurately use RF test equipment to diagnose system installation placement and potential problems.


Adjust headend and remote amplification equipment.


Communicate technical information that is clear and accurate.


Demonstrate technical leadership or mentoring.


Evaluate and confirm whether a specific device will meet codes, standards, and project specifications.


Evaluate site conditions relevant to IB-PSC layout, and correctly identify the codes and standards involved.


Evaluate site conditions relevant to IB-PSC layout, and correctly identify potential hazards and installation issues.


Demonstrate an understanding of the different radio architectures used in public safety (simulcast systems, trunked systems, multicast systems, conventional systems, satellite systems, simplex systems, etc.).


Generate complete and accurate reports on work activities, progress, and problems encountered.


Interpret voltage, current, and resistance measurements to test and diagnose system problems.


Knowledge of manufacturer’s equipment.


Measure RF signal strength and quality.


Perform a Delivered Audio Quality (DAQ) test and properly interpret a DAQ scale.


Perform a test with TDR test equipment and properly measure distance to fault.


Perform and evaluate cable tests (i.e., sweep test, bend radius, VSWR, return loss).


Perform and evaluate Continuous Wave (CW) tests.


Perform complete system commissioning (i.e., documentation of RF signal and cable test, completion test, and creation of as-built drawings).


Perform installations of basic IB-PSCs in accordance with project plans or shop drawings with limited supervision.


Perform proper troubleshooting procedures to correct or repair system faults.


Support onsite design validation.


Verify proper mounting of control equipment, peripheral devices, and related hardware.


Level III Performance Measures


Ability to recommend adjustments to design or selected components based on field observations.


Ability to respond to the technical aspects of an RFP/RFQ.


Accurately evaluate the completion of an IB-PSC installation project to ensure that applicable criteria (i.e., codes and standards, AHJ requirements, contractual obligations, project specifications, or client needs) have been met.


Commission a minimum of 2 active DAS or 10 passive DAS systems.


Coordinate project plans and schedules to meet project objectives.


Demonstrate an understanding of the different architectures utilized in land mobile radio systems for public safety.


Demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to use, local responder radio equipment to verify performance of system.


Develop and implement an installation strategy, including resolution of on-site scheduling conflicts and issues with other trades and project stakeholders.


Develop technical scope criteria for IB-PSC projects that meet project requirements.


Evaluate shop drawings for technical accuracy, including, but not limited to, RF Signal strength, quality and interference, power and battery calculations and component compatibility.


Evaluate the requirements for a new or existing IB-PSC and provide recommendations based on functionality, codes, standards, project specifications, and cost.


Monitor and evaluate the general and job-specific capabilities of team members, to ensure that they have received adequate training on technical, safety, and communication.


Perform complete system acceptance for IB-PSC projects.


Recognize, identify, and mitigate potential threats to an IB-PSC’s functionality or reliability from severe or existing environments.


Design Performance Measures


Accurately identify types of IB-PSC (active/passive).


Accurately interpret and implement RF signal test reports and incorporate into a comprehensive code compliant design.


Accurately interpret and understand project drawings and specifications.


Accurately review construction documents for feasibility and potential liabilities.


Compile IB-PSC submittal packages.


Design a minimum of 10 active DAS or 15 passive DAS systems that have passed acceptance testing.


Evaluate the requirements for a new or existing IB-PSC system and its components, and provide a clear rationale design, based on functionality, codes, standards, and project specifications, for either replacement or repair of any deficiencies.


Generate a heat map and provide a propagation analysis with both uplink and downlink models.


Knowledge of AHJ test requirements for approval (e.g., approval for live voice testing, RF frequencies, radio communication protocols).


Knowledge of manufacturer’s equipment.


Knowledge of the RF principles necessary to correctly design a working IB-PSC system that considers realworld situations, including, but not limited to, near-far principles, noise floor, interference, isolation, uplink and downlink power and gain, bit error rate, basic wireless modulation techniques, signal interference and noise ratio, free space loss, link budgets, and time delay interference.


Review another designer’s IB-ERCES design to optimize system efficiency, identify errors in calculations, and suggest corrections.