ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) – A non-governmental organization that provides accreditation services and training to public- and private-sector organizations, serving the global marketplace. ANAB is the largest accreditation body in North America and provides services in more than 75 countries.

ANAB Accreditation – Recognizes the competence of bodies to carry out activities in accordance with requirements defined in international standards. ANAB’s accreditation programs operate in accordance with international guidelines and have been verified by government and peer review assessments.

ICB-certified Fire and Smoke Damper Professionals – Those who have demonstrated possession of knowledge and skills required for the inspection and maintenance of fire and smoke dampers in HVAC systems.

ICB-certified Smoke Control Systems Professionals – Those who have demonstrated possession of the knowledge and skills required to inspect and test smoke management and stairway pressurization systems.

Fire Dampers – Fire protection equipment used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts to prevent the spread of fire inside the ductwork.

HVAC – Heating, ventilation and air conditioning

HVAC Fire Life Safety – Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems which are part of the fire life safety systems of a building, including fire and smoke dampers and smoke control systems.

HVAC Fire Life Safety Professionals – Those who take HVAC Fire Life Safety courses and pass a series of exams become ICB-certified HVAC Fire and Smoke Damper (FSD) Technicians, Supervisors or Contractors, and/or Smoke Control Systems Technicians, Supervisors or Contractors.

ICB (International Certification Board) – The mission of the ICB is to direct and implement a comprehensive set of certification programs to assure customers of the sheet metal industry of the quality advantages of utilizing persons or entities certified by the ICB. The ICB is the industry leader in HVAC fire and smoke damper and smoke control systems certifications. ICB certification is a statement that the technician, supervisor and contractor demonstrate the highest level of professional expertise.

ISO/IEC 17024 – Standard that provides an international benchmark for personnel certification programs to ensure that they operate in a consistent, comparable and reliable manner.

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) – International, nonprofit organization established in 1896 devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. NFPA delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering its mission.

Smoke Dampers – Smoke protection equipment designed to keep fumes, carbon monoxide and other toxins safely confined to smaller spaces.