Fire Industry Association to offer further guidance on new qualifications at FIREX

On Tuesday 2 May, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) announced that the organisation would be launching four brand new formal qualifications in fire detection and alarm systems. Those qualifications will be officially launched at FIREX International (which runs at ExCeL in London from 20-22 June) with a full programme of seminars and workshops.

The four new qualifications, which are provided through the FIA Awarding Organisation, are designed to reflect the four main job roles of the sector – ie designer, installer, maintainer and commissioner – with one qualification for each. Working in combination with employers, recruiters, member organisations and learners, the FIA has carefully developed the qualifications around the precise needs of each specific job role.

Following years of detailed research, the new qualifications have been designed to give those working in the industry (or those just joining or wishing to join) a professional in-depth knowledge of their specialist field, and are a Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework, which is equivalent to an A-Level or an NVQ Level 3.

Across the three days at FIREX International 2017, Martin Duggan (general manager of the FIA) is set to present three seminars. These detailed deliveries, which will have an interactive feel and afford the audience plenty of opportunity to ask questions, will offer comprehensive information about each specific qualification, the units studied for them and the examination process. There’ll also be an opportunity to pick up a copy of the FIA’s new Professional Learning and Qualifications Prospectus.

New Fire Detection and Alarm Qualifications: Maintenance (Tuesday 20 June, 10.20 am-10.50am, FIREX International Expertise and Guidance Theatre)

The FIA has become a recognised Awarding Organisation that can register qualifications on the National Curriculum. As stated, four fire detection and alarm system qualifications have been announced. Find out what the thinking behind this move was and what the vision is. How will it work? This session is designed to examine the specifics for the maintenance qualification.

New Fire Detection and Alarm Qualifications: Installation and Commissioning (Wednesday 21 June, 10.20 am-10.50 am, FIREX International Expertise and Guidance Theatre) 

This seminar focuses on the specifics for the installation and commissioning qualifications.

New Fire Detection and Alarm Qualifications: Design (Thursday 22 June, 10.20 am-10.50 am, FIREX International Expertise and Guidance Theatre)  

The final seminar session will look at the main points of the design qualification.

*There will be limited seats available at each seminar. Entrance to FIREX is free and the seminars are open to all. To register, go to For more information about the new qualifications visit:

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI Editor, Risk UK Pro-Activ Publications

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