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FIA develops new Level 3 qualification in fire detection and alarm systems

by Brian Sims

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) is offering training to a new Level 3 qualification for the fire detection and alarms (FD&A) sector, namely the FIA Awarding Organisation Level 3 Fundamentals of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems in Non-Domestic Premises. This qualification is designed to provide a concise and focused introduction to the FD&A sector. It’s ideal for anyone looking for a qualification in fire detection.

The training comprises two two-day training units with an ‘open book’ examination at the end of the second unit. Those who pass will gain a Level 3 qualification based on BS 5839-1.

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Dame Judith Hackitt’s subsequent Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, plus listening to industry feedback, the FIA reviewed its current training and Level 3 qualifications available and identified the need for a more succinct Level 3 qualification focusing on the fundamentals of fire detection and alarm management.

FIA CEO Ian Moore informed Risk Xtra: “We’ve been running our Level 3 qualifications for over a year now and it’s clear from the feedback that a different style of examination is needed. Modern examination techniques focus more on where to find the information that’s readily available (ie through the Internet, manuals or standards) and not a memory test as some of us were used to ‘back in the day’. The new Fundamentals qualification will have an open book (BS 5839-1 or the FIA training manual) examination. Having completed what we consider to be this world-class training, learners will be able to approach the examination with confidence.”

It’s widely accepted that a key way in which to demonstrate competency in FD&A is to be qualified to Level 3. The FIA Awarding Organisation’s Fundamentals qualification is registered on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which is equivalent to a Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

*For more information about the qualification or to enrol on the two training units visit www.fia.uk.com

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