FIA launches Access to Foundation course focused on fire detection and alarm systems

The Fire Industry Association (FIA) is has launched a new fire detection and alarm training course. Access to Foundation, which is now available to book under the Training tab on the FIA’s website, is specifically aimed at individuals who may wish to do some additional preparatory study in the fire detection and alarms field before tackling the first course on the Qualification Pathway. This may be because they feel they either lack the knowledge or experience to pass the Foundation examination at the first time of asking.

“This course will no doubt please those who are preparing to undertake the qualification pathway, but are unsure about their success in the Foundation course,” said the FIA’s general manager Martin Duggan. “The Access Foundation course is a stepping stone to the Qualification Pathway and will help those people that have minimal experience gain confidence in the subject area before starting the Foundation course and the rest of the qualification.”

The Access course isn’t a required part of the qualification, but rather an optional introduction course that provides a basic introduction to fire detection and alarm systems technology and legislation. A certificate of attendance is issued at the conclusion of this one-day course.

The Foundation course provides much in-depth knowledge in a short period of time and ends with the examination. The course covers the same subjects as the Foundation, but has an ‘open book’ approach and doesn’t have the pressure of a formal examination. Learners can benefit from the years of knowledge and experience exhibited by the trainers. All of the learners’ questions can be answered and, as a direct result of this, they’ll gain more confidence in their own abilities.

*Full details of the course content can be found on the FIA’s website at Prices start from just £150 for FIA members

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