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) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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