The Eurotech team will be attending FIREX where there will be a range of seminars and workshops to help us better understand exactly what is involved. We shall then report back with our findings on the blog so stay tuned to social where we’ll be posting a link.
What we do know about the qualifications is that they will require an in-depth technical knowledge and expect examples of how to apply and interpret this knowledge. Legislation and a thorough understanding of the different technologies involved in fire alarm systems will also be necessary. This will all help learners further their professional understanding of the industry to better equip them for a career in the fire industry and working in the field.
Learners and business owners alike can rest assured of the quality of the new qualifications on offer in the fact that they are validated and properly approved by the same regulators that are responsible for the standards adhered to by the awarding bodies of GCSE’s, A Levels and vocational qualifications studied through schools and colleges nationwide.
Ian Gurling, Manager to the new FIA AO, explained how the qualifications were initialised: “To get the qualifications off the ground, we started off with gaining recognition for the FIA with the regulators to be an awarding body – an awarding organisation as they call us – to essentially set up a new company within the FIA. The regulators wanted us to set it up outside of the FIA with its own offices, but I managed to persuade them through proving our integrity, and our corporate governance, that we could do this within the organisation and still have a training arm as well.”
“The first unit is a Foundation unit, which is covers the common aspects of fire safety across all four roles including legislation and guidance, technology and how they relate to each other. – we’ve also tailored them to account for regional variations so if you’re in Ireland for example we include IS 3218, and so on and so forth for the various standards and requirements,” explained Gurling.
“Once you’ve completed the Foundation you can complete the other units in any order you want. We have a Health & Safety unit, and an Environmental unit – so in that [the Environmental unit] we’re covering the environmental impact of a fire alarm system; for example, how to transport and handle ionisation detector heads how to handle gaseous systems if you’re working on them in any way.
“We’ve also got the role specific advanced unit for the design, install, maintain, and commission. Once you’ve got all four units recorded as a pass, you’ve got your qualification.”