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New qualifications launched for fire safety

03 May 2017

Four new qualifications for the fire detection and alarm sector have been announced by the Fire Industry Association (FIA).

These have been designed for the four main job roles covering design, installation, commissioning and maintenance.

A video has also been released with the slogan 'Change is good', to introduce the new qualifications and explain the need for higher levels of professionalism.

The four job roles were identified by the FIA working with employers, recruiters, member organisations and others to match the precise needs of each one.

Each qualification is designed to provide professional, in-depth knowledge of its specialist field and listed as a Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the equivalent of an A-level or NVQ Level 3, said the FIA.

They are also equivalent to a Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework and one level higher than that required by the new EN 16763 standard that covers the fire and security services sectors.

FIA awarding organisation manager Ian Gurling said the qualifications had "very much" been guided by "members and learners", including the running of surveys and listening to feedback.

"It became important early on to us to design new qualifications that cover a wide range of theory, but in a way that is relevant to each individual job role within the fire detection and alarms sector," he said.

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