FireQual Award in Fire Detection and Alarm Commissioning Theory and Regulatory Requirements

This qualification is intended to provide technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to commission fire alarm systems.

Technicians will understand the specific requirements of current and relevant UK legislation alongside other associated standards, the technologies available and their application, through to certificating the commissioning and record keeping and handling the systems and associated documentation over to the end user.

This qualification is not linked to any manufacturer of FD&A equipment and will not include specific requirements set by those manufacturers for making connections, programming and testing. It is strongly recommended that technician’s complete product specific training from their chosen manufacturer in addition to completing this qualification.

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Qualification Details

The following table provides an overview of the important information relating to the delivery of this qualification in Scotland.

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 Qualification Title FireQual Award in Fire Detection and Alarm Commissioning Theory and Regulatory Requirements at SCQF Level 6
Regulator SQA Accreditation
Availability UK wide
Qualification Reference Number  R688 04
Date for First Registrations  23rd June 2021
Last Date for Registrations  30th June 2024
Grading System Pass/Fail
Notional Time (hours) 88
Guided Learning (hours) 44
Direct Learning (hours) 38
Assessment Time (hours) 6
Age Ranges 16-18, 19+
Assessment Type Multi choice e-Assessment and RPL
Registration Fee £40.00 + VAT
e-Assessment Fee £50.00 + VAT per e-Assessment
Candidate Entry Requirements

Candidates should be proficient in core skills literacy, numeracy, and communication.

It is recommended that candidates entering this qualification have previously gained field experience either in FD&A and/or appropriate levels of education and/or experience in associated industries

Delivery Staff Requirements

There are no formal fire systems qualification requirements for training to this qualification. However, trainers should hold experience either as a practicing technician in the field or as a contributor to relevant British and/or EU standards.

Although not mandatory, trainers would be demonstrating best practice if they held or were working towards a relevant teaching/training qualification, e.g. PTTLS or equivalent.