FireQual Award in Fundamentals of the Recommendations for Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems in Non-Domestic Buildings

This qualification is intended to develop and provide understanding of the fundamental recommendations place on fire detection and fire alarm systems. Technicians will understand and be able to reference the recommendations as set out in BS 5839-1.

Except for specific lists and references, this qualification does not include reference to commentary and is focussed solely on the statements made in the recommendations.

Any areas in which commentary has been referenced for the purpose of this qualification are specifically identified in the details later within this document.

The qualification aims to prepare learners for employment in the FD&A sector, for progression to other qualifications in the FD&A sector qualifications focussed on the individual roles of persons working on FD&A systems.

Qualification Details

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

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 Qualification Title FireQual Award Fundamentals of the Recommendations for Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems in Non-Domestic Buildings at SCQF Level 6
Regulator SQA Accreditation
Availability UK wide
Qualification Reference Number R658 04
Date for First Registrations 1st March 2021
Last Date for Registrations 30th June 2024
Grading System Pass/Fail
Notional Time (hours) 37
Guided Learning (hours) 32
Direct Learning (hours) 4
Assessment Time (hours) 1.5
Age Ranges 16-18, 19+
Assessment Type e-Assessment
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

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.