Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
April 30, 2019

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ASFP introduces online course in the essentials of passive fire protection

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has launched an online course introducing passive fire protection to tradespeople with limited knowledge of its role in a building’s overall fire strategy.

This could mean installers of active fire systems like sprinklers or fire alarms. It could also apply to anyone involved in building maintenance or follow-on trades – like electricians or plumbers – who risk damaging existing compartmentation and fire-resisting walls in the course of their work.

In the course of 13 short videos, lasting 10-15 minutes in total, the ASFP Introduction to Passive Fire Protection will introduce learners to:

  • General fire safety in buildings
  • Human behaviour in fire
  • Fire testing
  • Contractor responsibilities
  • And the role of active fire protection

They will also be introduced to various types of passive fire protection systems, including:

  • Fire protection in a building’s structural frame
  • Fire resisting walls, floors and ceilings
  • Fire stopping and penetration seals, cavity barriers and building envelope
  • Fire resistant ducts and dampers
  • Fire resistant doors, shutters and associated hardware

Upon completing the course, learners will receive a CPD certificate for a total of three CPD hours.

Formal qualifications and a deeper understanding of the topic can be attained in the classroom with the ASFP’s Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection.  Complete that seven-day course and learners can study towards an examination leading to a Level 3 qualification in Passive Fire Protection.  Those undertaking the four-day course can study towards a Level 2 qualification.

The foundation course equips learners to demonstrate competency, progress their career and perhaps achieve academic recognition in the discipline. The qualifications are examined and awarded by Ofqual and CCEA-regulated Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) awarding organisation.

ASFP courses are suitable for any professional involved in the construction industry – from installers and follow on trades, to designers and specifiers, contractors and specialist installers, as well as building owner occupiers, risk assessors and enforcement agencies.

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