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August 22, 2023


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BAFE updates and publishes Version 8 of competency scheme document for fire detection and alarm systems

BAFE Fire Safety Register has published Version 8.0 of its BAFE SP203-1 Competency Scheme Document for the Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems.

The updates take into account changes that have been introduced related to competency, such as BSI Flex 8670 – the criteria for building safety in competence frameworks.

Updates to the BAFE competency scheme include:

  • Appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and behaviours factored in according to the BSI Flex 8670 recommendations
  • Management scheme requirements regarding competence of individuals have been made more explicit
  • Practical changes have been introduced, such as a nominated Lead Individual for each module that have heightened competency criteria to ensure individuals are appropriate to supervise and support

Updates designed to “raise the competency bar for all”

Matt Darville, Chair of the BAFE SP203-1 Monitoring Committee, stated: “This has been an extensive process to review the document appropriately, considering both our desires to clarify requirements and the comments and feedback from multiple participants of the Monitoring Committee.

“The updates made to the BAFE SP203-1 Scheme Document are sensible but raise the competency bar for all relevant individuals employed by an organisation that delivers fire detection and fire alarm work.

“We trust that this is still very much achievable, and it continues to demonstrate the best possible objective evidence of competency to deliver this work.”

Lewis Ramsay, BAFE Board Director, added: “The work performed by BAFE and the SP203-1 Monitoring Committee has been a substantial undertaking, with an improved document as a result.

“The current landscape of the fire industry is changing at a rapid pace, and we appreciate that keeping up with all of this is no easy feat. The Responsible Person, Duty Holder, premises manager needs to demonstrate their actions in meeting their fire safety obligations.

“The BAFE Schemes exist for the industry to demonstrate their capability, and third-party certification towards these Schemes can be a clear differentiator to anyone looking to employ the services of an organisation providing life safety works.”

Version 8.0 of the BAFE SP203-1 Scheme Document will come into effect as of 01/11/2023. 


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