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Fire systems installers: 13 reasons why you – and your staff – should get FIA-qualified

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A wise man once said that “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

In alternative terms: investing energy into learning new things will pay dividends in the long run.

In the world of fire protection, legislation is changed, standards are updated and new technologies emerge periodically. New research is conducted, giving us all new information and best practice.  Heck, some of this stuff updates every other year or so.

Professional development and commitment to lifelong learning is what helps us to broaden our horizons and advance our careers, even develop our businesses (if you’re one of those folks who owns your own one, or you plan to do so in the future).

Anyway, to cut to the chase: here are 13 other reasons why fire systems installers should book onto one of our fire detection and alarm qualifications.

1. Compliance with the European Standard EN 16763, which states a Level 3 qualification is required

Learn more about EN 16763 >>

2. Improve trust in clients for your expertise

In the service industry, building an excellent reputation built on trust and expertise is vital to get those recommendations and further business.

3. ROI – Return on Investment – investing in staff skills opens up more avenues of revenue as options to work on more areas of FD&A open up

New skills = more abilities = more areas of work = more money.

4. The qualifications will become the ‘de facto standard’ for the industry within the next couple of years as everyone becomes qualified

Thousands of people have started along the qualification pathway. Best not to get left behind.

5. Be one of the first people to obtain a qualification in this specialism nationally

Be proud of that achievement.  Show your customers and impress them.

6. Help demonstrate competence following the Hackitt report’s call for competency

The Hackitt report – which came about after the Grenfell Tower incident – heavily criticises the industry for a ‘lack of competency’. Governments, Councils, and other key decision makers are looking more closely at the competence of individuals in the industry.

Learn more about the Hackitt report>>

7. Increased knowledge and expertise in standards, legislation, and building regulations

The courses have been written by experts in the industry who have carried out extensive research into the topic areas to bring you the latest and most accurate information.

The FIA partners with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to carry out research into areas such as multi-sensor detectors, false alarms, and whether the age of the detector makes a difference. That means our courses are packed with information you won’t find anywhere else.

8. Thorough knowledge of BS 5839, fire systems technologies available, and all aspects of design, installation, maintenance, or commissioning (whichever specialism you choose)

When you study with the FIA, you get far more than a brief overview.  We go into great detail to ensure you (or your staff, if you’re booking them on) become an expert in a chosen specialist area.

9. Taught by experts in their fields, effectively gaining access to the industry’s top talent who can advise learners on a range of situations and topics

FIA Trainers all have thorough knowledge of the course materials and years of experience in the industry, meaning that learners can get their questions answered. We can help learners to develop their understanding and apply what they’ve learnt to the exam.

10. Immediate impact – learn something that can be brought back to work and used right away

Pick up tips and useful pieces of information that can be used right away on site.

11. Increased knowledge means that mistakes are less likely to be made, ultimately leading to happier customers because their systems work!

Learn where to look in the Standards for further information, be able to understand and resolve fire detection and alarm problems, and satisfy customers with high quality work.

12. New ideas and best practice

Bring those new ideas and best practice into everything you and your staff do.

13. Further the credibility of the company by employing qualified staff

Increase your trustworthiness in the eyes of your potential customers, who may be looking for a company they can rely and depend on to fulfil their fire alarm needs.

Convinced yet? Here are the courses…


Provides an understanding of the basic principles of fire detection and alarm system standards, giving the candidate the foundation knowledge in fire detection and alarm systems. Staff that have successfully completed this unit can progress to the advanced units of the qualification pathway. Additionally, you will receive the unit manuals to take away for reference.

Learners who pass this unit can progress to the other units in the qualification pathway.

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Health & Safety

An understanding of health and safety and how it relates to fire detection and alarm systems.

For employers – it saves you having to do the health and safety training yourself and puts learners in the hands of experts who can advise.

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An understanding of the environmental issues and how it relates to fire detection and alarm systems, such as Environmental Law, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), and Waste Management.

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Advanced Installer

Learners successfully completing this unit will be able to install and test new systems that are compliant with current legislative and regulatory requirements.

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Advanced Commissioner

The FIA AO Level 3 in Fire Detection and Alarm Commissioning Theory and Regulatory Requirements is intended to provide technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to commission Fire Detection and 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 handing the systems and associated documentation over to the end user.

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Advanced Maintainer

Learners successfully completing this unit will be able to carry out periodic servicing and maintenance of an existing Fire Detection and Alarm System. Learners will be able to ensure that the work carried out and the system remains compliant with current legislation and guidance. Additionally, successful completion of this unit in combination with the other units in the qualification pathway will lead to a full qualification.

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Advanced Designer

Learners completing this qualification will be able to design a Fire Detection and Alarm System for most premises. Learners will be able to apply the design principles gained through this qualification to produce system designs for comprehensive and effective coverage in accordance with the requirements of the premises, its use and the recommendations of the Fire Risk Assessment and Fire Strategy.

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Meet the FIA at FIREX International 2019

18-20 June, ExCeL London

Discover what the Fire Industry Association has to offer at the exclusive FIA Networking Lounge at FIREX 2019. It’s your chance to meet fellow professionals in person and discuss critical industry issues, as the FIA are also on hand to offer vital information, resources, and even training.

Register today to secure your free FIREX 2019 badge >>


The Future of Fire Safety: download the eBook

Is the fire protection industry adapting to the post-Grenfell reality fast enough? At FIREX International 2019, Europe's only dedicated fire safety event, some of the world's leading fire safety experts covered this theme. This eBook covers the key insights from those discussions on the developments shaping the profession, with topics including:

  • Grenfell Inquiry must yield “bedrock change” – and soon
  • After Grenfell: Jonathan O’Neill OBE on how austerity and policy “on the hoof” are hampering progress
  • Hackitt’s Golden Thread: Fire, facilities and building safety
  • Fire safety community has to “get on board” with technological changes

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