First UK qualification for sprinkler installers

Published:  10 August, 2015

The IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation is aimed at individuals employed in the mechanical fire protection sector that wish to develop the knowledge and competencies necessary to meet the industry standards for the installation role.

The new qualification is the result of a cooperation between the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and preferred awarding organisation Industry Qualifications.

The qualification content covers health and safety, knowledge of the fire sprinkler industry, relationship building and communication, understanding how to manage own resources, maintaining compliance and dealing with non-compliance, installation and final handover procedures.

Sallyann Baldry, Head of Business Development, IQ commented “They [BAFSA] recognised the skills needs in the fire sprinkler industry and the drivers for change that are being brought about through changes in legislation and technology. This qualification will go a long way to address these needs.”

Assessment for all the units will be through a portfolio of evidence internally set and marked by IQ.

The qualification, comprising seven units totalling 209 guided learning hours, will be initially delivered by BAFSA’s preferred training providers; Neath Port Talbot College in south Wales and Manchester College in northwest England.

Courses will commence in September 2015 with formal launch dates at both venues taking place in late September and late October respectively.

Ruth Oliver, BAFSA Skills & Qualifications Technical Adviser, commented: “This qualification will equip people with the skills that employers want and that learners need to secure and maintain employment. It will also contribute to the UK’s business productivity, by ensuring that employers are able to make the most of the skills and competency of their workforce. This exciting opportunity will allow individuals to evidence their competencies within sprinkler installation to those who are investing in sprinkler technology in addition to raising the professionalism of the sector”.

For more details, visit: http://www.bafsa.org.uk/skills_qualifications.php 

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