C01M02 - FD&FA Design principles - BS 5839-1 (online)

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C01M02 - FD&FA Design principles - BS 5839-1 (online)

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C01M02 - FD&FA Design Fundamentals - BS5839-1

This course will develop knowledge from the FD&FA foundation BS 5839-1 module and/or industry experience and apply this to the design of FD&FA systems. In this module, emphasis is placed on the process of fire alarm design; enquiry, survey, design, certification and the appropriate recording and documentation requirements. The module uses practical exercises for the practice of design techniques culminating in a design layout exam where delegates demonstrate their knowledge of simple FD&FA system design.

This is module 2 of 5 which can lead to an RQF L3 Award in the Requirements of FD&FA Systems for non-domestic buildings BS 5839-1: 2017.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in the delivery or checking of FD&FA systems and those who have a responsibility for the design, verification or witness testing e.g., architects, service managers, building/property managers, consultants, fire risk assessors, electrical contractors, fire alarm contractors, interested parties (F&RS, building control, insurers). The course also provides a solid entry point for FD&FA system designers.


  • Design process
  • Appropriate record keeping
  • BS 5839-1: 2017
    • Section 1 - General
    • Section 2 – Design
    • Section 3 – False alarms
    • Annexes A, B, D, E, G
  • Battery calculations
  • Responsibilities – designer, verifier
  • Assessment practical design
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  • Delivered Online

  • Intermediate level

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is Fire and Security Engineer Training Important

    Fire and security engineer training is essential for individuals who are responsible for designing, installing, maintaining, and commissioning fire and security systems. 

    Ember Compliance specialises in providing comprehensive training programs for fire and security engineers. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of fire and security engineer training and how Ember Compliance can provide a comprehensive training program.

    Importance of Fire and Security Engineer Training:

    Ensuring System Functionality:

    Fire and security engineer training is essential for ensuring that fire and security systems are designed, installed, and maintained correctly. Proper training can help engineers understand the complexities of fire and security systems and ensure that they are functioning correctly.

    Maintaining Compliance:

    Our training can help engineers understand legal and regulatory requirements, ensuring that fire and security systems meet compliance standards. Proper training can help engineers stay up-to-date with changing regulations and requirements.

    Improving Safety:

    Proper training can help improve the safety of buildings and the people inside them. Fire and security systems are critical in preventing loss of life and property damage, and properly trained engineers can ensure that these systems function correctly.

    Ember Compliance Comprehensive Training Program:

    Ember Compliance provides a comprehensive training program for fire and security engineers. Our program includes:

    Technical Training:

    We offer technical training for fire and security engineers. Our training covers a wide range of topics, including the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of fire and security systems. Our training is designed to ensure that engineers have a solid foundation in fire and security systems.

    Compliance Training:

    We also provide compliance training for fire and security engineers. Our training covers legal and regulatory requirements, ensuring that engineers understand the compliance standards for fire and security systems.

    Practical Training:

    In our classroom training courses, we also provide practical training for fire and security engineers. Our training includes hands-on experience with fire and security systems, providing engineers with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting.


    Through the CPD Certification Service and FireQual we offer certification for fire and security engineers. Our certification program ensures that engineers have the knowledge and skills necessary to design, install, commission, and maintain fire and security systems effectively.

    Fire and security engineer training is essential for ensuring that fire and security systems are designed, installed, commissioned, and maintained correctly and that legal and regulatory requirements are met.

    At Ember Compliance we provide a comprehensive training program that covers technical, compliance, and practical training, as well as certification.

    If you require fire and security engineer training, contact Ember Compliance to discuss your needs and learn how we can help.

  • Need to Understand Updates to BAFE SP203-1 Competency Scheme Document (Version 8.0)

    We are pleased to inform you about the release of Version 8.0 of the BAFE SP203-1 Competency Scheme Document, which was officially published on August 21, 2023. This document is a significant resource for professionals involved in the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems.

    What You Need to Know

    For organisations that are already certificated/BAFE Registered or are currently in the process of achieving certification/BAFE Registration within this scope, it's crucial to understand that different rules apply. These specific details are outlined in Clause 1: Introduction of the BAFE SP203-1 Competency Scheme Document Version 8.0.

    The primary objective of this latest version is to ensure that organisations can effectively demonstrate their competency with objective evidence. Changes have been carefully implemented through collaboration with the BAFE SP203-1 Monitoring Committee, which includes all BAFE SP203-1 Licensed Certification Bodies. These changes are in line with current industry demands and aim to safeguard certificated/Registered Organisations from potential future industry modifications.

    Key Changes from Version 7.2 to Version 8.0

    To provide you with a clear understanding of the updates, here's a summary of the key changes made:

    • Scope Clarification: Version 8.0 reviews the BAFE SP203-1 scope, emphasising its focus on work carried out on fire detection and fire alarm systems in non-domestic premises following BS 5839-1 standard.
    • Additional Scope: This version introduces additional scope for work performed on fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises (specifically Grade A systems) in alignment with BS 5839-6.
    • Enhanced Management System: The management system procedures and records have been reviewed and adjusted to ensure that required actions are carried out and documented appropriately.
    • Safety Culture Focus: The management system now places a heightened emphasis on appropriate behaviours, such as fostering a strong safety culture and consistently adhering to scheme requirements.
    • Operational Locations and Criteria: Version 8.0 offers greater clarity on operational locations and criteria that must be followed to meet BAFE SP203-1 criteria.
    • Lead Individual(s): An introduction of nominated Lead Individual(s) for each module is part of this update. These individuals bear overall responsibility for all work(s), and there is an increased emphasis on individual/employee competence.
    • Sub-Contractor Clarification: There is now a clear clarification regarding the use of sub-contractors, particularly in protecting end clients. This update justifies the removal of the previous annex "Rules for remote UK islands and crown dependencies where no certificated organisations exist."
    • Certificate Issuing: This section has been clarified for better understanding and implementation.
    • Updated Model Certificates: The model certificates have been updated to reflect the changes made in Version 8.0.

    Ensuring Competency

    It's essential to note that regulated qualifications are required for lead roles in critical areas such as design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance. These qualifications are integral to ensuring that professionals in these roles possess the necessary expertise to uphold safety standards.

    We encourage all relevant stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the changes introduced in BAFE SP203-1 Competency Scheme Document Version 8.0 to ensure compliance and continued competence in the field of Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems.

    For access to the full document and detailed information, please visit the BAFE website or contact us directly.

    Your commitment to maintaining the highest standards in fire safety is greatly appreciated, and these updates aim to support your efforts in this important endeavour.

  • What is the 5-day course & what qualification will I gain?

    Please click here to download our brochure outlining the courses each day.

  • Are you confused about the different qualification frameworks

    Confused about the different Qualification Frameworks? Take a look at our blog which talks about the corresponding levels between UK national qualification frameworks and the European qualification framework.

About Ember Compliance

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Welcome to Ember Compliance

We are thrilled to announce that this year marks our 20th year supporting the Fire & Security industry! With two decades of experience under our belt, we are committed to providing the highest quality training and support to our attendees.

Last year, we received a 4.9 out of 5-star review rating from our attendees, making us incredibly proud of the impact we are making. We are committed to exceeding expectations and delivering training that is second to none.

We take pride in our ability to provide cutting-edge training that meets the highest standards, ensuring that our attendees have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers.

At Ember Compliance, we are passionate about what we do and dedicated to providing the best possible training experience.

Join us today and experience the excellence that Ember Compliance is known for in the Fire & Security industry. Thank you for trusting us to support your professional development.

Providing independent training to the UK Fire & Security Industry

Ember Compliance understand that an integral part of maintaining compliance is ensuring staff and technicians have the competence to carry out activities to national standards.

We provide courses and examinations through The CPD Certification Service and FireQual in order for your business to achieve this. Our online training courses and exams include:

  • Fire alarm system training, specialising in foundation, design, maintenance, and commissioning
  • Fire safety training
  • Security system training
  • CCTV training
  • Evacuation alert training

Here are some great reasons to book your training with us today

  • We offer interactive 2-way training sessions
  • We have over 20 years of training experience
  • Our trainers are all experienced and work within the industry
  • All of our trainers have an RQF L3 award in Education & Training
  • Our trainees rate us 4.8 out of 5 stars
  • Our class sizes are small (12 maximum)
  • You can train from anywhere including the ability to sit exams remotely
  • Our courses are delivered in bite-size chunks

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