Gathering Evidence

Target audience

Fire safety officers, auditors and inspectors.

This course is designed to enable delegates to manage contraventions of the Fire Safety Order during an audit.

For those who undertake the full investigation, see Fire Safety Enforcement


To enable delegates to plan and gather evidence for purposes of fire safety regulation.

Core topic areas

  • Identifying offences
  • Taking contemporaneous notes
  • Questioning to obtain information
  • Writing and taking witness statements
  • Managing information and evidence
  • Informing relevant persons and organisations of circumstances
  • Producing simple reports to show an offence has been committed

Core reference documents

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE)
  • CFOA: Enforcers’ Guidance
  • BIS: Regulators’ Code


Assessment is conducted upon all course work to National Occupational Standards.

Qualification and NOS

This course includes assessment criteria for NOS:

NOS FS10: Plan & gather evidence

This NOS are from qualification Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety (Fire Auditors): details


Dates and prices

Duration1 day
2018Mon 21st May
Wed 3rd Oct
Mon 10th Dec
2019Mon 13th May
Mon 9th Sep
Delegate cost£170 + VAT
LocationYarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire

Costs and details

Prior learning

Auditing simple premises or equivalent.

Pre course module

Course include pre-course distance learning module on principles of gathering evidence.


Sessions will be delivered using PowerPoint, flipchart, interactive group discussion, individual tuition and practical exercises

Practical exercise include interviewing a witness and making witness statements.

Post course

Delegates must complete workbooks within four weeks of course completion.