Principles of Fire Safety

Target audience

Fire risk assessors, fire safety officers and auditors.


To enable delegates to identify, assess and report hazards and risks associated with fire in complex premises.

Core topic areas

  • Fire Safety Legislation
  • Human behaviour in fire
  • Causes and effects of fire
  • Fire risk assessment and auditing
  • Fire detection and alarm systems
  • Emergency escape lighting
  • Fire safety signs, notices and routines
  • Extinguishing media
  • Fire safety management

Core reference documents

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • CFOA: Enforcers’ Guidance
  • BIS: Regulators’ Code
  • HSE: Enforcement Management Model (EMM)
  • DCLG: Fire safety risk assessment guides
  • BS 5839, BS 5266, BS 5499, BS 5306, BS 9999


Assessment of course work to National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Qualification and NOS

This course includes assessment criteria for NOS:

These NOS are from qualifications:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Fire Safety (Fire Auditors): details
  • Level 4 Diploma in Fire Safety (Fire Inspectors): details

For more details see: qualifications

Principles of Fire Safety

Dates and prices

Duration5 days
2018Mon 21st May → Fri 25th May
Mon 10th Sep → Fri 14th Sep
2019Mon 21st Jan → Fri 25th Jan
Mon 1st Apr → Fri 5th Apr
Mon 16th Sep → Fri 20th Sep
Delegate cost£790 + VAT
LocationYarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire

Costs and details

Prior learning

Before the course, delegates should have:

  • ability to recognise typical fire safety measures in buildings e.g. smoke detectors, extinguishers, exit signs.
  • an understanding of a fire risk assessor’s/auditor’s role.
  • experience of observing a fire risk assessor/auditor assessing a building’s fire safety measures.

Pre-course module

Course includes pre-course distance learning modules on principles: Fire Safety Legislation, Automatic fire alarm systems and Emergency escape lighting.


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

Post course

Delegates must complete workbooks within four weeks of course completion.