BS 5839-1 Fundamentals in FD&A Conversion Course (2 days)

Conversion to Fundamentals Unit

If you have previously been working towards one of the FIA AO’s other Level 3 qualifications, you can gain the new FIA AO Level 3 Fundamentals of Fire Detection and  Alarm Systems in Non-Domestic Premises by completing this conversion unit. This unit is exclusively open to anyone who has taken the Foundation in FD&A and is aimed to get you up to speed ready to take the new qualification exam, using both the knowledge previously gained from the Foundation course and the learning from these two days of training.

The two-day conversion to fundamentals course is designed to cover the additional guidance and recommendations of BS 5839-1: 2017, knowledge of which is required, in addition to that learnt during the level 2 foundation course, to achieve a level 3 qualification in the fundamentals of fire detection and alarm systems in non-domestic premises.

This unit is exclusively open to anyone who has taken the level 2 Foundation in FD&A course and is aimed at getting you up to speed ready to take the level 3 fundamentals qualification exam.

During the course delegates will learn to navigate sections 1 to 7 of BS 5839-1, plus the annexes, in order to gain the additional knowledge required for the exam.

Delegates will gain additional knowledges relating to:

  • The general requirements of BS 5839-1;
  • The design consideration associated the FD&A System design;
  • The requirements relating to the limitation of false alarms and unwanted alarms signals;
  • The recommendations relating to the installation process;
  • The recommendations relating to the commissioning & handover process;
  • The maintenance requirements;
  • The user’s responsibilities; and
  • The Annexes.

At the end of this two-day conversion course, delegates will take an open book examination to test their knowledge. During the exam, delegates will use a copy of BS 5839-1: 2017 to determine the answers to a set of multiple-choice questions. No other reference material will be allowed; delegates should only use BS 5839-1:2017.

For courses that take place within the classroom environment, a copy of BS 5839-1: 2017 will be provided for their use; this copy must be returned upon completion of the exam and must not leave the room.

For courses taking place on-line, delegates will need to have access to a copy of BS 5839-1: 2017. This copy can either be a hard copy or a digital pdf copy.

For any courses held online, the examination will also be online. For details about the online examination process, please visit, FIA online examinations for its industry-leading qualifications.

Delegates taking the two-day conversion to fundamentals course will receive a course book at the start of the course. The course book will contain a copy of the slides used during the course, along with an explanation to accompany each slide and space to make their own learner notes. This book can be retained by the delegates and is a useful reference tool for the work place.

For courses that take place within the classroom environment, a hard copy of the course notes will be provided at the start of the course. For courses taking place on-line, delegates will have access to the course notes digitally. Following completion of the course, delegates will be contacted and have the option to receive a hard copy of the course book in the post. Details on how to access the digital course book will be provided within the course invitation e-mail. Delegates will need to set up access to the digital course book prior to the start of the course.

  • This unit is exclusively open to anyone who has taken the level 2 Foundation in FD&A course;
  • We strongly recommend that delegates review their foundation course manual beforehand;
  • Delegates will need to undertake some pre-learning, and read ‘Conversion to Level 3, Book Three’.
  • Delegates will need to have access to a copy of BS 5839-1: 2017. This copy can either be a hard copy or a digital pdf copy.

For those wishing to undertake some prior reading before the course, we would recommend a book written by C S Todd, MBE, The Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems in Non‑Domestic Premises. A Guide to BS 5839‑1:2017. 5th Edition.

Upon completion of the exam, delegates will get an instant result. For those successfully completing the exam, a Level 3 FIA certificate will follow in the post, in due course.

Once the Level 3 qualification in the Fundamentals of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems has been achieved, delegates will be eligible to take the Level 3 qualification for Fire Detection & Fire Alarm systems in domestic buildings. The details for this course can be accessed at BS 5839-6 Fundamentals in FD&A (1 Day) (fia.uk.com).

Yes, this training has 13 Hours CPD.

  • Members - £300+VAT
  • Non-members - £480+VAT