FD&A Advanced Designer Part 2 (3 Days)

Three Days

By taking & successfully completing the part one, two day design unit, followed by the part two, three day unit, in combination with the other units in the qualification’s pathway, delegates will achieve a qualification in the design of fire detection and alarm systems.

Following on from the successful completion of the design course part 1, delegates can proceed onto part 2. At the end of the second part of the unit, delegates will take a 2hour 45minute multiple choice closed book examination

The second part of the course material will take delegates through the basic requirements of BS 6266 with regards to FD&A systems within electronic equipment installations.

Further techniques will be explained and practiced with regards to achieving the required sound pressure levels within accessible spaces, along with design principles for Visual Alarm Devices. At a later stage in the course, we will also run through how to design radial circuits to take account of voltage drop and the different calculation methods available to do this.

We will work through the requirements of the BS 7273 suit of standards in relation to the operation of other fire protection measures, including part 4 for the actuation of release mechanisms for doors and part 6 with regards to interfacing with ancillary systems and equipment.

The requirements of the construction product standards, BS EN 54 will be discussed, in particular BS EN 54-13 for compatibility & connectability. BS 5266 and other standards associated with emergency lighting will also be touched on.

The recommendations and guidance of BS 9999 & BS 9991 with regards to the design & management of fire safety within buildings will explained to the level of extents deemed appropriate for the syllabus, with regards to occupancy characteristics, fire growth rates and risk profiles.

Towards the end of the course delegates will also be taken through false alarm management, fault finding and maintenance requirements.

For more information, please watch our short video of approximately 6 minutes to find out more.

What's on the Advanced Design unit?

Delegates taking the advanced designer course will receive three course books throughout the course, plus supporting reference documentation including a charts & tables booklet and a design exercise booklet. The course books 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. These books are to be retained by the delegates and are 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 online course delegates will be contacted and have the option to receive a hard copy of the course books 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.

Upon completion of both part 1 & part 2 of the advanced design course, you should have some understanding of the following:

  • Legislation
  • BS 5839-1 – FD&A System Design for non-domestic premises
  • BS5839-6 – An introduction to FD&A Systems for domestic premises
  • IS 3218 – FD&A Systems for buildings for the Republic of Ireland
  • BS EN 54 – A series of FD&A System Product Standards
  • BS 7273 – Code of Practice for the operation of fire protection measures
  • BS 6266 – Fire Protection Equipment for electronic equipment installations
  • BS 7671 – Requirements for electrical installations
  • Emergency Lighting/Signage
  • BS 9999/BS 9991 – Fire safety in the design management & use of buildings
  • BS EN 12845 – A brief introduction to Fire Suppression & extinguishing
  • Interpreting Customer Specifications
  • Selecting system type/System design
  • Communication, Liaising with third parties and Documentation
  • Advanced System Design Principles
  • Designing for Inspection and Test

At the end of the course, delegates will take a 2hour 45 minutes examination to test their knowledge. The examination is closed book and no reference material will be allowed.

For any courses held online, the examination will also be online. For details about the online examination process, please visit the following links, FIA online examinations for its industry-leading qualifications and How to take an FIA online Qualification exam.

Delegates taking the course in the classroom, will be provided with a tablet to access the exam.

If you are unsuccessful during the exam at the end of the course, you will be eligible for a free exam re-sit.

A copy of the course syllabus is available by clicking on the following link, Advanced Designer Syllabus.

Any delegates who wish to progress onto the advanced qualifications will need to have completed and passed the foundation course in FD&A systems. Completion of any of the other advanced units before taking the design course would be beneficial to delegates.

Due to this being part two, of a two part design course, delegates will also need to have attended and completed the part one section of the two part design course.

As previously detailed, it is highly recommended that anyone taking this course under takes some pre-learning. The FIA has produced some pre-learning material to aid this process that can be accessed via the FIA website, or by clicking the links provided below.  

All pre-learning and exam preparation material

Advanced Design Pre-Learning Part 1 - Categories

Advanced Design Pre-Learning Part 2 - BS 7974, BS 9991, BS 9999

Advanced Design Pre-Learning Part 3 - EN 54-13, BS 7273-4

Advanced Design Pre-Learning Part 4 - Audible, Visual & Tactile

Two practice examinations are available via the survey monkey website, links to which are provided below. The short practice exam contains six questions, whilst the full practice exam contains 71 questions.

Advanced Design Short Practice Exam

Advanced Design Full Practice Exam

We recommend that delegates watch our short video with regards to exam techniques to help tackle multiple choice exam questions. This video will be especially useful for the advanced qualifications.  

FIA Multiple Choice Exam Techniques.

The successful completion of the overall design course & the exam, could be your next or final step towards the overall Advanced Qualification, or alternatively this could lead to an additional advanced qualification for those that have already achieved the overall qualification.

Upon completion of the exam, delegates will get an instant result. The next step for successful delegates is very much dependant on individual circumstances with regards to your position on the qualification pathway.

Overall completion of the Level 3 Advanced qualification also requires completion of two mandatory units covering Environmental requirements for field technicians and Health and Safety requirements for field technicians. For further information on these courses, please follow the links give below:

Environmental Course

Health & Safety Course

Delegates with pre-existing qualifications relating to the environment and/or health and safety may not need to sit all the mandatory units. Please refer to the links provided above for more information.

A certificate will be issued when the qualification is complete. In the interim period, e-mails will be sent out confirming your result that can be used as evidence.

Learners successfully completing the over design course, Parts 1&2, should feel confident to carry out design work relating to both new systems and alterations that maybe required to existing Fire Detection and Alarm Systems to the requirements of BS 5839.

Even after completion of the advanced designer course, delegates still have the option to undertake any of the other Advanced Qualifications for Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning.

Yes, the training provided across part 1 & part 2 for the design course equates to 13 Hours CPD.

The following prices are for Part 2 of the Design Course only

Full Member £450+VAT

Non Member £720+VAT