FD&A Advanced Installer

Level 3 Fire Detection and Alarm Advanced Installer Course

By taking & successfully completing this two day unit in combination with the other units in the qualification’s pathway, delegates will achieve a level 3 qualification in the installation of fire detection and alarm systems.

The Level 3 Fire Detection and Alarm Advanced Installer is a two day course intended to provide technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake and complete the installation work relating to FD&A systems, including the necessary testing that needs to be completed.

The course works through the responsibilities of the installer, explaining what information should be provided in the system specification, including the scope of works, at the outset of an installation. Later in the course we also look at the permit to work, risk assessment and method statement process.

We will re-cap system categories for BS 5839-1, as well as the system categories & grades of system for BS 5839-6. The course then covers the different system technologies available, component compatibility, circuit configurations for reliability & integrity, design requirements for detector spacing and mounting heights, how to approach pitch ceilings, vertical flue like structures, ceiling voids & wall mounted detectors etc.

As you would expect, the installation course also covers cabling & installation practices, electrical safety & fire stopping. Towards the end of the course, we will also touch on the requirements of the construction design & management regulations, the building regulations, fault finding, inspection & testing and the all-important requirements for documentation.

For more information, please watch our short video of approximately 6 minutes to find out more - What's on the Advanced Installer unit?

Delegates taking the advanced installer 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. 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 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.

At the end of the advanced installer course, you should have an understanding of the following:

  • The applicable design recommendations of BS 5839-1;
  • The applicable cabling & installation recommendations of BS 5839-1;
  • The different FD&A system technologies & configurations;
  • The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations;
  • Permits to Work, Risk Assessments and Method statements;
  • Necessary considerations with regards to the Building Regulations;
  • Cable testing requirements;
  • How to complete battery calculations;
  • The avoidance of false alarms;
  • Communications with other services & interested parties;
  • The necessary system documentation & records that needs to be kept.

At the end of the course, delegates will take an 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 re-sit.

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

It is highly recommended that anyone taking this course reads the Foundation Course manual (given to candidates when attending the Foundation Course), and watches the Foundation Course pre-learning videos located in the prerequisites section of the Foundation Course webpage, as revision before embarking on this course. 

In addition, please watch and study the specific advanced installer pre-learning videos below.  Please ensure that you watch them all the way through to the end, and replay them a few times to ensure you understand and remember the information.

Advanced Installer Pre-Learning Part 1

Advanced Installer Pre-Learning Part 2

Advanced Installer Pre-Learning Part 3

Advanced Installer Pre-Learning Part 4

Advanced Installer Pre-Learning Part 5

Six practice examination questions are also available via the survey monkey website, a link to which is provided here - FIA Advanced Installer Sample Questions.

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 this 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.

A level 3 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 this unit should feel confident to carry out installation work relating to both new and existing Fire Detection and Alarm Systems to the requirements of BS 5839.

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

Yes, this training has 13 Hours CPD.

FIA Member £300+VAT

Non-Members £480+VAT