Foundation Course

Foundation in Fire Detection and Alarm

Two day course.

This two day unit is the starting point for the qualification and will give learners a strong grounding in standards and codes of practice. Taught by experts in the industry, learners will benefit from the high level of knowledge and experience of our trainers.

While no experience is necessary (*although please note the Access course below) we would recommend watching our pre-learning videos listed below.

Pre-learning videos (recommended before taking the course):

Fire Safety Law
Fire Science
Third Party Certification
Passive Fire Protection
Fire Detection & Alarms (Part 1)
Fire Detection & Alarms (Part 2)
Fire Detection & Alarms (Part 3)
Fire Detection & Alarms (Part 4)
FD&A Revision Session

These videos contain information that is vital to the course and we strongly recommend that learners watch them before taking the course for the best chance of success in the examination.  They can also be used for revision for delegates taking a resit exam, or revision for those already on the course on the evening of Day 1.

*Access to Foundation

This Access to Foundation course is for those delegtes who are unsure if their knowledge gained within the fire industry is sufficient to succeed in the AO fire detection and alarm qualifications, or are new to the industry.  
It is ideal for those who simply wish to increase their chances of success in the AO Foundation Course (the first unit of the fire detection and alarm qualifications), or if they are looking to repeat the Foundation Course examination but need some extra revision

Access to Foundation>>

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Whether you want to specialise in Designing, Installing, Maintaining, or Commissioning fire alarm systems, the Foundation Course is the first unit of the qualification pathway and while it is aimed at both individuals already working in the industry and those starting out, it should only be taken by those who are looking for a Qualification in Fire Detection.

What's on the Foundation unit?


What's on the Foundation unit?

Learn more about the first unit of the qualification pathway


• Legislation
• Standards, Codes of Practice, Guidance and Technical Notes
• Working with third Parties
• Documentation
• Fire Event
• Passive Protection
• FD&A Systems Technology
• System Design (requirements as per BS5839)
• Explosive Environments
• False Alarms and Unwanted Fire Signals

For a full overview, watch this video>>

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Provides an understanding of the basic principles of fire detection and alarm system standards, giving the candidate the foundation knowledge in fire detection and alarm systems. Staff that have successfully completed this unit can progress to the advanced units of the qualification pathway. Additionally, you will receive the unit manuals to take away for reference.

We do not issue certificates for completing the Foundation module as it is not a qualification (it is part of one). We will issue a certificate when the qualification is complete. We will send out emails confirming pass/fails and this can be used as evidence.

Provides a foundation and is the first unit in the qualifications pathway. Learners will then study the other units to gain a full qualification in any of the following: the FIA AO Level 3 Advanced Designer, Advanced Maintainer, Advanced Installer, or Advanced Commissioner.
  • FIA member £300 +VAT
  • Non-membes £480 +VAT