FIA Access to FD&A Foundation Course

This one-day course is ideal for those looking to improve their knowledge on the basic principles of BS 5839-1 and fire related legislation before embarking on one of the FIA FD&A Qualifications and taking the compulsory Foundation Course.

This course is for you if you are unsure if your knowledge gained within the fire industry is sufficient to succeed in the AO fire detection and alarm qualifications, or if you 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 you have to repeat the Foundation Course examination but need some extra revision.

If you would like to study a more general overview of the fire industry, we recommend taking our Introduction to Fire In Buildings Course,  which is ideal for those completely new to the fire industry, those without a strong technical background, or those not planning on becoming a fire detection and alarm designer, installer, maintainer, or commissioner. 

None required.  This is an introduction to fire detection and alarms for those with no previous experience, or those that have some experience of the industry, for example if you have less than maybe 3 years’ experience in fire alarm maintenance.

Gives a basic introduction to FD&A Systems technology and legislation.  The following topics are included:
• The principles of BS 5839-1
• UK Legislation & EU Directives
• EN54
• 3rd Party Certification
• Methods of Extinction
• Guides and Codes of Practice
• The categories of systems for a building (ie L1 to L5 : P1 to P2)
• Detector types and choices
• Hazardous areas
• Faults/Integrity
• Manual call points
• Detector and alarm zone sizes and constraints
• Technology and system components
• Detector coverage, taking into account obstructions
• Alarm requirements (sound pressure levels)
• False alarm management
• Certification
• Cable Requirements

Our Access module is designed to introduce the subject area, and it plays pivotal role in building your knowledge about fire detection and alarms, and prepares you for further study on our Foundation Course.  It is especially helpful for those that may need extra preparation before taking the Foundation Course examinations.

FIA Access to Foundation Course is attendance based only and it is not a formal part of qualification courses.  You will receive a certificate of attendance only.  The course is designed to prepare you before taking the Foundation course.


The aim of this course is mainly to provide a stepping stone towards taking the Fire Detection and Alarm Qualifications (starting with the Foundation Course).  The Foundation Course provides far more in-depth knowledge in a short period of time.  This Access Course covers the same subjects but with less detail, has an “open-book” approach and does not have the “pressure” of a formal examination.

  • FIA member £150 + VAT
  • Non-members £240 + VAT

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