Access to FD&A (1 Day)


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.

The access course is aimed at anyone who is new to the industry, or who maybe unsure of their FD&A knowledge

It is considered beneficial for office-based fire industry employees to gain a basic knowledge of fire detection & alarm (FD&A) systems with regards to the guidance and recommendations provide by BS 5839-1, the technologies used and the techniques associated with the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the systems.

For a more general overview of the fire industry, we recommend taking our Introduction to Fire in Buildings course.

Delegates taking the access 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 access course, you should have an understanding of the following:

  • UK legislation and EU Directives, including BS 5839-1 and EN 54
  • Guides and Codes of Practice
  • Third party certification
  • Methods of extinguishing
  • The categories of systems for a building
  • False alarm management
  • Detector types and choices
  • Manual call points
  • Alarm requirements
  • Hazardous areas
  • Detector & alarm zone sizes and constraints
  • Technology and system components
  • Cable requirements

At various stages throughout the course, delegates will take an informal examination to test their knowledge. These tests will not only help delegates assess their knowledge, they will also highlight areas for development and further discussion with the trainer to help determine the next important step.

There are no prerequisites for taking this course.

Upon completion of the access course, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the next step with the trainer & the FIA.

There are currently two pathways available to pursue extra training and to achieve a recognized level 3 qualification.

The BS 5839-1 qualification in the Fundamentals of FD&A systems is a four day course split equally across two units. The course can be taken either as one continuous four day block, or alternatively, across two separate sessions of two days each at a time to suit your requirements. Upon completion of both units, delegates will take an open book examination with a copy of BS 5839-1, which needs to be successfully completed to gain the overall qualification.

For further information relating the Fundamentals course, please click on the following link, Fundamentals Qualification.

Alternatively, for people who are more experienced in the industry, we also offer the more complexed advanced qualification pathway. This route requires the completion of a number of different units, some of which are mandatory, with a closed book examination at the end of each unit, which must be successfully completed in order to progress along the pathway to gain the overall qualification.

For further information relating to the advanced courses, please click on the following link, Advanced FD&A Qualifications.

Yes, this training has 6.5 Hours CPD.

  • FIA members ­ £150 +VAT Payable by invoice or debit/credit card
  • Non­-members ­ £250 +VAT Payable only by debit/credit card