Access to FD&A

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.

  • Anyone who is new to the industry or who is unsure of their FD&A knowledge
  • Office-based fire industry employees who would benefit from a basic level of FD&A knowledge
  • For a more general overview of the fire industry, we recommend taking our Introduction to Fire in Buildings course

This unit gives a basic introduction to FD&A systems, technology and legislation, including:

  • 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
  • The learning outcomes from this unit will play a pivotal role in building your knowledge about FD&A
  • This unit is the ideal stepping stone towards taking an FIA AO qualification in fire detection and alarms. Note, though, that it is NOT a formal part of any qualification.


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

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