Servicing & maintenance of portable fire extinguishers (4 Days)

Theoretical training and practical experience over four days for the servicing & maintenance of various types of portable extinguisher. Based on BS 5306-­3 ‘Servicing and Maintenance’, BS 5306­-8 ‘Selecting and Positioning’

  • Anyone who will be carrying out the servicing and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers
  • Anyone likely to answer technical questions regarding portable extinguishers
  • None


This course requires each delegate to bring a set of tools to participate:

  • Rubber Hammer / Mallet
  • 10” Adjustable spanner (For co2 horn removal)
  • 1 x 2kg spring balance scale (Used to determine cartridge weight)
  • 1 x Digital scale (These must be suitable for weighing the extinguisher itself. Please ensure the hook at the bottom of the scale is small enough to fit inside the wall hanging bracket of an extinguisher. 25kg Electro Samson scales are commonly used for this purpose)
  • Torch
  • Pliers
  • Cleaning brush (2" paintbrush will work for this)
  • Gauge bradawl tester (Paperclips will work here if an appropriate bradawl cannot be sourced)
  • Anti Tamper Seals
  • Gauge dots / Year patch stickers
  • Cloth

The following is not required but will prove useful for servicing practise:

  • Screwdriver or pick for o-ring removal
  • Co2 O-rings
  • Mole grips
  • Air pump gauge tester (for larger coil sprung gauges found on Older Nu Swift / Moyne Roberts / Amerex products


BAFE Fire Extinguisher Exam - Identification of Candidates

From the 1st April 2024, all candidates (learners) taking the fire extinguisher exam (theory or practical) including resits will have to show accepted photo ID to the BAFE invigilator as part of the signing in process. This will confirm the identity of the candidate and the invigilator will mark the registration sheet to confirm they have seen it. No copies or photographs of the photo ID provided will be taken

Accepted forms of photo ID for the BAFE Fire Extinguisher Exam (Preferred)

International travel

• Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country (including an Irish Passport Card)

Driving and Parking

• Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)


Other accepted forms of photo ID for the BAFE Fire Extinguisher Exam


Proof of age

• Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)


Other government issued documents

• Biometric immigration document

• Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)

• National identity card issued by an EEA state

• Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland


Driving and Parking

• A Blue Badge

Local travel

• Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

• Disabled Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

• Oyster 60+ Card funded by the funded by the UK Government

• Freedom Pass

• Scottish National Entitlement Card issued for the purpose of concessionary travel (including a 60+, disabled or under 22s bus pass)

• 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

• Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

• Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

• Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

• War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

• 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

• Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Out of date photo ID

• Photo ID can still be used if it is out of date, as long as it looks like you

  • The theory of fire and extinguishing
  • Selection and positioning of the right fire extinguisher
  • Classes of fire
  • Definitions of a portable extinguisher
  • Fire ratings and flammable materials
  • Provision and siting of extinguishers
  • Inspection periods
  • Certification
  • Extinguishing agents
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Carrying out a service: delegates will be expected to complete an inspection and service a range of extinguishers
  • The ability to service and maintain portable fire extinguishers
  • Delegates will be able to provide advice on the suitability and the positioning of portable extinguishers
  • Course manuals to take away and refer back to
  • Delegates take two exams, a theory exam with 70 Questions in a multiple choice format and a practical exam. Both exams require a 75% or above pass mark will be issued with a BAFE certificate. The results take 2-3 to be processed following the day of the exam.

Delegates should attend a refresher course every three years to maintain current knowledge and certification


  • FIA members – £675 +VAT Payable by invoice or debit/credit card
  • Non­-members – £750 +VAT Payable only by debit/credit card