sprinklerThe British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA), working in conjunction with Industry Qualifications, BAFSA’s preferred awarding organisation, has announced the approval of a Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation, the first national qualification for sprinkler installers in the UK.

The IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation (QCF) is aimed at individuals employed in the mechanical fire protection sector who install fire sprinklers, to develop the knowledge and competencies necessary to meet the industry standards for the installation role.

Mike Green, Vice Chair of BAFSA, and Chair of the Skills and Development Committee that contributed significantly to the development of the qualification, said: “The dedication and hard work of the team who have developed this important qualification will continue to ensure this qualification, and future developments, benefit the whole of the industry.”

The framework of the qualification provides sufficient flexibility for the variations in different jobs and locations. The qualification content, developed by BAFSA members, covers health and safety, knowledge of the fire sprinkler industry, relationship building and communication, understanding how to manage resources, maintaining compliance and dealing with noncompliance, installation and final handover procedures.

Sallyann Baldry, Head of Business Development, Industry Qualifications added: “I have represented awarding organisation, Industry Qualifications (IQ), for over two years on the BAFSA Skills and Development Committee and it has proved a rewarding experience to work with such committed individuals who have voluntarily come together for the betterment of their industry.

“They recognised the skills needed in the fire sprinkler industry and the drivers for change that are being brought about through changes in legislation and technology. This qualification will go a long way to address these needs.”
The national qualification is supported by a robust Assessment Strategy which will ensure effective quality assurance arrangements for the qualification. Assessment for all the units will be through a portfolio of evidence (internally set and marked and quality assured by IQ).

The qualification, comprising seven units totaling 209 guided learning hours, will be initially delivered by BAFSA’s preferred training providers, Neath Port Talbot College in South Wales, and Manchester College in England.

Courses will commence in September with formal launch dates at both venues taking place in late September and late October respectively. For further details on qualification, assessment strategy and course dates visit: www.bafsa.org.uk/skills_qualifications.php