Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation (Level 2)
The Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation (Level 2) is a competency based qualification aimed at individuals employed in the fire sprinkler industry. The qualification is approved for learners aged 18+ and who have a minimum of 3 years installer experience. There are no formal entry requirements although learners must be able to work at heights.
This qualification is intended for people installing fire sprinklers to develop the knowledge and competences necessary to meet the industry standards for the installation role (residential and commercial). The framework of the qualification should provide sufficient flexibility for the variations in different jobs and locations.
The main objective of this qualification is supporting a role in the workplace and it has two purposes; confirming occupational competence and confirming competence in an occupational role to the standards required by industry.
With this qualification encompassing both Residential and Commercial Fire Sprinkler installations colleges expect the candidate to have experience in both types of systems, demonstrated within the BAFSA Evidence of prior learning record book*.
As part of the qualification evidence requirements candidates are required to complete an Evidence of Prior Learning portfolio detailing their installer experience for submission to the college. A downloadable template document is available free of charge here.
*Those installers that have not had experience in either metallic fire sprinkler systems installations or plastic fire sprinkler systems installations will be required to gain a working knowledge of installation and jointing techniques before completion of the electronic practical module/assessment through an alternative training opportunity.
To achieve qualification certification the learner must achieve seven mandatory units:
- Communicate effectively in the workplace
- Establish effective working relationships
- Manage own Resources
- Health and Safety
- Awareness of Regulations in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
- (This unit develops knowledge and understanding; however some assessment criteria should be assessed in the workplace)
- Fire sprinkler installation and handover
- Understanding the Fire Sprinkler Industry
BAFSA Preferred Training Providers Neath Port Talbot College Group (S. Wales), Llandrillo College (N. Wales) and West College Scotland deliver this this national industry based competency qualification.
The learning programme consists of approx. 40 hours learning delivered online and a further variety of learning methodologies. The learner will be able to access the learning modules and assessments in their own time and at their own pace and will be allowed 24 weeks from the time of enrolment to complete their programme including providing their video evidence. No attendance in College is required.
UNIT 6 FIRE SPRINKLER INSTALLATION & HANDOVER
– PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT
This unit requires practical assessment by the candidate’s designated college tutor and video evidence of candidate competency is acceptable. Providing video evidence of fire sprinkler installation and handover is an essential part of this programme and allows the candidate to evidence their capability, skill and competency without attending any college.
In addition to the video evidence candidates can expect to have professional discussions with their tutors and be expected to complete a short workbook.
Good quality video material is essential and the key to success so it is important that each candidates reads and understands the requirements of the activity to be video and the assessment requirements before submitting their video to their chosen college.
It is anticipated that 8 or 9 videos, each of no more than 2 or 3 minutes duration will be sufficient to evidence the activities/learning outcomes required for this programme.
Personal Protective Equipment where required and appropriate must be worn during the video session if the activity being undertaken requires it.
ISSUING OF A QUALIFICATION CERTIFICATE
Following completion of the online modules and practical evidence by the candidate there is further activity required which is undertaken by an independent Verifier and the Awarding Organisation (ABBE) before any certificate can be awarded. This process can take up to 45 days. This activity is required to ensure that the candidate evidence demonstrates Validity, Reliability, Comparability, Manageability and Minimises Bias and the qualification remains robust.
BAFSA and the College Course Tutor have no influence in these steps.
Candidates record of achievement (evidence of completion) is put forward by the College for Internal Verification by an Independent Verifier. If any evidence is missing or not meeting the specification it is returned to the College for remedial action.
Once internal verification is complete, the record of achievement (evidence of completion) is provided to ABBE (Awarding Organisation) for verification and certification. If any evidence is missing or not meeting the specification it is returned to Internal Verifier for remedial action.