FD&A System Maintainer Level 3

The FIA AO Level 3 in Fire Detection and Alarm Maintenance, Theory and Regulatory Requirements is intended to provide technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to work on the maintenance, inspection and testing of existing systems. Technicians will understand the specific requirements of current and relevant UK legislation, British and European standards where applicable, the technologies available through to testing methodology, fault finding, servicing and maintenance, through to certificating the work carried out and record keeping.

This qualification is not linked to any manufacturer of Fire Detection & Alarm (FD&A) equipment, it will not therefore include specific requirements set by those manufacturers for making connections, programming and testing. It is strongly recommended that technicians complete product specific training from their chosen manufacturer in addition to completing this qualification prior to working on any installed system. It is also strongly recommended that they maintain current knowledge and understanding of regulatory requirements through update/refresher training and with current products available through further manufacturer training as applicable.

Learner Benefits and Objective

Learners successfully completing this qualification will be able to carry out inspection and testing, servicing and maintenance of an existing fire detection and alarm system. Ensuring that the work carried out and the system remains compliant with current legislative and regulatory. Learners will understand and be able to apply their knowledge of:
•    Current legislative and regulatory requirements according to the UK nation(s) in which they are employed
•    Visual audit of the FD&A installation and make recommendation that a review of the system design be carried out where required
•    Test the system and its components including; both hard wired and wireless systems, Panels, detection components, alarm components, ancillary equipment and power supplies including battery backup.
•    Be able to carry out inspections of systems that have been disconnected for extended periods or following a fire incident and make recommendations for and/or carry out remedial and/or corrective servicing
•    Be able to review documentation to identify any specific areas of concern for the servicing visit.
•    Be able to carry out periodic, routine and special maintenance on a system in accordance with current guidance and industry best practice
•    Be able to investigate and identify the causes of false alarms and propose corrective action
•    Be able to communicate with the end user and provide training on the operation of the system if required

The objectives of this qualification are to;

•    Prepare the learner for employment in the FD&A sector as a systems maintainer
•    Prepare the learner to carry out their duties in the FD&A sector as a systems maintainer
•    Prepare the learner for career progression to more advanced qualifications in the FD&A sector, in particular to qualifications as a system commissioner and system designer

Qualification Structure

The qualification is made up of 4 compulsory units.

Compulsory Units  Guided Learning  Directed Learning  Invigilated Assessment  TQT
Level 2 Foundation in Fire Detection and Alarm 16 Hrs - 1 Hr 17 Hrs
Level 2 Health and Safety for Field Service Technicians  8 Hrs - 1 Hr 9 Hrs
Level 2 Environmental for Field Service Technicians 4 Hrs - 1 Hr 5 Hrs
Level 3 Fire Detection and Alarm Advanced Maintainer 16 Hrs 8 Hrs 2 Hrs 26 Hrs
TQT for this qualification  44 Hrs 8 Hrs  5 Hrs 57 Hrs

This qualification is graded as Pass/Fail, a successful pass for all units will be required for award.

Learner Eligibility

•    Age Range - This qualification is approved for learners aged 18 and above
•    Geographic Location – This qualification is recognised by the regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is therefore suitable for learners working in each of these UK Countries, changes have been made to the qualification criteria in order to reflect the specific legislative requirements of each
•    While not yet recognised by the regulators for Scotland, This qualification has also been developed with a view to future recognition in this UK country and changes have been made for the benefit of learners located in Scotland and the Border areas
•    Learner Entry Requirements – There are no pre-requisite entry requirements for registration and completion of this qualification, however learners should be proficient to level 2 in core skills (Literacy, Numeracy and Communication)

Learner Progression

This qualification will serve as an early step in a career in the fire industry and will form a basis for learners who later wish to progress to other roles, specifically for career progression toward the following qualifications.
•    FIA AO Level 3 in Fire Detection and Alarm Design, Theory and Regulatory Requirements
•    FIA AO Level 3 in Fire Detection and Alarm Commissioning, Theory and Regulatory Requirements

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