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NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety (UK / International)

The NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety (FSC) is a global relevant fire safety qualification. The course is aimed at health and safety managers, facilities managers, health and safety representative and anybody who manages fire safety as part of their duties within their organisation.

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NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety (UK / International)

The NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety (FSC) is a global relevant fire safety qualification. The course is aimed at health and safety managers, facilities managers, health and safety representative and anybody who manages fire safety as part of their duties within their organisation.

It also makes excellent continued professional development (CPD) for those who are looking to expand their knowledge.

The qualification looks at fire safety and can be applied in many sectors. On completion of the qualification, you will be able to:

  • Justify fire safety improvements using moral and financial arguments
  • Advise how fires and explosions can occur and the appropriate controls to minimise fire and explosion risks
  • Advise their employer on the requirements for the fire protection of premises and workers including the appropriate training obligations
  • Carry out a fire risk assessment in their own workplace – prioritising risks, inspecting the workplace, recognising a range of common fire hazards, evaluating risks (taking account of current controls), recommending further control measures, planning actions.

Why choose the British Safety Council?

  • We create a positive learning environment for all our students.
  • We are a NEBOSH Gold partner which means we exceed the NEBOSH standards, offering high quality tutorial support, excellent materials and a supportive learning journey.
  • Our expert trainers create interactive sessions that are informative and engaging and help support learning by applying knowledge using real world scenarios.
  • Unlimited dedicated study support with additional resources, tutor guidance and forums to talk with tutors and other students
  • Our pass rate is well above the national average, which means you have a greater chance of passing the first time around.
  • For over 60 years, the British Safety Council has been educating millions of workers and making hundreds of thousands of workplaces safer around the world.
  • We are a not-for-profit membership organisation, a trusted brand and a leader in driving health, safety and wellbeing innovation and engagement across our global community.
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    We are one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations

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    Our tutors are experts in health and safety and are excellent teachers

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    No 'death by PowerPoint' – learning is student-centred and interactive

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    Study skills and examination techniques are embedded throughout

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    Pass rates are consistently above the national average

How can I study?

We recognise that everyone is different, which is why we offer a choice of study routes.

  • Live Online: Get all the benefits of structured classroom learning with an expert tutor, but with the convenience of studying remotely, accessing our virtual, interactive classrooms via PC, laptop or tablet.  4 days + OBE online assessment – worldwide.
  • Classroom: Enjoy our comfortable and well-equipped training centres with an expert tutor and an opportunity to interact and learn from other students. 4 days + OBE online assessment.
  • In-Company Training: We can visit your workplace or a third party venue and deliver the course on dates of your choice. This is an effective way of training a group of people as it saves on travel costs and allows students to keep in touch with work. 4 days + OBE online assessment - worldwide.

NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety has two assessments.  An Open Book Exam (OBE) which can be taken at a location of your choice remotely, such as at home or a workplace.  And a practical Risk Assessment which can be conducted in your workplace.

What's in it for me?

The NEBOSH Fire Certificate is valued by employers.

Gaining this qualification will boost your career prospects.

Holders of the NEBOSH Fire Certificate can apply for technical membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Tech IOSH). Many students then progress to the NEBOSH National Diploma (Grad IOSH) and from there to chartered status (CMIOSH).

Information for students

Qualification Structure

The qualification comprises three units:

Unit NG1: Management of health and safety

Why we should manage workplace health and safety

How health and safety management systems work and what they look like

Managing risk – understanding people and processes

Health and safety monitoring and measuring

 

Unit FC1: Fire safety and risk management

Physical and psychological health

Musculoskeletal health

Chemical and biological agents

General workplace issues

Work equipment

Fire

Electricity

 

Unit FC2: Practical fire risk assessment

Workplace-based risk assessment task


Assessment

NG1: Open book examination (approximately 4 hours within a 24-hour window)

FC1: Closed book, invigilated examination (2 hours)

FC2: Workplace-based risk assessment task

Qualification Level

The NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) at Level 6 in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).  For users in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this is comparable to a vocationally-related qualification (VRQ) at Level 3 in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).  A Level 3 VRQ is comparable (in academic terms) to an A-Level.

Professional Recognition

The NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management meets the academic requirements for:

  • Technical membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Tech IOSH).
  • Associate membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (AIIRSM).

Language Requirements

Assessments are available in English only.

Your standard of English must be such that you can both understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus. 

NEBOSH recommends that non-native speakers undertaking this qualification should have a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.  For further information please consult the IELTS website: www.ielts.org

Enrolment Period

When you start the course, we enrol you as a student with NEBOSH. Your initial enrolment period lasts for 5 years. This means that you must pass your first unit within 5 years. If you fail to pass your first unit within 5 years, you will need to re-enrol and pay another registration fee.

When you pass your first unit, your enrolment period is automatically re-set and you have a further 5 years to pass the remaining units. In other words, your first unit has a shelf-life of 5 years. If you do not pass the remaining units within 5 years, your first unit will expire and you will have to retake this unit in order to pass the qualification.

Learning Agreement

When you join the course, we ask you to enter into the following agreement with us:

The British Safety Council will:

  • Use suitably qualified and experienced tutors to deliver the tuition
  • Cover all the specification learning outcomes
  • Provide or direct you to the information you need to pass the qualification
  • Provide you with expert advice on revision and examination technique
  • Respond in a timely manner to any queries
  • Be diligent and courteous at all times.

You must:

  • Attend all scheduled sessions
  • Contribute to group discussions in a positive manner
  • Endeavour to be active, rather than passive in terms of learning
  • Complete the required number of revision hours
  • Pay particular attention to advice regarding revision and examination technique
  • Bring any learning difficulties to our attention at the earliest opportunity.

NEBOSH Learner Terms and Conditions

The NEBOSH Learner Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Qualification Specification

The qualification specification (syllabus) can be found here.

Learning Resources

Classroom and live online learners will receive a hard copy handbook for each unit at the start of the course.  If you are studying live online, these will be posted to your home address.  E-Learners will receive a digital copy.    

You will be given access to an online portal containing the following PDF documents:

British Safety Council resources:

  • Textbook
  • Unit handbooks
  • Open book examination guidance

NEBOSH resources:

  • Guide to the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • Open book examination learner guide
  • Open book examination technical learner guide
  • FC2 assessment templates

Tutor Support

Your tutor will provide support in relation to subject content and assessment preparation.  They can be contacted by telephone, video call or email at any time.

Results and Certificates

Results are issued 10 weeks after the assessment date. 

Each unit is reported as ‘Pass’ or ‘Refer’. You must pass all three units to achieve the qualification.

Unit and qualification certificates are despatched by NEBOSH within 20 working days of the result notification date.

Queries and Complaints

Should you have any queries, please contact our Education Team ([email protected])

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by your tutor or our Education Team, please contact our Customer Service Team ([email protected]).

You can also refer the matter to NEBOSH ([email protected]).

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by NEBOSH, please contact the Scottish Qualifications Authority ([email protected]).

Resit

2014 syllabus only

You may choose to resit your examinations within five years of completing the learning modules with us.

Book a resit (unit 1 exam) >

Book a resit (unit 2 exam) >

Book a resit (unit 3 practical assessment) >

Live Online

Study remotely and learn ‘live’ with a tutor just as you would in a classroom. 

Students join via the web using a PC, laptop or tablet.  The course is run using Zoom, but students don’t need to download any software.  Throughout the course, students can see and interact with the tutor and with each other.

Why study Live Online?

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    Expert teaching by an experienced tutor

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    Tutor support for individual learners

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    An opportunity to interact with and learn from other students

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In your workplace

We can visit your workplace and deliver the course on dates of your choice. This is an effective way of training a group of people as it saves on travel costs and allows students to keep in touch with work.

The 4-day course is delivered by a highly qualified and experienced tutor in an interactive and engaging manner which makes learning easier.

Live Online training is now available remotely for your workplace. Request a call back to find out more.

 

Why in your workplace?

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At a training centre

Training centre course dates are subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Live Online courses may be added to replace training centre courses if the face to face versions are not able to run.

Our well-equipped training centres allow you to get away from the distractions of the workplace and focus on your qualification. Courses are held throughout the year in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

The 4-day course is delivered by a highly qualified and experienced tutor in an interactive and engaging manner which makes learning easier.

 

Why a training centre

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    Face-to-face courses have the highest pass rates

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    Focused study away from workplace distractions

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    Expert teaching by an experienced tutor

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    Tutor support for individual learners

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    An opportunity to interact with and learn from other students