ASFP introduces new qualification requirements for members in 2021
11 January 2021
THE ASSOCIATION for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has introduced new membership requirements which came into effect on Friday 1 January. The new requirements make it mandatory for member companies to demonstrate that a proportion of their employees have been suitably trained and/or have achieved appropriate qualifications in the discipline of passive fire protection.
The new requirements are intended to further assist the Association and its members in clearly demonstrating that the latter are more professional than non-members and exceed the current competency expectations of the passive fire protection industry.
By meeting the ASFP’s strict entry requirements, members will be able to highlight their skills, competence and professionalism. The requirements, which will be implemented over a period of three years, require member companies to demonstrate that certain relevant staff in defined roles have obtained Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Level 2 or 3 qualifications, NVQ Level 2 qualifications in passive fire protection via manufacturer training and relevant CSCS cards or have undertaken the ASFP’s Online Introduction to Passive Fire Protection course.
Commenting on the new requirements, ASFP CEO Niall Rowan declared: “The ASFP has long been the standard bearer for technical excellence in passive fire protection. A perfect example of this is our requirement that installer members hold third party certification for products that they install.”
Rowan continued: “The Grenfell tragedy has further triggered significant change in the way that fire safety is perceived. Improving the quality of installation and demonstrating the competency of those involved in manufacturing, testing, installing and maintaining fire protection products is now seen as being vital.”
He concluded: “The ASFP’s new requirements will enable members to clearly demonstrate their skills, competence and professionalism. This will offer architects, specifiers, fire engineers and Tier One contractors further peace of mind that, by specifying ASFP members for all passive fire protection products, services and installations, both quality and professionalism is assured.”
Fire safety and fire science
The ASFP Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection offers a foundation in fire safety and fire science, as well as units on different forms of passive fire protection. The ASFP’s courses – as well as the IFE Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications – were developed in partnership by the ASFP and the IFE to provide recognition of individuals who have attained the essential knowledge and understanding needed to work efficiently and safely in passive fire protection roles.
The Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications are the only passive fire protection qualifications in the UK and Ireland recognised by regulator Ofqual. Furthermore, those who obtain the IFE Level 3 certificate are eligible to apply to join the IFE at technician grade, enabling them to gain professional recognition in the global fire sector and use the post-nominal TIFireE.
The ASFP Online Introduction to Passive Fire Protection provides a basic overview of passive fire protection covering the key elements of design, installation and inspection. Delivered in 13 video modules, it’s intended to provide a first step for those considering a career in the passive fire protection industry. On successful completion of an online test, candidates are awarded 3 hours’ worth of Continuing Professional Development.