March 2019 Exams

March 2019 Exams

The next full examination session will be on Thursday 14 March 2019 and Friday 15 March 2019.

The timetable can be viewed by clicking here

Qualification  Units
Level 2 Certificate This qualification has been designed to recognise the critical understanding required by those in firefighter roles.  The qualification is assessed by a single three-hour examination.  The examination contains 120 multiple choice questions.

The syllabus has been updated and candidates taking examinations should refer to the updated syllabus – IFE Level 2 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations and Safety.

Level 3 Certificate This qualification recognises the knowledge and understanding of those operating at, or preparing to operate at, Crew Manager level.  It is also appropriate for other fire specialists such as fire safety specialists.  To achieve the qualification, candidates have to achieve each of the four mandatory units.  Each unit is assessed by an examination of one hour.

The syllabus has been updated and candidates taking examinations should refer to the updated syllabus – Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Fire Safety and Management .

Level 3 Diploma IFE Level 3 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety 

This qualification recognises the knowledge and understanding of those operating in, or preparing for, a range of roles at level 3 including Watch Managers and fire professional specialists (eg Fire Safety).  In order to achieve the qualification, candidates must achieve the two mandatory units and also two optional units.  Each unit is assessed by an examination of three hours. From March 2017 examination papers will comprise 8 questions; candidates will need to select 6 questions from a choice of 8. Candidates should read the introduction to the qualification prior to reading the individual units.

Introduction to the Level 3 Diploma

Unit 1: Fire Engineering Science [mandatory]
Unit 2: Fire Safety [mandatory]
Unit 4: Aviation Fire Operations [optional]
Unit 5: Leadership and Management in Fire and Rescue [optional]
Unit 6: Fire Service Operations and Incident Command [optional]
Unit 7: Fire Investigation [optional]

Level 4 Certificate This qualification recognises the knowledge and understanding of those operating in, or preparing for, a range of roles at level 4 including Station Managers and other fire professional specialists (eg Fire Safety).  In order to achieve the qualification, candidates must achieve the two mandatory units and also two optional units. Each unit is assessed by an examination of three hours. Examination papers comprise 8 questions; candidates will need to select 6 questions from a choice of 8. Candidates should read the introduction to the qualification prior to reading the individual units.

Introduction to the Level 4 Certificate

Unit 1: Fire Engineering Science [mandatory]
Unit 2: Fire Safety [mandatory]
Unit 3: Fire Service Operations and Incident Command [optional]
Unit 4: Aviation Fire Operations [optional]
Unit 5: Leadership and Management in Fire and Rescue [optional]
Unit 6: Fire Investigation [optional]
Unit 7: Civil Emergency and Disaster Management [optional] *

*Note: Unit 7 will be withdrawn after the March 2019 examination; the examination will be available for the last time in March 2019.

Candidates will be able to use the documents below as reference sources.

  • Terms and Conditions – all candidates must ensure that they are aware of the terms and conditions as they will be required to confirm their agreement to abide by the terms when they complete the entry form.
  • March 2019 – Information and Rules for Candidates Information and Rules for Candidates taking IFE Examinations in March 2019 booklet. This booklet contains information about the process followed after candidates have entered examinations, the examination conditions and relevant dates (eg for issue of results).

Deferral Arrangements

The closing date for submission of an application for a deferral arrangement is 4 April 2019.   In case of query, candidates should email: exams@ife.org.uk


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