IFE Membership

Join the IFE

Who may join?

Persons involved by study or employment (full- or part-time) in a fire related field.

To join as a member

Applicants for Student must be following an ongoing programme of fire study including IFE qualifications – evidence of the course programme must accompany your application. Applicants not meeting the above criteria can join as an Affiliate (Individual).

Other grades of membership are available to applicants who have relevant and recognised qualifications from other educational institutes (RPL). For grades other than Student or Affiliate, a more detailed application is required and this should be specifically requested or downloaded from this website.

It is also possible to join the IFE without any formal qualifications.  If you have substantial fire-related experience you may be eligible to apply for other grades using the Technical Report Route or the Individual Assessment route.  If you need clarification on requirements and RPL for different titles and grades, please contact us at adminstaff@ife.org.za

Annual fees (January to December 2019)

  • Student R1,100
  • Technician R1,720
  • Graduate R2.100
  • Associate R2,250
  • Member R2,940
  • Fellow R4,380
  • Affiliate (Individual) R2,259
  • Affiliate (Organisation) R11,900

Fees may alter due to fluctuations in exchange rate.

These fees will be valid until December 2019, after which subscription fees are renewable on 1 January every year.

New members joining from October to December 2018 will pay the 2019 rates and receive the last three months of 2018 ‘gratis’.

Method of payment

Payment for subs, exam fees and books may be made by cash, postal order, money order, moneygram, EFT or bank deposit (please send proof of payment with a legible name).  Foreign payments must be via SWIFT transfer from your bank to ours.

Membership benefits

As a paid-up member of the Institution, you will receive an international membership card, a personal copy of the quarterly International Fire Professional journal (published in the UK) and our local newsletter, as well as enjoying a 10% discount on the list price of books. Any paid-up members attending IFE-organised workshops or conferences, also enjoy a discounted rate.

See many other additional membership benefits here.

Exam levels

For international candidates, there are 4 examinations which may be entered:

  • IFE Level 2 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations and Safety
  • IFE Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Fire Safety and Management
  • IFE Level 3 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety
  • IFE Level 4 Certificate in Fire Science and Fire Safety

These examinations have been registered as UK national qualifications by the awarding body Ofqual. To enter for exams read the Guidance for SA Branch applying to enter into Exams 2019, complete the examination entry form March 2019 Application form, agree to the terms and conditions and pay the relevant examination fee by the official entry closing date.

Note you do not have to be a member of the IFE in order to enter its examinations.

Exam dates and registration closing date

October exams


The October 2018 examinations took place on Monday 8 October 2018.

Results for all examinations will be posted to candidates on 19 December 2018.

March exams

A full set of IFE examinations is held internationally, annually in March.  Entries for the March 2019 exams opened on 1 September and close on 30 November 2018.  No late entries will be accepted by the SA Branch. Late entries may be accepted by the IFE Head Office subject to their terms and conditions. Exam fees vary depending on which level is being written.

Exam dates: Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March 2018.

Study material

All syllabuses and recommended study materials are available from our office or can be downloaded from this website.  Contact us for a quotation for the books recommended for your level of exam, and to check stock and current prices.

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