Qualifications

Qualifications

IFE vocational qualifications are recognised by employers throughout the UK and internationally. They are recognised and regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and the Welsh Government.

The IFE is the only regulated Awarding Organisation in the UK that specialises entirely in the fire sector. Our assessment materials are developed and quality assured by sector experts who bring extensive experience and up to date knowledge to the assessment process.

Each year the IFE receives over 6,000 exam entries from candidates in more than 20 different countries and interest in IFE qualifications continues to grow significantly each year.

The IFE’s delivery processes comply with best practice and meet national regulatory standards. Candidates entering for IFE qualifications can be confident that:

  • They are accessing a valued qualification recognised nationally and internationally
  • They will receive a professional and robust assessment by industry experts
  • Achievement will provide them with a platform for further study and professional development

IFE Qualifications (with Syllabus Links)

The IFE offers nine qualifications, 6 of these are available in South Africa.  Information about each qualification is provided on this page.  Please scroll down the page to find specific qualification and unit information together with relevant links.  The qualifications available are:

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

You do not need to be a member of the IFE to access the qualifications.

Information on Current IFE Qualifications

IFE Level 2 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations and SafetyThis qualification has been designed to recognise the critical knowledge and understanding required by those in fire-related roles.  The qualification is assessed by a single three-hour examination.  The examination contains 120 multiple choice questions.The syllabus can be downloaded by clicking here
IFE Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Fire Safety and ManagementThis qualification recognises the knowledge and understanding of those operating at or preparing to operate at the 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 can be downloaded by clicking here.
Level 3 Diploma Qualifications The following qualifications have been derived from the units that make up the content for the Level 3 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety.  They are directly equivalent to these units.  These qualifications differ from the IFE Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Fire Safety and Management in that each qualification assesses only one subject area and covers a much greater range of content.  All qualifications are assessed by an examination of three hours.For information on the qualifications below, please click on the qualification name.

Level 3 Certificate in Fire Engineering Science

Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety

Level 3 Certificate in Fire Service Operations and Incident Command

Level 3 Certificate in Aviation Fire Operations

Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management

Level 3 Certificate in Fire Investigation

Level 3 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety 

In order to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety, candidates need to achieve four of the qualifications listed above ie the Level 3 Certificate in Fire Engineering Science, the Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety plus two of the other qualifications.   The qualifications above are equivalent to the former unit examinations.  Guidance on the structure of the Diploma and the relationship between the qualifications above and the previous units is available by clicking here.

Level 4 Diploma Qualifications The following qualifications have been derived from the units that make up the content for the Level 4 Certificate in Fire Science and Fire Safety.  They are directly equivalent to these units.  All qualifications are assessed by an examination of three hours.For information on the qualifications below, please click on the qualification name.

Level 4 Certificate in Fire Engineering Science

Level 4 Certificate in Fire Safety

Level 4 Certificate in Fire Service Operations and Incident Command

Level 4 Certificate in Aviation Fire Operations

Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Managementent

Level 4 Certificate in Fire Investigation

Level 4 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety (formerly known as the Level 4 Certificate in Fire Science and Fire Safety)

In order to achieve the Level 4 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety, candidates need to achieve four of the qualifications listed above ie the Level 4 Certificate in Fire Engineering Science, the Level 4 Certificate in Fire Safety and two of the other qualifications.  The qualifications above are equivalent to the former unit examinations.  Guidance on the structure of the Diploma and the relationship between the qualifications above and the previous units is available by clicking here.

IFE Level 2 Certificate in Passive Fire Protection This qualification has been developed in partnership with the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP).   The content and structure of the qualification have been established to cover the basic knowledge and understanding required by those working in the passive fire protection industry.For further information and to view the syllabus for this qualification, please see the Passive Fire Protection page on this website.
IFE Level 3 Certificate in Passive Fire Protection This qualification has been developed in partnership with the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP).  It will be suitable for those who install or inspect passive fire protection measures.For further information and to view the syllabus for this qualification, please see the Passive Fire Protection page on this website.

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