IFE Qualifications (with Syllabus Links)

The IFE offers five qualifications.  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 five qualifications are:

  • The IFE Level 2 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations and Safety (VRQ) 
  • The IFE Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Fire Safety and Management (VRQ)
  • IFE Level 3 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety (VRQ)
  • IFE Level 4 Certificate in Fire Science and Fire Safety (HL)
  • IFE Level 3 Certificate for Operational Supervisory Managers in Fire and Rescue Services (VRQ)

IFE Qualifications are mapped to National Occupational Standards

You do not need to be a member of the IFE to sit the examinations.

Information on Current IFE Qualifications

IFE Level 2 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations and Safety (VRQ)

The IFE Level 2 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations and Safety 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.

IFE Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Fire Safety and Management (VRQ)

The IFE Level 3 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations, Fire Safety and Management 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.

IFE Level 3 Diploma in Fire Science and Fire Safety (VRQ)

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]  

 

IFE Level 4 Certificate in Fire Science and Fire Safety (HL)

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]

IFE Level 3 Certificate for Operational Supervisory Managers in Fire and Rescue Services (VRQ)

The IFE Level 3 Certificate for Operational Supervisory Managers in Fire and Rescue Services  has been introduced to recognise practical skills and also underpinning technical understanding in the context of incident management.  In order to achieve the qualification, candidates must achieve two mandatory units: one unit is assessed by external examination; the other unit takes the form of a practical assessment which is carried out by approved local assessment centres and is externally moderated by the IFE.