Professional Qualifications

IFE Professional Qualifications

News - New Qualification

The IFE has launched a new qualification for those preparing for Incident Command roles.  The new qualification includes a practical element as well as an examined element and has been developed in partnership with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.  Information on the qualification, the IFE Level 3 Certificate for Operational Supervisory Managers in Fire and Rescue Services (VRQ), is available on the qualifications available page. 

The Press Release  sets out the background to the new qualification and its purpose.

News - New October Examination Session

The new October examination session attracted over 450 examination entries.  This is the first time the IFE has offered a second examination session.  As a result of this successful pilot, the IFE is now considering the introduction of the October session as a permanent feature of the examination year and consideration is being given to increasing the range of examinations available at this session.

Introduction to IFE's 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 7,000 exam entries from candidates in more than 35 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