IFE Qualifications 

Please click on the links below to open the full syllabus/specification for qualifications of interest.  The introduction to the qualification document provides general information that those taking the qualification should be aware of including guidance on assessment arrangements and recommended reading materials to assist candidates in their preparations for assessment and availability of the assessment; a full listing of the topics covered by the syllabus is provided after the general information in the section entitled Content.

Information on Current IFE Qualifications

IFE Level 2 Certificate in Fire Science, Operations and Safety 

This 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 Management 

This 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 .   

Specialist Qualifications 

Specialist qualifications are available at Levels 3 and 4 in the following subject areas.   All qualifications are assessed by an examination of three hours.  Further details of the subject areas covered by the qualifications and also guidance on the level, recommended learning materials and the purpose of the qualification can be accessed by clicking on the name of the qualification. 

Fire Engineering Science

 Level 3 Certificate in Fire Engineering Science

Level 4 Certificate In Fire Engineering Science

Fire Safety

Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety

Level 4 Certicate in Fire Safety

Aviation Fire Operations

Level 3 Certificate in Aviation Fire Operations

Level 4 Certificate in Aviation Fire Operations

Fire Service Operations and Incident Command

Level 3 Certificate in Fire Service Operations and Incident Command

Level 4 Certificate in Fire Service Operations and Incident Command

Leadership and Management

Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management

Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management

Fire Investigation

Level 3 Certificate in Fire Investigation

Level 4 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  the Level 3 Certificate in Fire Engineering Science, the Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety and two of the other specialist  qualifications at Level 3 listed above.  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 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  the Level 4 Certificate in Fire Engineering Science, the Level 4 Certificate in Fire Safety and two of the other specialist  qualifications at Level 4 listed above.  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.