Information for IFE Centres

Information for IFE Examination Centres

October 2021 Examination Centres

The Examination Centre Handbook for October 2021 can be downloaded here.  

All examination centre team members should read the Examination Centre Handbook before conducting examinations as it includes important information on:

  • The role of examination centres and the specific responsibilities of Invigilators and Centre Managers
  • Preparations for examinations
  • Invigilation processes
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Malpractice

New Examination Centres

Potential examination centres must first contact exams@ife.org.uk to discuss arrangements and to confirm that they can meet the responsibilities of an IFE Examination Centre. 

Each examination centre is asked to complete an Examination Centre Manager form for each examination session. Centres are required to confirm their commitment to meet the centre responsibilities and to set out the arrangements that are in place to manage the examinations.

Information for Centres providing Qualifications which include Centre Assessment

The IFE provides two qualifications where approved centres are responsible for carrying out assessments which are then quality assured by the IFE.  Details of these qualifications is available below.

In order to provide the qualifications, centres must successfully complete the IFE approval process and must demonstrate ongoing compliance with IFE requirements.  Full details of requirements are provided in the Qualification Specifications and Centre Handbooks provided below:

 IFE Level 5 Award in Fire Investigation: Theory and Practice

The IFE Level 5 Award in Fire Investigation: Theory and Practice  has been designed to recognise the practical skills and underpinning knowledge required by those who carry out investigations at fire scenes. The qualification comprises a single unit which covers scientific understanding, use of the scientific method and practical skills. All assessment is carried out by approved local assessment centers and is externally quality assured by the IFE.  Candidates who wish to achieve this qualification must be registered with an approved assessment center.   Only one centre is currently approved to deliver this qualification ie the Fire Service College.  

IFE Level 5 Diploma in Fire Engineering Design

The IFE Level 5 Diploma in Fire Engineering Design  recognises the practical skills and technical understanding relevant to fire engineering. The content of the qualification was developed and approved by the CFOA (Chief Fire Officers' Association) Fire engineering and Technical Standards Working Group. It will support individuals in roles such as fire risk assessor, fire safety auditor, approved inspector and fire engineer.    All assessment is carried out by approved local assessment centers and is externally quality assured by the IFE.  Candidates who wish to achieve this qualification must register with an approved assessment center.  Currently, there are no approved IFE centres for this qualification.