What is the Fire Marshal Certificate?
The Fire Marshal Certificate, also known as The Fire Warden Certificate, demonstrates that you have completed specialist fire training and are able to contribute to the overall fire safety in your workplace. Certified Fire Marshals and Fire Wardens are responsible for identifying fire hazards in the workplace in order to minimise risk, as well to ensure that emergency procedures, like evacuations and drills, are conducted properly. The Fire Marshal Certificate is valid for 3 years and is issued by your specialist fire safety training provider.
Do I need a Fire Marshal Certificate?
The Fire Marshal Certificate is for you if you have been appointed (or would like to be appointed) as a Fire Marshal or Fire Warden in your workplace. As a Fire Marshal with the necessary training, you will be expected to have essential Fire Safety knowledge that will make your work place safer. You will also get involved in key emergency procedures. The Fire Marshall Certificate also adds good experience to your CV increasing your employability.
As per the Fire Safety Order 2005, it is a legal requirement to ensure sufficient preparations have been put in place to handle safe evacuations in the event of a fire. This is usually in the form of a Certified Fire Warden.
To be eligible for the Fire Marshal Certificate, you need to be over 16 years old and have completed the half-day Fire Marshal Training. Those who attend the course and obtain the certificate tend to be the appointed Fire Marshals at their workplace.
Being appointed as the Fire Marshal or Fire Warden in your workplace is a huge responsibility which must be taken seriously.
How to get the Fire Marshal Certificate
To obtain a Fire Marshal Certificate, you will first need to complete the necessary training course. The Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the course.
Complete the Fire Marshal Training Course
The training course runs for half a day and you will be assessed on your learning through class participation and, in some cases, a simple multiple choice exam.
Fire Marshal Training Course
To get the Fire Marshal or Fire Warden Certificate, you will need to complete the Fire Marshal Training Course is between half a day to a full-day. Candidates taking the course must be 16+ and have basic knowledge about fire safety and fire extinguishers. All training complies with Fire Safety Order 2005 which outlines key fire safety responsibilities. Some of the units of the training course include:
- Fire safety legislation
- Common causes of fire
- The chemistry of fire
- Fire safety precautions
- Action on discovering a fire
- Fire drills and evacuation
- Using fire extinguishers
- The role of Fire Marshals
Assessment for the Fire Marshal Training Course varies. Some training providers choose to assess through multiple choice exams. Others only rely on continuous assessment through class participation.
Cost of the Fire Marshal Certificate
The Fire Marshal (or Fire Warden) Certificate comes as part of the Fire Marshal Training Course. This means that there is no additional cost to obtain the certificate, as the price is already factored into the training cost.
The Fire Marshal Certificate is only valid for 3 years. After this period, you can either take another Fire Marshal Training Course or a shorter refresher course. You will receive a new certificate at this point.