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Fire Risk Assessor Certification

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In anticipation of a nationally recognised register of fire risk assessors, the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) has recommended its members to seek independent certification through a UKAS-accredited scheme.

Speaking at the Institute’s recent technical day in Birmingham, IFSM general secretary, Bob Docherty, outlined the moves towards a national register, and said the best way forward for its risk assessor members was to gain certification through a scheme such as that run by Warrington Certification and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Simon Ince of Warrington Certification highlighted the preliminary work on a joint venture being developed by the certification body and the IFSM which would offer members a reduced fee for the certification process.

The IFSM, Warrington Certification and RICS are all represented on a working group which is considering national competence criteria and a potential national register, and is being chaired by Iain Cox, chief officer of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Source: Info4Fire

Safety Management (UK) Assessors

As a provider of Fire Risk Assessments we are fully in support of a 'reasonable' level of regulation, which will come through accreditations.  Currently we have means to ensure all our assessors are registered with credible peer led organisations such as the Institute of Fire Safety Managers, where their work is reviewed by their peers annually.

In addition to this, in order to obtain our Professional Indemnity Insurance, the provider also reviews qualifications and experience annually.  The end result is an annual picture of competence.  But accepting this is only part of the story, we also need to ensure the commercial organisation providing the assessments are maintaining a high standard of delivery and quality, all very difficult to quantify!

The one pitfall to be avoided is that of it all becoming a 'private club' where membership is expensive and these costs just ended up being passed to a client.  There is a long way to go, and there will be lots of people with lots to say on this, so watch this space.

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