Diploma in Construction Fire Safety and Fire Risk Management

This Diploma is an IFE Recognised Educational Programme Course 


We are pleased to announce that following a lengthy review from the IFE – The Diploma in Construction Fire Safety and Fire Risk Management has been upgraded from Recognised Course to Recognised Educational Programme status.

This means that the core content of the course has met with the required for obtaining the IFE Graduate Fire Safety Paper and as such provides you with academic exemption from this paper if you wish to apply for membership of the IFE at Grad IFE level.

The IFE were very impressed with the Course and stated that the review received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the review panel.

The CHSG Diploma in Construction Fire Safety and Fire Risk Management is a specialist intensive course for the Construction Fire Safety Manager that has been recognised by the Institute of Fire Engineers.

The course is designed to provide the delegates with sufficient knowledge to enable them to competently manage fire safety on a modern construction site.  An 12 day intensive course with optional lectures by leading industry professionals.

This course is aimed at persons who undertake the role as Responsible professionals.

Delegates will be involved in various sessions including preparing fire safety plans and fire risk assessments. The course content also includes:  

  • The Law—Failing to Consequences
  • Combustion Processes and Explosion
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Temporary Accommodation Units
  • Human Factors
  • Utilising Scaffold as Fire Escapes
  • Fire Incident Investigation
  • Arson and Site Security
  • Access and Arrangements for Emergency Services
  • Technical Presentations from Industry Professionals

The Full Diploma is Examinable by:

  • Written test paper
  • Multiple choice test
  • Lecture presentation
  • Written dissertation candidates achieving a satisfactory pass in all modules and examinations will be awarded the full parchment and be authorised to use the post nominals DCFsFRM.


Module 1 – Legal Structures and the Requirement for the effective Management of Fire Safety 

This unit will provide the Fire Safety Manager with valuable information regarding the law, including Fire Safety and Health and Safety Law – with direct links to CDM 2015, including Environmental implications with regards to the protection of the Environment from the products of Fire. 

It will introduce the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 and explain how by utilising available Reference Guides, British Standards and Approved Codes of Practice, the Fire Safety Manager can work towards satisfying the Legal Requirements for the protection of relevant persons within or about the workplace.

This module also introduces and explains the Diploma Structure a whole, outlining the pathway to achieving full and approved Diploma Status.

Module 2 – The Chemistry of Combustion – Principals of Explosion 

This unit will provide the Fire Safety Manager with the understanding and knowledge of Basic Fire Science with regards to the Chemistry of Combustion, causes of Fire and Fire Spread. 

The unit includes information on Fire Growth Patterns , Fire Growth rates and other specific Fire Phenomena, including how different burning materials can affect the rate of temperature rise and fire product output under specified circumstances.

It will include the Principals of Explosion, types of Explosion and Explosion Hazards, including the basic requirement for Risk Assessment under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR).  This module also introduces future Diploma subjects including the Requirement for effective Fire Safety Management Systems and Time versus Tenability process – with regards to understanding and creating effective evacuation strategy.

Module 3 – Creating, Managing and Maintaining an Effective Means of Escape 

This unit will provide the Fire Safety Manager with the understanding and knowledge required for them to be able to: 

  • Understand the requirements for effective Pro-active Fire Safety Management within Construction Strategic Safety Planning
  • Identify and mark on a site plan suitable means of escape, way finding signage, compartment lines, Fire Points, Alarms and Emergency Lighting
  • Explain how travel distances within a MOE are calculated and what may affect them
  • Identify the fire safety requirements to be considered and introduced when utilising scaffold as a means of escape
  • Explain the characteristics and design of a suitable and sufficient Fire Door
  • Understand how building materials differ when affected by the products of fire and explain how the fire resistance of structural elements can be enhanced
  • Outline the test standard requirements to ascertain Fire Spread Classification of materials and the reasoning behind their importance

Module 4 – Building Control and Enforcement Lectures – The Storage and Handling of Flammable and Explosive Materials 

This unit will provide the Fire Safety Manager with the understanding and knowledge required for them to be able to:

  • Explain the requirements and duties made under DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002)
  • Create a suitable and sufficient process to install control measures so as to reduce the risk of Fire and Explosion from Hazmats (Hazardous Materials).
  • Explain the dangers and drawback associated with the transport, handling, use and storage of Acetylene Gas
  • Outline the measures required to store gas cylinders safely on site
  • Understand and explain the hazards from the use and storage of DERV
  • Identify the requirements to create a Waste Management plan to reduce both the Risk of Fire and Environmental pollution

Module 5 – Fire Safety in Temporary Accommodation Units (TAU) and Fire Safety in Timber Construction 

This unit will provide the Fire Safety Manager with the understanding and knowledge required for them to be able to: 

  • Identify Fire Risks within TAU’s and Explain where guidance on Fire Safety within or about TAU’s can be sourced
  • Create a suitable and sufficient system of general controls for Management of Fire Safety within or about TAU’s
  • Identify MOE issues and instigate Suitable and Sufficient levels of Active Fire Prevention
  • Identify and instigate suitable Fire Safety controls during Timber Construction
  • Understand and explain the systematic control elements identified within UKTFA document 16 steps to fire safety
  • Identify suitable levels of Security – dependent upon build type
  • Identify, instigate and Manage adequate control measures over Water Supplies and Emergency Service Access to all relevant areas on site – including Vehicular access

Module 6 – Active Fire Safety Systems – Including Fixed Fire Suppression Systems, Fire Alarm Systems and Emergency Lighting 

The unit will provide the Fire Safety Manager with the understanding and knowledge required for them to be able to: 

  • understand the various Active Fixed Fire Suppression Systems that are available
  • Explain how each system physically and chemically works and how its process contains, controls and extinguishes a conflagration
  • Identify different types of first aid Fire Extinguishers; explain their uses and limitations
  • Identify the requirement to maintain a suitable and sufficient Fire Detection System throughout the build – During Both Temporary and Final Installation
  • Explain how a Fire Detection System Operates and identify how the different point detectors work (Including Aspirating Systems) outlining their pros and cons
  • Identify the different types of Emergency Lighting System available, how to establish a suitable level of Lux in specific areas and how to protect the MOE

Module 7  – Accident (Fire) Causation and Theory, Accident Investigation Process and Analysis

This unit will provide the Fire Safety Manager with the understanding and knowledge required for them to be able to understand Accident and Loss Causation Theory and Methods of Prevention and Investigation:  At the end of this module the Fire Safety Manager should be able to: 

  • Explain the basic theory of loss and causality, their quantitative analysis, limitations of their application, and their presentation in numerical and graphical form relating these to the causation of Fire
  • Explain the statutory and the internal reporting and recording systems for loss events (injuries, ill-health, dangerous occurrences) and near misses
  • Describe Fire and Loss Investigations; the requirements, benefits, the procedures, the documentation and the involvement of and communication with relevant staff, agencies and representatives
  • Explain the possible uses and limitations of Event and Fault Tree Analysis to support an accident Investigation (Loss Prevention)

Module 8 – Presentation Skills, Preparation and Presentation and Fire Load Calculations, Fire Modeling and Building Information Modeling

As a Fire Safety Manager you would be expected on occasion to conduct competent briefings and Fire Safety presentations to Staff, Management and Others.  This unit will provide you with the basic skills to conduct an effective and useful presentation.

  • The basic process of Fire Load Calculation and its place in Fire Engineering, Design and Fire Risk Management
  • The basic process of Fire Modelling and its uses within the processes of Fire Safety
  • The basic process of Building Information Modelling and its place in Fire Engineering, Design and Fire Risk Management

Module 9 – Life Safety, Persons at Risk, Human and Organisational Factors, Fire Alarm Psychology and Evaluating Competence 

A Robust Fire Safety Management System and associated Evacuation Strategy are dependent upon many Human and Organisational factors.  This unit will provide the Fire Safety Manager with sufficient knowledge for them to be able to understand: 

  • The concept of Life Safety to relevant Persons within or about buildings, and link an Escape Plan to the psychology of ASET (Available Safety Evacuation Time) and RSET (Required Safe Evacuation Time) and to be able to identify potential flaws in both concepts
  • Where Human Factors can affect the Safety of the workplace and how mismanagement and identification of potential Human Errors can lead to a fire
  • Basic fundamental theories of Human Reliability, Motivation and Behavior – Rasmussen, Taylor and Maslow etc.
  • What makes a person Competent in relation to the expectations placed upon them, especially where it comes to Fire Safety ad Fire Risk Management
  • Factors as to why people may not react to a Fire or Fire Alarm as they might be expected to and to explain the concept of the Fire Warden/Marshall in relation to the above

Module 10 – Fire Risk Assessment 

A Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is a legal requirement placed upon the Responsible Person under Article 9 of the Fire Safety Order 20154 and reinforces the requirement for the Employer to make a suitable and sufficient Assessment of Risk to Employees and others as required under the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 section 3. 

A Construction Site is an ever-changing entity and the requirement for FRA can be a complex and daunting undertaking for the untrained person.

The unit will provide the Fire Safety Manager with sufficient knowledge required for them to be able to understand:

  • How to identify the 5 steps required for effective Fire Risk Assessment
  • The importance for the protection of Life Safety above all else on the Constructions Site
  • Why the FRA process should be a continuing Rolling Plan of Fire Safety Management that required constant review throughout all stages of the build
  • How a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment as required under the RRFSO 2005 Article 9 can be undertaken

This unit includes delegates preparing an outline FRA utilising floor plans/drawings

Module 11 & 12  Presentations/Examinations and Close of Course 

  • Outline of arrangements of the day
  • Written Paper 2 hours – 10 questions 5 x technical and 5 practical
  • Multiple choice paper 20 questions
  • Lecturer Presentations


Day 1 – Thursday 12 September 2019
Day 2 – Tuesday 8 October 2019
Day 3 – Thursday  21 November 2019
Day 4 – Thursday 5 December 2019
Day 5 – Thursday 9 January 2020
Day 6 – Thursday 6 February 2020
Day 7 – Thursday 5 March 2020
Day 8 – Thursday 9 April 2020
Day 9 – Thursday 14 May 2020
Day 10 – Thursday 11 June 2020

Exam dates – 24/25 June 2020


£2280 per person – members
£2580 per person- non-members


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