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Fire safety inspector

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This revised version of the occupational standard and end-point assessment plan has been agreed and but is available for information only pending approval of the funding band. Once the Minister has made a funding band decision, this revised version will be approved for delivery after a notice period 14 calendar days.

This apprenticeship is in revision

Key information

  1. Status: In development
  2. Ticked Proposal approved
    Ticked Occupational standard approved
    Ticked End-point assessment plan approved
  3. Reference: ST0746
  4. Level: 4
  5. Typical duration to gateway: 24 months
  6. Typical EPA period: 6 months
  7. Route: Protective services
  8. Date updated: 17/01/2023
  9. Lars code: 530
  10. EQA provider: Ofqual
  11. Review:

    This standard will be reviewed after three years.

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Details of the occupational standard

Occupation summary

The occupation of Fire Safety Inspector can be found in the Fire and Rescue sector. The fire and rescue sector is formed of three elements, prevention, protection and response. The occupation of fire safety inspector is a specialist role within the protection element, linking closely with the other two elements of prevention and response.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to assess the level of fire safety in the built environment in their area and instigate improvements, where necessary, to preserve life, to reduce damage to property and the environment and to support economic growth.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts effectively with partner agencies, particularly local regulatory services teams to join up enforcement work.

  • They work with external stakeholders within the community.
  • They attend internal and external meetings with stakeholders, such as Safety Advisory Groups, and investigate complaints regarding fire safety in commercial premises.
  • The also exchange information effectively with operational crews, prevention teams and partner agencies to ensure an integrated approach to the management of fire risk.

They will also provide support and technical expertise to colleagues and other departments, including mentoring and training, to ensure effective sharing of knowledge.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for providing advice, participating in consultations, the enforcement of legislation relating to fire safety and supporting investigations and prosecutions. Fire Safety Inspectors inspect complex premises and support businesses by giving advice on how to comply with regulations. Fire Safety Inspectors work at supervisory/managerial level within the fire sector, but they may not necessarily supervise or manage others. 

Typical job titles include:

Fire safety auditor

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Carry out Fire Safety inspections/audits of premises in line with current fire safety legislation

K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5

B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6

Duty 2 Enforce Fire Safety legislation in accordance with organisational policy, to include collecting/providing evidence, where appropriate

K1 K2 K4 K11 K12 K13

S2 S3 S6 S7

B1 B2 B3 B4 B6 B7 B8

Duty 3 Gather, process and share information with other FRS personnel and external partners relevant to their safety or where it may assist in the performance of their duties.

K1 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K14

S3 S6 S7

B1 B4 B7 B8

Duty 4 Identify premises, individuals and groups which represent levels of high risk and use that information to inform their organisational risk targeted activities

K1 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10

S3 S4 S5 S9

B1 B2 B3 B6 B7

Duty 5 Examine and respond to consultations and submissions from external stakeholders and provide advice in order to determine compliance with statutory codes of practice and other fire safety related legislation with applicable time constraints. Submissions and consultations could include: planning, building regulations, House(s) of Multiple Occupancy, licencing, marriage venues, etc

K1 K2 K6 K7 K8 K13

S3 S6 S7 S8 S9

B1 B4 B6 B8

Duty 6 Support formal fire safety investigations as required by the organisation and take appropriate action

K1 K2 K8 K9 K13 K15

S3 S7 S8

B4 B7

Duty 7 Contribute to the policy and procedures that relate to legislative guidance on matters concerning Fire Safety

K1 K2 K3 K7 K12 K16

S6 S7 S8

B1 B2 B4 B8

Duty 8 Provide technical advice and support on fire safety regulations and guidance documents to internal and external stakeholders

K1 K2 K6 K7 K8

S3 S6 S7 S8 S10

B1 B4 B6 B7 B8

Duty 9 Support better regulation by having regard for Primary Authority and interacting with Primary Authority Partnerships.

K2 K3 K4 K10 K11 K13

S3 S6 S7 S11

B4 B6 B8

Duty 10 Provide support and guidance to businesses to reduce fire and unwanted fire signals (e.g. from automatic fire alarms)

K1 K3 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K13 K16 K17 K18

S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S10

B1 B2 B3 B4 B6 B8

Duty 11 Collaborate effectively with partner agencies, particularly local regulatory services teams to join up enforcement activities.

K6 K7 K9 K10 K12 K16 K18

S4 S7 S8 S11

B1 B2 B3 B4 B6 B8

Duty 12 Attend internal and external meetings with stakeholders for example Safety Advisory Groups to provide guidance and support with fire safety matters to ensure the safety of the public.

K1 K2 K6 K7 K9 K10 K16 K18

S3 S4 S6 S7 S8 S10

B1 B2 B3 B4 B6 B8

Duty 13 Respond to alleged fire risks/complaints and post fire enquiries

K1 K6 K7 K8 K9 K10 K13 K16 K18

S3 S4 S5 S8 S10

B1 B3 B4 B6 B7 B8


KSBs

Knowledge

K1: The principles of the Fire Safety Order and fire safety legislation including, building regulations legislation and relevant codes of practice including national guidance and best practice. Back to Duty

K2: How the Fire Safety Order interacts with other legislation, guidance and best practice. Back to Duty

K3: The role of the Primary Authority. Back to Duty

K4: Levels of compliance and how the Enforcement Management Model and better regulation interacts with levels of compliance. Back to Duty

K5: How to carry out fire safety audits on complex premises. Back to Duty

K6: Different types of premises or environments, the associated risks and management levels. Back to Duty

K7: Fire safety principles for high risk and complex premises or venues, in accordance with recognised guidance, legislation and regulations. Back to Duty

K8: Fire Risk Assessment processes. Back to Duty

K9: Safeguarding issues and concerns and the actions to take. Back to Duty

K10: The different groups and individuals they may interact with as part of their role. Back to Duty

K11: How to initiate and undertake enforcement activities. Back to Duty

K12: How to work with other agencies to enforce fire safety legislation. Back to Duty

K13: The different types of formal response and the timescales. Back to Duty

K14: The importance for operational staff to have valid, reliable and up to date information on premises, where the information is stored and how it can be accessed and used. Back to Duty

K15: Their role in supporting formal investigations and the actions they can take in line with organisational policy. Back to Duty

K16: The legislation, policies and procedures of the organisation and how these affect the role, including data protection, confidentiality, health and safety and lone working plus other relevant organisational policies and procedures. Back to Duty

K17: The causes and consequences of fires and unwanted fire signals. Back to Duty

K18: The purpose and role of collaborative partners, sharing of information and the advantages of collaborative working. Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Carry out an inspection/audit of complex premises and venues and assess the risks and evaluate the level of fire safety management. Back to Duty

S2: Identify and constructively challenge non-compliance with the fire safety order and other relevant legislation. Back to Duty

S3: Produce fire safety reports, formal and informal correspondence, statutory notices and plans according to organisational policies and procedures. Back to Duty

S4: Identify safeguarding issues, such as hoarding, child sexual exploitation, slavery, vulnerability etc. and take appropriate action in accordance with organisational policies. Back to Duty

S5: Evaluate risk levels for yourself, others and the environment and take appropriate action to ensure health and safety is maintained. Back to Duty

S6: Apply British Standards, guidance and best practice to ensure compliance with fire safety legislation in the build environment. Back to Duty

S7: Work with other agencies, such as local and national regulators. Back to Duty

S8: Demonstrate clear communication skills verbally and in writing, with the ability to interact with a wide range of audiences, being persuasive and confident. Back to Duty

S9: Evaluate fire safety design submissions and fire protection systems. Back to Duty

S10: Assess fire safety concerns, deliver fire safety advice as required and make decisions to instigate improvements. Back to Duty

S11: Respond to enquiries and requests from other organisations, in accordance with the Primary Authority. Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Embraces and values equality, diversity and inclusion, treating everyone with dignity and respect. Back to Duty

B2: Demonstrates leadership through commitment and ability to develop self and others to improve organisational effectiveness and support a learning culture. Back to Duty

B3: Acts with confidence and integrity, applying sound judgement with accuracy and rigour to create safe, effective and practical outcomes. Back to Duty

B4: Work within own level of authority, responsibility and competence and recognise when to seek support and/or assistance. Back to Duty

B5: Committed to supporting a strong safety culture and collaborating with others where necessary. Back to Duty

B6: Contributes to achievements of self, others and organisation, by the establishment, maintenance and management of standards of performance. Back to Duty

B7: Takes personal responsibility to identify and challenge unsafe or inappropriate behaviours and processes. Back to Duty

B8: Demonstrates their contribution to - respecting life, the law, the environment and putting communities first. Back to Duty


Qualifications

English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Other mandatory qualifications

Diploma in Fire Safety (Fire Inspectors)

Level: 4

Ofqual regulated

Professional recognition

This standard partially aligns with the following professional recognition:

  • Institution of Fire Engineers for Associate / Member

    Subject to additional experience

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End-point assessment plan

Introduction and overview

This document explains the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA) for the fire safety inspector apprenticeship. End-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) must follow this when designing and delivering the EPA.

Fire safety inspector apprentices, their employers and training providers should read this document.

An approved EPAO must conduct the EPA for this apprenticeship. Employers must select an approved EPAO from the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Register of end-point assessment organisations (RoEPAO).

A full-time apprentice typically spends 24 months on-programme (this means in training before the gateway) working towards competence as a fire safety inspector. All apprentices must spend at least 12 months on-programme. All apprentices must complete the required amount of off-the-job training specified by the apprenticeship funding rules.

This EPA has 3 assessment methods.

The grades available for each assessment method are:

Assessment method 1 - practical assessment with questions:

  • fail
  • pass

Assessment method 2 - professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Assessment method 3 - knowledge test:

  • fail
  • pass

The result from each assessment method is combined to decide the overall apprenticeship grade. The following grades are available for the apprenticeship:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

EPA summary table

On-programme (typically 24 months)
The apprentice must complete training to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) of the occupational standard.

The apprentice must complete training towards English and maths qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules.

The apprentice must complete training towards any other qualifications listed in the occupational standard.

The qualification(s) required are:

Diploma in Fire Safety (Fire Inspectors)

The apprentice must compile a portfolio of evidence.

End-point assessment gateway
The employer must be content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard.

The apprentice’s employer must confirm that they think the apprentice:

  • is working at or above the occupational standard as a fire safety inspector
  • has the evidence required to pass the gateway and is ready to take the EPA

The apprentice must have passed any other qualifications listed in the fire safety inspector occupational standard ST0746.

The qualification(s) required are:

Diploma in Fire Safety (Fire Inspectors)

The apprentice must have achieved English and maths qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules.

For the professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence the apprentice must submit a portfolio of evidence.

The apprentice must submit any policies and procedures as requested by the EPAO.

End-point assessment (typically 6 months)
Grades available for each assessment method:

Practical assessment with questions

  • fail
  • pass

Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Knowledge test

  • fail
  • pass

Overall EPA and apprenticeship can be graded:

    • fail
    • pass
    • distinction
Professional recognition
This apprenticeship aligns with Institution of Fire Engineers for Associate / Member. The experience gained and responsibility held by the apprentice on completion of the apprenticeship will either wholly or partially satisfy the requirements for registration at this level.





Re-sits and re-takes



  • Re-take and re-sit grade cap: pass
  • Re-sit timeframe: typically 2 months
  • Re-take timeframe: typically 3 months

Duration of end-point assessment period

The EPA will be taken within the EPA period. The EPA period begins when the EPAO confirms the gateway requirements are met and is typically 6 months.

The expectation is that the EPAO will confirm the gateway requirements are met and the EPA begins as quickly as possible.

EPA gateway

The apprentice’s employer must confirm that they think their apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard. The apprentice will then enter the gateway. The employer may take advice from the apprentice's training provider(s), but the employer must make the decision.

The apprentice must meet the gateway requirements before starting their EPA.

These are:

  • achieved English and maths qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules.
  • achieved Diploma in Fire Safety (Fire Inspectors)
  • for the professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence the apprentice must submit: portfolio of evidence

Portfolio of evidence requirements:

The apprentice must compile a portfolio of evidence during the on-programme period of the apprenticeship. It should only contain evidence related to the KSBs that will be assessed by this assessment method. It will typically contain 12 discrete pieces of evidence. Evidence must be mapped against the KSBs. Evidence may be used to demonstrate more than one KSB; a qualitative as opposed to quantitative approach is suggested.

Evidence sources may include:

  • audits
  • building consultations and other statutory consultations
  • annotated photographs
  • safety documentation
  • company policies and procedures
  • progress review documentation
  • witness statements

This is not a definitive list; other evidence sources can be included.

The portfolio of evidence should not include reflective accounts or any methods of self-assessment. Any employer contributions should focus on direct observation of performance (for example, witness statements) rather than opinions. The evidence provided should be valid and attributable to the apprentice; the portfolio of evidence should contain a statement from the employer and apprentice confirming this.

The EPAO should not assess the portfolio of evidence directly as it underpins the discussion . The independent assessor should review the portfolio of evidence to prepare questions for the discussion. They are not required to provide feedback after this review.

The apprentice must submit any policies and procedures as requested by the EPAO.

Order of assessment methods

The assessment methods can be delivered in any order.

The result of one assessment method does not need to be known before starting the next.

Practical assessment with questions

Overview

In a practical assessment with questions, an independent assessor observes the apprentice completing a task or series of tasks set by the EPAO. The EPAO decides where it takes place. The assessment environment must closely relate to the apprentice’s natural working environment. This allows the apprentice to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. 

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because it reflects the practical component of the role. Fire safety inspections can take place in many different types of buildings and the potential issues/compliance requirements that may be identified can vary significantly, as can the response from the property owner. The practical assessment therefore allows for the candidate to be assessed in a controlled environment in order to ensure a consistent approach.

Delivery

The practical assessment with questions must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

An independent assessor must conduct and assess the practical assessment with questions.

The independent assessor must only observe one apprentice at a time to ensure quality and rigour. They must be as unobtrusive as possible.

The EPAO must give an apprentice 10 days notice of the . practical assessment with questions

The practical assessment with questions must take 3 hours 15 minutes.

The independent assessor can increase the time of the practical assessment with questions by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to complete a task or respond to a question if necessary.

The practical assessment with questions cannot be split, other than for comfort breaks or to allow apprentices to move from one location to another. Where breaks occur, they will not count towards the total EPA time.

EPAOs must manage invigilation of the apprentice during the assessment, to maintain security of the EPA, in line with their malpractice policy. This includes breaks and moving between locations during the working day.

The independent assessor must explain to the apprentice the format and timescales of the practical assessment with questions before it starts. This does not count towards the assessment time.

Apprentices must be observed by an independent assessor who will take on the role of the ‘Responsible Person’. The Responsible Person is an identified individual in control of a premises. They must have knowledge and understanding of the fire safety processes and procedures at their premises. They will interact with and respond to the Fire Safety Inspector during an audit. The independent assessor must adopt this role for the scenario developed by the EPAO. The practical assessment must be carried out over a maximum assessment time of 3 hours 15 minutes. The independent assessor has the discretion to increase the time of the practical demonstration by up to 10%.

The practical assessment consists of 5 different stages:

1. Preparation and Briefing

2. Practical Audit Inspection –Documentation Review

3. Practical Audit Inspection – Visual Inspection of Premise

4. Post Audit Debrief

5. Post Audit Questions

The independent assessor may observe only one apprentice at a time during this assessment method.

EPAOs will produce specifications to outline in detail how the practical demonstrations will operate, what it will cover and what should be observed. It is recommended that this is done in consultation with representative employers to gain the necessary occupational knowledge in this sector. EPAOs should maintain the security of their specifications if employers are consulted. Specifications must be standardised by the EPAO.

EPAOs must develop practical specification banks of sufficient size to prevent predictability and review them regularly (at least once a year) to ensure they, and the specifications they contain, are fit for purpose. The specification for the practical assessments, including questions relating to underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours must be varied, yet allow assessment of the relevant KSBs.

The practical assessment will be conducted as follows:

Stage 1: Preparation and Briefing

Before the practical assessment starts the apprentice will be given a hard copy pre-inspection information pack produced and selected by the EPAO. The pre-inspection information pack will be based on a complex building for example:

  • sleeping risk
  • high risk process
  • high number of employees
  • public access building
  • warehouse

The apprentice will have 30 minutes to study the pre inspection information pack and make notes. Apprentices will be invigilated by the independent assessor during this time. The apprentice will be able to refer to their notes and the pre-inspection information pack throughout the rest of the practical assessment.

The pre-inspection information pack produced by the EPAO must include the following information:

  • notification of Primary Authority Scheme (PAS) check
  • previous file history (extending only to the previous audit)
  • name and position of Responsible Person (RP)
  • building profile information, including:
    • usage/purpose of building/business
    • evacuation strategy for building (e.g. Simultaneous, Progressive Horizontal etc.)
    • establishment numbers
    • size of building
    • location
    • number of floors/rooms
    • fire risk assessment (FRA) relating to that building
    • any other Fire Safety Information relating to that building such as regulation 38 documentation
    • staff training records
    • maintenance and service records for passive and active protection systems including alarms, detection, emergency lighting firefighting facilities such as dry/wet risers, suppression systems, wiring, PAT testing.

In addition to the above the EPAO will produce a plan of the building with detailed Site-Specific Risk Information (SSRI) for the independent assessor as well as a detailed brief of the staff training records included within the pre-inspection information pack for use in Stage 3.

Stage 2: Practical Audit Inspection - Documentation Review

This stage can be conducted in a staged building environment or IT based using simulation software.

During this stage, the apprentice will be observed reviewing relevant documentation required as part of an audit inspection.

The apprentice will be expected to carry out the following actions during this stage:

  • introduce themselves and explain the reason for the visit
  • explain how the audit will be conducted
  • confirm if staff can be questioned to validate staff training

The EPAO will produce an information pack based on the list above which will be reflective of either the staged building being used or the IT based simulation software. The independent assessor (as the role of the Responsible Person) will give the requested information to the apprentice to examine.

Within the pack of information, the EPAO will insert deficiencies. These deficiencies will be from the following categories:

  • systematic
  • physical
  • major
  • minor

The combination of deficiencies inserted within the pack of information will be decided by the EPAO, however at least 2 deficiencies should be in the Fire Risk Assessment document (FRA). The EPAO should also insert a deficiency that would need intervention by a further agency requiring the apprentice to identify who they would seek help and advice from and why. These are included in the deficiencies stated above.

The apprentice will be given 20 minutes to study the documentation provided by the independent assessor. Following this, the apprentice will be given a further 15 minutes to answer a minimum of 6 questions from the independent assessor in order to explain:

  • the status of the FRA
  • maintenance and testing regime
  • staff training records
  • means of escape (MOE)
  • significant findings requiring actions in the previous FRA have been completed
  • the deficiencies identified within the pack of information

Stage 3: Practical audit inspection – Visual Inspection of Premise

During this stage the apprentice, accompanied by the independent assessor will have 55 minutes to walk around the premises (actual or IT based), and will validate whether the information in the FRA and all fire safety arrangements comply with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 (RRFSO), and/or appropriate regulation and guidance (supplied by the EPAO). Themes to be covered:

  • passive fire protection methods
  • active fire protection methods
  • travel distances
  • prevention issues
  • rire safety management arrangements
  • means of escape
  • void protection

Within this stage the apprentice (unprompted) should ask the independent assessor (acting as the Responsible Person, as stated in the Fire Safety Order 2005) if they can question an employee in order to validate staff training records. If asked, the independent assessor will take on the role of an employee and use the detailed brief of staff training records to respond to any questions posed by the apprentice. When responding in the role of the employee, the independent assessor must answer questions factually based only on the information contained in the staff training records. Any questions asked and responses given must be included within the 55 minutes permitted for this stage. The apprentice would typically be expected to ask up to 12 questions.

Stage 4: Post audit debrief

During this stage the apprentice will have 45 minutes and will be expected to undertake a verbal post audit debrief with the Responsible Person (RP). The themes to be covered for the debrief include:

  • inspection and audit, including support and next steps
  • challenging non-compliance

Stage 5: Post audit questions

During this stage the independent assessor will have 30 minutes to ask the apprentice a minimum of 8 questions. These questions will be a combination of those taken from an EPAO question bank and independent assessor generated in order for questioning to be tailored to the practical assessment. The independent assessor is permitted to ask follow up questions where clarity is required.

These activities provide the apprentice with the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

The independent assessor must ask questions. The purpose of the independent assessor's questions will be to add detail to and enhance the evidence that the apprentice has met the knowledge, skills, and behaviours assessed through this method.

Questioning can occur during the practical assessment. The time for questions asked during the practical assessment is included in the overall assessment time.

Independent assessors must ask at least 8 questions during the practical assessment. To remain as unobtrusive as possible, the independent assessor should ask questions during natural breaks in work rather than disrupting the apprentice’s flow. The independent assessor must use the questions from their EPAO’s question bank or create their own questions in-line with the EPAO’s training.

The independent assessor can ask follow-up questions to clarify answers given by the apprentice. These questions are in addition to the above set number of questions for the practical assessment with questions and should be kept to a minimum.

The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. They must record:

  • the KSBs observed
  • the apprentice’s answers to questions
  • KSBs demonstrated in answers to questions
  • the grade achieved

The independent assessor must make the grading decision. The practical assessment and responses to questions must be assessed holistically by the independent assessor when they are deciding the grade. 

Assessment location

The practical assessment with questions will take place in a simulated environment selected by the EPAO (for example the EPAO’s or employer’s premises). The simulated environment must relate to the apprentice’s natural work environment. Equipment and resources needed for the practical assessment with questions must be provided by the EPAO, who can liaise with the employer to provide these.

Additional venue requirements that must be in place include:

Practical assessments must be conducted in one of the following locations:

  • the employer’s premises
  • a suitable venue selected by the EPAO (e.g. a training provider's premises or another employer’s premises)
  • using virtual reality technology

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.  

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.

The EPAO must ensure that the apprentice has a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the practical assessment with questions:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence

Overview

In the discussion, an independent assessor and apprentice have a formal two-way conversation.

The apprentice can refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate their competency across the KSBs mapped to this EPA method.

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because it allows the apprentice to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and behaviours that may not naturally occur in every workplace or may not naturally occur in a practical assessment.

Delivery

The professional discussion must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method to the highest available grade.

An independent assessor must conduct and assess the professional discussion.

The purpose of the independent assessor's questions will be to assess the following areas detailed below.

  • Legislation, policies, and procedures
  • Audit and enforcement
  • Safeguarding
  • Working with groups and individuals
  • Working with other agencies

The independent assessor will ask a minimum of 10 questions, including at least 1 question from each of the knowledge areas in the PD.

The EPAO must give an apprentice 3 weeks notice of the professional discussion.

The independent assessor must have at least 2 week(s) to review the supporting documentation.

The apprentice must have access to their portfolio of evidence during the professional discussion.

The apprentice can refer to and illustrate their answers with evidence from their portfolio of evidence however the portfolio of evidence is not directly assessed.

The professional discussion must last for 60 minutes. The independent assessor can increase the time of the professional discussion by up to 10%. This time is to allow the apprentice to respond to a question if necessary.

The independent assessor must ask at least 10 questions. Follow-up questions are allowed where clarification is required. The independent assessor must use the questions from their EPAO’s question bank or create their own questions in-line with the EPAO’s training.

The independent assessor must make the grading decision. The independent assessor must keep accurate records of the assessment. They must record:

  • the apprentice’s answers to questions
  • the KSBs demonstrated in answers to questions
  • the grade achieved 

Assessment location

The professional discussion must take place in a suitable venue selected by the EPAO (for example the EPAO’s or employer’s premises).

The professional discussion can be conducted by video conferencing. The EPAO must have processes in place to verify the identity of the apprentice and ensure the apprentice is not being aided.

The professional discussion should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

Question and resource development

The EPAO must develop a purpose-built assessment specification and question bank. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting employers. The assessment specification and question bank must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.  

The assessment specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs mapped to this assessment method. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this.

The EPAO must ensure that apprentice has a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence:

  • independent assessor assessment materials which include:
  • training materials
  • administration materials
  • moderation and standardisation materials
  • guidance materials
  • grading guidance
  • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and the employer

The EPAO must ensure that the EPA materials are subject to quality assurance procedures including standardisation, training, and moderation.

Knowledge test

Overview

A test is an assessment for asking questions in a controlled and invigilated environment.

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because the knowledge test allows accurate assessment of the application of the knowledge and skill required to carry out the role of Fire Safety Inspector competently. The examination allows the apprentice to draw on their knowledge and experiences in order to demonstrate occupational competence.

Delivery

This method must be appropriately structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this EPA method to the highest available grade.

The knowledge test can be computer or paper based.

The knowledge test will consist of 8 long response written questions and 1 annotation of a building plan. Long response written questions need a written response of typically 2 paragraphs.

Apprentices must be given at least 7 days notice of the date and time of the knowledge test.

Paper 1 of the knowledge test must contain a building plan with 4 critical risk areas that require identification and explanation.

Paper 2 of the knowledge test must have 4 questions for each theme.

The knowledge test is made up of two papers which will be graded holistically to determine the grade for this method. The knowledge test can be paper based or conducted online.

Paper 1 is an open book test lasting 1 hour. In this paper, apprentices will be provided with a building plan with 4 risk critical areas that require identification and an explanation of why these are failings. Paper 1 will cover the following areas:

  • evaluating fire safety design submissions and fire protection systems
  • fire safety principles for high risk and complex premises and venues, in accordance with recognised guidance
  • the principles of Fire Safety Order and other fire safety legislation, building regulations legislation and British Safety Standards including national guidance and best practice.

After 1 hour the invigilator will remove all books and resources permitted for use during paper 1 prior to the commencement of paper 2.

Paper 2 is a closed book test and will last 2 hours. In this paper the apprentice will be asked 8 long answer questions covering the following areas:

  • the principles of Fire Safety Order and other fire safety legislation, building regulations legislation and British Safety Standards including national guidance and best practice.
  • the Primary Authority Scheme
  • levels of compliance interaction with the Enforcement Management Model and Better Regulation
  • the different types of formal response and associated timescale
  • fire safety principles for high risk and complex premises and venues, in accordance with recognised guidance
  • causes and consequences of unwanted fire signals and deliberate fires
  • fire risk assessment process
  • interpreting and applying technical knowledge to enforce the Fire Safety Order, such as British Standards, Building Regulations, National Guidance and Best Practice

Test administration

Apprentices must have 180 minutes to complete the test.

Grading

Practical assessment with questions

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors
Inspection / audit
K5 S1 B5 B7

Prepares for and carries out an inspection/audit to assess risks and promote a strong safety culture in complex premises or venues, ensuring they have identified, received and evaluated all relevant documentation and communicated the purpose, rationale and process to the Responsible Person (RP) ensuring all critical elements are identified. Challenges non-compliance and inappropriate behaviour in line with the fire safety order throughout the audit process. (K5, S1, B5, B7)

Challenging non-compliance
S2 B3

Undertakes post audit debrief with the Responsible Person (RP) and provides accurate and rigorous reports, confidently outlining any statutory notices or next steps on how they may go about achieving and improving compliance in line with recognised guidance. (S2, B3)

Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors
Distinction
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors and all of the distinction descriptors
Legislation, policies, and procedures
K2 K15 K16 S3 S5 S11

 

Explains how they work with other organisations, including responding to queries and determining roles and responsibilities, ensuring that they operate in accordance with fire safety order, legislation, guidance and best practice (K2, S11)

Describes what a formal investigation is, its purpose and their role and responsibilities in supporting it, including interpretation of policies and procedures. (K15)

Identifies legislation, policies and procedures of the organisation and how these affect the role, including data protection, confidentiality, health and safety and lone working and organisational policies and procedures. (K16)

Explains the reasons for producing reports, letters and notices and can give examples of at least one letter, notice or plan, they drafted including the required process and any legislative or organisation considerations. (S3)

Describes how to assess, take appropriate action and report concern in order to manage risks to ensure health and safety is maintained. (S5)

 

 

 

 

 

Demonstrates a lead or coordinating role when working with other organisations to secure positive outcomes. Referencing how they have included the fire safety order with other legislation (K2, S11)

Audit and enforcement
K6 K11 S6 S10 B4

 

Explains, with examples, how they apply British Standards, guidance and best practice to ensure compliance with fire safety legislation distinguishing between different types of environments and the associated risks (K6, S6) 

Assesses and advises on fire safety concerns, justifying decisions to initiate enforcement proceedings and explaining how they ensure evidence is gathered and shared and when and why they would seek support and assistance (K11, S10, B4)

 

Analyses and evaluates the needs and challenges posed by different types of environments and premises to justify solutions for reducing risk (K6, S6)

Safeguarding
K9 S4

Recognises a wide range of possible safeguarding concerns that might be encountered in the role and how signs for concern may present, why this is important, and the actions they have, or would take, in response to concerns in line with organisational policies (K9, S4)

n/a

Working with groups and individuals
K10 K14 S8 B1 B2 B6 B8

Identifies different groups they interact with and how they adapt oral and written communication to ensure their differing needs are met, explaining why inclusivity is important (K10, S8, B1)

Explains why operational staff need to have valid, reliable and up to date fire safety information on premises, where it is stored and how it can be accessed and used. (K14)

Analyses and assesses where they have taken action to identify and implement the improvement of organisational effectiveness, achievement of others, and the management of standards of performance and learning culture by leading themselves and others. (B2; B6)

Evaluates and describes   how their role must respect the law, the environment, national framework requirements and the effect on those they serve. (B8)

 

Outlines the benefits of an inclusive and respectful workplace for individuals, the organisation and more widely (K10, B1)

Assesses the impacts of respecting life, the law, the environment and putting communities first. (B8)

Working with other agencies
K12 K18 S7

Specifies the different agencies and identifies the lead enforcement authorities with whom they may interact and describe the benefits and support mechanisms they can provide to support fire safety legislation in the built environment. (K12; S7)

Explains the purpose and role of collaborative partners, sharing of information and the advantages of collaborative working in line with their organisational aims and objectives. (K18)

 

 

Explains the different enforcing authorities under Article 25 of the Fire Safety Order as well as summarising how a wide range of other organisations can provide intelligence and information to facilitate enforcement activities. (S7)

Knowledge test

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all of the pass descriptors
Legislation
K1 K3 K7 K13

Explains the principles of the Fire Safety Order and other fire safety legislation, building regulations legislation and relevant codes of practice including national guidance and best practice. (K1)

Explains the purpose of the Primary Authority and the value they can add at local, regional and national levels. (K3)

Identifies and explain the passive and active fire safety measures, relevant management and evacuation strategies that may be present in a high risk or complex premises and how these interact with relevant guides. (K7)

Identifies the regulatory responses required under statutory consultation of FRS and the relevant timescales associated with these. (K13)

 

Audit and compliance
K4 K8 K17 S9

Describes the 5 levels of compliance and how these can be influenced by the EMM. (K4)

Explains the 5-step approach to risk assessment, including providing relevant fire safety examples for each step. (K8)

Evaluates the causes and consequences of unwanted fire signals and fires on business, fire rescue services and provides examples on how these can be reduced. (K17)

Identifies, interoperate and apply the building design submission, including identifying safety matters in relation to the fire safety order. (S9)

 

Overall EPA grading

The EPA methods contribute equally to the overall EPA grade.

Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of:

    • fail
    • pass
    • distinction

Independent assessors must individually grade the: practical assessment with questions, professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence and knowledge test according to the requirements set out in this EPA plan.

EPAOs must combine the individual assessment method grades to determine the overall EPA grade.

Apprentices who fail one or more assessment method will be awarded an overall EPA fail.

Apprentices must achieve at least a pass in all the EPA methods to get an overall pass. To achieve an overall EPA ‘distinction,’ the apprentice must achieve a pass in the practical demonstration and knowledge test and distinction in the professional discussion.

Grades from individual assessment methods should be combined in the following way to determine the grade of the EPA as a whole.

Practical assessment with questions Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence Knowledge test Overall Grading
Fail Any grade Any grade Fail
Any grade Fail Any grade Fail
Any grade Any grade Fail Fail
Pass Pass Pass Pass
Pass Distinction Pass Distinction

Re-sits and re-takes

Apprentices who fail one or more EPA method(s) can take a re-sit or a re-take at the employer’s discretion. The apprentice’s employer needs to agree that a re-sit or re-take is appropriate. A re-sit does not need further learning, whereas a re-take does.

Apprentices should have a supportive action plan to prepare for a re-sit or a re-take.

The employer and EPAO agree the timescale for a re-sit or re-take. A re-sit is typically taken within 2 months of the EPA outcome notification. The timescale for a re-take is dependent on how much re-training is required and is typically taken within 3 months of the EPA outcome notification.

Failed EPA methods must be re-sat or re-taken within a 6-month period from the EPA outcome notification, otherwise the entire EPA will need to be re-sat or re-taken in full.

Re-sits and re-takes are not offered to apprentices wishing to move from pass to a higher grade.

An apprentice will get a maximum EPA grade of pass for a re-sit or re-take, unless the EPAO determines there are exceptional circumstances.

Roles and responsibilities

The independent assessor must take on the role of the Responsible Person, and the employee, for the practical assessment with questions.

Roles Responsibilities

Apprentice

As a minimum, the apprentice should:

  • participate in and complete on-programme training to meet the KSBs as outlined in the occupational standard for a minimum of 12 months
  • complete the required amount of off-the-job training specified by the apprenticeship funding rules and as arranged by the employer and training provider
  • understand the purpose and importance of EPA
  • meet the gateway requirements 
  • undertake the EPA  

 

Employer

As a minimum, the apprentice's employer must:

  • select the EPAO and training provider 
  • work with the training provider (where applicable) to support the apprentice in the workplace and to provide the opportunities for the apprentice to develop the KSBs
  • arrange and support off-the-job training to be undertaken by the apprentice 
  • decide when the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard and is ready for EPA 
  • ensure that supporting evidence required at the gateway is submitted in line with this EPA plan 
  • liaise with the training provider and EPAO to ensure the EPA is booked in a timely manner

Post-gateway, the employer must: 

  • confirm arrangements with the EPAO for the EPA (who, when, where) in a timely manner (including providing access to any employer-specific documentation as required, for example company policies)
  • ensure that the EPA is scheduled with the EPAO for a date and time which allows the opportunity for the apprentice to be assessed against the KSBs 
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA
  • ensure the apprentice is given sufficient time away from regular duties to prepare for, and complete all post-gateway elements of the EPA, and that any required supervision during this time (as stated within this EPA plan) is in place
  • where the apprentice is assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the resources used on a regular basis 
  • pass the certificate to the apprentice upon receipt from the EPAO

EPAO

As a minimum, the EPAO must:  

  • conform to the requirements of this EPA plan and deliver its requirements in a timely manner 
  • conform to the requirements of the register of end-point assessment organisations (RoEPAO) 
  • conform to the requirements of the external quality assurance provider (EQAP) for this apprenticeship 
  • understand the occupational standard 
  • make the EPA contractual arrangements, including agreeing the price of the EPA 
  • develop and produce assessment materials as detailed for each assessment method in this EPA plan 
  • appoint qualified and competent independent assessors in line with the requirements of this EPA plan to conduct assessments and oversee their working 
  • appoint administrators (and invigilators where required) to administer the EPA  
  • provide training for independent assessors in terms of good assessment practice, operating the assessment tools and grading 
  • provide information, advice, guidance and documentation to enable apprentices, employers and training providers to prepare for the EPA 
  • confirm all gateway requirements have been met as quickly as possible 
  • arrange for the EPA to take place, in consultation with the employer 
  • ensure that the apprentice has access to the required resources and liaise with the employer to agree this if necessary, where the apprentice is not assessed in the workplace 
  • develop and provide assessment recording documentation to ensure a clear and auditable process is in place for providing assessment decisions and feedback to stakeholders 
  • have no direct connection with the apprentice, their employer or training provider in all instances; there must be no conflict of interest 
  • have policies and procedures for internal quality assurance (IQA), and maintain records of IQA activity and moderation for external quality assurance (EQA) purposes 
  • deliver induction training for independent assessors, and for invigilators and markers (where used) 
  • undertake standardisation activity on this apprenticeship for an independent assessor before they conduct an EPA for the first time, if the EPA is updated and periodically (a minimum of annually) 
  • manage invigilation of the apprentice to maintain security of the assessment in line with the EPAO’s malpractice policy 
  • verify the identity of the apprentice  
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the occupational standard 

Independent assessor

As a minimum, an independent assessor must: 

  • have the competence to assess the apprentice at the level of this apprenticeship and hold any required qualifications and experience in line with the requirements of the independent assessor as detailed in the IQA section of this EPA plan 
  • understand the occupational standard and the requirements of this EPA 
  • have, maintain and be able to evidence, up-to-date knowledge and expertise of the occupation 
  • deliver the end-point assessment in-line with this EPA plan 
  • comply with the IQA requirements of the EPAO 
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider; in all instances; there must be no conflict of interest 
  • attend induction training 
  • attend standardisation events when they start working for the EPAO, before they conduct an EPA for the first time and a minimum of annually for this apprenticeship  
  • assess each assessment method, as determined by the EPA plan  
  • assess the KSBs assigned to each assessment method, as shown in the mapping of KSBs to assessment methods in this EPA plan  
  • make the grading decisions 
  • record and report assessment outcome decisions, for each apprentice, following instructions and using assessment recording documentation provided by the EPAO, in a timely manner 
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the occupational standard 
  • mark open (constructed) test answers accurately according to the EPAO’s mark scheme and procedures 

Training provider

As a minimum, the training provider must: 

  • work with the employer and support the apprentice during the off-the-job training to provide the opportunities to develop the KSBs as listed in the occupational standard 
  • conduct training covering the KSBs agreed as part of the Commitment Statement or the Individual Learning Plan 
  • monitor the apprentice’s progress during any training provider led on-programme learning 
  • advise the employer, upon request, on the apprentice’s readiness for EPA 
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA 

Reasonable adjustments

The EPAO must have reasonable adjustments arrangements for the EPA.

This should include:

  • how an apprentice qualifies for reasonable adjustment
  • what reasonable adjustments may be made

Adjustments must maintain the validity, reliability and integrity of the EPA as outlined in this EPA plan.

Internal quality assurance

Internal quality assurance refers to how EPAOs ensure valid, consistent and reliable EPA decisions. EPAOs must adhere to the requirements within the roles and responsibilities section and:

  • have effective and rigorous quality assurance systems and procedures that ensure fair, reliable and consistent EPA regardless of employer, place, time or independent assessor
  • appoint independent assessors who are competent to deliver the EPA and who:
    • have recent relevant experience of the occupation or sector to at least occupational level 4 gained in the last 3 years or significant experience of the occupation or sector
    • hold, or are working towards, an assessor qualification
    • have professional body membership with:
      • relevant professional bodies such as the IFE.
    • meet the following minimum requirements:
      • have 3 years inspecting officer experience
      • all independent assessors must attend at least one standardisation event annually
      • be able to evidence up to date continuous professional development
  • operate induction training for anyone involved in the delivery and/or assessment of the EPA
  • provide training for independent assessors in good assessment practice, operating the assessment tools and making grading decisions
  • provide ongoing training for markers and invigilators
  • provide standardisation activity for this apprenticeship standard for all independent assessors:
    • before they conduct an EPA for the first time
    • if the EPA is updated
    • periodically as appropriate (a minimum of annually)
  • conduct effective moderation of EPA decisions and grades
  • conduct appeals where required, according to the EPAO’s appeals procedure, reviewing and making final decisions on EPA decisions and grades
  • have no direct connection with the apprentice, their employer or training provider. In all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (for example a higher education institution)

Value for money

Affordability of the EPA will be aided by using at least some of the following:

  • completing applicable assessment methods online (for example computer-based assessment)
  • utilising digital remote platforms to conduct applicable assessment methods
  • assessing multiple apprentices simultaneously where the method of assessment permits this
  • using the employer’s premises

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship standard is designed to prepare successful apprentices to meet the requirements for registration to:

Institution of Fire Engineers for Associate / Member

Mapping of KSBs to assessment methods

Knowledge Assessment methods
K1

The principles of the Fire Safety Order and fire safety legislation including, building regulations legislation and relevant codes of practice including national guidance and best practice.

Back to Grading
Knowledge test
K2

How the Fire Safety Order interacts with other legislation, guidance and best practice.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
K3

The role of the Primary Authority.

Back to Grading
Knowledge test
K4

Levels of compliance and how the Enforcement Management Model and better regulation interacts with levels of compliance.

Back to Grading
Knowledge test
K5

How to carry out fire safety audits on complex premises.

Back to Grading
Practical assessment with questions
K6

Different types of premises or environments, the associated risks and management levels.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
K7

Fire safety principles for high risk and complex premises or venues, in accordance with recognised guidance, legislation and regulations.

Back to Grading
Knowledge test
K8

Fire Risk Assessment processes.

Back to Grading
Knowledge test
K9

Safeguarding issues and concerns and the actions to take.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
K10

The different groups and individuals they may interact with as part of their role.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
K11

How to initiate and undertake enforcement activities.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
K12

How to work with other agencies to enforce fire safety legislation.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
K13

The different types of formal response and the timescales.

Back to Grading
Knowledge test
K14

The importance for operational staff to have valid, reliable and up to date information on premises, where the information is stored and how it can be accessed and used.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
K15

Their role in supporting formal investigations and the actions they can take in line with organisational policy.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
K16

The legislation, policies and procedures of the organisation and how these affect the role, including data protection, confidentiality, health and safety and lone working plus other relevant organisational policies and procedures.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
K17

The causes and consequences of fires and unwanted fire signals.

Back to Grading
Knowledge test
K18

The purpose and role of collaborative partners, sharing of information and the advantages of collaborative working.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
Skill Assessment methods
S1

Carry out an inspection/audit of complex premises and venues and assess the risks and evaluate the level of fire safety management.

Back to Grading
Practical assessment with questions
S2

Identify and constructively challenge non-compliance with the fire safety order and other relevant legislation.

Back to Grading
Practical assessment with questions
S3

Produce fire safety reports, formal and informal correspondence, statutory notices and plans according to organisational policies and procedures.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
S4

Identify safeguarding issues, such as hoarding, child sexual exploitation, slavery, vulnerability etc. and take appropriate action in accordance with organisational policies.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
S5

Evaluate risk levels for yourself, others and the environment and take appropriate action to ensure health and safety is maintained.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
S6

Apply British Standards, guidance and best practice to ensure compliance with fire safety legislation in the build environment.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
S7

Work with other agencies, such as local and national regulators.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
S8

Demonstrate clear communication skills verbally and in writing, with the ability to interact with a wide range of audiences, being persuasive and confident.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
S9

Evaluate fire safety design submissions and fire protection systems.

Back to Grading
Knowledge test
S10

Assess fire safety concerns, deliver fire safety advice as required and make decisions to instigate improvements.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
S11

Respond to enquiries and requests from other organisations, in accordance with the Primary Authority.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
Behaviour Assessment methods
B1

Embraces and values equality, diversity and inclusion, treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
B2

Demonstrates leadership through commitment and ability to develop self and others to improve organisational effectiveness and support a learning culture.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
B3

Acts with confidence and integrity, applying sound judgement with accuracy and rigour to create safe, effective and practical outcomes.

Back to Grading
Practical assessment with questions
B4

Work within own level of authority, responsibility and competence and recognise when to seek support and/or assistance.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
B5

Committed to supporting a strong safety culture and collaborating with others where necessary.

Back to Grading
Practical assessment with questions
B6

Contributes to achievements of self, others and organisation, by the establishment, maintenance and management of standards of performance.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence
B7

Takes personal responsibility to identify and challenge unsafe or inappropriate behaviours and processes.

Back to Grading
Practical assessment with questions
B8

Demonstrates their contribution to - respecting life, the law, the environment and putting communities first.

Back to Grading
Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence

Mapping of KSBs to grade themes

Practical assessment with questions - PracticalAssessment

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Inspection / audit
K5
S1
B5 B7

How to carry out fire safety audits on complex premises. (K5)

Carry out an inspection/audit of complex premises and venues and assess the risks and evaluate the level of fire safety management. (S1)

Committed to supporting a strong safety culture and collaborating with others where necessary. (B5)

Takes personal responsibility to identify and challenge unsafe or inappropriate behaviours and processes. (B7)

Challenging non-compliance

S2
B3

N/A

Identify and constructively challenge non-compliance with the fire safety order and other relevant legislation. (S2)

Acts with confidence and integrity, applying sound judgement with accuracy and rigour to create safe, effective and practical outcomes. (B3)

Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio of evidence - Discussion

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Legislation, policies, and procedures
K2 K15 K16
S3 S5 S11

How the Fire Safety Order interacts with other legislation, guidance and best practice. (K2)

Their role in supporting formal investigations and the actions they can take in line with organisational policy. (K15)

The legislation, policies and procedures of the organisation and how these affect the role, including data protection, confidentiality, health and safety and lone working plus other relevant organisational policies and procedures. (K16)

Produce fire safety reports, formal and informal correspondence, statutory notices and plans according to organisational policies and procedures. (S3)

Evaluate risk levels for yourself, others and the environment and take appropriate action to ensure health and safety is maintained. (S5)

Respond to enquiries and requests from other organisations, in accordance with the Primary Authority. (S11)

N/A

Audit and enforcement
K6 K11
S6 S10
B4

Different types of premises or environments, the associated risks and management levels. (K6)

How to initiate and undertake enforcement activities. (K11)

Apply British Standards, guidance and best practice to ensure compliance with fire safety legislation in the build environment. (S6)

Assess fire safety concerns, deliver fire safety advice as required and make decisions to instigate improvements. (S10)

Work within own level of authority, responsibility and competence and recognise when to seek support and/or assistance. (B4)

Safeguarding
K9
S4

Safeguarding issues and concerns and the actions to take. (K9)

Identify safeguarding issues, such as hoarding, child sexual exploitation, slavery, vulnerability etc. and take appropriate action in accordance with organisational policies. (S4)

N/A

Working with groups and individuals
K10 K14
S8
B1 B2 B6 B8

The different groups and individuals they may interact with as part of their role. (K10)

The importance for operational staff to have valid, reliable and up to date information on premises, where the information is stored and how it can be accessed and used. (K14)

Demonstrate clear communication skills verbally and in writing, with the ability to interact with a wide range of audiences, being persuasive and confident. (S8)

Embraces and values equality, diversity and inclusion, treating everyone with dignity and respect. (B1)

Demonstrates leadership through commitment and ability to develop self and others to improve organisational effectiveness and support a learning culture. (B2)

Contributes to achievements of self, others and organisation, by the establishment, maintenance and management of standards of performance. (B6)

Demonstrates their contribution to - respecting life, the law, the environment and putting communities first. (B8)

Working with other agencies
K12 K18
S7

How to work with other agencies to enforce fire safety legislation. (K12)

The purpose and role of collaborative partners, sharing of information and the advantages of collaborative working. (K18)

Work with other agencies, such as local and national regulators. (S7)

N/A

Knowledge test - TestExamination

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Legislation
K1 K3 K7 K13

The principles of the Fire Safety Order and fire safety legislation including, building regulations legislation and relevant codes of practice including national guidance and best practice. (K1)

The role of the Primary Authority. (K3)

Fire safety principles for high risk and complex premises or venues, in accordance with recognised guidance, legislation and regulations. (K7)

The different types of formal response and the timescales. (K13)

N/A

N/A

Audit and compliance
K4 K8 K17
S9

Levels of compliance and how the Enforcement Management Model and better regulation interacts with levels of compliance. (K4)

Fire Risk Assessment processes. (K8)

The causes and consequences of fires and unwanted fire signals. (K17)

Evaluate fire safety design submissions and fire protection systems. (S9)

N/A

Contact us about this apprenticeship

Employers involved in creating the standard: Fire and Rescue Services: London, South Yorkshire, Shropshire, Dorset and Wiltshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Merseyside, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, South Wales, Devon and Somerset, Avon, Suffolk, West Midlands, Hampshire & Isle of White, Royal Berkshire, Cornwall, Cambridgeshire, Tyne and Wear. Training Providers/Others: IFE, XACT, Fire Service College, KP Hughes & Associates, SFJ NFCC

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