Couse Title: IFE Level 3 Certificate

Course Ref: IFC 21409

Course Start Date: 1st June 2021

Course Duration: 7 days

Course Location: Princes Risborough

Course Cost: £2,800 Non Member / £1,925 ASFP Members

Course Dates?

Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Level 3 Certificate in Passive Fire Protection is comprised of:

7 non-consecutive training days 

1 examination (booked separately via the Institution of Fire Engineers).

The training is delivered in a series of 1-day lectures ranged over several weeks and offers a foundation in fire safety and fire science as well as units on different forms of passive fire protection.

  • 01 June 2021
  • 02 June 2021
  • 08 June 2021
  • 09 June 2021
  • 10 June 2021
  • 15 June 2021
  • 16 June 2021

Delegates will be required to attend all course dates before taking the IFE examination. 

There will be an optional Exam Practice Day (Date – TBC). This is subject to additional cost not covered by the course fees and can be booked at any time through out the course.

Who is this for ?

This qualification will be appropriate for individuals either directly engaged in passive fire protection or those who need to develop an understanding of the passive fire safety systems that are essential to the delivery of their primary role such as:

  • Managers and technical supervisors working in passive fire protection roles
  • Technical sales staff
  • Designers
  • Fire Risk Assessors
  • Site Inspectors

Previous requirements ?

There are no formal entry requirements.

Course summary

This high level course offers a foundation in fire safety and fire science as well as units on the full range of passive fire protection systems. This is the knowledge that will equip delegates to study towards the IFE Level 3 certificate in passive fire protection qualification.

It provides units that focus upon a selected range of Passive Fire Protection Systems as well as an understanding of Active Systems, Regulatory Guidance, CDM, CE Marking and Codes of Practice.

The IFE have produced a detailed Level 3 course summary and have identified an essential reading list, which is available here to download. 

What will you take away ?

✓ Understanding of fire science, and the role of passive fire protection in a holistic approach to fire safety in buildings

✓ Understanding of methods of active protection

✓ Understanding of the following passive fire protection areas:

    1. Fire Protection to the structural frame of the building and fire retardant coatings
    2. Fire resisting walls, floors and ceilings and fire resistant glazing
    3. Fire stopping and penetration seals, cavity barriers, ductwork and dampers and the building envelope
    4. Fire resisting doors, industrial shutters and associated hardware.

Supplementary information


There will be one 3 hour examination, officiated and determined by the IFE. This will be solely based upon the content delivered through-out the course. 

Course Materials

You will not be expected to bring any tools, or written material to the training venue. All stationery and course material will be provided by your tutor.

Tutor Support

Help and support from your tutor will be available throughout each day to answer questions on the course subject, along with any follow-up questions. 

Food & Refreshments

Hot beverages (coffee and tea) and snacks will be available during each training day and a light lunch will also be provided for all course delegates.

Accommodation & Transport

Accommodation and transport is not included with any IFC / ASFP  courses. Candidates must make their own arrangements.

Special Requirements

Delegates are requested to provide notice of any special requirements they may have to the IFC Training team.

Tutor Profile
Colin Keeley, BSc (Hons), CIEH

Colin is a Senior Fire Engineer and Training Manager at IFC, heading teams of site inspectors in site investigation projects and also providing passive fire protection training for companies and individuals involved in such work.

Colin joined the company in 2014, following nearly 20 years at Exova Warrington Fire, as well as a further four years prior to that in a fire testing laboratory and 6 years in the plasterboard industry.

Suitability to the Role
Colin has for many years undertaken inspection and investigation with respect to new and existing passive fire protection installations such as compartmentation, fire doors, penetration seals, structural steel protection, glazed screens, etc.

As part of a typical inspection contract, Colin understands construction drawings; has an awareness of health & safety in buildings and on construction sites; is able to organize and manage time during the inspection and is capable of the preparation of detailed reports – some of which have been prepared as expert witness reports for court cases.

Relevance of Experience
Colin started in the fire industry undertaking laboratory testing in 1987. Soon after, Colin was the Fire Test Manager at the R & D laboratory of Lafarge Plasterboard Ltd for 6 years, which also included site investigation work. Much laboratory knowledge, report and assessment writing was gained under Warrington Fire. A shift to the Certification division initially involved product and installer certification, leading to site inspection and training.

Colin has been involved with the inspection of many different types of buildings, as well as presenting the passive fire training to many different people and companies. Inspection work has been undertaken for major clients such as DCLG, BAA, Dubai Civil Defence, BNFL, NHS, Sainsbury’s, Canary Wharf and many others.

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