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FD&FA Design principles - BS 5839-1
FD&FA Design principles - BS 5839-1

FD&FA Design principles - BS 5839-1


This course will develop knowledge from the FD&FA foundation BS 5839-1 module and / or industry experience and apply this to the design of FD&FA systems. In this module, emphasis is placed on the process of fire alarm design; enquiry, survey, design, certification and the appropriate recording and documentation requirements. The module uses practical exercises for practice of design techniques culminating in a design layout exam where delegates demonstrate their knowledge of simple FD&FA system design.

This is module 2 of 5 which can lead to an OFQUAL L3 Award in the Requirements of FD&FA Systems for non-domestic buildings BS 5839-1: 2017.

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in the delivery or checking of FD&FA systems and those who have a responsibility for the design, verification or witness testing e.g., architects, service managers, building / property managers, consultants, fire risk assessors, electrical contractors, fire alarm contractors, interested parties (F&RS, building control, insurers). The course also provides solid an entry point for FD&FA system designers.


  • Design process
  • Appropriate record keeping
  • BS 5839-1:2017
    • Section 1 - General
    • Section 2 - Design
    • Section 3 - False alarms
    • Annexes A,B,D,E,G
  • Battery calculations
  • Responsibilities - designer, verifier
  • Assessment practical design