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QA Level 2 Award in Fire Safety (RQF)

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QA Level 2 Award in Fire Safety (RQF)

Qualification overview

This qualification forms part of the QA Fire Safety suite of qualifications. The qualification and learning outcomes are based on the recommendations of:

  • National Occupational Standards (NOS) related to fire safety
  • Recommendation of good practice outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

This qualification develops Learners’ fire safety awareness. It includes how fires are caused, the risks associated with fire and what we can do to control fire risks in the workplace. It also covers the principles of fire safety management at work, fire safety inspection, fire safety risk assessment and the legal requirements related to fire safety in the workplace. Understanding the role of a fire warden is a key component of this qualification.

This qualification specification provides information for Centres about the delivery of the QA Level 2 Award in Fire Safety (RQF) and includes the unit information, assessment methods and quality assurance arrangements.


The objective of the qualification is to benefit Learners through developing their fire safety awareness. It helps Learners build an understanding of fire safety management at work and the specific roles and responsibilities related to fire safety in the workplace.


The purpose of this qualification is to develop Learners’ knowledge and skills in fire safety. 

Intended audience

This qualification is for anyone who has a specific responsibility for fire safety in the workplace. It is suitable to:

  • Qualify fire wardens/fire marshals
  • Provide a foundation of fire safety knowledge on which employers and ‘responsible persons’ can build 
  • Increase the fire safety knowledge of all employees


This qualification contains 1 mandatory unit with a Total Qualification Time (TQT) of 7 hours.

Learners must complete all assessments in the unit successfully within the registration period to achieve the qualification. The maximum period to achieve this qualification, including any referrals is 4 weeks.

TQT is the total number of hours required for a Learner to achieve this qualification. It has 2 elements:

  • Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is the time a Learner is being taught and assessed under the immediate guidance of a Trainer/Assessor, which for this qualification is 6 GLH (minimum), and
  • The number of hours a Learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation and study, including assessment, as directed by, but not under the immediate guidance or supervision of a Trainer, e.g. pre-course reading, which for this qualification is 1 hour

Learning outcomes

The Learner will:

1.    Understand the hazards and risks associated with fire in the workplace. The learner will be able to:
1.1 Recognise how fires are caused in the workplace
1.2 Identify the components of the fire triangle
1.3 Identify the hazards during or after a fire, including the products of combustion
1.4 Recognise the characteristics of fire and smoke spread

2. Recognise the different methods used to identify and control fire hazards. The learner will be able to:
2.2 Recognise the definition of ‘means of escape’ in relation to fire hazards
2.3 Identify typical components for means of escape from fire hazards
2.4 Recognise methods of fire detection and raising the alarm
2.5 Identify the principle of how fires are extinguished
2.6 Recognise how portable fire-fighting equipment should be used safely
2.7 Identify common fixed fire-fighting systems and where they might be used

3. Understand the principles and practice of fire safety management at work. The learner will be able to:
3.1 Recognise the duties of employers and employees with respect to fire safety in the workplace
3.2 Identify how to undertake a simple fire safety inspection in the workplace
3.3 Identify the stages involved in a fire risk assessment

4. Understand the role of the nominated fire warden. The learner will be able to:
4.1 Identify the role and function of fire wardens in their workplace:

  • on a day-to-day basis
  • during an emergency
  • if they are not in their designated areas of responsibility when the alarm is raised

4.2 Recognise the content of a fire safety briefing

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