The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has partnered with Ofqual-regulated awarding organisation, the National Open College Network (NOCN), one of the UK’s largest quality assurance providers, to develop a two-day fire door installation awareness course.
Working together under the NOCN SiteRight brand, the partnership aims to ‘enhance the availability of quality training, helping to drive-up standards across the construction industry when it comes to fire doors’, specifically timber fire doors. By enhancing the knowledge and skills of on-site installers and those overseeing works, contractors can better manage compliance with fire safety standards and best practice.
The fire door installation awareness course materials and delivery have been developed by the BWF – the organisation’s first ever third-party assured course – and can only be delivered by NOCN approved centres, based on ‘robust criteria’. This ensures that training providers meet the highest standards set by the awarding organisation, the BWF and individual criteria for SiteRight courses. In addition, each trainer must also meet specific standards to demonstrate their competence, knowledge and skills regarding timber fire door installation.
Helen Hewitt, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation said: “When it comes to life-saving products, training needs to be of the highest standard to ensure that candidates acquire vital competencies. Through this unique partnership, with one of the UK’s leading construction assessment and awarding organisations, individuals and installers who wish to build their awareness of fire doors across the UK will have access to a third-party quality assured and independently audited training network.
“This is a positive step forward towards helping achieve the government’s aim to improve the fire safety of our buildings, and reflects the BWF’s commitment to improving education, awareness and standards when it comes to fire door safety.”
The theory-based fire door installation awareness course will ensure participants have a clear understanding of:
- The role of timber fire door assemblies and doorsets and why it is important that they are installed correctly;
- How fire door assemblies and doorsets work and their place in the wider passive fire protection system;
- The legislation and guidance associated with fire door assemblies and doorsets;
- Considerations before installing fire door assemblies and doorsets;
- Considerations when installing fire door assemblies and doorsets;
- Considerations on completion of the installation of fire door assemblies and doorsets.
On completion of the course, participants will achieve recognised certification for the assured course featuring the SiteRight, NOCN and BWF logos. The course also provides candidates with an opportunity to progress on to the achievement of the relevant National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) unit for the installation of fire doors.
For fire door installation awareness course enquiries or to find an NOCN-approved training provider, visit: www.bwf.org.uk/education
To become a NOCN-approved training provider to deliver the fire door installation awareness course, visit: www.nocn.org.uk/what-we-do/siteright/fire-door-installation-awareness-course/