NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety & Risk Management

The International Fire Certificate has been designed for managers, supervisors, employee representatives and others to provide an appropriate breath of underpinning knowledge for non-specialists in fire safety to enable them to discharge more effectively their organisational duties or functions with respect to workplace fire safety. It also aims to equip holders to contribute to the conduct and review of fire risk assessments and preventative and protective measures within most low risk workplaces, in accordance with International and European best practice conventions. The course consists of 3 units:
  • Training Week 1: Unit IGC1 Management of International Health and Safety
  • Training Week 2: Unit IFC1 International Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • Workplace practical assessment: Unit FC2 Fire Safety Practical Application
The course consists of 10 days intensive training to give candidates a good grounding in fire safety and risk assessment and prepare candidates for the NEBOSH examinations. Extensive training materials are provided for the course. The taught element of the course is 69 hours and candidates need to further undertake a minimum of 51 hours private study. Assessment of this course consists of two written papers (IGC1 and IFC1) and a practical assessment (FC2). This International Certificate course covers international conventions and recommendations. Other centres in Ireland run the National Certificate which is based on UK legislation. We recommend that prospective delegates satisfy themselves as to which legislation is most relevant to their own/their company’s needs. Delegates who have already completed Unit 1 (IGC1) as part of the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety within the last five years need not re-attend this Unit or re-sit the assessment. More information on NEBOSH is available at

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What's covered?

(November 2014 syllabus)

The course consists of 3 units:

  • Unit IGC1 Management of International Health and Safety
  • Unit IFC1 International Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • Unit FC2 Fire Safety Practical Application

(Unit IGC1 is common to the NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety. IGC1 holders do not need to re-sit this unit and assessment provided it was successfully achieved within a five year period for each qualification).

The following gives a breakdown of each unit:

Unit IG1 Management of International Health and Safety

  1. Foundations in Health and Safety
  2. Health and Safety Management Systems – Plan
  3. Health and Safety Management Systems – Do
  4. Health and Safety Management Systems – Check
  5. Health and Safety Management Systems – Act

Unit IFC1 International Fire Safety and Risk Management

  1. Managing fire safety
  2. Principles of fire and explosion
  3. Causes and prevention of fires and explosions
  4. Fire protection in buildings
  5. Safety of people in the event of a fire
  6. Fire safety risk assessment

Unit FC2 Fire safety practical application
Further information including the detailed course syllabus, is available on the NEBOSH website.

Who should participate?

  • Those seeking a formal qualification in Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • Health & Safety Officers and Managers
  • Safety Representatives and Safety Engineers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Personnel Managers
  • Middle to Senior Management with H&S Responsibilities

For applicants whose first language is not English, NEBOSH recommends a minimum English language competency of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent). It is important to note that learners are not expected to have an IELTS or equivalent examination complete. Potential delegates are expected to self-assess their English language competency against the IELTS Band scores which can be found in this document.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Have a broad understanding and knowledge of health and safety, fire safety and risk management principles and practice
  • Effectively discharge workplace fire safety responsibilities in any employment sector in any part of the world
  • Have a sound basis for progression to the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety.

Detailed learning outcomes for the programme are included here.

Who are the tutors?

Finbarr Stapleton

Finbarr Stapleton, Antaris, has a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry and a Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety and is a member of IOSH. He has over thirty years experience, initially as Laboratory Manager in an Analytical Laboratory, a number of years experience as an EHS Manager in the Food Industry and subsequently in technical consultancy.

He has successfully implemented OHSAS 18001/45001, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 in a large number of industries. He has extensive experience of quality management and environmental and health and safety management systems, energy management, waste management as well as environmental and health and safety legislation. He is a qualified Auditor of ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 management systems. Finbarr has also extensive experience of energy management systems such as ISO 50001. He has carried out a number of projects on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
He regularly carries out audits and risk assessments for client companies. He has also qualified as a dangerous goods safety adviser.

Finbarr has assisted a number of companies in making successful applications to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control) licence and has also carried out Environmental Impact Assessments for a number of companies.

Finbarr also holds an NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education. He is the lead tutor for the Nebosh International Certificate and Diploma courses.

How will I be assessed?

Certificate students need to register with a NEBOSH approved centre to sit their exams. (SQT is a NEBOSH Approved Centre 551).

The assessment process for delegates consists of an examination (2 papers; IGC1 and IFC1), both of which are 2 hours and are taken on the same day. In addition there is a practical health and safety assessment of a workplace (FC2). Delegates must achieve the pass standard in both examination papers and in the practical assessment to be awarded the International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management.  Please note that NEBOSH have a Policy and procedures for access arrangements, reasonable adjustments and special consideration.

NEBOSH schedule examinations dates four times per year: March, June, September and December. Candidates are prepared for the next available examination date.

Unit FC2 is carried out in the delegate’s own workplace. The aim of the practical assessment is to test the ability to apply knowledge of the unit IGC1 and IFC1 syllabi by successful completion of a fire risk assessment within the workplace.

How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses
For In-House courses, the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail.

Course Manual
Delegates will receive a set of very comprehensive course materials.

Programme accreditation

The NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management is rated at level 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The Irish awarding bodies and qualifications authorities and the UK awarding and qualifications regulatory bodies undertook an exercise to facilitate the comparison of qualifications in the qualifications framework in the UK and Ireland. The document, Qualifications can cross boundaries - a rough guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland was published, and compares SCQF Level 6 to Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. In addition there is a recently launched European-wide website which supports this comparison of different national education systems.

The Institute of Fire Prevention Officers (IFPO) recognise this programme for membership of their organisation.  Holders of the qualification are entitled to Technician Membership (TIFPO) and the qualification also meets the academic requirements for Associate Membership (AMIFPO).

Finbarr Stapleton


NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety & Risk Management


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