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What is the BAFE Fire Extinguisher Technician Diploma?

BAFE SP101 Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organizations and Technicians Scheme – BAFE Fire Extinguisher Technician Diploma

The BAFE Fire Extinguisher Technician Diploma is the defining award for fire extinguisher technicians to assure competence and skill to provide appropriate fire extinguisher services.

The BAFE Fire Extinguisher Technician Diploma is awarded to fire extinguisher technicians who meet all of the demands of the BAFE SP101 Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organizations and Technicians Scheme.

This is not to be confused with the exam ‘Theory and practice of servicing portable fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of BS 5306 Parts 3 and 8’ – which is only part of the requirements to gain the BAFE Fire Extinguisher Technician Diploma.

The BAFE Fire Extinguisher Technician Diploma for fire extinguisher technicians is made up of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the exam ‘Theory and practice of servicing portable fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of BS 5306 Parts 3 and 8’ – with certificated evidence and ongoing refresher training every three years.
  • Certificated evidence of Health and Safety training from a BAFE recognised training provider.
  • Certificated evidence of Asbestos Awareness training from a BAFE recognised training provider.
  • Completion of the comprehensive BAFE developed Technician Competency Portfolio, which demonstrates understanding of the theory relating to portable fire extinguisher services (including which extinguishers to use, positioning, installation, commissioning and maintenance/servicing).
  • A successful on site assessment from a BAFE appointed assessor to ensure technician applies theory into best working practice (with ongoing assessments every three years).

Only at this point will a fire extinguisher technician be awarded the BAFE Fire Extinguisher Technician Diploma, which is the essential award required to achieve BAFE Registered fire extinguisher technician status – under the employment of a BAFE SP101 Registered organization (who have been assessed by a UKAS Accredited Certification Body to the scope of BAFE SP101).