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BAFE SP101 Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organizations and Technicians

BAFE SP101 Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organizations and Technicians Scheme

The BAFE SP101 Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organizations and Technicians Scheme exists to provide an independent assessment service of both the portable fire extinguisher organization and their employed fire extinguisher technicians that work out in the field to determine their competency.

The BAFE SP101 Scheme is recognised as the best in the fire extinguisher service industry to provide quality, independent evidence of competency. This clarifies your organization can confidently deliver fire extinguisher maintenance as safe, knowledgeable and skilled professionals.

BAFE SP101 Assessment and Registration Process

A step by step process of how to become Third Party Certificated and BAFE Registered to the BAFE SP101 Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organizations and Technicians Scheme can be found below.

Important Information
The BAFE SP101 Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organizations and Technicians Scheme is administrated differently (in two stages) to the other BAFE Schemes available.
Technicians cannot register independently to BAFE. A fire extinguisher technician requiring registration must be employed by an organization who has achieved Third Party Certification and BAFE Registration to the BAFE SP101 scheme.

Please Note

The BAFE SP101 Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organizations and Technicians Scheme Document outlines all the requirements for gaining BAFE SP101 Registration (see Downloads). The step by step information below is an outline of the process.

STAGE ONE (Assessment performed by a UKAS Accredited Certification Body)

Becoming a Third Party Certificated Organization to the scope of BAFE SP101

Step 1

Check requirements of the BAFE SP101 Scheme – download and read the BAFE SP101 Scheme Document (see Downloads). For this scheme you do not need ISO9001 certification. However, you are required to have robust quality Management Systems in place. This is explained in the scheme document (Clause 8). An internal review should be performed using this document to see if your organization complies with all the necessary requirements.

Step 2

UKAS Accredited Certification Bodies (licensed by BAFE) deliver the BAFE SP101 Scheme organization assessments. Please contact your chosen Certification Body directly to discuss the BAFE SP101 organization assessment process and costs.

Certification Body Contact Information for BAFE SP101 Assessment - ISO9001 Route

Certification Body Contact Information for BAFE SP101 Assessment - Management System Route

Your chosen Certification Body will deliver the BAFE SP101 scheme organization assessment. On satisfactory completion of the assessment the applicant organization will be awarded Third Party Certification to the scope of BAFE SP101.

Important Information
Gaining Third Party Certification to the scope of BAFE SP101 does not permit you to promote your organization as BAFE SP101 Registered. You must complete the second stage of the BAFE SP101 process (BAFE Application and Fire Extinguisher Technician Registration) to do so (see below).

STAGE TWO (Directly via BAFE including fire extinguisher technician on-site assessments)

BAFE Application and Fire Extinguisher Technician Registration

Step 1

Complete the Organization Application Form for BAFE SP101 (This can be filled out on the document available and sent back via email or printed out and sent via post). Alongside the organization application form, you need to include:

  • A copy of your ISO9001 (To the scope for BAFE SP101) or Management System (to the scope of BAFE SP101) certificate.
  • Organization application fee payment £230+VAT (BACS or cheque).
  • Application forms for one or more fire extinguisher technicians (with evidence of completion of the BS 5306 exam, health and safety training and asbestos awareness training). All fire extinguisher technicians must be registered as per requirements of the BAFE SP101 Scheme Document.

Step 2

Once these forms are submitted to BAFE, the organization and technicians are given ‘Applicant’ status. During this time, you are still not permitted to provide works under the BAFE SP101 Scheme or promote your organization as a BAFE SP101 Registered Organization.

At least one fire extinguisher technician must be fully verified before the organization can provide fire extinguisher services under the BAFE SP101 scheme.

For more information regarding the BAFE SP101 fire extinguisher technician application process please click here

Step 3

Once your organization has been approved and registered with at least one verified BAFE Registered Fire Extinguisher Technician, the organization will be added to the national BAFE Fire Safety Register as a BAFE SP101 Fire Extinguisher Service Provider.

The organization will then be sent an invoice for the BAFE SP101 Registration annual fee of £170+VAT (which is charged pro-rata for the first year).

At this point you will be allowed to use the BAFE SP101 logo to promote your independently assessed competence to provide portable fire extinguisher service and maintenance.

Important Information
Once this process is complete, the BAFE Registered SP101 organization will be subject to ongoing assessments via their chosen Certification Body (usually on an annual basis) to ensure that you continue to comply with the BAFE SP101 Scheme requirements.
BAFE registered fire extinguisher technicians will also be subject to ongoing assessments and must provide ongoing evidence of refresher training every three years and valid health and safety and asbestos awareness training when required.