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BAFE SP101 Fire Extinguisher Service Scheme – The BAFE Diploma

BAFE SP101 Fire Extinguisher Service Scheme – The BAFE Diploma


The BAFE Diploma is the defining award for fire extinguisher technicians to assure competence and skill to provide this service.

The BAFE Diploma is awarded to fire extinguisher technicians who meet all of the demands of the BAFE SP101 scheme (Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians).


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 Diploma.


The BAFE 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 Assessor to ensure technician applies theory into best working practise (and ongoing assessments every three years).

Only at this point will a fire extinguisher technician be awarded the BAFE Diploma, which is the essential award required to achieve BAFE Registered fire extinguisher technician status – working for a BAFE SP101 Registered organisation (who also have been audited to ensure competence to deliver these services).

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