Level 3 Apprenticeship NI in Fire and Security Systems

Security and fire systems installers fit and service electronic systems that detect intruders and fire, and control access to buildings or sites electronically.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10682
Campus: Lisburn, Newtownards
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Electrical Installation

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Course Overview

This 4-year apprenticeship programme helps people design, install, commission and maintain Fire Detection and Alarm Systems or Electronic Security Systems for simple and complex premises providing protection to life and properties from risk and danger.

The course is made up of 2 elements.

The Level 3 Diploma in Fire  Alarm Systems or Electronic Security Systems (VRQ) will develop your knowledge and practical skills for the sector.   It will cover elements such as Health and Safety, Scientific Electrical Principles, Networking Principles, Design, Installation, Commissioning, Handover, Fault Diagnosis and Maintenance of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems or Electronic Security Systems.   This element of the Apprenticeship is assessed through a range of multiple-choice exams, assignments, and practical work.

This is complimented by a Level 3 Diploma in Providing Fire, or Electronic Security Systems (NVQ), which allows you to demonstrate competence in the industry by developing a portfolio of onsite evidence.

The college actively promotes opportunities to compete in skills-based competitions for the sector at local and national level.

This is a brand-new qualification that has been developed by industry representatives.    The Apprenticeship framework is subject to approval by the Department for the Economy.

You want to learn to design, install, commission and maintain Fire Detection and Alarm Systems or Electronic Security Systems for simple and complex premises providing protection to life and properties from risk and danger.

You will learn about the design, installation, commissioning, handover and fault diagnosis and rectification for Fire Detection and Alarm Systems or Electronic Security Systems.

The industry standard workshops designed to give you practical experience.

Successful completion of this course can lead to employment as a Commercial Manager, Sales Engineer or a Fire Alarms and Security Technician. Higher Level Apprenticeship or Level 4 HNC in Building Service Engineering.

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade A* to C (or equivalent)
  • A minimum of grade C in Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent) and
  • Successful completion of the SERC Aptitude Test, and
  • Evidence of employment following Training Organisation guidelines

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