The Fire Warden - Level 2 Course has been written for those involved in, or those who are working in an industry or business setting. The course aims to give all staff, supervisors, managers and associated personnel the knowledge needed to be able to deliver a professional approach to Fire Safety and to implement the role of the Fire Warden.

This course helps individuals to become more effective in fire safety in their workplace and will allow them to understand the dangers and risks associated with fire, and how to work safely and effectively to reduce work place fires. The course will also help in gaining the knowledge of how to act and respond in the event of a work-based fire and will give students opportunity to relate fire safety to their individual organisation and understand the role and function of the fire warden.

Please Note: You are required to be in a position of employment to enrol on and successfully complete this Fire Warden course, as assignments will relate to workplace scenarios.

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate of Achievement.

Course Delivery Notice: You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. A hard-copy book version of the course notes are also supplied. Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 hard-copy versions of this course are being dispatched twice a week so there may be slight delays.

The course includes the following units:-

  • Unit 1 - Legislation

The following topics are covered: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Role of Responsible and Relevant Person(s), Law enforcement and penalties, Fire safety signs and information.

  • Unit 2 - The Fire Warden

The following topics are covered: Role of Fire Warden, Safety and security, Liaison with the Fire and Rescue Service and external personnel (contractors), Role of the Fire and Rescue Service and Emergency Services, Training and CPD.

  • Unit 3 - Causes of Fire

The following topics are covered: Causes of fire, Sources of fuel, Arson and how to prevent it, Combustion, The fire triangle.

  • Unit 4 - How Fires Behave and Spread

The following topics are covered: Fire spread (conduction, convection, radiation and direct burn), Smoke spread, Hazards during a fire, Flashover and backdraft, Fire containment.

  • Unit 5 - Fire Detection

The following topics are covered: Detecting heat, Detecting smoke, Detection by personnel, Emergency lighting, Types of fire alarm system.

  • Unit 6 - Raising the Fire Alarm

The following topics are covered: Purpose of raising the fire alarm, Electrical means of raising the alarm, Manual means of raising the alarm& alarm sounders, How to contact the emergency services, Purpose and function of a break glass unit.

  • Unit 7 - Fire Evacuation

The following topics are covered: Actions to take in the event of a fire, Fire evacuation, Fire evacuation routes and assembly points& points of safety, Policies and procedures including smoking, Fire drills and training.

  • Unit 8 - Fire Fighting

The following topics are covered: Reasons for fire fighting, Role of the Fire and Rescue Service, Fire fighting equipment (buckets, blankets, hose reels, sprinklers, drenchers, flooding systems and dry risers), When not to tackle a fire, How to use a fire blanket.

  • Unit 9 - Fire Extinguishers

The following topics are covered: Classes of fire, Fire extinguisher classification, Actions of use, How to use a fire extinguisher, Storage and inspection.

  • Unit 10 - Fire Risk Assessment

The following topics are covered: What is a risk assessment and who is it completed by, What is a hazard, What is a risk, 5 steps to risk assessment, Recording and keeping of the risk assessment.

  • Unit 11 - Fire Equipment and Maintenance

The following topics are covered: Daily Checks, Weekly checks, Monthly checks, 6 -12 month checks, Record keeping.

  • Unit 12 - Fire Prevention

The following topics are covered: How to prevent fires, Suspicious behaviour, Changes in situations and impact, Good house keeping, Sources of advice on Fire Prevention.


There is no previous learning knowledge or experience required to take this course, although students will need to be within employment to enrol on and complete the course assignments, as these do relate to an organisations setting.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


To successfully complete this programme, students will be required to complete a number of assessments at the end of each module. These are marked by your tutor who will give you written feedback to your assessments and who will also give you support..

Course Assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post. We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.


NCFE On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Fire Warden Certificate of Achievement by NCFE, and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to courses which result in the award of a certificate of achievement but does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

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