How We Develop Our Fire Safety Risk Assessors

Our people are the foundation of our business and without them, we wouldn’t be able to deliver our exceptional fire safety services to businesses across the UK. We know that it’s easy to just say we’re dedicated to helping our assessors develop in their professional career, which is why we’ve outlined what the process is for them here at Citation Fire & Electrical so you’ve got proof that we really do train our people to deliver the best services possible.

We onboard Fire Risk Assessors from all over the UK, specifically looking for individuals who already hold a NEBOSH Level 3 General Fire Safety Certificate or equivalent. Once we’ve sourced our Fire Risk Assessors, we then look at helping them achieve a Level 4 Certificate which is a nationally recognised standard by the National Fire Chief Council for Fire Risk Assessors who inspect complex buildings.

Our assessors work in all sorts of settings varying from:

  • Small office spaces
  • Retail premises
  • Complex factories
  • Private residential care establishments
  • Educational settings
  • Licenced premises like public houses, hotels and casinos
  • And more!

But to be able to carry out a thorough Fire Risk Assessment in these different and often complex settings, we support our assessors to achieve a nationally recognised Level 4 Fire Safety Risk Assessment qualification and we do this through our Service Academy Scheme.

When assessors join our Service Academy Scheme, we conduct an initial set of risk assessments in less complex premises, to gauge their current level of expertise. They then shadow experienced assessors and progress through the range of complexities which start from ‘low-risk assessments’ to ‘medium-risk assessments’. All our assessors follow this route to make sure they have the best start to the scheme by filling any skills gaps so they’re confident when working towards their Level 4 Certificate.


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The stages of achieving the nationally recognised Level 4 Fire Safety Risk Assessment qualification

While our assessors are enrolled on our scheme, they study over a period of one year which is split into four modules:

  1. Principles of Fire Safety
  2. Auditing Licenced Premises
  3. Auditing Complex Buildings
  4. Workplace Inspection Assessment

Once the four teaching modules are complete, our assessors will be expected to complete follow-up coursework to demonstrate their understanding of what our experts have taught them while following our fire risk assessment process. By the end of the year-long scheme, they should be able to incorporate their practical and theoretical knowledge into confidently assessing properties of medium risk.


Continuing our assessors’ professional development through mentoring and coaching

Although our assessors are encouraged to lead their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD), we offer our support where possible, whether it’s guiding them through a module or suggesting strategies to help manage their specific skillsets.

To make sure they’re getting the most out of their development, we provide our employees with a direct link to the fire compliance team on a weekly basis so they can ask any questions and receive some of the best support in the industry. They also receive bi-monthly CPD sessions covering essential topics such as work in historic buildings, licensed premises and care homes so they can keep their skills and knowledge fresh and can work always work to industry standards.

Along with hands-on training and in-house CPD sessions, our teams shadow the senior assessors and take part in ongoing observed and assessed visits with them to help keep their development on track.


Want to find out more?

If you want to find out more about how our qualified assessors can carry out thorough fire safety services for your business keeping you and your employees safe and on the right side of the law, get in touch with our experts by calling 0800 055 6559 or by filling in our callback form.

Or if you’re a Fire Risk Assessor who holds a NEBOSH Level 3 Fire Safety Certificate or equivalent, and you’re ready to take the next step in your career, check out our latest vacancies to see how we can invest in your development.



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