Electrical and Electronic

Electronic Fire and Security - Adult Apprenticeship


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Worked in the Fire and Security Systems Sector for years, but with no formal qualifications? Always wanted to achieve your "papers"?  Then this is the course for you! Newly developed in 2017, this course offers experienced workers from the fire and security industry the opportunity to achieve a Modern Apprenticeship. 

The course is held over 2 years with 11 mandatory & 9 optional teaching/assessment days in year 1 and 11 mandatory & 9 optional teaching/assessment days in year 2. 

Course Information

  • 5 years+ experience installing/servicing in the electronic fire and security systems sector.
  • Basic level of Mathematics & English.
  • Formal Interview to identify suitability for the Adult Modern Apprenticeship.

The PDA in Electronic Fire and Security Systems provides the underpinning knowledge required to work in the industry.

The 11 units of the award are carried out through a mixture of classroom and distance learning.

In Year 1 & 2 learners will gain the basic knowledge needed to succeed in this industry. Topics covered include:

  • Installation Practices
  • Introduction to Security
  • Health and Safety
  • Principles

Including specific subjects that are covered along with standards and installation practices specific to that discipline. Topics covered include:

  • Intruder and Hold-Up Alarm Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems Installation
  • Access Control Installation
  • CCTV Systems Installations

Year 2 is where learners focus more on engineering practices for example:

  • Commissioning
  • Maintenance
  • Signalling

Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ)

The SVQ focuses on the practical elements of the course which students will demonstrate their understanding of in an on-site log book.

Over three years of the MA, learners will cover a range of units in the workshop, including:

  • Intruder Alarms - Wired, wireless and hybrid systems
  • Fire Alarms - Conventional and Addressable systems
  • CCTV systems - Analogue and IP systems
  • Access Control Systems - Audio entry, stand-alone, networkable systems.

Once the units are covered in the workshop, a student is expected to complete the same unit practically under supervision onsite with their employer. Units include:

  • Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Communicate effectively with others
  • Give a positive image of yourself
  • Prepare for the installation
  • Plan the installation
  • Install electronic fire and security systems
  • Handover electronic fire and security systems
  • Survey sites for the installation of electronic fire and security systems
  • Commission electronic fire and security systems
  • Maintain the performance of electronic fire and security systems
  • Diagnose and rectify faults
  • Test and confirm the operation of electronic fire and security systems
  • Audit systems

Students complete 13 logbooks over the course of the two-year MA relevant to what they are working towards onsite and in the workshop.

  • Degree/Honours Degree in Fire Risk Engineering/Management at Glasgow Caledonian University (additional building regulations needed)
  • HNC in CCTV


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