IFE – Overview

The Institution of Fire Engineers, the IFE was founded in 1918 and assesses knowledge of Fire and professional experience, awarding internationally recognised membership grades and Fire-related qualifications.

Through its Engineering Council licence as a Professional Engineering Institution, the IFE registers suitably qualified IFE members as Chartered Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

Learning opportunities are worldwide within the IFE Fire community and the IFE delivers over 7,300 Fire-related exams each year which are required by many Fire and Rescue Services for promotion both within the United Kingdom and Internationally.

Institution of Fire Engineers Register of Fire Risk Assessors

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In the United Kingdom, the IFE operates a Fire Risk Assessors’ Register.

All successful applicants must demonstrate to a Professional Review Panel that they have suitable education, training and experience in the principles of Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment and this involves submitting examples of their work for evaluation. If successful, those listed must satisfy Continual Professional Development requirements.

As the leading professional body in the field of Fire, the IFE was the first organisation to establish a register and it remains the largest scheme presently in the United Kingdom.

The IFE is also a member of the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council which has published national competency criteria with which all applicants to schemes are expected to be familiar.

Institution of Fire Engineers Fire Risk Assessment

In the United Kingdom, three legislative regimes impose a duty to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment.

In England and Wales, the duties are imposed on the Responsible Person who, in a workplace, is the employer and in premises that are not a workplace is the person or persons having control of the premises.

The duty can also be imposed on other persons having control of the premises, such as managing agents.

If, as a result of a failure to properly carry out a Fire Risk Assessment, an occupant of the Building or someone in the immediate vicinity is put at risk of death or serious injury in case of Fire, an offence is committed which can lead to a heavy fine or, in serious cases, imprisonment.

As the leading professional body in the field of fire, the IFE was the first UK organisation to establish a register and it remains the largest scheme presently in the UK. The IFE is also a member of the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council which has published national competency criteria with which all applicants to schemes are expected to be familiar.