Fire Risk Management in Simple and Complex Residential Properties

About the Qualifications

This handbook relates to the following qualifications:

SFJ Awards Level 3 Award for Reporting Fire Risk in Residential Properties 
SFJ Awards Level 3 Certificate for Fire Risk Management in Simple Residential Properties (to be withdrawn)
SFJ Awards Level 4 Certificate for Fire Risk Management in Complex Residential Properties

Please see the handbook for more information on the withdrawal of the SFJ Awards Level 3 Certificate for Fire Risk Management in Simple Residential Properties.

These qualifications are aimed at individuals who have responsibility for fire risk management in simple and complex residential properties. The qualifications focus on those aspects of fire safety that are relevant to life safety. Although life safety precautions will generally provide some protection of the buildings, the qualifications claim no specific competence with regard to property protection or business continuity.

If you are the Responsible Person as defined by Article 3 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 (RRO) in England and Wales, you must establish safe systems to ensure the fire safety of relevant persons in your non-domestic premises, including the common parts of multi-occupied residential buildings.

As the Responsible Person you must:

  1. carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises
  2. advise residents about safety precautions pertaining to them in the building
  3. put in place, and maintain, adequate and appropriate fire safety measures to remove or reduce the risk to life
  4. plan for an emergency
  5. provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training

Whilst the responsibility for fire safety remains with the Responsible Person, the tasks that are necessary for fire safety can be passed by the Responsible Person to another competent person(s). The purpose of these qualifications is to confirm the skills, knowledge and understanding required for an individual who has to carry out these fire safety tasks in residential properties.

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If you are interested in these qualifications please contact the team on 0114 284 1970 or