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Certificate in Fire Safety

The programme aims to afford advanced experience and training to fulfil, in part, the onerous and challenging roles, duties and responsibilities associated with a limited range of Built Environment Regulations in the Irish Construction Industry

Discipline: Built Environment

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Credits: 15

Places: 10


€875 (EU Fee)

Why Study?

This certificate is designed for a multidisciplinary cohort across the built environment disciplines e.g. Architecture, Engineering, Building Surveying, Architectural Technology, and Construction Management, among others. A multi-disciplinary cohort will be beneficial to the programme as it will provide a cross-pollination of ideas, shared experiences and appreciation for each other’s roles and responsibilities in the Built Environment.

The programme is designed to meet the postgraduate and continuing professional development needs of these disciplines, to develop competence in the specialist area of Fire Safety by facilitating knowledge gained through training and applied experience.

It will be particularly beneficial to new entrant graduates who have recently entered the work force in the last one to three years. It will also be beneficial to lifelong learners and more experienced professionals as Continuing Professional Development, up-skilling, retraining, and as a refresher course. Furthermore, the programme can be undertaken on a module-by-module basis, if so desired, by accumulating credits.

It will also be possible to complete the Certificate and/or Postgraduate Diploma and/or MSc in Built Environment Regulation at some point in the future. This flexibility is designed to accommodate an adult working population. The difference between this qualification and the Masters, Postgraduate Diploma, and Certificate in Built Environment Regulation is that there is no research capstone module requirement and only Fire Safety Technical Guidance Documents, along with the relevant Irish and/or British Standards for Fire Safety are covered in the syllabus.

Programme Modules

A visual programme structure can be found here

All modules are compulsory. Semester 9 module:

  • Fire Safety (Part B Dwelling Houses) [5 ECTS credits]

Semester 10 module:

  • Fire Safety (Part B Buildings Other than Dwelling Houses, and FSC) [10 ECTS credits]

Module Aims: 

The programme teaching and learning strategy epitomises a flexible, student centred, inclusive approach appropriate for multi-disciplinary adult learners. Blended delivery using online mobile distance learning will help meet the remit of a working cohort. The programme teaching and learning strategy will also closely align with industry, regional and discipline requirements.

The modules are taught through applied project-based experiential learning, with accompanying lectures and tutorials throughout each semester. The programme teaching and learning strategy will closely align with practice requirements for building regulation practitioners working in the Built Environment by incorporating expert guest speakers and by reflecting current building regulation requirements, noting regular updates as and when they occur. Visiting lecturers will be used extensively in the taught modules to keep the content current, professional, up-to-date, and fit for purpose. Building regulation semiotics will be used to exemplify compliance requirements, which is appropriate for student centred learning.

Innovation in teaching and learning will be fostered on this programme to enable candidates to learn through established teaching and learning techniques such as through active lecture engagement and project-based learning. Candidates can use live projects from their workplace if they choose to do so for the project-based learning elements of the programme.

The programme also introduces a novel technique, where relevant, for teaching and learning, namely, a visual building regulation pedagogy. This incorporates applied, visual, interactive reusable learning objects in a contextualised way as a novel way to learn the building regulations. It has been reported by learners thus-far as being an advantageous way to learn this detailed and complicated discipline area. Furthermore, the development and use of virtual reality teaching and learning and group assessments will be used in the classroom.

Collaboration with the National Building Control Office for the assessment upload of a Fire Safety Certificate on to the Building Control Management System with the assistance of the National Building Control Office is another example of innovation in teaching and learning which has been incorporated into this programme.

Career Opportunities

There are employment opportunities for building regulation practitioners as specialists within their broader discipline areas of Architecture, Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Consultancy, Consultant Engineering, Civil Engineering, Building Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Quality Engineering, Building Control Engineering, Local Authority Engineering, and Construction Management, to name a few.

By completing this programme, further employment opportunities may present in the much sought-after areas of specialist Building Regulation Engineers, Building Control Engineers, Quality Engineers, Local Authority Engineers, Designers, Builders, Assigned Certifiers and/or Ancillary Certifiers, the roles of each being defined in the Built Environment Regulations and Legislation, and also depending on each candidates' primary undergraduate degree qualification, their professional body membership and their practice experience in the construction industry.

By completing this programme, it may facilitate partial progression routes into these roles. This qualification and sub-sets thereof will help to meet annual Continuing Professional Development requirements, and to align with professional body requirements. This programme may facilitate employment opportunities in the broad area of Building Regulations and Building Control in the private and public sector, in local authority, and on site in the construction sector.

Follow-on Studies: 

On completion of the Certificate, progression to the Certificate and/or Postgraduate Diploma and/or to the MSc in Built Environment Regulation will be possible in GMIT, or on to another Master's Degree (Level 9) or Postgraduate Diploma.

Essential Information: 

Entry Requirements:

Candidates must hold a cognate level 8 Bachelor (Hons) degree with a minimum grade classification of H2.2 or equivalent, in an appropriate Built Environment undergraduate programme or equivalent. Candidates who do not meet the H2.2 performance standard in a

Level 8 award will be required to pass a qualifying assignment at an H2.2 performance standard as established by the Programme Board for the programme in question and as approved by the Registrar.

In accordance with GMIT policy recognition of prior learning can be used to gain access to or exemption from this programme. GMIT is committed to the principles of transparency, equity, and fairness in recognition of prior learning (RPL) and to the principle of valuing all learning regardless of the mode or place of its acquisition. Recognition of Prior Learning may be used to:

  1. Gain access or advanced entry to a programme at Stage 2 or higher, subject to available places. (Stage 1 entry through CAO)
  2. Gain credits and exemptions from programme modules after admission
  3. In award years RPL will be considered, to a 50% maximum (30 credits)

 Academic Code of Practice No. 6 outlines the policies and procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning. Guidance for applicants is provided on .The programme board will be expecting mapping equivalencies to the QQI Awards standard at level 8.

 English Language Requirements will be as determined by GMIT and as published in the Access, Transfer and Progression code. Further details on English language requirements are available at


Required Committment

For blended full-time cohorts, this will entail 2 hours of tuition in Semester 9, and 4 hours tuition in Semester 10:

  • Semester 9: 1 hour online synchronous evening class every week; 2 hour face-to-face class every second week (Friday or Saturday)
  • Semester 10: 2 hour online synchronous class, one evening a week and a 1 hour online synchronous class, on another evening, once a week; 2 hour face-to-face class every second week (Friday or Saturday)

The modules will run during term time and will honour the normal campus breaks for students during the Christmas, Easter, and Summer holidays. Self-directed learning, assessments and project work will be expected to be completed in addition to the timetabled contact hours.


Application Details

Online applications are open from mid-September 2021.

The closing date for applications is Friday 12th November, 2021. The programme will commence in January 2022.

Contact Us

Irene Hayden,

Lecturer, Department of Building and Civil Engineering


Phone: +353 91 742 109