The NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety is a new qualification which replaces:

Delivery of this course commenced 1st May 2021. The previous syllabus will continue until the end of 2021.

The NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety qualification helps you learn and develop fire safety skills which can be applied in workplaces anywhere in the world. It provides the knowledge and understanding to advise on fire protection of premises and workers, and carry out an effective fire risk assessment in low to medium risk workplaces.

Benefits of achieving the NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety

  • Boost your career prospects – NEBOSH Certificates are valued by employers globally
  • Gain solid technical knowledge in specialist fire safety to build on through practical application and experience
  • Make a real difference in improving the fire safety of your workplace

On completion of the NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety you will be able to:

  • justify fire safety improvements using moral and financial arguments.
  • advise on how fires and explosions can occur and the appropriate controls to minimise fire and explosion risks.
  • advise your employer on the requirements for the fire protection of premises and workers, including the appropriate training obligations.
  • carry a fire risk assessment in your workplace – prioritising risks, inspecting the workplace, recognising a range of common fire hazards, evaluating risks (taking account of current controls), recommending further control measures, planning actions.

The qualification is made up of two units which must be successfully completed within five years to achieve the NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety qualification.

Unit FSC1: Fire Safety

  • Managing fire safety
  • Principles of fire and explosion
  • Fuel, oxygen and ignition sources and control measures
  • Fire protection in buildings
  • Safety of people in the event of fire
  • Fire safety risk assessment

Unit FSC2: Fire risk assessment

  • Practical Assessment


  • Unit FSC1 is assessed by a scenario based Open Book Exam completed at home. It will take around 5 hours and you have 24 hours to complete the assessment and return it to NEBOSH.
  • Unit FSC2 is assessed by a 3 hour practical fire risk assessment carried out in your workplace (or another suitable workplace).

Exams are available 4 times a year.