Fire Sprinkler Installer
CRO Closure and New SKILLcard Route
Why is SKILLcard closing its Fire Sprinkler Installer CRO Card Route?
SKILLcard is a partner card scheme of CSCS and is authorised to carry the CSCS logo. SKILLcard is committed, alongside all CSCS partner card schemes, to deliver to the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) 2025 vision. As a result, card schemes carrying the CSCS logo including SKILLcard, must only certify those occupations with nationally recognised construction related qualifications, i.e. NVQs or approved equivalents. This is phased programme of closures and at this time we are now managing the closure of the Fire Sprinkler Installer card.
Existing Card Holders of Fire Sprinkler Installer CRO Cards
Existing card holders can, at this time still renew their Fire Sprinkler Installer CRO card. However, the renewal route will close at some point in the future, the date of which is yet to be confirmed. If your card is up for renewal, you may chose to undertake the new qualification which will enable you to apply for a blue SKILLcard. Alternatively, you may still renew your CRO card. For the new qualification route - please see below.
NEW Applications for Fire Sprinkler Installer CRO Cards
We are no longer accepting new applications for the Fire Sprinkler Installer CRO card. You now need to apply for a blue SKILLcard and the following qualification route is now open in order for you to do this.
New Fire Sprinkler SKILLcard Qualification
In order to qualify for a new blue SKILLcard for the Fire Sprinkler Installer occupation, you must demonstrate the appropriate qualifications. We have worked with BAFSA (British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association) to provide a new recognised qualification, IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation (QCF). There are two routes to achieve this:
- Full course - for individuals with less than 4 years experience
- Experienced Worker Route - for individuals with verifiable 4 years or more experience
The New Qualification
There are a number of options for completing this qualification including day release and block release and this will take 9-12 months depending on learner experience.
To achieve the IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installation (QCF) the learner must achieve seven mandatory units:
- Communicate effectively in the workplace
- Establish effective working relationships
- Manage own Resources
- Health and Safety
- Awareness of Regulations in the Fire Sprinkler Industry
- (This unit develops knowledge and understanding; however some assessment criteria should be assessed in the workplace)
- Fire sprinkler installation and handover
- Understanding the Fire Sprinkler Industry
You can find out more and details of course dates on the BAFSA website.
Experienced Worker Route
This qualification is open to fire sprinkler installers who have a verifiable 4 years experience of working as a sprinkler installer. The difference with the Experienced Worker Route (EWR) is that no new learning should be required so the course is much shorter (only 5 days in college) and consists of:
- Practical assessments
- Professional discussion
- Legislation & Regulation within the Fire Sprinkler Sector ( A two hour Masterclass delivered by BAFSA)
- A Multiple Choice Test Paper on Legislation & Regulation (open book)