SUSS has been offering the Fire Safety Manager course in collaboration with our industry partner, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Academy. For the very first time, SUSS has become a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Accredited Training Institute (ATI) for Fire Safety Management. With the successful accreditation by the SCDF, the inaugural FMT316 Fire Safety Management course under SUSS Facilities Management with Minor programme was successfully launched in the July 2022 semester. The accreditation process is rigorous and valuable to SUSS’ built environment programme students to obtain a professional certification. Fire Safety Managers have extensive roles to ensure and enhance a high level of fire safety standard within buildings. The demand for Fire Safety Managers is high since building owners are required by the law to hire a Fire Safety Manager within 90 days after receiving a certificate of completion, or an occupation permit.
The 45-hour professional certificate course is aligned with SCDF’s Fire Safety Manager Qualifications. Students are provided with the domain knowledge and know-how in managing fire safety in commercial and industrial premises through theoretical lessons, practical training, continual assessment and a final examination. In the inaugural SCDF accredited course, SUSS Facilities Management students experienced hands-on practical sessions conducted at the Fire Laboratory in Ngee Ann Polytechnic to integrate their learning from the lectures and experience how the fire protection systems function and connect to one another.
Students learning and understanding the sprinkler system pipework
The course covers the essentials of fire safety management for complex and non-complex premises under the Singapore fire safety legislation. Other topics include fire safety act and regulations, conducting fire risk assessment, formulation of emergency response plan, planning for evacuation and more. Additionally, the course prepares students for the roles and duties of a SCDF-certified fire safety manager.
Students witnessing the activation of a sprinkler head discharging water spray during the course.
Successful candidates from the Built Environment cluster programmes who meet both SUSS and SCDF’s criteria will receive a joint certificate to be used for registration as a certified Fire Safety Manager with the SCDF. Learn more about SUSS’ Facilities Management with Minor and how you can equip yourself with essential fire safety management skills.