20 NOV 2020
Chartered building and building control surveyors can now further progress their knowledge in fire safety, by completing a new training course created to help speed up the assessment of properties covered by the government’s guidance on the fire safety of buildings with external cladding systems.
As part of the announcement made in line with Government, RICS launched the new training programme, in January 2021, with the course projected to take up to twelve weeks.
The programme was launched following Government announcements and ahead of the Fire Safety Act, which received Royal Assent in 2021 and has now been implemented, to increase the number of professionals who will be required to complete future mandatory fire safety checks.
The training programme is designed for chartered building and building control surveyors who already have a base knowledge to undertake external wall system assessments for low to medium risk residential buildings; increasing the number of professionals to support the current market demand. Buildings over 18m or those which require specialist testing will still require a qualified fire safety engineer to carry out the EWS assessments.
The course will ensure professionals can:
“We recognise the acute market shortage of qualified fire engineers to carry out EWS assessments and welcome the Government’s support to upskilling other regulated professions, such as Chartered Surveyors, to create additional capacity in the market.”
RICS will also work with Government and industry to address the ongoing concerns about the availability of professional indemnity insurance (PII) which will be an essential element to deliver the number of trained professionals across the UK.
Updated June 2022
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