Fire Systems Specialist (FSS.IIESMS)

Fire Systems Specialist (FSS.IIESMS)


The Fire Systems Specialist (FSS.IIESMS) credential from the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Safety Management Systems (IIESMS) is a recognition of your seniority in the field of fire safety engineering but also a gateway to more complex and rewarding projects. It’s designed for individuals who are involved in designing and interpreting more complex systems, providing a pathway for those who may not yet meet the requirements for Certified Fire Engineer (CFEng.IIESMS) status but still wish to be recognised as part of the engineering profession and benefit from professional development opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

To become an Associate Fire Safety Specialist at IIESMS, candidates must meet the following criteria.

Educational Qualification

  • Typically, a recognised engineering qualification, such as a National Certificate or Level 7 qualification on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or an equivalent.
  • A primary degree in engineering accredited by IIESMS or
  • An equivalent qualification recognised by IIESMS.

Professional Experience

  • At least three years of relevant professional experience after achieving their qualification.
  • Experience should demonstrate the application of engineering knowledge and skills in a practical context, including hands-on experience in designing, developing, installing, commissioning, operating, or maintaining fire safety systems such as fire detection and alarm systems, sprinkler systems, smoke control systems, and fire suppression systems.

Competence and Commitment

  • Demonstrating a sound understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them effectively in practice.
  • Evidence of using technical and practical skills to solve engineering problems related to fire safety systems.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively to colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.

Professional Conduct

As a certified member, you are expected to adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards of IIESMS. This includes exhibiting accountability for projects, upholding environmental engineering values, and demonstrating a steadfast commitment to fire safety and occupational health and safety. These standards are not just guidelines but a reflection of the integrity and professionalism that IIESMS stands for.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Certified Members must commit to ongoing learning and professional development to keep their skills and knowledge current. This includes actively engaging in CPD activities and maintaining an updated CPD record to ensure their status and expertise remain relevant.

Application Process

Candidates must submit a detailed application providing evidence of their qualifications, professional experience, and demonstration of competence. This process includes:

Flexibility and Waivers

The National Council has the authority to waive the degree requirement if an applicant has sufficient professional experience and meets the requirements of a competent person as defined within Irish legislation.

Professional Review

Review of submitted documentation and, in some cases, an interview to assess the candidate’s competencies and commitment to the profession.

Fees and Membership

Members who achieve Certified Membership are entitled to use the designatory letters FSS.IIESMS. The fees associated with the certification process include the following:

  • Registration: €15.00
  • Grade Review Fee: €150.00
  • Practice Review: €95.00 (Alternative Route Only)
  • Report Re-assessment: €75.00 (Where applicable – Alternative Route Only)
  • Interview Assessment (online): €150.00
  • Administration Fee: 20% of the total application process fee (On successful application – The
    registration fee is refunded
  • Annual Subscription Rates: €245.00

Achieving the FSS.IIESMS certification marks a significant milestone in a professional’s career. It offers recognition and credibility, providing exciting opportunities for career advancement within the field of fire safety. Certified Associate Fire Specialists are essential in ensuring the safety and security of workplaces and public spaces, using their technical expertise to implement and maintain effective fire safety measures across various specialised areas such as fire detection and alarm systems, sprinkler systems, smoke control systems, and fire suppression systems. This certification is ideal for those looking to advance their careers while contributing to their engineering project’s safety and efficiency.

Membership Application Form Fire Safety Group

This form collects comprehensive information about your professional background, qualifications, and experience in fire safety. By providing accurate and detailed information, you help us assess your suitability for membership and determine the appropriate membership grade that reflects your expertise. Please take the time to fill out the form thoroughly, ensuring that all relevant sections are completed and all necessary documents, such as certificates of qualification, are uploaded. This will facilitate a smooth review process by our membership committee and help us place you in the correct category within the Fire Safety Group. Thank you for your interest in joining IIESMS.

  • You must select the appropriate membership grade for your application to IIESMS. This selection should be based on your professional qualifications, experience, and expertise. The membership grades are designed to categorise members according to their level of proficiency and contributions to the field. Please carefully review the criteria for each membership grade and choose the one that best matches your background and accomplishments. This will help us accurately assess your application and place you in the most suitable grade within the IIESMS. Ensure that you provide detailed information and supporting documents, such as certificates of qualification, to substantiate your selection. If you have any questions or need assistance in determining the appropriate grade, please do not hesitate to contact our membership committee for guidance.
  • Please provide details of your membership in any other professional bodies. This information is crucial for us to gain a comprehensive understanding of your professional affiliations and standing within the industry.
  • Please provide any post-nominals you currently hold. These designations are important for us to understand your professional standing and qualifications.
  • Thank you for considering membership with the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Safety Management Systems (IIESMS). This will assist us in evaluating your application and determining how your background aligns with our objectives to advance industrial engineering and safety management practices. Our membership committee will carefully review your CV, and we will contact you to discuss your application further.
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    • Please upload your certificates of qualification as part of your application to join the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Safety Management Systems (IIESMS). These documents are essential for verifying your professional credentials and ensuring that your qualifications meet our membership standards. Our membership committee will review the certificates to validate your expertise and suitability for our institute. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to reviewing your application.
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      • You must submit a Statement of Purpose as part of your application to IIESMS). This document is essential for us to understand your motivations and professional goals. Your Statement of Purpose should include the following: 1. Introduction: Briefly introduce yourself and your current status (e.g., manager student, unemployed, or transitioning between roles). 2. Professional Goals: Explain your short-term and long-term goals. Describe how membership in IIESMS aligns with these goals. 3. Motivation for Joining IIESMS: Detail your reasons for seeking membership. Highlight specific resources, opportunities, or aspects of IIESMS that appeal to you. 4. Contribution to the Organisation: Discuss how you plan to contribute to IIESMS and the broader professional community. Mention any specific skills, experiences, or perspectives you bring that will benefit the organisation. 5. Conclusion: Summarise your key points.
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