Associate Fire Safety Specialist


The Associate Fire Safety Specialist (AFSS.IIESMS) credential from the Institute of Industrial Engineering 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 Safety Engineer (CFSEng.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 Qualifications
  • 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 two 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:

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 AFSS.IIESMS. The fees associated with the certification process include the following:

  • Registration: €15.00
  • Grade Review Fee: €150.00
  • Practice Review: €75.00 (Alternative Route Only)
  • Report Re-assessment: €75.00 (Where applicable – Alternative Route Only)
  • Interview Assessment: €50.00
  • Administration Fee: 20% of the total application process fee (On successful application)
  • Annual Subscription Rates: €245.00

Achieving the AFSS.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 Safety 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.

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