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Level 3 Apprenticeship

Fire Emergency and Security Systems

CCTV, intruder alarms and access control

A Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Technician will be responsible for the planning, installation, testing, commissioning and handover of fire, or security systems (CCTV, intruder alarms and access control) equipment.

Their responsibilities include carrying out preventative and corrective maintenance, diagnosis of, and repairing faults on systems and their components. Installation of systems must be done in accordance to customer specification and requirements, industry regulations and company quality standards. They will initiate, own and complete processes, tasks and procedures, supporting wider team to deliver security and safety services. They are responsible for the correct use and maintenance of tools and equipment.

Apprenticeship information

  • Entry requirements

    A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English, Maths, Science and Technology is desirable.

  • Where will I study?

    Training 2000 Blackburn

  • Duration

    3 years - x24 one week blocks

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English and Maths

You may need to complete your English and Maths Functional Skills depending on your GCSE grades, or if you cannot provide evidence of your GCSE results.

The Functional Skills programme runs as an addition to the time you are already required to spend doing your off-the-job training. Following a thorough assessment process, we will select a learning plan suitable for you, which will be either 2-weeks full-time or 12-weeks (one day per-week) each for English and/or maths.

If a subject needs re-sitting, this will be additional time in the classroom on top of your learning plan.

Structured delivery programme
Assessor visits and reviews in your workplace
Synoptic / end-point assessment (EPA)

What you'll learn


Compliance, health & safety
Work in a safe manner, applying the systems, processes and organisational procedures used to ensure compliance with health and safety and other relevant legislation.

Industry standards
Work with designs, specifications and installation manuals to effectively comply with industry standards and ensure customer expectations have been fulfilled.

Plan and complete first fix cable runs using the correct methods of containment and protection.

Use a range of meters to take measurements and interpret the readings against expected results.

Data protection
Use different types of data transmission ensuring its security is in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

Complete complex and non-complex installations of fire, access control, intruder alarm and video surveillance systems.

Carry out and record diagnostic tests, maintain and service systems.

Commissioning and handover
Complete the commissioning and handover procedure of a system.

Complete company approved documentation detailing corrective outcomes and produce all required paperwork to handover systems.

Programming and configuration
Carry out programming and configuration of all fire or security systems.

Isolate communication links to remote monitoring centres, testing links and reinstating.

End user training
Train users in the correct operation of their system.

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Electrotechnical Certification Scheme

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) accredits the qualifications and experience of workers in the electrotechnical industry. In the first year of your Apprenticeship you'll get an ECS card.

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Next steps

On completion of this course you may want to consider the following options to further your career.

Where can you progress to?

Frequently asked questions

Anywhere from 12 months to 4 years.

We offer engineering Apprenticeships in a range of areas, such as CAD (Computer Aided Design), Welding, Fire or Security systems, Electronics, Mechatronics and CNC.

We work with many local companies, who advertise their vacancies on our website. These will change daily, so always check back for the latest ones.

As we are part of the University of Central Lancashire, you can easily progress onto a Degree Apprenticeship