The FDIS is delivered by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI)
FDIS diploma candidates now number more than 1,000, thanks to a recent mass enrolment from a leading facilities management firm.
The firm registered 40 employees onto the FDIS training programme, which aims to transform knowledge and understanding of the critical role of fire doors and how they help to save lives and protect property from fire.
The FDIS diploma launched in 2012 and has since seen a surge in popularity, with everyone from fire door manufacturers, health and safety advisors, landlords, local authorities, locksmiths and facilities management firms registering their staff to study the diploma’s online modules.
Kevin Hulin, scheme manager at FDIS, said: “We’re thrilled that large organisations like this are seeing the value and importance of fire door safety training for their staff.
“Today, fire risk assessments are a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Fire doors should be inspected by a certificated professional as part of the assessment to ensure they perform as intended in the event of a fire.”
The FDIS diploma programme is made up of a series of online training modules, which are designed to give candidates an in-depth understanding of fire door specification, installation, inspection, maintenance and repair. Once candidates have completed the diploma, they can apply to become an FDIS Certificated Fire Door Inspector.
The latest diploma sign-ups follow this year’s hugely successful Fire Door Safety Week campaign, which ran from 26 September to 2 October. The campaign, which was jointly founded by FDIS, the British Woodworking Federation and the government’s Fire Kills initiative, gained the support of 174 organisations this year, and attracted high profile support from MPs and the London Fire Brigade.