Automatic Fire Detection and Alarm System Engineers design, install, commission, handover, maintain and repair life safety systems including automatic fire alarm and detection systems, aspirating systems, evacuation and voice alarm systems, disabled refuge systems, and fire suppression systems. A fire systems engineer will work with a range of technology to make users feel safe in their homes, business and when in public spaces.

This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a fire systems engineer and the standards, laws and regulations that are expected within this industry. The competition is delivered by Skills for Security, which on behalf of the industry are responsible for the success and sustainability of the Fire Detection and Alarm Systems Skills Competition.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Design

  • Planning

  • Installation

  • Take over

  • Additions

  • Commissioning

  • Handover

  • Maintenance

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual Competition 
  • There are no upper age limits for those wishing to compete in this competition 
  • Competitors must be enrolled on an apprenticeship or / have completed within one year 
  • Competitors must have core competencies found in apprenticeship standard – Health and Safety, level two maths and English. 

How it works

Registrations are now open and close midnight 28th March 2024.

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable), competitors will have one hour to complete the task, the final deadline of 29th March 2024.

Live Qualifier

The Qualifiers will take place from the 30th April, until the 2nd May 2024 at the Security Event, Birmingham. The event will be located at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham.

To help finalists prepare ahead of the UK Final, we will provide relevant technical training and share mindset development techniques, to support them to remain focused on achieving success.

National finals will take place between the 18th-22nd November 2024 in Manchester (venues TBC)

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2024 for the WorldSkills 2026 Cycle, subject to the skill progressing to the international competition cycle.

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