The Certificate Course Fire Prevention Officer
In-company fire prevention
In accordance with the German Occupational Safety Act (Arbeitsschutzgesetz, ArbSchG §3), employers are obligated to take all organisational measures to ensure that the safety and health of their employees is not compromised during their work. Further, the Model Industrial Buildings Directive (Muster-Industriebaurichtlinie, M IndBauRL 5.12.3) and the Model Ordinance Governing Sales Premises (Muster-Verkaufsstättenverordnung, MVkVO §26 Sec. 2) state that a suitable fire prevention officer must be appointed.
The German-language Certificate course is aimed at employees of companies that legally require a fire prevention officer or companies in which the employer has decided to appoint a fire prevention officer on the basis of their risk analysis.
Objective and degree
The Certificate course provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge in accordance with the vfdb guidelines "Appointment, duties, qualification and training of fire prevention officers" (vfdb 12-09/01).
Graduates of the Certificate course are awarded a university certificate.
The Certificate course covers topics such as
- Fire science and fire risks,
- Fire prevention management,
- Fire and explosion hazards,
- Legal foundations and fire risks,
- Structural, organisational and systems-technical fire prevention,
- Cooperation with public authorities, fire departments and insurance providers.
The DISC concept is essentially based on self-study phases that are consolidated and enhanced through on-campus, face-to-face contact hours. The mandatory one-day on-campus phase takes place in Kaiserslautern. Multiple dates that cover the same topics are offered. The written and oral exam as well as practical classes are also completed during the on-campus phase. Information on course dates can be found here.
Schedule and organisation
The course runs for seven weeks. The course content is acquired through study packages and an online seminar in the online campus. The self-taught content can be tested with the help of electronic self-tests in preparation for the written examination. The examination components are an admissions e-test, a written as well as an oral examination.
At a glance
The course fee is currently EUR 910 (a repeat examination costs EUR 180). The fee does not include travel, accommodation or meal expenses associated with the on-campus phase. The course fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Subject to change.
The Certificate course is scientifically overseen by the Department of Civil Engineering at the TU Kaiserslautern. The Certificate course Fire Prevention Officer is organised by the proCampus GmbH and professionally supervised by the engineering firm i3b.