Scientific director: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Oliver Kornadt


Continuous education on fire protection at university level for the duration of two to three semesters

The increasingly complex network of laws and building regulations has transformed new-build and rebuild projects into an undertaking that requires the cooperation of numerous different experts with partially varying objectives. Fire protection plays a pivotal role as it must be considered from the planning until the closure phase of a building. This Certificate programme enables students to acquire fire protection-specific knowledge and to therefore tackle fire protection questions in the planning, implementation and change phases of buildings.

Target group

The German-language distance learning programme is aimed at professionals from the fields of architecture and civil engineering.

Objective and degree

The Certificate programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire and consolidate fire protection-specific knowledge in order to specialise as Construction Supervisor Fire Protection, Specialist Planner Fire Protection in Existing Contexts or Official Expert Fire Prevention Planning and thus be able to work on fire protection-relevant tasks in the planning, implementation and rebuilding phases of buildings.

Graduates are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern as well as a university certificate.

Programme concept

Programme content

The Certificate programme comprises up to eight compulsory modules and compulsory elective modules, which enable students to specialise as Construction Supervisor Fire Protection, Specialist Planner Fire Protection in Existing Contexts or Official Expert Fire Prevention Planning. The modules focus on, for example  

  • Defensive fire protection,
  • Law,
  • Developing a fire protection concept,
  • Technical building equipment,
  • Systems-technical fire prevention,
  • Special structures,
  • Construction in existing contexts.

Admission requirements

  • Access with a first degree

The application is open to persons with a first degree in all disciplines (Master/Diplom, at least eight semesters) or specifically from the disciplines of civil engineering or architecture (Bachelor, at least six semesters). Further information can be found here.

  • Access without a first degree

Interested persons without a first degree have the opportunity to qualify for the programme by taking an aptitude test if they have sufficient relevant professional experience.

Schedule and organisation

The Certificate programme Structural Fire Protection has a standard period of study of two to three semesters (part-time; further information under "special features"). Mandatory on-campus phases usually take place once per semester in Kaiserslautern over a (long) weekend. The written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.

A weekly commitment of around 10-16 hours is required to study the material and take the examinations (amongst others).

At a glance

At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 1,400 per semester as well as the social contribution of currently EUR 102 per semester. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social contribution is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled. An installment payment request is possible, further information can be found here.

Subject to change.

The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.

For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here.

The Certificate programme starts in the summer and winter semesters in April or October of every year. The application for the specialisations "Specialist Planner Fire Protection in Existing Contexts" and "Construction Supervisor Fire Protection" is only possible in the summer semester and the application for "Official Expert Fire Prevention Planning" is only possible in the winter semester. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.

The legal and organizational framework of Structural Fire Protection is defined in the examination regulation.


The Certificate programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Oliver Kornadt (TU Kaiserslautern).

The Certificate programme has undergone an internal quality assurance process within the TU Kaiserslautern's system accreditation.

Many credits gained in this programme can be recognised in the Master's programme Fire Prevention Planning.

The specialisation "Construction Supervisor Fire Protection" and "Specialist Planner Fire Protection in Existing Contexts" lasts for two semesters and the application for both is possible for the summer semester.

The specialisation "Official Expert Fire Prevention Planning" has a duration of three semesters and the application is possible for the winter semester.

Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their courses. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.

We are here for you

Alexander Sachse
Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Sachse
Programme Management Structural Fire Protection
+49 631 205-5350
brandschutz [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Petra Kühner
Petra Kühner
Secretary's Office Systemic Consulting
+49 631 205-5299
systemischeberatung [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Secretary's Office Systemic Management
+49 631 205-5299
systemischesmanagement [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Secretary's Office Fire Prevention Planning
+49 631 205-5299
brandschutz [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de
Secretary's Office Structural Fire Protection
+49 631 205-5299
brandschutz [at] disc [dot] uni-kl [dot] de

All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.