The Certificate Programme Structural Fire Protection
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.
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 expertly tackle fire protection-relevant tasks in the planning, implementation and rebuilding phases of buildings.
Graduates of the Certificate programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern as well as a university certificate.
The Certificate programme comprises max. eight compulsory elective and compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Defensive fire protection,
- Developing a fire protection concept,
- Technical building equipment,
- Systems-technical fire prevention,
- Special structures,
- Construction in existing contexts.
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.
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 also completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 10-16 hours is required to study the material and take the examinations.
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 1,400 per semester as well as the social fee 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 fee 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.
Subject to change.
The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:
- the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
- the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
- the enrolment regulations.
The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.
Professionally qualified persons without a university degree have the opportunity to take an aptitude test under certain requirements.
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. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.
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. The specialisation "Official Expert Fire Protection Planning" has a duration of three semesters.
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Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Sachse
All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.