Fire Door Inspection Training (Accredited)

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Fire door inspection training

Closed, well-maintained and properly fitted fire doors are a crucial addition to every building’s fire safety plan thanks to their capabilities of detaining fire and smoke, which prevents the spread in the event of an indoor blaze. 

What’s more, the law demands they be installed in all non-domestic buildings. Modern fire door regulations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 stipulate that an appointed person should be responsible for these lifesaving and property-protecting fire doors. 

Our in-depth and in-person practical fire door inspection training course ensures participants leave with the confidence, knowledge and expertise to ensure the fire doors in their charge are safe and fit-for-purpose, as well as providing guidance on current standards, regulations and the law.

Who this fire door inspection course is for?

Anyone whose job it is to oversee fire doors and/or fire safety of a building. This can either be an appointed staff member as part of a large organisation or business, or a private landlord, such as: 

  • Health and safety personnel 
  • Building caretakers
  • Residential landlords
  • Facilities manager
  • Estate managers
  • Proprietors of commercial and public property
  • Manufacturers of fire doors
  • Fire door installation teams
  • Building control officers

Why you might need to attend this course?

If you’re responsible for a building’s fire risk assessment or are simply in charge of a fire door inspection checklist, you are required by law to know whether a fire door meets the necessary safety standards. It is important you are competent at monitoring the following: 

  • Any updates in safety regulations
  • Whether a fire door has been properly installed
  • Consistent checks to show the fire door is in good working order
  • Identifying maintenance issues and how to solve them
  • Whether correct signage is in place

What you will learn

Our courses on fire door inspection training provide a clear, concise, practical, and thorough coaching, which can be tailored and accessible to each industry and client genre where possible.

Throughout the course we will cover how to recognise different types of fire doors, their functions, and the importance of fire door components (hinges, closers etc), as well as how fire-safe construction is applied in general. 

You will learn how fires work and the role of fire compartmentation, as well as how to consistently uphold the requirements outlined in the Building Regulations 2010 and Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety} Order 2005.

Also included in the course content is: 

  • Implementing basic fire door inspection checklists
  • How to identify door failures 
  • How often to carry out checks
  • Managing fire door escape routes 
  • What the pass or fail criteria comprises of
  • Passing on advice to relevant parties

Fire door inspection training and housing associations

If you are responsible for a building that contains multiple residences and it has storeys that are 11 metres in height or more, a new piece of legislation outlined in the Fire Safety Act 2021 now obliges you to carry out more stringent checks, including inspecting communal fire doors four times a year and entrance doors annually.

This rule was enforced following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which concluded that many of the fire doors failed during the disaster.

This course covers everything housing association officials need to know in order to adhere to the law and regulations. 

The importance of well fitted, properly maintained fire doors

This video showing how three different fire doors perform during a fire demonstrates how crucial it is to adhere to regulations around installation and maintenance:


How long will it last? 

The course is 5 hours long. The start time can be varied, by agreement, to suit staff schedules and shift patterns.

How will I be assessed? 

There is a multiple-choice test at the end of the assessment period.

Where is the course held? 

We travel to your workplace/site to deliver bespoke in-house training. Alternatively, our trainers can conduct the course virtually in real time if this suits your circumstances better.

How much does a fire door inspection training course cost? 

All our tailored fire safety courses are priced competitively. Talk to our friendly team today on 0800 774 7034 for more information on costs. 

All prices exclude VAT.

Why is this course in-person rather than online? 

We believe that a course of this nature should be taught in a practical face-to-face environment. This allows our delegates to see real demonstrations and gain a greater understanding of fire door features and witness first-hand what to look for. 

This is useful when it comes to putting this knowledge into practice in real terms, as well as providing additional hands-on experience if you intend to use this course for gaining future employment.

Upcoming Fire Door Inspection Courses

Course Name & Location Individual price Group price Duration Date

Fire Door Inspection Training (Accredited) – Liverpool

Individual price: £195
Group price: £0
Duration: 1 day Date: 17/12/2023

Fire Door Inspection Training (Accredited) – Newcastle upon Tyne

Individual price: £195
Group price: £0
Duration: 1 day Date: 18/12/2023

Fire Door Inspection Training (Accredited) – Leeds

Individual price: £195
Group price: £0
Duration: 1 day Date: 27/12/2023

Fire Door Inspection Training (Accredited) – Birmingham

Individual price: £195
Group price: £0
Duration: 1 day Date: 28/12/2023

Fire Door Inspection Training (Accredited) – Bristol

Individual price: £195
Group price: £
Duration: 1 day Date: 29/12/2023

Fire Door Inspection Training (Accredited) – London

Individual price: £195
Group price: £
Duration: 1 day Date: 07/01/2024

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Are fire door inspections mandatory? 

Yes. Fire doors are required by law to be installed and maintained in non-domestic buildings under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure high standards are upheld, so in the event of a fire, the doors do the job they have been designed for properly. 

Check the laws that apply for the type of building you’re safeguarding, because different properties may have their own regulations. For example, the law changed in England from January 2023 so that flats that have storeys above 11 metres in height must have every fire door checked quarterly and entrance doors inspected annually (approximately 3 storeys and above). This rule was enforced following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which concluded that many of the fire doors failed during the disaster.

Do you need to be qualified to inspect fire doors? 

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that a ‘responsible’ person who either runs or owns the building must be designated as overseeing and upholding all fire door standards, and that they should receive adequate safety training before they undertake their duties (part 2, article 21).

How often do fire doors need to be inspected? 

Best practice is to check fire doors in buildings at least every six months, however entrance doors may be less frequent. Some types of property may come with their own rules too, such as high-rise tower blocks, which now have a legal requirement of fire door inspections every quarter, so it’s worth getting the advice of an expert or checking legislation for the specific building you are enquiring about.

Does a fire door stop fires? 

A fire door won’t stop a fire from igniting, but it is designed to slow the spread of flames and smoke after a fire has started. The objective is for the fire to be contained long enough for anyone within the building to vacate and for the fire brigade to arrive to tackle the fire. 

Generally speaking, a properly fitted fire door should act as a barrier for up to 30 minutes or even an hour, depending on its individual rating. For example, an FD30 should protect for 30 minutes, FD60 for 60 minutes, and so on, up to FD240. A fire door with an S on the end of the rating (EG. FD30S) has been designed to offer extra protection against smoke.

What is a fire door rating? 

Fire doors are rated according to their performance and the ratings are usually set by manufacturers after testing or by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). The ratings are set to the length of time they’re expected to provide protection for. The most common are FD30 (safe for 30 minutes) and FD60 (safe for 60 minutes), however FD90 and FD120 are available too. 

What is a smoke seal on a fire door? 

A smoke seal is an extra layer of protection on a fire door. It protects people from the potentially toxic effects of a fire in its early stages, when the smoke may still be cold and the intumescent seal has not yet reacted to heat, therefore hasn’t yet expanded in order to prevent the passage of smoke at that stage.

It is found on all sides of the door and is always visible, unlike an intumescent seal, and is usually in the form of a brush or nylon edging. 

What is an intumescent seal on a fire door? 

This is a seal that has been designed to expand in the heat, so when a fire ignites, it will enlarge and fill any gaps around the fire door, thus providing more protection against flames. It is placed around the outer edges of a fire door or in the frame. 

Can fire doors have glass? 

Yes, fire doors can have glass within the frame as a design feature if you wish. Fire-resistant glass with its own FD rating must be used for the fire door to maintain its overall FD rating (these must match) and adhere to regulations, and sometimes there may be restrictions about the amount of glass used.

Modern fire door installation requires the glass to have its rating etched into the corner to give manufacturers the necessary details of rating.

Make sure your frame is appropriate for the type of glass and you will still need an intumescent seal for a glass fire door.

How would I know a fire door rating? 

Fire doors that are installed must be identified as being a fire door with a sign. They should also have a label on the door which clearly states its certification. This is usually found on the top edge of the door and the inside edge of the door, where the hinges are.

While the fire’s door rating is important, the standard of its installation is still vital in how well it performs in a fire, so you should always alert the person responsible and trained in fire door inspections after a door has been fit. 

Do fire doors have a certificate?  

Yes, most fire door manufacturers have a third-party certification with an approved fire door trade body. This supporting document is a quality assurance that a fire door has been designed and tested for optimum performance and safety.

The door will have its own certification number (CF) and details of its manufacturer, as well as technical information, installation requirements and instructions are usually recorded. There are a number of different trade bodies out there who provide certificates.

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