Fire, Emergency & Security Systems (FESS)


FESS Training

The requirements to obtain a Systems Operative ECS Card have changed and you are now required to complete a Fire Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) multiple-choice assessment and ECS H&S assessment to achieve the card.  To support this Skills for Security (SfS) is offering a one-day online training course that aims to upskill engineers so they are ready to take the online multiple-choice FESS assessment.

Course Overview:

In this course you will learn for your chosen assessment pathway (Fire, Security or Fire & Security):


1.  Understand risk assessment and method statements for the installation

2.  Ability to select (and locate) the correct components for the application


3.  Ability to install to the agreed design proposal (specification)

4.  Is the system installed to relevant industry standards, codes of practice and legislation

5.  Ability to electrically test cables and interconnections

6.  Correct programming of the system to meet the design proposal


7.  Ability to carry out preventative maintenance to the system in accordance with industry standards and code of practice

8.  Ability to identify & repair faults on a system

9.  Correct completion of company maintenance documentation

10.  Ability to demonstrate the system to the client or their representative

Cost Breakdown:

£140 - Online Training - available through Skills for Security
*Above costs are Inc. VAT

A 20% discount on access to online training is available for all stakeholders, BSIA Members, SJIB Members and SELECT Member companies - Membership validations may apply.

Please allow the SfS team 2 - 3 working days to process bookings following the submission of your details.

Those requiring block bookings for training access, please contact the SfS booking team directly at: [email protected]   

For further information and to book a place on any of the courses, please click here.

FESS Assessment

In order to apply for an ECS card as a FESS Systems Operative a pathway specific FESS assessment for the ECS occupation being applied for plus a valid ECS Health, Safety and Environmental (HS&E) assessment must be held.

The ECS HS&E assessment must be booked and taken separately. More information can be found by clicking here.

There are four multiple-choice assessments available in the following FESS sector disciplines:

-  Fire
-  Fire and Emergency Lighting
-  Security
-  Fire and Security

Applicants MUST sit the correct multiple-choice assessment that corresponds to the FESS occupation that they are applying for.  Please note:  If applicants require ECS card recognition in multiple pathways, they can sit additional tests.

Emergency Lighting is not currently available as a stand-alone assessment. Operatives requiring this will need to take the combined Fire & Emergency Lighting assessment, along with the Security assessment if additional accreditation is required.

FESS Industry Sector Discipline example questions can be downloaded below:

Fire and Emergency Lighting
Fire and Security

Each assessment consists of 30 questions across a range of topics relevant to the chosen FESS occupation to be completed in 30 minutes.

Before sitting the assessment, please ensure to read the SJIB FESS Assessment Candidate Guide.

To book your FESS Assessment through the SJIB Assessment Portal, please click here.

Please note: Before an application can be made for a FESS Systems Operative ECS card both the relevant FESS assessment plus the ECS Health, Safety and Environmental assessment are required.

Having Issues?

For queries regarding access to online training, please contact: [email protected]

For queries regarding access to assessment, please contact: [email protected]