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1st4sport Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness (QCF)

“1st4sport spectator safety qualifications provide us with an excellent training and assessment package that has made delivering the courses straightforward. We enjoy an excellent relationship with the team, in particular the EVs, who are always very helpful and provide a guiding presence.”

Peter Swordy, Head of Centre of Excellence, Wembley National Stadium Limited


Qualification Accreditation Number 601/3784/8
Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours) 1 (4)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 601/3784/8
Entry Age 14
Qualification Accreditation Start Date 01/07/2014
Qualification Operational End Date 28/02/2017
Certification End Date 28/02/2018

This qualification is equivalent to Level 2 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

The 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Fire Safety Awareness (QCF) provides learners aged 14 and over with an introduction to basic fire safety knowledge in the event of an emergency when working at an event or match day within stadiums, including how to deal with used and unused pyrotechnics, such as fireworks and flares. It’s ideal for individuals preparing to work in a spectator safety environment who may be required to deal with incidents involving fire safety.

The qualification is a vital addition to any steward training programme, which might already include the 1st4sport Spectator Safety Suite of qualifications, as it is the only accredited qualification currently available that introduces learners to the principles of dealing with incidents involving pyrotechnic devices.

On successful completion, the qualification may lead to paid or voluntary roles as a spectator safety steward, should the learner progress to a spectator safety qualification. The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may also enable learners to progress to other industry-relevant qualifications in fire safety.

*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

Learners are required to be at least 14 years of age to attend the programme of training.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Reference No. GLHs Credit
1 Fire Safety Awareness Y/601/9697 4 1

Some awarding organisations just supply you with the basic qualification standards. We go much further by providing a helpful Tutor, Assessor and Verifier Guidance Pack.

This pack provides you and your workforce with much-needed support and guidance on best practice when delivering, assessing and quality-assuring the qualification, such as tutor guidance notes and pre-mapped assessment tools/templates that save you and your workforce valuable time.

In addition qualification administration is carried out online, enabling you to process students quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your students accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the 1st4sport Pocket Guide to Fire Safety.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre. Further information on fees is available in your qualification application pack.

Organisations new to 1st4sport

If you are not already a 1st4sport recognised centre, you need to apply to become one. The first step is to check you can meet the Centre Recognition and Qualification Approval Criteria for this qualification and submit the forms to us.

You can find more information on this process by visiting: Five Steps to Becoming a 1st4sport Recognised Centre.

Please note: you will not be able to become recognised or approved until you have confirmed that you can meet these criteria.

Existing 1st4sport recognised centres

If you are already a 1st4sport recognised centre and would like to seek approval to deliver this qualification, please check that your centre can meet the Qualification Approval Criteria.

You can find more information on this process by visiting: Four Steps to Becoming Approved to Deliver an Additional Qualification.

Please note: you will not be able to become approved until you have confirmed that you can meet these criteria.

This qualification sits on the QCF. Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for QCF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this QCF qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. For more information about this process, please visit the Learning Records Service website.