Fire Extinguisher Training Course

CPD Approved RoSPA Approved
Fire Extinguisher Training
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This Fire Extinguisher Training course teaches you about the various types of fire extinguishers that may be present in your workplace and how to use them effectively and safely.

You'll learn about the hierarchy of fire prevention, about how fires start, and about the various classes of fires, which each require certain types of fire extinguishers to fight. Furthermore, you'll learn about the importance of assessing the situation to determine whether it’s safe for you to attempt to fight a fire, and you'll learn about the techniques for effectively and safely using each type of fire extinguisher and other fire fighting equipment, demonstrated through a range of illustrations and videos.

This course was last audited on: 10th Feb 2023

  • Developed by Health & Safety Professionals
  • Accredited by CPD and Assured by RoSPA Qualifications
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will be familiar with:

  • The fire triangle and the different classes of fires.
  • The various types of fire extinguishers and fire fighting equipment that workplaces may use.
  • What the responsibilities of employers are regarding fire extinguishers and fighting fires.
  • What the duties are of fire wardens and other nominated employees for fighting fires.
  • Which extinguishers are used to fight certain classes of fires.
  • How to assess the situation if a fire starts and what first steps you should take before you attempt to fight it.
  • How to use the basic PASS method to use extinguishers.
  • When and how to use a fire blanket or fire damping materials such as sand.
  • The specific techniques you must use for certain extinguishers to ensure safety and effectiveness.


CPD Approved
RoSPA Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is also assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents through their RoSPA Qualifications Assurance System, as providing up-to-date, quality and content-approved training.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 1 year. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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If you wish to try this course then register for a demo by clicking the 'interactive demo' button. You will be given the option to purchase and continue with your course at the end of your demo!

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Course content

1Types of Fires and Extinguishers

Why is fire extinguisher training important, the hierarchy of fire protection, the fire triangle, classes of fire, types of extinguishers, water extinguishers, powder extinguishers, foam extinguishers, carbon dioxide extinguishers, wet chemical extinguishers, and how many extinguishers should workplaces have and what types?

2Understanding When to Fight Fires

Who may use fire extinguishers in a workplace, what should you do before fighting a fire, determining if it's safe to use an extinguisher, when should you fight fire with a fire blanket, and using fire buckets and sand.

3Using Fire Extinguishers Safely

Selecting an extinguisher, the PASS technique, basic steps for using an extinguisher, how to use water extinguishers, how to use ABC powder extinguishers, how to use M28 and L2 powder extinguishers, how to use foam extinguishers, how to use carbon dioxide extinguishers, how to use wet chemical extinguishers, how to use a fire blanket, and what to do if you can't put out a fire.

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The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so that you’ll instantly know whether you passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at those who are nominated by their employers to use fire extinguishers and fire fighting equipment. This includes anyone identified in the fire risk assessment, such as fire wardens, managers, supervisors, and other employees who may have been nominated to fight small, controllable fires.

It can be taken as an introductory course to using fire extinguishers before undergoing practical training, as well as periodic refresher training after receiving practical instruction. Practical training is typically refreshed every 3 years, so this course can serve as a comprehensive refresher in between. It'll solidify the learner's knowledge and build on their confidence to use extinguishers safely in an emergency.

Looking to appoint a designated fire warden or become one yourself? Our Fire Warden Training course provides learners with the necessary knowledge to fulfil this role.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course qualify me to use fire extinguishers?

You should not attempt to use a fire extinguisher unless you have undertaken practical training. This course is designed as an introduction to fire extinguishers before taking practical training or as refresher training in between practical sessions.

Does this fire extinguisher course include a certificate?

Yes - upon completion of your training you'll be able to download a PDF copy of your certificate immediately whilst your formal certificate will be sent by post the next working day.

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If your delivery address is in the UK, we will send a hard copy of your certificate to your UK postal address once you’ve completed your course. Although we try to deliver your certificates as soon as possible, please allow 3-4 working days for delivery.

Don’t want to wait? You can instantly download your digital certificate as a PDF after course completion.

Additionally, please note that if your company is paying by invoice we can only issue certificates after your order has been fully paid.

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