Training Courses

Voice Alarm Skills Training

The ISCVE Voice Alarm Skills programme of courses is designed to cover a wide range of applications including Voice Alarm fundamentals, VA Installation, VA Commissioning, Maintenance and more…

Further details for each course are listed on this page. To register your interest in any of these training courses please follow the link to ‘Register Your Interest’, supply a few basic details and one of our course administrators will get in touch with you directly.

VA for Responsible Premises Management

A half day course designed for you to understand your legal responsibilities and manage risks effectively, without compromising life safety.

You Will Learn...

  • The Fire Safety Bill – A walk through the new legislation that is before parliament and how it affects you both professionally and personally
  • Voice Alarm Systems – What they are, who should design them and why you need one
  • Life safety system installation, commissioning and maintenance, specifically who you should engage to undertake it

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at persons involved in the design, engagement and management maintenance of both new and existing building systems, including;

  • Facilities Managers
  • Venue Managers
  • Licensing Bodies
  • Risk Assessors
  • Architects
  • Fire Consultants
  • Consultants
  • Project Managers
  • System Integrators

VA Fundamentals

An engineer’s introduction to the requirements of the current version of BS5839-8 detailing the requirements for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of voice alarm systems, along with practical advice and examples.

This Fundamentals course starts from basic PA / acoustic knowledge then builds to detail the concept, planning and integration of the various ‘life critical’ aspects of a design.

You Will Learn...

  • VA system principles
  • British Standards, Legislation
  • Circuits, Zones
  • VA system categories
  • Networking
  • Phased Evacuation
  • Alarm Messages
  • Emergency microphones
  • VACIE – router facilities
  • CIE – fire panel interfacing
  • Amplifier topology
  • Loudspeaker characteristics
  • Audibility, Intelligibility
  • Loudspeaker line monitoring

Who Should Attend?

If you are involved in specifying, designing or installing voice alarm systems, particularly audio engineers and fire engineers but also fire service personnel, facility managers and system maintainers will gain valuable skills.

Entry Requirements

Attendees should have some experience of installing audio or fire detection equipment or an appreciation of fire risk assessment or provision of evacuation facilities.

CPD Hours / Certification

All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance and CPD hours will be awarded.

The course has a multiple-choice test paper with a pass mark; candidates who pass will subsequently be issued with a Pass Certificate.

VA Installation

Attendees of this course will learn how to understand the installation requirements of a VA design and how to carry out a compliment installation.

You Will Learn...

  • Installation Requirements of BS5839 Pt8 and associated standards
  • Understanding the VA design
  • Identifying issues with the proposed design
  • Positioning of Control Equipment
  • Mains feed requirements
  • Which cables to use where
  • Cable installation Practices
  • Speaker tapping setting adjustment and effects
  • Mounting and Positioning of Speakers
  • Pre Commissioning good practice checks

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is involved in the installation and pre commissioning of Voice Alarm systems.

VA Commissioning and Certification

An Engineering Reference for Verification and Hand-over of BS5839-8 Voice Alarm Systems. This course covers the formal certification path for VA Systems combined with practical advice regarding the system test procedures to prove functionality, adherence to design goals and compliance to Standards.

You Will Learn...

To interpret design documents and recognise the critical features of a VA scheme. Witness satisfactory operation of the VA system in accordance with client requirements. Direct factory acceptance tests to demonstrate functionality. Process documents at each stage leading to final handover.

  • BS5839-8:2013 section 4
  • Design requirements
  • Design fit for purpose?
  • Design | installation | commissioning | verification | acceptance | Certification Documents
  • Compliance with all necessary Standards
  • Expected installation standards
  • Full Testing of functional elements
  • Acoustic tests; audibility, intelligibility
  • Provision of O & M Manuals

Who Should Attend?

Those engineers wishing to gain further knowledge and Competency skills in this field – possibly having already taken the Fundamentals course. Client engineering staff responsible for implementing VA systems, facilities administrators, fire risk assessors.

Entry Requirements

Attendees should have some hands-on experience of VA Systems.

VA Maintenance

Attendees of this course will learn how to carry out a compliant VA system maintenance.

You Will Learn...

  • Understanding VA components
  • The purpose and frequency of maintenance
  • Testing of Life Safety Controls and Input types
  • Requirements of BS5389 Pt8 for compliant maintenance
  • Good practice maintenance activities
  • Record Keeping
  • Certification and Variation
  • End user responsibilities

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is involved in carrying out the maintenance of Voice alarm systems or those responsible for building premises management.

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