Emergency Lighting Commissioning – Online QQI Award (Special Purpose) Level 6

Course Description

This Emergency lighting commissioning course enables learners to certify and report on the condition of new and existing installations with reference to

IS3217:2017, the National Standard on Emergency Lighting.  

Who should attend

Electrical Contractors, Engineers, Consultants, Fire Officers, Property Maintenance Contractors, Specialist Emergency Lighting Contractors.

Why should I attend

It is a legal requirement to be a competent practitioner and this award assists in demonstrating that competence. With hundreds of contractors already qualified, this Award has become nationally recognised as an industry standard and is trusted commercially and by regulatory authorities. Qualified contractors will be registered on a National Register and issued with a unique number that can be used on IS3217 certificates and reports.

Delegates will be provided with a copy of I.S.3217:2017 before the course.


At the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Understand, explain and interpret the scientific principles of light and its relevance to emergency escape lighting.
  • Explain the framework of legislation and EU standards that regulate emergency lighting installations.
  • Explain the terminology required to interpret IS3217:2017
  • Troubleshoot a range of possible installation-based faults based around maintained, non- maintained (twin spot), combined, switched maintained and self-test fittings.
  • Navigate IS3217:2017 efficiently.
  • Quote key life safety requirements of IS3217:2017 without needing to refer to the standard.
  • Understand the principle of operation of self-test and central addressable systems.
  • Understand the principle of operation of Central Powered Systems.

Course Modules:

Module 1 / Lighting Science
Module 2 / IS3217:2017
Module 3 / Principles and Maintenance of emergency lighting fittings
Module 4 / Legislative mechanisms and EU Standards
Module 5 / Terminology and Interpretation
Module 6 / Automatic Test Systems
Module 7 / Central Powered Systems
Module 8 / (Commissioners): All aspects of practical commissioning: planning, implementing and reporting.

Outline Schedule:

Time Activity Type
Day 1 morning Introduction to course and assessment Live webinar
Day 1 morning Mod 1: Lighting Science + Quiz Self-Directed
Day 1 mid Review Mod 1 Live webinar
Day 1 afternoon Problem solving Exercise: Design of Building using I.S.3217 Live webinar group work
Day 2 morn/mid Mod 2: I.S.3217 + Quiz Self-Directed
Day 2 afternoon Review Mod 2 Live webinar
Day 3 morning QQI Exam paper 1 -30 mins (40% of F.C) Live webinar
Day 3 morning Mod 3:  Fire Safety Regulation + Quiz Self-Directed
Day 3 mid Mod 4:  Wiring Emergency Lights + Quiz Self-Directed
Day 3 afternoon Review Mod 3 + 4 Live Webinar
Day 4 morning Mod 5: Automatic Test Systems + Quiz Live Webinar
Day 4 morning Mod 6: Central power systems + Quiz Live Webinar
Day 4 mid Review Mod 5 + 6 Live Webinar
Day 4 afternoon QQI Exam paper 2 -90 mins (60% of F.C) Live webinar
Day 4 afternoon Introduction to QQI project assignments Live Webinar
After day 4 Submit QQI commissioning project (50% of C.C) Self-Directed
After day 4 Submit QQI commissioning collection of work  (50% of C.C) Self-Directed

QQI Assessment

This award is made up of two QQI component awards

1.Fundamental Component which is common to both Designers and Commissioners. This component is assessed by Exam 1 (40%) and Exam 2 (60%

2. Commissioning Components. This is assessed by submission of a commissioning project (50%) and a collection of work (workplace evidence) (50%).

  • The Pass mark for all assessments for this Life Safety system is 70%.

QQI Accreditation and Progression

6S0953 QQI Level 6 (Special Purpose) Award in Emergency Lighting consists of two components 6N0951 Emergency Lighting Fundamentals and 6N0860 Commissioning of Emergency Lighting Systems. With this award you can progress to the QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Emergency Lighting Design 6S0955  and be exempted from the Fundamentals course module

Entry Requirements

No previous formal qualification is required but learners should have relevant work or life experience to have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with Level 5 of the National Framework of Qualifications.

Competence in written and spoken English is essential. International students whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate score in an approved examination in English language. We accept an IELTS test score of 6. We also accept IELTS equivalents such as TOELF and Cambridge exams. If learners do not have a test result they can complete a Duolingo English Test before registering on the course.  Applicants must share their Duolingo Online test score directly with us at [email protected] .  The test can be taken online, costs US$49 and the result is available within 48 hours. englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants

If learners are completing part, or all, of the course online they should have good computer literacy skills. This includes use of email, Microsoft word, internet searches. Self-directed learning also requires learners to have good self motivation and time management skills. Further details and tips can be found in the Learner Handbook.

When we receive your booking request we will call you to go through an enrolment checklist with you to ensure that you meet all entry requirements for the course you have selected.

If you would like to assess your entry level knowledge, relative to course content, please contact us and we can set you up with a free trial on our e-learning platform.


Book your place today:  Ylenia Morselli [email protected] –  [email protected] or Phone: 086 0144 853

For training dates and details please see our Course Schedule


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