Fire Safety

Registration for Fire Safety Engineers (FSE)

Fire Safety Engineers Selection Panel

The Fire Safety Engineers Selection Panel is appointed by the Commissioner SCDF to assess applications for registration as Fire Safety Engineers.

Pre-requisites for Applicants

The registration criteria for application are as follows:


(a) Possess at least a degree qualification in the field of fire safety engineering;


(b) Have at least 5 continuous years of relevant practical experience in fire safety design works, of which 3 years or more in aggregate shall involve projects based on fire safety engineering solutions; and


(c) Must have maintained a clean record and must not have been found guilty of an offence under the Fire Safety Act, Professional Engineers Act or Architects Act.


Supporting Documents for Registration

“Applicants who wish to register as a Fire Safety Engineer shall submit the following to the Fire

Safety Engineers Selection Panel:-

1. Completed application form prescribed by SCDF (Application for registration as FSE);

2. Certified true copies of documentary evidence of the applicant's qualifications and practical experience;

3. A fire safety engineering report that best illustrates the range and depth of the applicant’s fire engineering knowledge. The report is to be reviewed and substantiated by the project FSE as being a true representation of the applicant’s work. In the case of an applicant who is a foreign registered FSE, his work shall be reviewed and substantiated by the project director associated with the project.

4. Recent testimonials from 2 referees as to his good character;

5. Letter of undertaking by the applicant, stating as at the date of the letter-
• whether disciplinary or criminal proceedings are pending or contemplated against the applicant; 
• whether the applicant's professional conduct is or has been under investigation; and
• whether the applicant has any previous disciplinary or criminal records.

6 sets of the above supporting documents are to be submitted, together with a non-refundable application fee  of S$475 made payable to Commissioner SCDF, directly to:

The Secretariat
Fire Safety Engineers Selection Panel
Fire Safety & Shelter Department
91 Ubi Avenue 4
Singapore 408827

Registration Period

Please be informed that SCDF has commenced its 13th FSE registration exercise and is pleased to invite applicants for registration as FSE. The closing date for this application is on 1 Dec 2016.

Interview Period

Interviews for registration will tentatively commence in Feb/Mar 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be notified of the date and time for their interviews.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for Fire Safety Engineers

Upon successful registration as a FSE, the FSE will have to attend relevant fire safety engineering workshops/courses regularly, and fulfill at least 48 CPE hours for every 2-year cycle after his/her registration.

For each fire safety engineering course attended by the fire safety engineer, the FSE has to submit documentary proof of participation within one month of the course in order to qualify for CPE hours. The FSE also has to submit a declaration form for every 2-year period after his/her registration, to show the courses attended and CPE hours attained.  A template of the declaration form is attached.

Presentations/lectures at recognized conferences/courses as alternative to workshop/course attendance

In place of course attendance, SCDF also recognises presentations/lectures conducted at recognized conferences/courses as part of FSE’s continuing education, on the condition that these presentations/lectures are relevant to fire safety engineering and approved by the SCDF. Each presentation or lecture will be awarded CPE hours of 2 X presentation duration.


Fire Safety Engineer Inquiry Panel

The Fire Safety Engineer Inquiry Panel is set up to investigate and hear complaints brought up against FSEs. The Inquiry Panel  will comprise officers from SCDF and FSEs from the professional bodies. Depending on the findings, the Commissioner SCDF is empowered to do the following:


1. dismiss the complaint;
2.  censure the FSE concerned in writing;
3. impose a penalty not exceeding $5000;
4. suspend the FSE concerned from practice for a period not exceeding 12 months;
6. cancel the registration of the FSE concerned;
7. make such other orders as the Commissioner thinks fit.


List of Tertiary Institutions offering Fire Safety Engineering Courses

The following tertiary institutions are some of those that provide courses in fire safety engineering:

  • University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Victoria University of Technology, Australia
  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • University of Maryland, USA
  • University of Lund, Sweden
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • University of Greenwich, UK
  • University of Ulster, UK
  • Ghent University, Belgium

Requisite fire safety engineering knowledge expected of a Fire Safety Engineer

i) “Fire science & combustion"
• Fuels and combustion process
• Physical chemistry of combustion in fires


ii) Fire dynamics
• Heat transfer
• Fire plumes
• Flame height & spread of flame
• Smoke production and movement
• Toxicity assessment of combustion products


iii) Pre-flashover compartment fire
• Growth period and definition
• Growth to flashover


iv) Post-flashover compartment fire
• Fully developed fire behaviour
• Temperatures achieved in fully developed fires
• Fire resistance and fire severity
• Methods of calculating fire resistance
• Flame projection from burning compartments
• Fire spread from compartment


v) Fire protection engineering (Active)
• Automatic suppression systems
• Detection systems


vi) Fire protection engineering (Passive)
• Fire/smoke barrier systems
• Structural members under fire conditions


vii) Smoke Control
• Quantitative analysis of smoke production and smoke spread
• Analysis of smoke control measures


viii) Interaction between fire and people
• Human behaviour during fire emergencies
• Building layouts, occupation rates, means of egress
• Methods for estimating occupant response in a fire emergency
• Evacuation modeling


ix) Fire-ground operations
• Fire brigade interventional model
• Vehicular access
• Fire fighting water supplies
• Methods of incorporating fire brigade intervention in a fire safety analysis


x) Fire risk analysis
• Building fire safety risk analysis
• Reliability
• Human impact of fire


xi) Fire modelling
• Categories of models
• Fire models
• Design fires


xii) Fire safety engineering research

The above information only serves as a guide to an applicant who wishes to select an appropriate institution that offers fire safety engineering degree course. This is in response to public enquiries on whether SCDF recognises certain universities. Please note that SCDF does not accreditate any universities including the ones listed above, and attendance at any of the listed institutions is not a guarantee that the applicant will be registered as a FSE. The applicant would still have to go through the FSE Selection Panel, who will make the final assessment for purpose of selection.


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Last updated on 3rd Sep 2014