PCCE Training and Consulting

PCCE Online Course Dates:
    October – December 2021

PCCE Online Course Dates:

Hi and welcome to the site.

I decided to update the Courses schedule and provide a little information regarding the Standards for both Fire Alarm and Emergency Lighting and some new/revised PCCE Courses.

The draft of a revised Emergency Lighting Standard I.S.3217:20xx has been issued for public comment. Comments are required before the end of October and I encourage all to review and comment. PCCE will be submitting comments in association with the ACEI and their members. A lot of the proposed changes are welcome revisions to the Standard Sections and an increased reference to the need for competent design. At this time, I do not see any significant impact on the EML fundamentals that were in the recent revisions.

I understand that NSAI will issue the IS3218 Standard for revision very shortly.

Regarding PCCE Training and as previously mentioned, I have decided to maintain all courses online. This has proven to be extremely successful for both attendees and myself. Presenting online has the benefit of allowing me to spend more time developing the courses content. It also has resulted in lower charges on all courses and no travel hassle for attendees. 

I intend to expand the Emergency Lighting Courses and introduce a second Review/Design course that concentrates on Automatic Testing Systems (ATS) and Central Powered Systems (CPS). These are the future for many installations in Ireland where we fall significantly behind our European colleagues in adopting these technologies.

I am also about to update and reintroduce the User Responsibilities for Life Safety Systems, in 2022. I believe that there is a significant need for this course.

Our Fire Alarm Service Provider Training Course (F8) has been successfully re-introduced. The Day 1 section of the course which, while quite practical, does not have any hands-on activities. It does, however, provide all of the training needed to provide I.S.3218-compliant, FDAS Servicing. As previously noted, we have found serious issues with non-compliant FDAS servicing in Ireland and feel that this course is badly needed. I am not sure if the Day 2 – ‘hands-on’ section of this course, is still required. There are several system providers who are carrying out product training. This is excellent, and PCCE will review the need for hands-on training for Service providers in addition to additional training for FDAS Commissioning.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Regards and stay safe


Courses summary: 

FDASFire Detection and Alarm Systems Courses
1-day Service Provider Training
1-day I.S.3218 Standard Review/Update
3-day Design Course Incorporation the Principles of I.S.3218:2013+A1:2019
EMLEmergency Lighting Courses 
1-day Service Provider Training
1-day, I.S.3217 Review and Design Principles
DSCDesigning for Safety in Construction 
1-day, Review Course
Ref.Course DetailsDate Fee pp  Availability 
EL2_21.06 EML1-day, I.S.3217 Review and Design PrinciplesOctober 19th, Tuesday € 185.00 Places Available
F8_21.03 FDAS1-day, Service Provider Training (DATE CHANGE)October 20th. Wednesday € 185.00 Places Available
LG2_21.10  DSC1-day, Review CourseNovember 4th, Thursday € 185.00 Fully Booked
F2_21.05  FDAS3-day Design Course Based on I.S.3218Nov 9/16/23, Tuesdays765.00Only 3 places
F8_21.04 FDAS1-day, Service Provider TrainingNovember 30th, Tuesday € 160.00 5 places remaining
EL2_21.11  DSC1-day, Review CourseNovember 25th, Thursday € 185.00 Heavily Booked
EL3_21.07EML1-day, Service Provider TrainingDecember 7th, Tuesday € 185.00 5 places remaining
EL2_21.07 EML1-day, I.S.3217 Review and Design PrinciplesDecember 14th, Tuesday € 185.00 Places Available
LG2_21.12DSC1-day, Review CourseDecember 16th, Thursday € 185.00 Places Available

Please note that a discount structure applies for multiple bookings on the same course.

PCCE Online Course Dates:  January – March 2021

Hi all,

I can’t believe that we are actually planning for Christmas and a New Year. Hopefully a better one than 2020 for most. The online courses have proved to be a great success and I intend to continue delivering my course this way for thew foreseeable future.

The following are the courses scheduled for Q1 of 2021. I am very pleased to be able to say that a few of the January dates and filling nicely. I am looking forward to hearing from both old and new friends and working with you in 2021

RefCourse DetailsDateCost pp
F1_21.01Fire Detection and Alarm Systems1-day Review CourseJanuary 7th (Thursday) €185.00 
EL3_21.01Emergency Lighting 1-day Service Provider CourseJanuary 12th (Tuesday) €160.00 
F2_21.01Fire Detection and Alarm Systems3-day, 3rd Party Certified Design CourseJanuary 14th/21st/28th (Thursdays) €725.00

+ €40.00 for Exam 

LG2_21.01Designing for Safety in Construction1-day Review CourseJanuary 19th (Tuesday)  €185.00 
EL2_21.01Emergency Lighting 1-day Review/Design Course26th January (Tuesday)€185.00
F1_21.01Fire Detection and Alarm Systems1-day Review CourseFebruary 23rd (Tuesday) €185.00 
EL3_21.01Emergency Lighting 1-day Service Provider CourseFebruary 25th (Thursday) €160.00 
F2_21.01Fire Detection and Alarm Systems3-day, 3rd Party Certified Design CourseMarch 2nd/9th/16th (Tuesdays) €725.00

+ €40.00 for Exam 

LG2_21.01Designing for Safety in Construction1-day Review CourseMarch 4th (Thursday) €185.00 
EL2_21.01Emergency Lighting 1-day Review/Design CourseMarch 11th (Thursday)€185.00

I would like to thank everyone I have worked with in 2020 and all other new contacts a very peaceful Christmas and a better New YearI sincerely hope that you and your families have survived and that we can look forward to a bright and COVID-free 2021.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Regards and stay safe


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Sample Attendee feedback

Philip O’Brien – Louth County Council Fire & Rescue

Both courses were well run, informative and very enjoyable to attend. Having a mix of contractors and fire officers was good from my point of view and adds balance to the information provided, the discussions, etc.

Paul Hunt – Westmeath Fire & Rescue Service

I attended the 3-day I.S. 3218 Course covering design and installation of fire alarm/detections systems in 2013. As a professional working in the fire and rescue service the course was of huge benefit to me. The class mix of fire officers and alarm installers/designers allowed for discussions of issues that were of mutual interest. The course itself was delivered by Paul Condron and Frank Pierce. Both managed to deliver a huge quantity of information in a short period as well as comprehensively addressing any queries raised. I would highly recommend this course based on the relevance of its content as well as the calibre and experience of those delivering it.

Chris O’Callaghan – Chubb Ireland Ltd, Cork

Thank you for your instruction and assistance on the day.  Hopefully it will not be too long before we meet again.  I learned a lot on the day and it has raised my confidence with regards to emergency lighting.

In relation to yesterday’s presentation, I thought the content of the presentation was great and very relevant, I took away a lot of knowledge from the presentation and as mechanical I haven’t seen some of this in work myself so it was a great insight into what the guys do, I did do some of this in college but Paul thought it in a very practical way, however, I think it would be better for the students if there was more time allocated to this subject rather than the content shortened in the future.

I would like to say the presentation was brilliant and I can say the same thing about the delivery, it was a little unfortunate that a section of the fire alarm needed to be rushed that was the only downfall.

Also if it’s okay to contact him with questions related to fire alarm and emergency lighting if ever needed.

Martina Smith – Advanced Fire Protection

Congratulations on the successful delivery of the above.

My guys found it hugely beneficial and well run.

Can you let me know when you plan to hold more courses in the year – we are on a roll!!!

James – James Reynolds & Associates

I enjoyed the course and the format. More comfortable in my own house. Saved a lot of time in travel. Covid or not, I would say it is the way forward.

Paul – Roarty, Donegal

I really enjoyed the format, as I did not lose 4-hours in my day travelling. I was comfortable in my own home and I don’t think the remote delivery reduced the quality of the content. I feel the course is great value. You certainly come away, better informed. As mentioned above, I would have loved to see a real life worked example, Inc. specification to see how it all comes together. It would be the icing on the cake.

Paul – Telesto, Dublin

Hi Paul,

I really enjoyed the courses and your casual and professional manner.

I do hope to meet you again in the near future.

Kind regards,