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PCCE Online Course Dates:
January, February and March 2022

PCCE Online Course Dates:

Hi and welcome to the site.

Another New Year starts and sometimes it feels as if there never was a 2021!!

The following are initial course dates for January, February and March. Further dates will be released shortly.

As previously mentioned, and for confirmation, 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.


There was to be a revised I.S.3218, Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (FDAS) draft for public comment issued before Christmas. This has been delayed and should issue in the near future, I understand. I doubt if a revised Standard will issue until Q2 2022. I am currently making some changes to my F1 Standards Review course, but as fundamental changes are not expected, this course will be retained at present. An update course will be developed when a Revised Standard is published.

Our Fire Alarm Service Provider Training Course (F8) has been successfully re-introduced. So far, this course has been well received. As previously noted, we have found serious issues with non-compliant FDAS servicing in Ireland and feel that this course is badly needed.


The NSAI has not released a revised I.S.3217 Standard for Emergency Lighting yet but I expect it to be published shortly. The public comments process was completed in late 2021. As I do not expect any fundamentals to change, (having reviewed the Draft Revision), I am going to continue with the existing EML courses and will introduce a short update course (if required) when a Revision is issued.

As previously mentioned, 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 will await the revised standard before proceeding with this.

I also intend to update and reintroduce the User Responsibilities for Life Safety Systems this year. I believe that there is a significant need for this course.

New courses planned for 2022 include:
1-day BCAR introduction for Building Services Engineers and Contractor Designers
1-day HIQA requirements for Nursing Homes
1-day FDAS and EML Design Template courses. As PCCE is not undertaking design commissions anymore, I am preparing a course that will include all of the standards that PCCE used in our designs and handover documents. Templates, spreadsheet formats and Base CAD files will also be included.

If you have any queries on these courses, please contact me.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Regards and stay safe


Courses summary:

LG2_22.01LEG – LegislationDSC – Designing for Safety in ConstructionTuesday, January 25, 2022€ 200.00
F8_22.01FDAS – Fire Detection and Alarm SystemsService Provider CourseWednesday, January 26, 2022€ 200.00
F1_22.01FDAS – Fire Detection and Alarm SystemsIrish Standard Review CourseThursday, January 27, 2022€ 200.00
EL3_22.01EML – Emergency LightingService Provider CourseTuesday, February 01, 2022€ 160.00
F2_22.01FDAS – Fire Detection and Alarm Systems3-day Design Course Incorporation the Principles of I.S.3218Thursdays 03/10/17 February 2022. Exam date: Feb 28th€ 775.00
EL2_22.01EML – Emergency LightingIrish Standard Review and Design PrinciplesTuesday, February 08, 2022€ 200.00
F1_22.02FDAS – Fire Detection and Alarm SystemsIrish Standard Review CourseTuesday, February 15, 2022€ 200.00
LG2_22.02LEG – LegislationDSC – Designing for Safety in ConstructionTuesday, March 08, 2022€ 200.00
EL3_22.02EML – Emergency LightingService Provider CourseThursday, March 10, 2022€ 160.00
F8_22.02FDAS – Fire Detection and Alarm SystemsService Provider CourseMonday, March 14, 2022€ 200.00
F2_22.02FDAS – Fire Detection and Alarm Systems3-day Design Course Incorporation the Principles of I.S.3218Thursdays 22/29 March and 5 April 2022. Exam date: April 26th€ 775.00
EL2_22.02EML – Emergency LightingIrish Standard Review and Design PrinciplesThursday, March 24, 2022€ 200.00

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 Lighting1-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 Lighting1-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 Lighting1-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 Lighting1-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,