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PCCE Course Reference - EL2.

I.S.3217:2023 Emergency Lighting

1-day Review & Design Principles Course


Course Developer: PCCE Training (Paul Condron Consulting Engineer Ltd) Tutor: Paul Condron, Chartered Engineer, Registered Consulting Engineer


A revised issue of this Standard/document was released after some delays, in September 2023. This is now I.S.3217:2023

PCCE Emergency Lighting Courses have been updated in respect of this revision and now address this revised Standard/Document


Course Aim:

This 1-day Review/Design Principles Course is designed to advise users of the Standard/Document to the extent that will allow them to develop their skills in the understanding and application of I.S.3217, taking account of the changes made in this revised document.

The modules will introduce attendees to the principles of Emergency Lighting design to the extent needed to determine and apply the requirements of the Standard.

The course is also designed and presented to allow Attendees to assess and develop, their competence to carry out any or all of the following in accordance with the requirements and specifications of Irish Legislation and the Irish National Standard:

Design, Install, Commission, Service, Maintenance



Module 1: Introduction; Background; Transition
Module 2: Scope and Need for Emergency Lighting
Module 3: Legislation; Definitions;
Module 4: Emergency Lighting Fundamentals
Module 5: Emergency Lighting Systems
Module 6: Design (Updated and expanded in 2018)
Module 7: Installation and Test Facilities
Module 8: Commissioning
Module 9: Handover
Module 10: User Responsibilities and Service (Maintenance & Inspection)
Module 11: Annexes


Learning Objectives:

Module 1: Introduction; Background; Transition

  • Course overview
  • Fire Safety Certificate implications
  • Transition

Module 2: Scope and Need for Emergency Lighting

Module 3: Legislation; Definitions;

Module 4: Emergency Lighting Fundamentals

  • Basis of Emergency Lighting Design
  • Escape Lighting types
  • Compliance requirements
  • Emergency Lighting Design Software
  • Product details
  • Working examples
  • System Integrity
  • Device Placement
  • Emergency Exit Signage

Module 5: Emergency Lighting Systems

  • Self-Contained Systems
  • Central Power Systems
  • Comparison and effectiveness of light sources Module 6: Design
  • Design requirements overview
  • Design definitions
  • Practical Design workshops and guidance
  • Emergency Lighting Design Process
  • Design detail with examples
  • Design Certification

Module 7: Installation and Test Facilities

  • Control Equipment
  • Test facilities
  • Cable systems
  • Batteries

Module 8: Commissioning

  • Commissioning process
  • Commissioning Certification
  • Handover documentation

Module 9: User Responsibilities and Service (Maintenance & Inspection)

  • User Responsibilities
  • Service and Maintenance Scheduling
  • Service Provider actions
  • Certification 

Module 10: Annexes


Who should attend?

All parties who are currently involved in any aspect of the works covered by the Standard should attend this course in order to continue to provide a service that will comply with the revised requirements of the new Standard.

These would include:

Local Authorities: Fire Officers, Planners, Housing Engineers; Designers (where Emergency Lighting systems form part of their remit)

Designers: Fire Engineering Consultants

Building Services Designers (Consulting Engineers) Architects

Contractors providing Design Services Facilities Managers

Installers: Contractors who install Emergency Lighting cabling and systems. Commissioning Parties:

System Suppliers: Manufacturers and suppliers of Emergency Lighting systems Emergency Lighting System Service and Maintenance Companies:

Tutor Profile:

Paul Condon: Chartered Building Services Engineer; Registered Consulting Engineer. Over 48 years’ experience in the design and specification Emergency Lighting systems.

NSAI I.S.3217 and I.S.3218 Fire Safety Standards committees member until 2021. Course developer and presenter.


There will be an open-book test on the presented information for certification.

PCCE Award Certificate:

All participants will receive a PCCE Training award certificate for successful completion of the training day above. This will require a pass mark in the Test. An ‘Attendance only’ Certificate is awarded for those who do not achieve a ‘Pass’ level in the test.

The course qualifies for 1-day CPD from Engineers Ireland which is provided to all participants.

Paul Condron

Paul Condron, Chartered Engineer Registered Consulting Engineer

for and on behalf of
Paul Condron Consulting Engineer Limited 10 Rectory Way
Herbert Road Bray
Co, Wicklow A98CD88