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I.S.3217:2013 Emergency Lighting

1-day Review Course

Course Developer: PCCE Training (Paul Condron Consulting Engineer Ltd)

Tutor: Paul Condron, Chartered Engineer, Registered Consulting Engineer

I.S.3217 the Irish Standard for Emergency Lighting was updated after almost 20 years and released in 2008. The new Standard contained many changes but also many problems and much confusion in several areas. The latest Revision I.S.3217 which was released in December 2013 is a significant improvement on the 2008 standard and reflects the improvements in technology; the increase in relevant reference standards; and improvements in Emergency Lighting techniques. Amendment No.1 to I.S.3217:2013 will be issued shortly. This course addresses these proposed changes as well

Course Aim:
This 1-day Review Course is designed to update existing users of the 1989 and 2008 Standards to the extent that will allow them to continue with their activities in relation to such systems under the new requirements of the Standard and to understand the principles and application of each section of the Standard.

The modules will introduce attendees to the principles of Lighting and 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 I.S.3217:2013:

• Design,
• Install,
• Commission,
• Service,
• Maintain


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
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
  • Overview of the Primary differences between the 1989; 20089 and 2013 Standards
  • 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
  • Central Generator Powered Systems
  • Comparison and effectiveness of light sources

Module 6: Design
  • Design requirements overview
  • Design definitions
  • 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)


                   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 40 years’ experience in the design and specification Emergency Lighting systems. NSAI I.S.3217 and I.S.3218 Fire Safety Standards committees member.

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

PCCE Training