News Article

BAFE and NAPIT celebrate landmark certification

BAFE and NAPIT raise the bar on domestic fire safety system provision

BAFE and NAPIT are pleased to announce the first ever Third-Party Certification and BAFE Registration to the DS301 competency scheme, which has been achieved by CS Electrics based in County Durham. This competency scheme covers design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance works performed on Grade D domestic fire detection and fire alarm systems.

The importance of domestic fire safety was highlighted in 2017 with the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, but this does not only apply to high-rise residential blocks. Both BAFE and NAPIT strongly believe that all domestic properties should have, as a minimum, a Grade D fire detection and fire alarm system which has been installed by a competent organisation.

Dr Justin Maltby-Smith, BAFE Group Managing Director, states " It is imperative that both decision makers and the public understand that electricians cannot do everything regarding electrical systems by default. There are additional British Standards and guidance that outlines heightened competency requirements for particular electrical services, one of which is the safe practice of providing domestic fire alarm systems [i.e. BS 5839-6 Code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises]. "

" All four constituent countries of the UK have comparable fire safety dwelling regulations and guidance available, and we strongly believe that all dwellings should have systems in place in accordance with the relevant recommendations of BS 5839-6. This is especially pertinent to the housing sector which should have far greater scrutiny on this matter in the interest of life safety."

Frank Bertie, Chief Technical Officer for NAPIT, added " Whilst working to BS 7671 [Wiring Regulations] is vital, elevated skills and experience is unequivocally required to perform works for domestic fire safety systems. The importance of correctly designed, installed, and commissioned domestic fire detection and fire alarm works can often be overlooked. NAPIT are committed to enhancing standards within the industry. As a UKAS accredited, Government authorised Certification Body, by providing a scheme which assesses the competence of installers and allows them to demonstrate they have been appropriately certificated to perform this scope of work, we anticipate this will assist in a safer domestic built environment and provide confidence to clients. This is of particular importance with regards to new builds where domestic fire alarm systems must be installed in line with the Building Regulations and relevant British Standards."

Both BAFE and NAPIT congratulate CS Electrics on their achievement and on leading the way to raising the bar for domestic fire safety system provision.

Christopher McTearnen, Owner of CS Electrics, said added " I am extremely proud to be the first organisation that has received this third-party certification to the BAFE DS301 scheme. This will go a long way in demonstrating we are competent to deliver these works, and hope this becomes an industry standard to remove any people who claim to be competent without appropriate evidence of this. It’s so important that fire safety work is performed by the right providers to keep people safe. "

BAFE and NAPIT highlighted disturbing failure rates and absence of domestic smoke alarms in their infographic published earlier this year.

If you are interested in joining or would like further information, please visit the BAFE DS301 competency scheme.

Article Published: 04 October 2022

napiteducatesnapitnapit trade association

Share this post

18th edition 18th editon amendment 3 announcement  appointment  apprentices asbestos ashgate hospice award award winner biba blog bs7671 building regulations building safety bill campaigns certification charity chesterfield fc citb city & guilds codebreakers competent person construction consultation consumer unit corporate membership covid 19 customer service dclg decc deleted directors eicr electric vehicles electrical electrical safety electrical safety roundtable elex emergency endorse energy efficiency esr excellence  expo feed in tariff fit flir forum frank bertie free fulcran fundraising futurebuild gdhif ghgs gold award government group heating iet iic insurance investor in customers landlords licence to practise marketing mcs megger members microgeneration napit napit calibration napit codebreakers napit desktop napit direct napit drive napit fasttest  napit insurance napit mobile napit on-site solutions napit private rented sector napit risk management  napit tenderspace napit trade association napit training napiteducates national energy services new publication norwich online store part p petitions private rented sector prs publication raising standards  rcd's rcpe registered competent person electrical renewable heat incentive renewables rhi roadshow rogue trader safety scheme schneider electric scolmore select committee seminars skills solar pv sparksafe students support survey technical top product trade association training trustmark webinar wholesale wiring regulations workshop

News & Events


NAPIT is one of the leading Government approved and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited membership scheme operators in the building services and fabric sector. There are currently more than 16,000 NAPIT registered installers in the electrical, heating, plumbing, ventilation, microgeneration and building fabric trades across the UK domestic, commercial and industrial markets. Read more...

Contact Us
0345 543 0330

International: +44 (0)1623 811483

Careers at NAPIT