From Brendon Wood, NZFBI President
The format for the New Zealand Fire Brigades’ Institute (NZFBI) examinations is changing.
If you are midway through a qualification there is no better time to finish it off and get the recognition it affords. If you have previously sat NZFBI papers but have not yet passed enough units to reach a qualification tier, then I would recommend you take advantage of the transition period between structures to finish your Diploma.
This means if you have less than four units (some of which can be cross-credited from TAPS) for Associate, less than seven units for Member (further cross-credits may apply) or not having passed all nine for Fellow, you will need to sit additional papers to reach the grade.
Remember, you can sit up to three papers a year and this is the second to last year for qualifying under the old structure.
Applications close 1 August
Just download an application form here, claim any cross-credits and apply for additional papers under the ‘current student’ list. Syllabi and reading lists are also available online.
Examination centres will be confirmed once applications close on 1 August and suitable locations identified. This year, the exam date is Saturday 3 September.
If you are interested in starting your NZFBI qualifications, the new structure is up and running and the syllabi and reading lists online.
The new Associate paper is one two-hour exam of multichoice and long answer questions. This is aimed at QFF level and is seen as a culmination and consolidation of your TAPS learning.
The Member Diploma is SFF level and provides the candidate the opportunity to display a greater understanding of fire and rescue skills and present a professional and educated image. This requires a more focused effort to sit and pass four papers over two years, with some additional learning alongside.
The new Fellow Diploma applies only to candidates under the new structure and will apply from next year at the earliest.
Good luck to you all, I look forward to signing your New Zealand Fire Brigades’ Institute Diploma.
Click here for more about the NZFBI exam structure.
Applications close on 1 August and the exams will be held on 3 September. For application forms click here
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