School of Civil Engineering


[Dates to be confirmed upon completion of minimum enrolment]


General Information

Edition: 3rd Edition

Location: The University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus, 4072 QLD, Australia

Dates: To be confirmed upon completion of minimum enrolment (refer to Registration Process)

Contact Hours: 35 hours, 8:00AM – 5:00PM (total of five days)

Cost: AU$5,000 (not including GST)

Registration: Application form  and 2-page CV via email at


The purpose of this course is to provide practising engineers with the specialist knowledge to address the fire safety strategy of buildings and understand the implications of using cladding products capable of supporting vertical flame spread. The provision of design solutions for buildings requires competent fire engineers with the understanding of the key fundamental processes regarding the fire safety strategy, cladding design, and the interactions between the cladding of a façade and the building in the event of a fire.

The course uses a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, and case studies to deliver a comprehensive review of the fire safety strategy, the fire performance of cladding systems, and the implications of potentially combustible cladding products such as aluminium composite panels (ACP) or insulation materials to the fire safety strategy of buildings. This course programme has been developed in close collaboration between The University of Queensland (Australia), The University of Edinburgh (UK), and The University of Maryland (USA).

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of the course, the participant should be able:

  1. To explicitly define and describe the fire safety strategy for a given building in the context of external fire spread;
  2. To interpret the inherent links and interdependence of fire safety systems and phenomena with respect to code based solutions and external fire spread;
  3. To describe the fire dynamics and fluid dynamics behind vertical fire growth;
  4. To recognise the distinction between construction typologies with respect to the fundamental phenomena that control fire spread;
  5. To comprehend the mechanical behaviours that are relevant to external fire spread in common cladding typologies;
  6. To create fire safety engineering solutions that explicitly link the governing phenomena of vertical fire spread, common cladding typologies, and the fire safety strategy.

Who Should Participate?

Experienced fire safety engineer professionals interested in acquiring knowledge to address the fire safety strategy of buildings and the potential implications of using cladding materials capable of sustaining vertical flame spread. This course is not an introductory course, and it is only intended for experienced professionals who are familiar with the different aspects of building design and fire safety engineering.


  • Accredited engineering degree (4-year minimum) or equivalent.
  • Practicing fire safety engineer with demonstrated experience.
  • Registered professional engineer standing or ability to become one.

Course Programme

  • Day 1: Analysis of the fire safety strategy of buildings.
  • Day 2: Fundamentals of vertical flame spread.
  • Day 3: Analysis of the mechanical failure of façade systems / Fundamentals of vertical flame spread.
  • Day 4: Reformulation of the fire safety strategy.
  • Day 5:  Laboratory session / Examination.

Examination and Certificate of Completion

On the fifth day of the course, all participants will take an examination. Participants passing the exam will be awarded a certificate completion stating participation and successful completion of the CPD course. Participants not passing the exam try will be given a chance to revise their exam subject to a peer-review process. Participants not passing the exam will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

Registration Process

Interested professionals must complete the application form and submit it with a 2-page Curriculum Vitae or Resume via email at does not require payment at the moment of submission.

The University of Queensland will announce confirmed dates for the course once the minimum enrolment is reached.

The University of Queensland will review all applications and issue enrolment invitations once course dates are confirmed.

Accepted applicants will be confirmed a due date for payment. Additional payment details will be provided with enrolment invitations.

Course Staff

Additional Information

This course requires a minimum enrolment of 20 participants. The University of Queensland reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum enrolment is not achieved.


Succesful participants

The following participants have successfully completed this course.

  • Mr Mark Anderson (Professional Certification Group)
  • Mr Andrew Brennan (Omnii Pty Ltd)
  • Mr Leigh Clark (Exova Defire)
  • Mr Michael Conway (QFES)
  • Mr Mathew Freeman (Holmes Fire)
  • Ms Jenny Han (RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd)
  • Ms Sarah Higginson (ARUP)
  • Dr Ryan Hilditch (WSP)
  • Mr  Man Cheung Hui (RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd)
  • Mr Benjamin Hughes-Brown (Ignis Solutions)
  • Ms Nages Karuppiah (South Australian Metropolitan Fire Services)
  • Mr Koroush Keshavarz (Engineers DMA)
  • Mr Dmitry Kiselev (Exova Defire)
  • Mr Steven Moon (GN Consulting Pty Ltd)
  • Mr Graham Morris (Core Engineering Group)
  • Prof Yulianto Nugroho (Universitas Indonesia)
  • Ms Gianne Quijano (Lucid Consulting Australia)
  • Mr Faimeen Shah (Vortex Fire)
  • Mr Edward Simmonds (QFES)
  • Dr Gerardo Soret (QFES)
  • Mr Nhat Duy Tran (Aurecon)
  • Mr Darryl Waddingham (Wood and Grieve Engineers)

The University of Queensland has requested formal permission from the participants to release these data.