In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19, The University of Queensland has cancelled CPD events.

We expect to announce new dates for the course in June 2020. In the meantime, we are happy to receive Express of Interest for the course by filling the application form (DOCX, 36.6 KB), which it does not require payment. If you have registered for the course, you can request a refund of the registration fees by sending an email to uqfirecpd@civil.uq.edu.au.


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 external 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 University College London (UK).

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, or
  • Practising fire safety engineer with demonstrated experience, or
  • Registered professional engineer standing or ability to become one.

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

To register please complete the application form (DOCX, 36.6 KB) and submit it with a Curriculum Vitae or Resume via email at uqfirecpd@civil.uq.edu.au. Registration does not require payment at the moment of submission. Payments instructions will be provided once registration is completed.

General Information

Edition: 4th Edition

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

Dates: To be confirmed

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

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

Discounted early bird registration (payment before 3rd January): AU$4,000/participant (not including GST)
Discounts apply for institutions sending more than one participant:

  • Two participants: AU$4,000/participant (total of $8,000 not including GST)
  • Three or more participants: AU$3,500/participant (total of $10,500 not including GST)

RegistrationApplication form (DOCX, 36.6 KB) and CV via email at uqfirecpd@civil.uq.edu.au

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.

Email: uqfirecpd@civil.uq.edu.au

Course Structure

This module covers an analysis of the fire strategy of the building based on the solutions for an implicit (prescriptive-based) and an explicit (performance-based) design. The objective of this section is to highlight the relationship between an implicit design and external fire spread, and the consequences of external fire spread related to main objectives inherent to the fire safety strategy (occupants’ life safety and fire-fighting intervention).

This module aims to establish the fundamentals of fire spread, identifying the main parameters that govern flame spread and characterising the conditions required to enable horizontal and vertical fire spread. This module covers fundamentals relevant to the flammability of materials such as material composition, thermal decomposition mechanisms (pyrolysis and oxidation), flaming ignition, flame spread, burning behaviour, the role of fire retardants, and the dynamics of external fire plumes. A discussion on fire testing methods and their relevance, and the differences between the material and system behaviour are included. A series of case studies consisting of different façade systems are used to illustrate the mechanisms of external fire spread and the interaction between different façade components.

This short session will review the design and verification processes for fire safety engineering. It will also briefly discuss professionalism of the discipline and the competencies and attributes that could be expected of fire safety engineers.

This module covers the mechanical behaviour of façade elements when exposed to severe conditions of heat exposure. The module is split into two sections: the first reviews current drivers for the mechanical design of facades, including current fire test methods; the second gives an introduction to structural mechanics at high temperature and links this to the overall mechanical response of curtain walls in fire.

This module consists of two case studies in which the fire safety strategy of real tall buildings is reformulated based on the risk of external fire spread. The first case study covers the case of a tall building with a classical façade system (curtain wall system) where no combustible/flammable cladding materials are used; thus, the risk of external fire spread is represented by the mechanical displacement of the façade and the geometrical constraints of openings. The second case study covers the case of a tall building with a modern façade system where potentially combustible/flammable cladding materials are used.

On day 4, the Cladding Materials Library developed at The University of Queensland will be presented. The Cladding Materials Library consists of an extensive flammability database of aluminium composite panels, insulation materials, sarking materials and other types of materials identified in the audit of buildings in Queensland. The Cladding Materials Library is intended to provide a characterisation of the flammability of different cladding materials and complement the assessment of the performance of cladding systems.

On day 5, a series of laboratory sessions will be carried out at The University of Queensland’s fire laboratory. These sessions will consist of multi-scale experiments applied to cladding materials, which correspond to part of the experimental protocols proposed by The University of Queensland to develop the Cladding Materials Library with data regarding the flammability cladding materials.

A final examination will take place to assess the participants' knowledge with regards to the concepts presented over the course. The participants will be required to pass the test according to UQ policies regarding marking and scoring.

CPD Facades Programme

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 facade systems;
  6. To understand the use and interpretation of the Cladding Materials Library.
  7. To create fire safety engineering solutions that explicitly link the governing phenomena of vertical fire spread, common cladding systems, and the fire safety strategy.

Successful participants

The following participants have successfully completed this course. The University of Queensland has permission from the participants to release these data.

  • Mr Mark Anderson (Professional Certification Group)
  • Mr Andrew Brennan (Omnii Pty Ltd)
  • Mr Neelesh Chandiran (Omnii Pty Ltd)
  • Mr Ed Claridge (Auckland Council)
  • Mr Leigh Clark (Exova Defire)
  • Mr Michael Conway (QFES)
  • Mr Daire Fleming (Fire and Rescue NSW)
  • Mr Mathew Freeman (Holmes Fire)
  • Mr Alex Glennon (VBA)
  • 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)
  • Mr Sebastien le Roux (WSP)
  • Ms Nages Karuppiah (South Australian Metropolitan Fire Services)
  • Mr Koroush Keshavarz (Engineers DMA)
  • Mr Dmitry Kiselev (Exova Defire)
  • Dr Amer Magrabi (Lote Consulting - Fire I Risk I Security)
  • Mr Steven Moon (GN Consulting Pty Ltd)
  • Mr Graham Morris (Core Engineering Group)
  • Prof Yulianto Nugroho (Universitas Indonesia)
  • Mr Josh Ogilvie (WSP)
  • Ms Gianne Quijano (Lucid Consulting Australia)
  • Mr Kapilan Sarma (Scientific Fire Services)
  • Mr Faimeen Shah (Vortex Fire)
  • Mr Edward Simmonds (QBCC)
  • Dr Gerardo Soret (QFES)
  • Mr Nhat Duy Tran (Aurecon)
  • Mr Darryl Waddingham (Stantec)