FESS Experienced Worker Assessment – coming soon

Next month NET will be launching a new FESS Experienced Worker Assessment (EWA) for people who have been working with fire, emergency or security systems for typically over five years.

It’s based on the same content as the FESS Apprenticeship, so both new entrants and existing workers are being assessed and accredited to the same standard.

The FESS Experienced Worker Assessment has been developed with support from an industry working group comprising BSIA, the FESS Employer Group, FIA, FSA, SELECT and SSAIB.

NET is currently finalising arrangements for the assessment and the Fire Pathway will launch on 09 August.

The EWA Process

There are three steps to the Experienced Worker Assessment which must be completed within 12 months of starting the process. These sections can be completed in any order:

  1. Candidates will need to carry out and record a range of specified tasks in their workplace (covering health and safety, installation, commissioning, servicing and maintenance) and upload the evidence to the new NETassess system. These tasks will be verified by an authorised person to ensure it’s the candidate’s own work, then independently assessed and marked by a NET assessor to confirm they have met the Level 3 industry standard. NET will also carry out quality assurance audits once marking is completed.
  2. In a NET-licensed centre, candidates will need to complete safe isolation of a single-phase circuit, under controlled conditions.
  3. They will also need to carry out an online knowledge assessment in a NET centre, under observation. If they hold certain fire and security qualifications, they may be exempt from the online knowledge assessment.

When launched, a full range of guidance materials will be available along with application information and FAQs.


  • Digital Assessment – £660 – this is payable to NET once the application has been approved.
  • Safe Isolation – £165 – paid directly to the chosen NET-licensed centre when booking the safe isolation assessment.
  • Online Knowledge Assessment (if not exempt) – £165 – paid directly to the chosen NET-licensed centre when booking the knowledge assessment.

More information will be published on the NET website on 09 August.