Fire Dynamics


The aim of this online course is to develop a thorough understanding of the scientific principles of combustion and the methods of extinguishment

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Examine the principles of combustion and fire development
  • Analyse the factors involved in the extinction of fire
  • Evaluate and explain the principles of heat transfer and spread of fire
  • Investigate the process of smoke generation and development within a compartment
  • Predict fire development and smoke filling in a simple volume


  • Practical Lab 20%
  • Test(s) 30 %
  • Examination 50%

For information on examinations, including a full list of exam times see our examination information:

Examination information

Assessments for this course include an examination that you need to attend in-person.

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Labs requirements

 A 2 1/2 day Laboratory is a requirement for this course.
The venue for these Laboratories may be either Christchurch, Wellington or Hamilton.

For courses starting in February, laboratories will be held during the term 1 school holidays,  

For courses starting in June, laboratories will be during the term 3 school holidays.

Your lecturer/tutor will confirm the actual dates within the first week of the course, however you can click here for school holiday dates to give you a guideline for planning.

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Certificate of Proficiency

Course availability over the next 12 months


October enrolment dates

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24 Sep 2024
7 Oct 2024
26 Jan 2025

March enrolment dates

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25 Feb 2025
10 Mar 2025
29 Jun 2025