What to look for in a Competent Professional

A Competent Professional (CP)

Should have appropriate expertise and experience in respect of fire safety;

  • Expertise” denotes a high level of knowledge and skill in a specific field, showcasing deep understanding and proficiency. It is typically acquired through education, training, and practical experience, reflecting the CP’s capability and proficiency in that area.


  • Experience” refers to the knowledge and skills acquired through practical involvement in providing services, particularly projects of a similar nature.


The Competent Professional (CP) should have adequate level of professional indemnity insurance.

A competent professional should

hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Architects on the register maintained by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) under Part 3 of the Building Control Act 2007;


  • Building Surveyors on the register maintained by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCS) under Part 5 of the Building Control Act 2007; or


  • Chartered Engineers on the register maintained by Engineers Ireland (EI) under Section 7 of The Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland (Charter Amendment) Act 1969.

Key factors to consider

when selecting a Competent Professional:

  • Qualifications & Credentials
  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem-Solving Abilities
  • Ethical Standards
  • Professionalism

Aidan O'Connell

FIEI, Chartered Engineer

Aidan is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland with over 38 years of experience in the design, project management, and construction sectors. He has a deep understanding of the industry and needs of clients and leverages this experience to deliver tailor made solutions that align with each client’s goals and objectives.

Aidan is an Expert Contributor to the National Standards Authority Ireland (NSAI) and regularly acts as an Expert Witness for all major insurers in Ireland and the U.K. He is recognised as an industry leading expert in the  identification and remediation of latent defects related to Fire Safety, Structures, Water Ingress, and Cladding problems and has only in the last year successfully completed a number of large multimillion remediation projects in Ireland, the U.K. and Europe, specifically targeting Fire Safety and Water Ingress matters. Aidan’s knowledge and experience across numerous regulatory and legal jurisdictions ensures a very comprehensive and balanced approach to all projects.

Aidan holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering from University College Dublin and several other technical and project management qualifications from Trinity College, demonstrating his passion for and commitment to continued professional development.


Contact by email: aidan@firesafetyconsultants.ie