Accreditation and Licensing

The Accreditation & Licensing Department of FPA Australia administers all of the accreditation & licensing schemes and programs that are the responsibility of the Association.


The Accreditation & Licensing Department currently administers four such programs for the industry, these are: 



FPAS is the only voluntary national scheme for recognising the skills and competencies of individual fire protection technicians in Australia and the businesses that support them.



The BPAD Scheme accredits individual practitioners who offer bushfire assessment, planning, design and advice services. It accredits practitioners who meet criteria based on specific accreditation and competency requirements, including a detailed knowledge of the relevant planning, development and building legislation for each State and Territory.



FPA Australia has been accredited by the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) to run a registration scheme for cabling technicians on its behalf, to support the Cabling Provider Rules (CPRs). FPA Australia is one of only five organisations given this responsibility by ACMA. Around 3,000 cabling technicians are currently registered through FPA Australia.



FPA Australia's WER Accreditation Program offers individuals and businesses that provide workplace emergency response (WER) services an opportunity to be recognised by industry, end-users and the community as providers of professional WER services.


The Workplace Emergency Response Accreditation Scheme is currently on hold and no applications are being accepted at this time. The current review will ensure the scheme is relaunched in the near future with a robust framework designed to recognise those who meet the rigour required for such an important scheme in line with the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS).


  • The Incident Responder Card Scheme (IRCS)


FPA Australia has been appointed by the Governance Committee, comprising a consortium of 3 organizations, Canberra & Regions Oil Industry Emergency Response Group Inc. (CROIERG), National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA), Transport Industries Skills Centre Inc. (TISC) and supported by the Australian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) to Administer and support the (IRCS).


Please note - all matters relating to Ozone Depleting Substances & Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (ODS & SGG) are administered by the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board. This includes all licences such as Extinguishing Agent Handling Licences (EAHL), Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisations (EATA) and Halon Special Permits (HSP). 



 Click here to be directed to the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board webpages.