Fire Safety Assessment

 

The Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) class of FPAS accreditation accredits individuals who undertake assessment of the performance capability of fire safety measures (FSMs) for the purpose of informing an annual or supplementary fire safety statement.

 

This class of accreditation has been designed to address the requirements for certain fire protection work in New South Wales to be carried out by an "Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety)", under the state's 2017 fire safety reforms.

 

 

Scope of the role

The role of the Fire Safety Assessor is to satisfy the Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety) aspects of Part 9 Division 5 of the EP&A Regulation to:

 

  • Identify the standard of performance to which FSMs are required to operate and perform;
  • Assess (inspect and verify) that FSMs are operating and performing as required;
  • Inspect exits and paths of travel to exit to ensure there is no offence under the Regulation (as applicable); and
  • Complete the APFS aspects of the approved Fire Safety Statement Form for Annual or Supplementary Fire Safety Statements.

 

A more detailed description of the Fire Safety Assessment role commensurate with the requirements of the EP&A Regulation and validated via the FPAS accreditation process is expressed in section 4.9 of the NSW Competent Fire Safety Practitioner document, available here.

 

This assessment and inspection role is to satisfy clause 175 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation).

 

 

Qualified Accreditation

The Qualified pathway requires applicants to hold a relevant nationally recognised qualification aligned to the Fire Safety Measures they wish to apply for. There are 5 key requirements to meet the Qualified Criteria:

 

  • Qualification
  • Units of Competency
  • Experience
  • Assessment
  • Insurance

 

Qualified Accreditation applications are now open; please refer to the Qualified FSA Accreditation Application form.

 

More information on the Qualified Accreditation pathway can be found here: Transitional to Qualified.

 

 

Insurance

 

The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) requires accredited individuals to be appropriately covered by insurance for the fire protection services they undertake.

Further information about the insurance requirements can be found in the Scheme.

 

If you have more questions, visit the Insurance FAQ page.  

 

 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

 

Practitioners accredited under FPAS are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) in order to maintain their accreditation. This ensures that these practitioners can keep their knowledge and skills relevant and up-to-date.  


It is a condition of accreditation for individuals to attain 20 CPD points per year, which can be met in a variety of ways. Practitioners will not be able to renew their accreditation each year without providing evidence to FPA Australia that they have met the required threshold.


More information relating to CPD can be found here.

 

 

Advice

 

Any questions relating to Registered Training Organisations (RTO's) for FPA Australia must be directed to training@fpaa.com.au

 

The FPA Australia Accreditation Team are not an RTO, and as such are unable to provide advice regarding qualifications, units of competency or costs associated with obtaining these.