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Looking for an accredited fire systems Designer?


FPA Australia is currently processing accreditation applications for the Fire Systems Design class of work. Click on the button below to view the register of persons accredited to date. 

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The 'Fire Systems Design' class accredits individuals who perform design activities relating to selected essential safety measures in the fire protection industry. Initially the Scheme will focus on activities associated with the following essential safety measures:


  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Hydrant and Hose Reel Systems  
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems


These three (3) areas of work will form the categories available under the initial phase of 'Fire Systems Design'.  In the future, additional categories will be included, such as but not limited to, 'Exit and emergency lighting' and 'Passive Fire Protection'.


The 'Fire Systems Design' class of work covers the preparation of designs to a required standard, where the final design documentation outlines the requisite design criteria and provides documentation for procurement / manufacture / construction / installation / and commissioning by competent personnel.


Please note: Consultation regarding all elements of the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) is ongoing and as such all information contained on this page is subject to change. 



The definition covering the scope of activities for 'Fire Systems Design' work includes:


1.   Defining scope, system requirements and extent of fire systems design projects.

2.   Planning sketch layout of the fire system design.

3.   Preparing detailed technical design documentation including plans and specifications for systems and equipment (including material, installation requirements; testing and commissioning; operations and maintenance manuals).


The activities for the 'Fire Systems Design' class include:


  • developing a design brief
  • assessing and interpreting the design requirements, legislation and codes
  • researching products and design solutions
  • specifying requirements of a design solution and products to meet design requirements, legislation and codes
  • conceptualising and documenting design solutions
  • validating that the design solution meets the required design criteria,  and
  • finalising documentation for the tender procurement, manufacture, construction and installation, commissioning and maintenance of the equipment for  the system designed, to ensure the system meets all relevant codes and standards. Such documentation would consist of system design calculations; system required reference data such as schematics, details of pressure gauge schedules, interface diagrams, cause and effect diagrams, technical specifications and tender and/or construction drawings.



Note: 'Fire Systems Design' accreditation under FPAS does not absolve the individual or company from satisfying any other relevant legislative or licensing requirements applicable to the design of fire protection systems.




Fire systems designers are accredited under the Scheme to carry out work in the 'Fire Systems Design' class for one (1) or more categories made available under FPAS. The individual applicant will be evaluated and deemed competent to be accredited in any one of the categories of 'Fire Systems Design' and can be accredited in more than one (1) category.


The initial categories for this class identified for the roll out of Stage 1 are:


 Design categories


The Pathways


The 'Fire Systems Design' class will initially be launched with two (2) individual accreditation pathways for entry into the Scheme:  


1.  Transitional (experienced pathway) and

2.  Trainee


The Qualified Accreditation pathway will be added at a later date. This decision was made due to a number of factors:


  • First, the Association wishes to ensure that there is sufficient capacity among the existing Registered Training Organisations delivering the Diploma of Fire Systems Design to deliver this qualification nationally.


  • The Association, in our continuing engagement with regulators, is aware of current government consultations and reviews applicable to fire systems design work, and we would like to ensure alignment wherever possible.


  • This revision will allow the Association more time to engage actively with the membership and the industry with regard to the final specific requirements for the Qualified Accreditation pathway.


The Association will endevour to announce a more detailed timeframe for the Qualified pathway rollout in 2018, so be sure to check the FPAS page of our website regularly for further updates.



Transitional Accreditation pathway


Transitional Accreditation (through experience) refers to an individual who has sufficient relevant work experience in fire systems design with a minimum of four (4) years working as a 'fire systems designer' within the last ten (10) years in the category being applied for. 


In order to achieve Transitional Accreditation an individual must:


  • Submit an FPAS Accreditation application form , and
  • attend an FPAS Accreditation Information Session , and
  • successfully complete a written assessment set by the FPAS evaluation team.


The Transitional Accreditation pathway provides transitional accreditation arrangements and allows a four (4) year transition period for individuals to gain the required qualification and units of competency for Qualified Accreditation (when introduced).


 Exp Path - Design


 Trainee Accreditation pathway


Trainee Accreditation is made available to a trainee working under supervision of an FPAS accredited individual, holding either Qualified or Transitional Accreditation in the same category, while undertaking approved formal qualifications relevant to the category being applied for in the 'Fire Systems Design' class.


The Trainee pathway provides transitional accreditation arrangements and allows a four (4) year transition period for individuals to gain a qualification and the required units of competency for Qualified Accreditation (when introduced).


 Train Path - Design


Relevant Experience


The relevant experience required for Transitional Accreditation is a minimum of four (4) years work in the fire systems design class and categories applied for. The applicant's experience needs to have occurred within the last ten (10) years. In considering applications for accreditation the applicant needs to provide details of work history and practical experience relevant to the categories of accreditation being applied for by submitting:


  • A copy of a current resume
  • Details of a minimum of seven (7) fire protection system designs per category being applied for, including the specific building types and uses where the applicant has designed the fire protection system.   


The projects needs to reflect a diverse range of medium to large size buildings of varying classifications and uses EG aged care, office, residential, hospital, warehouse, assembly, shopping centre.


FPAS Information Session


As part of the accreditation process,  applicants are required to attend/view a mandatory information session.


The FPAS information session will inform you of the:


  • Background to FPAS and the need for accreditation
  • Expectations of the FPAS evaluation team
  • Key fundamentals and principles related to designing fire systems
  • Assessment process including examples of assessment questions


Fire Systems Design Assessment


The assessment process has been developed to ensure that individuals applying for accreditation in fire systems design have an adequate minimum knowledge and skill base in the category/s being applied for.


The assessment will include:


  • A supervised four (4) hour (maximum) written assessment with a minimum of 150  questions in multiple choice format
  • A selection of questions that cover the knowledge and skills required for accreditation in the fire systems design class.
  • An open-book format in which the applicant may use relevant Australian Standards and other approved documents such as the National Construction Code, Acts and Regulations. 

The themes covered in the written assessment will include:


  1. Jurisdictional Legislation / Codes  / Standards
  2. Practical application and Knowledge
  3. Specific Systems Design Knowledge of Australian Standards
  4. Specific Systems Design Knowledge.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


Maintaining skills and knowledge in the workplace through continuing professional development (CPD) programs is considered essential for practitioners and professionals in many fields. CPD activities in the fire protection industry enable an individual to update and maintain technical competence and effectiveness in the workplace. 


CPD activities can include:


  • formal education and training
  • short courses
  • attendance at workshops, seminars and discussion groups and conferences
  • technical meetings
  • learning activities in the workplace
  • private study of journals, texts etc and 
  • preparation and presentation of materials for courses, conferences and seminars.


Under the Scheme, CPD commitment by an individual will be a requirement of accreditation and renewal, to ensure that an individual is up-to-date with current work practices in the fire protection industry and in their accredited 'fire systems design' class.


Code of Professional Conduct


The Code of Professional Conduct (the Code) prescribes the principles, standards of behaviour and service delivery requirements expected of accredited individuals under FPAS. All accredited individuals must sign the Code of Professional Conduct declaration, stating that they will abide by the requirements of the Code and accept any decision if it is determined they have breached the Code. Breaches of the code may result in termination of accreditation. 


For further enquires please contact FPA Australia on 03 8892 3131 and ask for the Accreditation/Licensing Department or send an email to Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) at .


How to Apply


For the Fire Systems Design Fact Sheet, Applcation Form and Project Template, please click here.


Disclaimer:  FPAS is not a substitute for any requirements for licensing, registration or accreditation established by relevant applicable legislation (state, territory and/or federal) unless otherwise confirmed by relevant regulation.