NSW Transition to Qualified FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: I'm a Practitioner living in Victoria (or any other state or territory) but I sometimes go across the border to New South Wales to undertake work. Does this apply to me?

A: Yes, this change applies to you if you are undertaking Fire Systems Design (Clause 136AA and 146B of EP&A Regulation) or Fire Safety Assessment (Part 9 Division 5 and 7 of EP&A Regulation) work in New South Wales.

 

 

Q: I have a Certificate in Engineering that was issued in 1986, will this meet the Certificate II and above criteria for the Qualified Pathway?

A: Yes, applications for the Qualified pathway where the Certificate pre-dates the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) being introduced (1995) examples below, will be accepted as evidence to meet the Certificate II and above criteria:

  • Certificate in Engineering;
  • Certificate in Plumbing;
  • Certificate in Construction;
  • Certificate in Electrical;
  • Certificate in Fire Safety; or
  • Certificate in Property Services

 

 

Q: What happens if I have only completed my FSA Fundamentals Assessment and have not completed a Fire Safety Measure (FSM) Assessment.

A: An Accreditation number is assigned when you have successfully attained FSA Fundamentals Assessment and minimum of one Fire Safety Measure (FSM) Assessment. If you have not obtained your Accreditation number by 30 June 2021 you will be required to undertake the Qualified Accreditation pathway.

 


Q: What happens if I have failed an exam twice through the Transition Accreditation pathway and will not gain access to attempt the exam again until after 1 July 2021?

A: You will be unable to gain Transitional accreditation for the measures you have failed; you will be required to complete the Qualified Accreditation pathway from 1 July 2021 and meet the criteria as detailed below and pay the required fees.

 

FSA Qualifications Matrix

 

FSD Qualifications Matrix

 

 

Q: I have a Transitional Accreditation for all the measures I need to do my job, when do I have to meet the Qualified Accredited requirements?

A: Practitioners who hold a Transitional Accreditation for NSW FSA or FSD will have a period of four years dating either from the day they were accredited or 1 July, 2020, whichever is the later to meet the Qualified criteria, as detailed below:

 

 

FSA Qualifications Matrix

 

FSD Qualifications Matrix

 


Q: How do I add a new measure or category  to my existing accreditation after 1 July 2021?

A: Measures and categories added after 1 July 2021 will be required to meet the Qualified Accreditation pathway as detailed below:

 

FSA Qualifications Matrix

 

FSD Qualifications Matrix

 

 

 

Scenarios

 

Scenario 1

Katie became accredited on 5 August 2020 for the Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) measures listed below:

  • Smoke alarms and heat alarms;
  • Smoke and heat vents;
  • Smoke dampers;
  • Smoke detectors and heat detectors; and
  • Smoke doors.

 

Katie currently holds all the measures required for her job, from 1 July 2021, Katie will gather the evidence required to meet the Qualified Accreditation pathway and must ensure that she has submitted and met the requirements by 5 August 2024 (four years from first being granted accreditation in any specific class of accreditation).

 


Scenario 2

Adam became accredited as a Practitioner under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) Fire Safety Assessment on 2 July 2020 for the following measures:

  • Emergency lifts;
  • Emergency lighting;
  • Emergency planning; and
  • Emergency warning and intercommunication systems.

 

Adam wishes to increase the number of measures he's accredited for and submits an application on 8 April 2021 to include the following measures:

  • Fire alarm monitoring;
  • Fire control centres and rooms;
  • Fire dampers;
  • Fire doors; and
  • Fire hose reel systems.

 

Adam has until 11.59pm on 30 June 2021 to complete and pass the online assessments, including any re-sits. If Adam fails the second attempt and is locked out of undertaking his third attempt for 30 days, Adam will need to ensure he re-sits and passes his third attempt before 11.59pm on 30 June.

 

If Adam fails the third attempt Adam will be required to submit evidence via the Qualified Accreditation pathway from 1 July 2021 and meet the criteria as detailed below and pay the required fees.

 

FSA Qualifications Matrix

 

FSD Qualifications Matrix

 

 

Scenario 3

It's August 2021 and Michael is not accredited through Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS). Michael is seeking accreditation through the Qualified Accreditation pathway for Fire Systems Design, Fire Sprinkler Systems, Level 3 (Advanced).

 

Michael will be required to provide evidence that he holds a Diploma of Fire Systems Design (CPC50509 or CPC30520), plus the following units of competency or later versions (which may be included as part of the Diploma):

  • CPCPCM4013A Produce 2-D architectural drawings using CAD software;
  • CPCSFS5003A Develop plans and methodology for fire systems design projects;
  • CPCSFS5006A Create detailed designs for fire sprinkler systems;
  • CPCSFS5009A Create detailed designs for fire systems' water supplies;
  • CPCSFS5010A Provide documentation and support for fabrication of fire sprinkler systems;
  • CPCSFS5011A Provide design documentation and review and support fire system installation processes; and
  • CPCSFS5013A Support commissioning processes and finalise fire systems design projects.

 

Michael will also be required to demonstrate 3 years' experience within the last 10 years, commensurate with the activities prescribed by the FPAS Scheme for this category and level of accreditation as detailed in Attachment 9 - FPA Australia Practice Note FSD01 Fire Systems Design Accreditation Levels and Restrictions.


Michael will also be required to submit evidence of insurance, agree to the Conditions of Accreditation and Code of Professional Conduct, and pass a Fundamentals assessment before being registered on the FPAS Accredited Practitioner register.

 

will have a period of four years dating either from the day they were accredited or 1 July, 2020, whichever is the later to meet the Qualified criteria