New accreditation classes to address NSW reforms

Posted on : Tuesday, 22 August 2017

The New South Wales Government recently announced major reforms to the state's fire safety regulation and certification system. As part of the reforms, from 1 October 2017 fire safety practitioners engaging in design work or preparing annual fire safety statements will be required to be recognised as a 'competent fire safety practitioner'.


The NSW Government aims to recognise industry accreditation schemes that meet their requirements for competent fire safety practitioners. As an interim measure until this happens, it is expected the NSW Government will issue provisional guidance on these requirements.


Under our Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS), FPA Australia has been working diligently to develop new accreditation classes we believe will meet the NSW requirements. The new class known as Fire Safety Assessment is reaching completion, and is unique given the scope of the practitioner's role.


FPA Australia currently offers the Fire Systems Design, Fire Systems Certification and Inspect & Test accreditation classes. If you would like to learn more or apply for these accreditation classes click here.


The new Fire Safety Assessment accreditation class is tailored to fit NSW requirements for professionals preparing annual fire safety statements. To express your interest in the Fire Safety Assessor accreditation class, please fill out this online form. We will keep you up to date with the latest information about this new accreditation class, and about the evolving NSW requirements.


Until the NSW Government recognises suitable industry accreditation schemes such as FPAS, it is understood building owners will be required to sign a statement that they consider fire protection practitioners conducting work on their building to be competent.


FPA Australia is delighted to announce that FPAS has received endorsement from the Owners Corporation Network (OCN), the peak body of owners and residents in residential strata schemes. In the absence of an officially approved accrediting body, OCN is advising its members to only engage FPAS-accredited individuals as competent fire safety practitioners.


The NSW fire safety reforms are one of the biggest changes to the industry in decades. As your peak industry body, FPA Australia is working hard to make available all the necessary accreditation classes, resources and guidance material you need to adapt and thrive in this new regulatory environment.


FPA Australia will shortly be announcing a comprehensive online portal that collects together information and updates on the NSW fire safety reforms to assist you through this period of important regulatory change.


For more information contact FPA Australia on (03) 8892 3131.

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