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Roadshow to cover Certificate II & III changes

Posted on : Thursday, 25 January 2018

A nation-wide roadshow is being run to discuss changes proposed for Certificate II and Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing in a review by the Property Services Industry Reference Committee (IRC).

The first stage of the review and redesign of the two nationally recognised training qualifications that cover the routine service of fire related essential safety measures is nearing completion, and will be released for public comment in coming weeks.


The roadshow will be run throughout February by Artibus Innovation, a government-appointed company that supports industry to develop training packages for the construction and property services sector. The events will cover the proposed changes and the methodology used to develop the updated qualifications.


The IRC, which has responsibility for developing nationally recognised training qualifications, established a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to review the two qualifications. The TAG includes representation from industry associations, registered training organisations, fire protection companies, building owners and employer bodies.


The review and re-design results from a case for change endorsed by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), which recommended:


  • The Certificate II and III qualifications need to be updated to reflect new industry requirements and occupational outcomes, now and into the future;
  • A need to define articulation linked to roles and responsibilities, with Certificate II clearly reflective of the set of basic skills and knowledge required for a new entrant, and Certificate III containing more complex knowledge and skills;
  • Streamlining the qualifications by identifying obsolete units, establishment of new units and integration of units where applicable; and
  • Consideration of the use of skillsets.


The TAG has proposed the retention of the two qualifications, however they have been significantly rewritten to better reflect the range of skills, knowledge and complexity required to undertake routine service activities.


The proposed Certificate II qualification will be an entry-level qualification that covers routine service of less complex and lower risk equipment, with the more complex activities moved to the Certificate III qualification. This also establishes a more structured and meaningful career pathway for the industry. The main changes in the draft proposal include:


  • New units on Section 1 of AS 1851, with a focus on regulatory compliance;
  • New units to cover the inspection and testing of a range of essential safety measures not covered by the current qualifications, such as paths of travel to exits, fire hazard properties, water storage tanks and emergency planning measures;
  • The creation of industry job role-aligned skillsets, which establish the minimum skills and knowledge required by an individual working in each particular field of routine service; and
  • Improved focus on workplace health and safety and customer service.


The forums provide an opportunity to find out about the proposed changes to the qualifications and to seek feedback from industry before the project is finalised.

Click here to register for a forum near you.


Details of the draft qualifications and units of competency will be available on the Artibus Innovation website when released.

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