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Fire Safety Assessment accreditation open for applications

Posted on : Tuesday, 2 April 2019

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Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is pleased to announce applications are now open for the new Fire Safety Assessment class of accreditation under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS).

 

The Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) class of 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 a 'competent fire safety practitioner' (CFSP), under the state's 2017 fire safety reforms.

 

As per the NSW Government's approval of the FSA and Fire Systems Design (FSD) classes of accreditation in February, individuals holding FSA accreditation will be recognised as CFSPs under the 2017 reforms. That recognition will be formalised by the NSW Government after a phase-in period of approximately 12 months (around April 2020), after which relevant fire protection work in the state will be required to be undertaken by a CFSP accredited by FPAS or other future approved schemes.

 

The FSA class of accreditation will ultimately be available across multiple jurisdictions, however the initial launch will be focused on NSW.

 

Priority given to individuals on Interim Register

 

FPA Australia expects a large number of applications for the new class of accreditation. In recognition of their proactive commitment to accreditation and best practice fire protection, priority in processing applications will be given to individuals already on the NSW Interim Fire Safety Assessor Register for a period of 90 days.

 

The launch of the new class and its recognition by the NSW Government is a major step forward in fire protection for the state, and a validation of the effort the industry has voluntarily invested in raising competency and standards.

 

"In recent years thousands of individuals in the fire protection industry have voluntarily gained FPAS accreditation and related training, and the launch of the new Fire Safety Assessment class is another major step in that path of industry self-improvement," said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

 

"The recognition of the FSA and FSD classes of accreditation is a strong endorsement from the NSW Government that the industry is on the right track in holding ourselves to a high standard, in order to deliver the best fire protection services to the community that we can."

 

 

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