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Drafts out soon for refreshed Certificate II & III Inspect & Test

Posted on : Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Drafts of a redesigned Certificate II and Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing will be released for public comment in December, following a review chaired by Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).

The drafts will address a series of recommendations made by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) to improve the qualifications. Based on an earlier stakeholder review, the AISC identified a need to update several units of competency, better align the Certificates with current industry job roles, give the qualifications enough flexibility to fit different state and territory requirements and urban and regional delivery, and reinforce students' understanding of the need for regulatory compliance.

To implement those recommendations, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was established earlier in 2017 by the AISC's Property Services Industry Reference Group, which is responsible for all nationally recognised training for post-construction fire protection activities.

FPA Australia was appointed to chair the TAG, which held its first meeting in July 2017. TAG members include representatives of both large and small fire protection businesses, regulators, building owners, industry associations and training providers.

A key objective of the TAG's work has been to assess and determine the need for a training unit to cover the inspection and testing of all fire related Essential Safety Measures (ESMs) that are typically required in buildings. The TAG identified a number of ESMs where a nationally recognised training unit for inspection and testing doesn't currently exist.

The TAG has also focussed on improvements to the current qualifications to provide improved career development pathways for employees working in the sector, as well as ensuring that future qualifications are better aligned to job roles typically undertaken in the fire protection industry.

The objectives and outcomes for the review of the two Certificates are:


  • To identify and, where required, develop units of competency to cover the routine service and inspection of every fire safety-related ESM identified by state and territory governments;
  • To ensure that where applicable, these units of competency originate within the Property Services Training Package with the exception of non‐technical units;
  • To ensure that qualifications/skillsets reflect the needs of all stakeholders involved in the routine service and inspection of fire safety-related ESMs, including fire protection companies, building owners, occupiers and their agents, and regulators/licensing bodies;
  • To identify the skills and knowledge required by individuals responsible for performing routine service and inspection of fire safety-related ESMs to ensure such measures continue to perform to a level that is commensurate with community expectations;
  • Develop qualifications and, where applicable, skillsets that reflect the current and future job roles performed by individuals undertaking routine service and inspection of fire safety-related ESMs;
  • To ensure that appropriate units of competency within the reviewed qualifications reflect the skills and knowledge required to perform routine service and inspection that is commensurate with:
    • The complexity of the tasks and actions to be performed; and
    • The risk to community safety that could arise if the ESM failed to perform in accordance with its intended design.
  • To establish qualifications, skillsets and packaging requirements that support industry, provide appropriate recognition of individuals undertaking these vital services and support government to implement systems for accreditation/licensing of individuals involved in the routine service and inspection of fire-related ESMs.


A draft of the proposed qualifications is expected to be released for public comment in December 2017. Consultation sessions on the draft proposal will be held around the country in the early part of 2018. For more information on the review and to subscribe to the mailing list please visit