Registration and Licensing for VBA Fire Protection Restricted Classes

 

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has approved the introduction of four new restricted classes of registration and licensing for the routine servicing of certain fire protection systems.

 

The restricted classes were necessary after amendments introduced in the Plumbing Regulations 2018 mandated that the routine servicing of water based fire protection systems was deemed to be "plumbing work" and therefore must be carried out by an appropriately qualified plumbing practitioner.

 

On behalf of the fire protection industry, FPA Australia petitioned the VBA to address significant industry concerns, which effectively resulted in many skilled workers no longer being able to lawfully undertake work that they had been doing for many years.  The effect of this sudden change would have led to a massive workforce shortage, resulting in routine service not being undertaken and putting the community at risk.

 

The announcement in April 2020 of the restricted registration and licensing arrangements introduced by the VBA has addressed some of the concerns raised by FPA Australia and the fire protection industry, however the limitations of the restricted classes is likely to still result in workforce capacity constraints.

 

 

Restricted Classes


The VBA has introduced two ongoing classes and two transitional classes as pathways for people carrying out routine service of water based fire protection systems who are currently unregistered or unlicensed as a result of amended regulations.

 

The VBA requires all technicians to be registered or licensed with the VBA by 31 July 2021 in each restricted class relevant to the work performed by the individual.


Those registered or licensed in a transitional class (fire sprinklers and pumped hydrants) will be able to work until 31 July 2021, after which time they will need to be enrolled in a Certificate III in Fire Protection (sprinkler fitter qualification), which must be completed by 31 December, 2025.

 

An individual who successfully applies for either registration or licensing in a fire protection restricted class will be classified as a plumbing practitioner under the Building Act, restricted to the scope of works specific to each class held.

 

 

How to enrol in training, assessment and the Licensing and Registration recognised exam


As a Registered Training Organisation, FPA Australia provides training and/or assessment in the units of competency required by an individual to apply for each of the fire protection restricted classes.

 

Additionally, three of the four classes of registration require the applicant to complete a Licensing and Registration recognised exam before applying for registration.  FPA Australia will deliver this exam to the fire protection industry as part of its training and assessment pathways.

 

To find out more about available pathways to meet the application requirements, click on the button below for the relevant Restricted Class.

 

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Need Help

 

If you require assistance with the VBA restricted classes, the registration or license application requirements or information about the requirements for a licence please contact the VBA on 1300 815 127 or select an option below.

 

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If you require assistance with the training and assessment options offered by FPA Australia or need help with your enrolment, please contact the FPA Australia Training Team by email: training@fpaa.com.au or by calling (03) 8892 3182.

 

 

To enrol in training, assessment and the Licensing and Registration recognised exam, select one of the above buttons for the relevant Restricted Class.