Routine Service of Fire Sprinkler Systems

 

This Restricted Class allows you to undertake the following work:

 

  • Monthly and six-monthly routine servicing of fire sprinkler systems in accordance with AS 1851.
  • Monthly and six-monthly routine servicing of fire hydrants forming part of a combined system, in accordance with AS 1851.
  • Monthly and six-monthly routine servicing of fire hydrant systems with pressure-reducing or pressure-limiting valves, in accordance with AS 1851.

 

It does not allow you to undertake the following:

 

  • Routine servicing of Class 2 or 3 buildings above 3 stories and Class 9 buildings
  • Annual routine service, and all services frequencies there after
  • Any routine servicing work that requires the holding of an Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence under the requirements of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989
  • Routine servicing of occupancies of excessive fire hazard as described by NCC V1 Table E1.5 Requirements for Sprinklers
  • Any other fire protection work including construction, installation, replacement, repair, maintenance, testing and commissioning work.

 

 

 

Pathways to meet application requirements

 

FPA Australia offers a single assessment only pathway for this class. 

 

Due to the transitional arrangements that require applicants to enrol in a Certificate III in Fire Protection (sprinkler fitter) qualification to continue to perform this work after 1 July 2021, a training course pathway is not applicable for this class.

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Assessment Only Pathway 

The Assessment Only pathway is for individuals who have been undertaking the work covered by this class for an extended period of time and who are capable of passing the required assessments and Licensing and Registration recognised exam without undertaking any formal training.

 

Participants are required to download and review the Guide for Licensing and Registration Recognised Exam for VBA Fire Protection Restricted Classes from the FPA Australia website.

 

The Guide sets out the skills, knowledge and experience required and includes sample questions similar to those included in the recognised exam.

 

If a participant is confident that they satisfy the skills, knowledge and experience requirements, and are able to answer all of the sample questions, they may proceed with enrolling in this pathway. 

 

Participants who are not confident or are unable to answer all of the sample questions without assistance are not suitable for the Assessment Only pathway and are required to enrol in the Training pathway.

 

Participants who enrol in the Assessment Only pathway will be provided with a "Required Knowledge Guide" to help refresh their knowledge, prior to attending a scheduled assessment session to complete the assessments and the Licensing and Registration recognised exam. 

 

The assessment only pathway will be completed in three stages:

 

  • Stage 1: Completion of workplace based learning and assessment for supporting units of competency (if required)
  • Stage 2: Completion of knowledge component of Licensing and Registration recognised exam
  • Stage 3: Completion of practical component of Licensing and Registration recognised exam at an appropriate site. Practitioners must pass the knowledge exam prior to undertaking the practical exam

 

 

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Supporting Units of Competency 

All four fire protection restricted classes require applicants to complete three "supporting" units of competency that are common to all classes.  These units of competency are only required to be completed once, regardless of the number of restricted classes that an individual applies for.

 

The supporting units consist of:

 

  • CPPCMN2002A - Participate in workplace safety arrangements
  • CPPFES2004A - Identify types of installed fire safety equipment and systems
  • CPPFES2006A - Prepare for installation and servicing operations

 

These units form part of the FPAS Accreditation Scheme as well as being core units in the Certificate II and Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing qualifications.  Applicants are encouraged to check if they have completed any supporting units prior to enrolment.

 

Completion of the supporting units of competency is undertaken through a workplace based training delivery model.

 

Applicants who require the supporting units can enrol at the same time as enrolling in the applicable pathway for each selected fire protection restricted class.  A separate enrolment fee is payable (see below).  

 

Recognition of previous training

Whilst the VBA stipulates units of competency from current national training packages, many individuals hold units of competency and/or qualifications from superseded qualifications.

 

Individuals with superseded qualifications, sufficient experience and current ability in a unit of competency can bypass the learning and go directly to the assessment by undertaking a process known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

 

A pre-determined RPL process is available for the "supporting" units.  Further information can be obtained by downloading the RPL Guide for VBA Supporting Units by clicking the button below.

 

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Assessment Calendar

 

Once an applicant has completed a refresh of their skills and knowledge and completed the supporting units (if required) they will be eligible to schedule an assessment and undertake the Licensing and Registration recognised exam.

 

Details on how to book an assessment will be provided to participants after enrolment.

 

Due to the complex requirements of the practical component of the Licensing and Registration recognised exam, assessments may need to be conducted at multiple sites and may require the applicant to nominate their own sites for assessment.  Where this occurs, additional fees will be payable to cover the additional time and travel costs. 

 

 

 

Assessment Fees

 

 Pathway

Members

Non members

 Assessment Only Pathway (includes recognised exam)

$1200*

$1400*

 Assessment conducted at multiple sites

Price on application

Price on application

 

 

 Supporting Units

Members

Training / RPL

Non members

Training / RPL

CPPCMN2002A - Participate in workplace safety arrangements

$225 / $180

$250 / $205

CPPFES2004A - Identify types of installed fire safety equipment and  systems

$225 / $180

$250 / $205

CPPFES2006A - Prepare for installation and servicing operations

$225 / $180

$250 / $205

 

 

A listing of all fees is available by clicking on the button below. Please contact FPA Australia for more information.

 

*Note: 

  • The knowledge assessment and exam will be conducted at FPA Australia National Office
  • The practical assessment and exam will be conducted onsite at an appropriate location. Practitioners must pass the knowledge exam prior to undertaking the practical exam
  • Additional charges will apply if the practical assessment is undertaken at a location that is further than 1 hours' drive from FPA Australia's National Office in Blackburn North or where there is a requirement to conduct the assessment at multiple sites (refer to the schedule of fees for further details).

  

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Outcomes

 

After successfully completing the assessments, participants will receive the following:

 

A Statement of Attainment for the following:

 

  • Supporting Units (if enrolled)
    • CPPCMN2002A - Participate in workplace safety arrangements
    • CPPFES2004A - Identify types of installed fire safety equipment and systems
    • CPPFES2006A - Prepare for installation and servicing operations

 

  • Units specific to this class
    • CPPFES2037A - Inspect and test fire hydrant systems
    • CPCPFS3040A Conduct basic functional testing of water-based fire-suppression systems
    • CPCPFS3041A - Inspect and test fire pumpsets

 

 

A Certificate of Completion for:

 

  • Licensing and Registration recognised exam relevant to this class

 

 

 

Additional Experience Requirements

 

The VBA requires an applicant to have a range of experience attained prior to 18 November 2018 to be eligible to apply for registration, this includes:

 

  • Monthly service of fire sprinkler systems - completion of at least 100 service jobs at more than 15 different sites and across 4 different sprinkler system types; and
  • Six-monthly service of fire sprinkler systems - completion of at least 30 service jobs at more than 8 different sites and across 4 different sprinkler system types; and
  • Monthly service of fire hydrants forming part of a combined system - completion of at least 50 service jobs at more than 10 different sites; and
  • Six-monthly service of fire hydrants forming part of a combined system - completion of at least 30 service jobs at more than 8 different sites.

 

 

 

Additional Requirements for Licensing

 

In addition to the requirements for registration, applicants for a licence are required to hold additional units of competency and specific insurances.

 

Further details on meeting the requirements to apply for a license for this class or to determine whether you require a licence are available here

 

 

 

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 pathway 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.

 

 

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