Routine Service of Unpumped Hydrants and Valves

 

This Restricted Class allows you to undertake the following work:

 

  • Six monthly and annual routine servicing of unpumped hydrants and valves in accordance with AS 1851.

 

It does not allow you to undertake the following:

 

  • 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 two pathways to individuals depending on their level of experience.  Select the pathway most appropriate to your specific circumstances.

 

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Training Pathway 

The Training pathway requires participants to complete a course of learning using a combination of instructor led training conducted in a classroom / practical learning environment and "on-the job" learning conducted in the workplace.  The course is only suitable for individuals currently employed in the fire protection industry who have access to a supervisor / mentor.

 

The training pathway will be completed in seven stages:

 

  • Stage 1: Two days of classroom / workshop training at designated training facility
  • Stage 2: On-the-job routine service activities completed under supervision. Participants are required to complete multiple six-monthly tests on unpumped hydrant systems at a variety of sites.
  • Stage 3: Completion of workplace based learning and assessment for supporting units of competency (if required)
  • Stage 4: One day of classroom / workshop training at designated training facility
  • Stage 5: On-the-job routine service activities completed under supervision. Participants are required to complete multiple yearly tests (including flow testing) on unpumped hydrant systems at a variety of sites
  • Stage 6: Completion of knowledge component of Licensing and Registration recognised exam
  • Stage 7: Completion of practical component of Licensing and Registration recognised exam. Practitioners must pass the knowledge exam prior to undertaking the practical exam

 

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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. 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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Complying with the Knowledge Requirements

The VBA specifies knowledge requirements for this class in the form of units of competency that an applicant is required to hold to apply for registration or license.

 

The knowledge requirements for this class allow an applicant to hold either CPCPFS3043A Conduct functional water flow testingor a training course accepted by the VBA that delivers knowledge in conducting the water supply proving test on fire hydrant systems.

 

The VBA has confirmed FPA Australia's training course, "FPARS3120 Conduct water flow testing from fire hydrants using portable flow measuring devices", is an accepted course for the purpose of meeting the application requirements for both the pumped and unpumped fire hydrant restricted classes.  This unit will be included as part of all enrolments in this class.

 

 

 

Training and Assessment Calendar

 

Training Courses

 

 Course

 Training Dates

Enrolments Close

 1-2020

 8, 9 Dec 2020 & 19 Jan 2021

4 Dec 2020

 2-2020

 15, 16 Dec 2020 & 20 Jan 2021

11 Dec 2020

 1-2021

 27, 28 Jan 2021 & 24 Feb 2021

20 Jan 2021

 2-2021

 2, 3 Feb 2021 & 25 Feb 2021 - COURSE Cancelled

Cancelled

 3-2021

 9, 10 March 2021 & 7 April 2021

1 March 2021

 

Minimum enrolments required for course to proceed

 

 

Assessment Sessions

 

 Knowledge Exam Dates

 Practical Exam Dates

 2 March 2021

 

 TBA

 13 April 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Training and Assessment Fees

 

 Pathway

Members

Non members

 Training Pathway (includes recognised exam)

$1500

$1750

 Assessment Only Pathway (includes recognised exam)

$700

$1000

 

 

 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.

 

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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

 

 

A Certificate of Completion for:

 

  • FPARS3120 - Conduct water flow testing from fire hydrants using portable flow measuring devices
  • Licensing and Registration recognised exam relevant to this class

 

 

 

Additional Experience Requirements

 

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

 

  • Six-monthly servicing - completion of at least 20 service jobs at 10 different sites; and
  • Annual servicing - completion of 20 service jobs at 10 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.

 

 

Training delivered by:

Fire Protection Association Australia - RTO Code 20851

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