Name

NSW Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme — Fire Safety Assessor

Delivery

Combined Online and Skills Assessment & RPL

Fees

Cert II Path from $1,980-$5720
Cert III Path from $1,980-$5720
Diploma Path from $1,980-$5035
(Not including Cert II, Cert III or Diploma)

Description

Overview

Firefox Training offers these nationally recognised units of competency to individuals who are working towards becoming a Fire Safety Assessor (also called an Accredited Practitioner (Fire Safety)) in NSW under the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS). A Fire Safety Assessor in NSW is responsible for auditing and assessing onsite fire safety measures for the purpose of informing an annual or supplementary fire safety statement. The training is customised to assist in students’ industry skills and to improve their employability.

The Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) class of accreditation under the FPAS Scheme accredits practitioners as individuals to act as a competent fire safety practitioner to undertake assessment of existing fire safety measures (for the purpose of informing an annual or supplementary fire safety statement) under Part 9 Division 5 and 7 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

To reflect the levels of complexity that some equipment and systems can present, two levels of accreditation are available for three specific fire safety measures:

  • Automatic fire suppression systems (sprinklers)
  • Fire hydrant systems
  • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems

For each fire safety measure, practitioners can select the appropriate level of work that best suits their individual needs and circumstances. Each level specifies the system types, configurations and the nature of work a practitioner at that level is accredited to undertake Fire Safety Assessment on, as well as any conditions that relate to the defined level.

Duration & Structure

A large portion of this qualification is delivered online via our industry leading Learning Management System. Once registered, each student can access and complete the learning materials via both desktop and mobile devices. Our interactive training mixes text, video, and embedded learning checks to ensure students are kept engaged.

Each student will have access to our fully qualified assessors via online messaging throughout the duration of the online component of their course.

What does a Pathway mean?

In the NSW FSA accreditation, the classes of work are split into Fire Safety Measures (FSM’s) and depending on your work and your experience, you will need to select which Fire Safety Measures you will wish to apply to be accredited in.  

One of the main things to understand is that a Certificate II Pathway means in order to complete accreditation via this pathway, you must already hold a Certificate II (or Higher) in one of the six approved areas of study.  

Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Construction, Engineering or Property Services.

If you need to complete the Diploma Pathway, once again you will need to already hold a Diploma (or Higher) qualification in one of those 6 educational areas.

Which Pathway do I Need?

One of the most important things to determine is what Pathway you need to undertake.

Accreditation for basic levels of FSM are available via the Certificate II pathway.  Other FSM’s including level 2 or above or working with mechanical ventilation, are considered to have higher educational requirements and need to be undertaken via the Diploma Pathway only.  

It is important to note that the Certificate II Pathway and the Diploma Pathway offered are NOT a Certificate II or Diploma qualification, but only the group of other units you will require to hold, in addition to your Certificate II or Diploma.  

We may be able to assist you in some cases to achieve one of these as a separate enrolment depending on your situation and experience in one of our qualifications.

The easiest way to check is to click on the Pathway buttons above and select the FSM’s you wish to apply for.

Units of Competency

The units of competency required is dependant on the Essential Fire Safety Measure(s) selected and any current relevant qualifications held. Click on “Enrol Now” to select the Essential Safety Measures you require to identify which units of competency you need.

Common Units

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBOPS304Deliver and monitor a service to customers
PUAFIR403Assess building plans
PUAFIR507Inspect building fire safety systems

Licence Class Units

Unit CodeUnit Name
CPCPFS3040Conduct basic functional testing of water-based fire-suppression systems
CPCPFS3041Inspect and test fire pumpsets
CPCPFS3042Conduct annual routine service of complex water-based fire suppression systems
CPPFES2004Identify and report on types of installed fire safety equipment and systems
CPPFES2010Inspect and test fire hose reels
CPPFES2011Install portable fire extinguishers, fire cabinets and fire blankets
CPPFES2020Conduct routine inspection and testing of fire extinguishers and fire blankets
CPPFES2026Inspect and test emergency and exit lighting systems
CPPFES2029Conduct functional tests on fire detection, warning and intercommunication devices
CPPFES2035Identify, inspect and test fire and smoke doors
CPPFES2037Inspect and test fire hydrant systems
CPPFES2039Identify, inspect and test passive fire and smoke containment products and systems
PUAFER003Manage and monitor facility emergency procedures, equipment and other resources

Common Units

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBAUD513Report on quality audits
CPCCBC4012Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCSFS5014Conduct annual fire systems inspections
CPCSFS5015Prepare documentation for annual fire systems inspections

Licence Class Units

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBOPS304Deliver and monitor a service to customers
CPPFES2004Identify and report on types of installed fire safety equipment and systems
CPPFES2011Install portable fire extinguishers, fire cabinets and fire blankets
CPPFES2020Conduct routine inspection and testing of fire extinguishers and fire blankets
CPPFES2035Identify, inspect and test fire and smoke doors
CPPFES2039Identify, inspect and test passive fire and smoke containment products and systems
PUAFER003Manage and monitor facility emergency procedures, equipment and other resources
PUAFIR403Assess building plans
PUAFIR507Inspect building fire safety systems

It is recommended that students are able to demonstrate language, literacy, and numeracy skills equivalent to Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Recognition of Prior Learning & Credit Transfers

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment only process. RPL captures evidence from a student who has learnt a relevant unit in other courses, from life or work experience, and from any training at work. This ‘Prior Learning’ must be relevant to one or more of the units of competency they are enrolling in. A student who is assessed through RPL as competent in a unit is deemed to have completed that unit in the course.

If you believe you have completed a unit of competency in another formal learning experience, you may be eligible for a Credit Transfer (CT). You will have to provide a certified copy of the Statement of Results or Statement of Attainment through the enrolment process as evidence. If a CT is identified, you will not have to complete the unit again.

If you have any questions about the RPL process, your eligibility, or the evidence you would be required to produce you can read more about it here, or get in touch with us here.

Qualification & Statement

On successful completion of these units, students will be awarded a Statement of Attainment.

Pathways & Career Opportunities

Students will develop skills that lead to:

  • Work opportunities that include scope to carry out work in some Australian States and Territories
  • Increased employability within the Fire Protection Industry
  • Further study to obtain other Units of Competency which are relevant to a variety of fire occupations.
  • Units of Competency that may assist in applying for licences from:
  • Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme — FPAS (NSW)

Fees & Payment

Firefox Training offers a range of accredited and non-accredited courses, and eligible individuals may attract subsidies. As these arrangements vary from state to state and according to an individual’s circumstances, please contact Firefox Training to discuss these options.

Full Fee Student

  • Certificate II Pathway from $1,980-$5720 (Not incl Cert II)

    $1,500 — Required at commencement

    Balance required prior to issuing Statement of Attainment

  • Diploma Pathway from $1,980-$5035 (Not incl Diploma)

    $1,500 — Required at commencement

    Balance required prior to issuing Statement of Attainment


  • Single Unit of Competency from $295


    Full payment required at commencement of learning.