AFT FIRE PROTECTION IS AN ACCREDITED PRACTITIONER
COVERING ALL 36 FIRE SAFETY MEASURES REQUIRED IN THE
FIRE PROTECTION ACCREDITATION SCHEME – (FPAS)
On July 1, 2020, the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS), initially launched in 2013, was formally approved by the Secretary of the NSW Government –Department of Customer Service (Ms Emma Hogan) under section 59 of the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018.
In her letter Ms Hogan stated:
“I hereby approve of the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) to exercise the functions as an accreditation authority with respect to the accreditation of persons for purposes of the Act…”
From July 1, 2020, practitioners must be accredited under FPAS if they wish to perform ‘regulated work‘ under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR).
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The FPAS has been recognised as essential for these elements of fire protection services;
- Fire Systems Design (FSD) – for practitioners who endorse plans and specifications in accordance with clauses 136AA and 146B of the EPAR; and
- Fire Safety Assessment (FSA) – for those who endorse essential fire safety measures on annual or supplementary fire safety statements under Part 9, Divisions 5 and 7 of the EPAR.
Importantly, to perform these roles, most practitioners will need to hold an accreditation number (some exemptions apply e.g. designers who hold C8 certifier registration).
Other areas, such as approving performance solutions, applying for clause 164B exemptions, or designing mechanical fire safety systems, have not been recognised at this time.
Now that FPA Australia has received recognition from the Secretary, her decision will also be published in the NSW Government Gazette.