On the 9th of November 2023 FPA Australia received formal approval from the NSW Department of Customer Service for a Certificate III Pathway for the four mechanical fire safety assessment measures, encompassing fire dampers, smoke dampers, smoke and heat vents and mechanical air handling. This alternative pathway is a result of collaborative efforts with the air-conditioning and mechanical industry reflecting FPA Australia’s dedication to industry engagement and consultation.
The Certificate III Pathway requires the applicant to hold any Certificate III level qualifications or higher in the fields of engineering, construction, plumbing, electrical, fire safety or air conditioning, plus the following specified units of competency:
1) BSBOPS304 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
2) CPPFES2004 Identify and report on types of installed fire safety equipment and systems
3) PUAFIR403 Assess building plans
4) PUAFIR507 Inspect building fire safety systems
5) *UEERA0098 Inspect, test and repair fire and smoke control features of mechanical services systems
*UEERA0098 – has two required prerequisites, UEECD0007 Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace and UEERA0051 Install, commission, service and maintain air conditioning systems. If you don’t already hold a Certificate III in air conditioning and refrigeration it may be difficult to meet the pre requisite requirements of this unit.
Superior Training Centre can deliver the UEERA0098 unit individually with online delivery. The remaining units can be delivered by FPA Australia, or you can visit training.gov.au to find a list of RTO’s that can deliver each required unit.
Please be advised, if you hold other measures as well as the mechanical you may be required to complete additional units depending on the requirements for those measures. If you hold level 2 measures you will still be required to complete the Diploma pathway.