On 16 December 2020, an Industry Reference Group was established to develop the elements of the Fire and Smoke Control Systems (Mechanical Services) category of accreditation in Fire Systems Design under the existing Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS).
AMCA Australia and several AMCA members in NSW were part of this IRG, which met on a regular basis to:
1. Define the job roles, levels and categories of accreditation for a Fire and Smoke Control Systems (Mechanical Services) practitioner;
2. Determine if their existing qualifications / courses / Units of Competency that meet what a Fire and Smoke Control Systems (Mechanical Services) practitioner does on the job?
3. Define what level of experience (years) would be deemed as appropriate for a Fire and Smoke Control Systems (Mechanical Services) practitioner to gain accreditation?
4. On application of Accreditation, what type of final assessment would be deemed as appropriate?
Executive Director Norther Region, Adrian Shackleton said “it was pleasing to see the AMCA’s industry knowledge and influence recognised through the FPA Australia inviting us to be part of this important IRG”.
He said that “as the premier Association representing the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services sector nationally, AMCA Australia and our NSW members were best placed to advise industry’s perspective on the qualifications, experience and job roles examined under this review”.
The extensive work undertaken by the Fire Systems Design - Fire and Smoke Control Systems (Mechanical Services) IRG concluded in early July 2021.
A detailed ‘Request For Change” will now be submitted to the NSW Government by Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).