Who is considered a CFSP and how can I find out if I’m working with one?
Currently, the government is yet to set-up formal accreditation for CFSPs. That means building owners and certifiers are responsible for determining the competence of their selected CFSP. So, how do you identify the right practitioner?
Competence is key. Previously, it was enough for a professional to be ‘qualified’ to carry out vital tasks. The reforms now also consider a practitioner’s experience. It means the difference between someone with a piece of paper stating they know what to do and one who has actual practical experience to back it up.
A detailed guide for selecting a CFSP is available for building owners and building certifiers.
As a reference, a competent fire safety practitioner may include:
- A person who holds a certificate of accreditation under the Building Professionals Act 2005
- A person who satisfies (a) with an additional qualification; or
- A person who completed training or assessment via a specified professional, body or industry organisation (i.e. Australia’s Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme).
You can also check Fire Protection Association Australia’s (FPAA) Interim Fire Safety Assessor Register
. It lists practitioners who meet the minimum requirements (such as experience and professional conduct) to qualify them for future accreditation. It’s an excellent tool for building certifiers and owners to check the competence of the practitioner they are considering quickly.