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Professional bodies and industry associations 

Only a professional body or industry association can apply to have a competent fire safety practitioner accreditation scheme recognised. This page outlines the process for satisfying the requirements required to accredit competent fire safety practitioners for the purpose of the EP&A Regulation.

The Competent Fire Safety Practitioner Co-regulatory Accreditation Framework Guideline 

The Competent Fire Safety Practitioner Co-regulatory Accreditation Framework Guideline (the Guideline) sets out the minimum requirements that an organisation and its accreditation scheme must meet in order to satisfy the Secretary of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) that it can capably accredit competent fire safety practitioners for the purpose of the EP&A Regulation.

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Initial requirements for an accreditation scheme to be recognised 

Part 2 of the Guideline outlines the minimum requirements that each accreditation scheme must meet. These include (but are not limited to) demonstrating that the organisation has:

  • an appropriate and publicly documented process for accreditation application and renewal
  • a complaints handling and dispute resolution process
  • a process for monitoring and investigating accreditation holders
  • a process for disciplining and sanctioning accreditation holders
  • a code of conduct for individual practitioners
  • an appropriate record keeping system
  • capacity to maintain an up-to-date publicly available register of current and former accreditation holders
  • a contingency plan in the event that the organisation is unable to continue accrediting competent fire safety practitioners.

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Ongoing requirements for a recognised accreditation scheme 

Part 3 of the Guideline outlines the ongoing requirements that an organisation with a recognised accreditation scheme must comply with.  These include (but are not limited to):

  • standard conditions of accreditation scheme recognition, for example:
    • obligation to act in the public interest
    • ability to manage and avoid conflicts of interest
    • ability to act independently, fairly and with honesty and integrity.
  • any specific conditions of accreditation scheme recognition
  • continued satisfaction of the requirements in Part 2 of the Guideline
  • requests to provide information
  • audits and investigations.

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Accreditation scheme recognition and application process 

  1. To have your organisation’s competent fire safety practitioner accreditation scheme recognised, submit your application to NSW Fair Trading.

    Email the completed Competent Fire Safety Practitioner Accreditation Scheme Provider Registration Form and accompanying documents to: Fsp.accreditations@finance.nsw.gov.au.

  2. If required, NSW Fair Trading may request additional information to be provided within 21 days (or an agreed timeframe). Note: if the information is not received within the time frame, your application will be considered withdrawn

  3. Once your application is approved, Fair Trading will notify you that your accreditation scheme has been recognised and your organisation will be able to accept applications from individuals to become accredited competent fire safety practitioners. Your organisation must comply with ongoing requirements of recognition. 

  4. An order is then published in the Government Gazette recognising individuals accredited under the approved scheme as competent fire safety practitioners.


If your organisation’s application has been refused, you can apply for a review of the decision. For information, see the Reviews of Fair Trading decisions webpage.

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