Training is delivering tangible outcomes

Posted on : Wednesday, 10 February 2021

The first group undertaking hydrant systems training in order to obtain their Victorian Building Authority registration has now gone through, and already we are seeing some clear benefits. 


Feedback from students suggests that the training has helped to reinforce their knowledge of critical and non-critical defects, and allowed them to service hydrant systems more effectively.  


The findings support FPA Australia's view that ongoing training and development is essential to ensure that practitioners remain up-to-date with their skills and knowledge.  


"It is easy to overlook key steps when carrying out servicing, but such oversights could have significant implications for clients," according to Chris Wyborn, National Manager, Training and Bushfire Services. 


"The training is reminding practitioners of their responsibilities and ensuring that a focus on compliance is central to the practice of routine service. 


"It reinforces the importance of continuing professional development for accredited practitioners, to brush up on existing skills and to learn new techniques. 


"New entrants have found the course to be comprehensive, providing them with detailed knowledge and the necessary skills to undertake the routine service of hydrant systems competently . 


"The workplace based learning model mirrors a traineeship, demonstrating that targeted, high quality training specific to roles such as routine service are an appropriate pathway to build a competent industry."


Restricted registration requirements for practitioners come into effect on 31 July, 2021, and all applicants must have completed their training beforehand.  


FPA Australia has launched training and assessment pathways to help the fire protection industry to comply with the VBA requirements.

However, given the lead time to complete training, submit your application, and receive registration from the VBA, we encourage everyone who needs to be registered or licensed to act now. 

If you have not submitted an enrolment before April 1, it is highly likely that you will not be registered by the due date. 


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