Special Hazard Suppression Systems

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Scope of work

1. Certify – restricted to gaseous, water mist and reticulated foam proportioning systems

  • Certify, inspect and test gaseous, water mist and reticulated foam proportioning systems.

2. Certify – restricted to chemical and foam special hazard systems

  • Certify, inspect and test chemical and foam stored pressure systems.

3. Install and Maintain

  • Install and maintain gaseous, water mist and reticulated foam proportioning systems, and chemical and foam stored pressure systems.

4. Maintain – restricted to gaseous, water mist and reticulated foam proportioning systems

  • Maintain gaseous, water mist and reticulated foam proportioning systems.

Qualifications required

1. Certify – restricted to gaseous, water mist and reticulated foam proportioning systems

  • successful completion of all competency units contained in Certificate IV in Fire Systems Compliance (Special Hazards) 30903QLD except for units:

    • Certify Wet and Dry Chemical Suppression Systems (Installation) 4IAI, and
    • Certify Wet and Dry Chemical Suppression Systems (Maintenance) 4MAJ, or
  • successful completion of a course the commission considers equivalent to the above.

2. Certify – restricted to chemical and foam special hazard systems

  • successful completion of all competency units contained in Certificate IV in Fire Systems Compliance (Special Hazards) 30903QLD except for units:

    • Certify Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems (Installation) 4IAJ, and
    • Certify Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems (Maintenance) 4MAK, or
  • successful completion of a course the commission considers equivalent to the above.

3. Install and Maintain

  • successful completion of Certificate III in Fire Protection CPC32813, or
  • successful completion of a course the commission considers equivalent.

4. Maintain – restricted to gaseous, water mist and reticulated foam proportioning systems

  • successful completion of Certificate III in Fire Protection Inspection and Testing CPP30811, including the following units of competency:

    • Inspect and Maintain Portable Foam-Generating Equipment CPPFES3024A
    • Inspect, test and maintain Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems CPPFES2025A
    • Inspect, Test and Maintain non-gaseous fire suppression systems CPPFES2027A, or
  • successful completion of a course the commission considers equivalent to the above.

Managerial course

Completion of the approved managerial course.

Experience required

Two years experience, that may include experience gained during an apprenticeship or other training, in:

  • the licence class scope of work, or
  • other work, if the commission considers experience on the other work is at least equivalent to experience in the scope of work for the class.

Financial requirements

The relevant financial requirements in the minimum financial requirements policy.

Note: Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence

In addition to the requirements outlined by QBCC regulations, Queensland technicians and companies who install, decommission, service or maintain gaseous fire suppression systems or portable extinguishers containing ODS or SGG must ensure they also hold the necessary licences and permits as required by the Australian Government.  

Licences, authorisations and permits relating to the use of scheduled extinguishing agents in the fire protection industry are issued by the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board on behalf of the Australian Government.

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 allows for the following types of licence, authorisation and permits:

EAHL- Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence

Individuals who handle a controlled extinguishing agent that is, has been, or is used for fire protection must hold an Extinguishing Agent Handling Licence (EAHL) or a Special Circumstances Exemption.

View the licence entitlement types and the handling practices and units of competency.

EATA- Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisation

This authority is required by anyone acquiring, storing and/or disposing of extinguishing agents as listed in the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989. An Extinguishing Agent Trading Authorisation (EATA) is required to undertake the following activities:

  • Buy/sell/possess agent in bulk, or
  • Fill/recover agent

To apply for an EATA an application form must be completed. Download a copy of the application form.

HSP- Halon Special Permit

The use of halon is strictly regulated under the fire protection division of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Has Regulations 1995.

A Halon Special Permit is not required to possess halon for use in fire protection equipment or systems. 

A Halon Special Permit is not required to possess an extinguisher containing halon. 

A Halon Special Permit (HSP) may be granted by the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board where it is satisfied that:

  • the applicant is appropriately experienced and the use of the halon is to protect human life or operate equipment that is critical to the community.
  • there is no practicable and safe alternative available at reasonable cost

To apply for a HSP an application form must be completed. Download an application form.

Contact the Fire Protection Industry (ODS & SGG) Board:

Licence types

You can apply for this licence class as a:

Important note:

  • Interstate Applicants – may be eligible to obtain a licence through Mutual Recognition
  • Overseas Applicants – may have to have an overseas qualification assessed for equivalency prior to applying.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Professional Indemnity Insurance is required for this licence class.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)

Registered Training Organisations issue formal qualifications to people who successfully complete training. Please note that this list is a guide only and subject to change. We strive to ensure that the information contained is accurate and up-to-date.

Other qualifications can be:

  • apprenticeship papers
  • documentation showing you successfully completed the appropriate course for this licence class
  • documentation showing you successfully completed an equivalent course for this licence class (e.g. similar modules)
  • recognition certificate
  • a qualification of statement of attainment of the required competency issued by an approved authority for the licence class.

Recognition of prior learning

If you do not hold a formal technical qualification, you may be able to obtain it through recognition of prior learning (RPL) by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The following RTOs may be able to provide RPL services for the restricted licence classes listed above:

Certify - restricted to gaseous, water mist and reticulated foam proportioning systems

  • FPIB(Q) (Accreditations)
  • The Service Trades College Australia

Certify - restricted to chemical and foam special hazard systems

  • FPIB(Q) (Accreditations)
  • The Service Trades College Australia

Install and Maintain

  • The Service Trades College Australia

Maintain - restricted to gaseous, water mist and reticulated foam proportioning systems

  • Fire Skills Training
  • FPAA
Fire Skills Training Pty Ltd
Address: 
223 Elliot Road, Banyo Qld 4014 PO Box 371, Albion Qld 4010
Phone: 
07 3333 2378 or 0422 378 378
Email: 
shannon@fireskills.com.au
Contact: 
Shannon Carter
Firefox Training and Compliancy Consultants
Address: 
PO Box 73, Narangba Qld 4504
Phone: 
0414 850 065
Email: 
enquiries@firefox.net.au
Contact: 
Phil Underwood
FPAA (Fire Protection Association Australia)
Address: 
PO Box 1049, Box Hill Vic 3128
Phone: 
1300 731 922 or 03 8892 3131
Fax: 
03 8892 3132
Email: 
training@fpaa.com.au
Contact: 
Learning and development
FPIB(Q) - Fire Protection Industry Board of Queensland
Address: 
PO Box 5033, Algester Qld 4115
Phone: 
07 3272 0263
Email: 
fpibqld@bigpond.com
Contact: 
Christine Nufer
The Service Trades College of Australia
Address: 
PO Box 102, Salisbury Qld 4107
Phone: 
07 3255 5698
Email: 
info@tstca.com.au
Contact: 
Adrian Shackleton