Becoming a certifier

To become an accredited certifier in NSW, you must apply to the Building Professionals Board and:

  • demonstrate you have the knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience required under the accreditation scheme
  • demonstrate you are a fit and proper person
  • provide a certificate of currency for your professional indemnity insurance (unless you are a council employee covered by the council’s insurance)
  • pay an accreditation fee.

Accreditation criteria and experience

Applicants must meet the core performance criteria, speciality performance criteria and experience requirements set out in the accreditation scheme.

Core performance criteria

The core performance criteria are listed in Schedule 1 of the accreditation scheme and apply to all applicants except those exempt from the scheme.

Applicants can meet the core performance criteria by either:

Speciality performance criteria

The speciality performance criteria differ for each category of accreditation and are listed in Schedule 2 of the accreditation scheme.

Applicants for A1, A2 and A3 must have a qualification listed in Schedule 3 Part 2. The only exceptions being:

  • If  they are able to obtain evidence from one of the providers listed in Schedule 3 Part 2 that the qualification the applicant holds is equivalent to the qualification recognised in Schedule 3 Part 2 from that provider; or
  • The applicant was enrolled in a course that leads to a qualification listed in Schedule 3 Part 1 on 1 March 2010 and has successfully completed the course.

Experience requirements

Depending on the category of accreditation you apply for, you might need to do some practical experience in certification work. Check out in Schedule 2 of the accreditation scheme for details.

A1, A2 and A3 applicants can use the experience guide to help prepare their application:

Ready to apply?

Go to the apply for accreditation page, or for more information see below.

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Becoming a swimming pool certifier

Accredited swimming pool certifiers inspect swimming pool and spa pool barriers and issue certificates of compliance or non-compliance under the Swimming Pools Act 1992. To become a swimming pool certifier (category E1 certifier) in NSW, you must apply to the Building Professionals Board and:

  • demonstrate you meet the requirements for accreditation
  • demonstrate you are a fit and proper person
  • provide a certificate of currency for your professional indemnity insurance (unless you are a council employee covered by the council’s insurance)
  • pay an accreditation fee.

Some swimming pool certifiers can complete repairs costing up to $1,000 to make a pool comply. To do so, they must be authorised under the Home Building Act as a swimming pool builder or structural landscaper.

All applicants must complete the E1 training course

The Board has only approved the following providers to deliver the E1 training course:

Courses that are not delivered by a provider listed above will not meet the requirements for accreditation.

Two pathways to becoming an E1 swimming pool certifier

Applicants for both pathways must have completed the E1 training course.

Pathway 1 – qualification

Pathway 1 applicants must have either:

  • A4 certifier accreditation (unconditional), or
  • an endorsed contractor's licence or a qualified supervisor's certificate under the Home Building Act, as a builder, swimming pool builder or structural landscaper who is authorised to build swimming pool fencing.

Download the E1 application form – pathway 1 qualification

Pathway 2 – experience

Pathway 2 applicants must have two years' recent experience working for a local council and inspecting at least 20 swimming pools. Download the E1 application form – pathway 2 experience.

Frequently asked questions

What forms and documents are needed to apply for accreditation?

The accreditation application form lists all the documents to submit with your form. Some documents might need to be certified by a Justice of the Peace.

How can I pay the accreditation fee?

Pay by credit card or direct bank deposit/EFT when you send in your application, or contact the Board to pay by credit card over the phone.

How long will it take for my application to be determined?

The determination time depends on the category of accreditation. For example, A1 certifiers work on major buildings with complex safety systems, so the public rightfully expects their knowledge and experience to be carefully assessed.

What skills, qualifications and experience do I need to become a certifier?

The skills, qualifications and experience you need to become a certifier differ for each category of accreditation and are set out in the accreditation scheme.

Do council trainees have to meet the core performance criteria to be accredited?

Yes. All applicants, in any category of accreditation, must meet the core performance criteria set out in the accreditation scheme.

What does the Board’s accreditation exam involve?

Read the exam information sheet to find out more about the written accreditation exam, and contact the Board to find out when the next exam will be held.

Why and when would the Board require an applicant to undertake an assessment?

The Board might ask for an assessment as part of the process to apply for accreditation as a certifier. For example, an applicant may not be able to provide written evidence of meeting the criteria for accreditation (there would need to be a good reason for not being able to provide this evidence). The assessment would generally take the form of an interview or written assessment held at the Board’s office.

Can I work as an E1 certifier and a pool consultant?

No. An E1 certifier cannot consult or offer advice on a pool they have been engaged to certify. By law, if a pool fails inspection, a certifier can’t just give advice on how to fix it but must issue certain legislated documents and may have to notify the council.

Can A1, A2 and A3 certifiers inspect pools without holding E1 accreditation?

Yes. A1-A3 certifiers don't need E1 accreditation to inspect swimming pools, but they do need to join the Swimming Pool Register by emailing their BPB accreditation number to the Board.

Do pool inspectors who are employed by a council need E1 accreditation?

No, but they may choose to complete the approved E1 training course to improve their knowledge and may apply for E1 accreditation if they wish.

 
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