NSW Swimming Pool Safety Consultant Course

Swimming Pool Safety Courses are now being delivered in NSW by APSIC trainers.

This course will be of interest to pool owners, Pool Safety Consultants, Real Estate Agents, Strata Management Bodies and pool builders, interested in understanding the recent changes to NSW pool safety laws and Standards.

The New South Wales (NSW) State government has recently conducted a comprehensive review of the laws relating to swimming pool safety in response to the incidents of child drowning deaths in swimming pools. With over 350,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW, swimming pool safety is an issue that affects the whole community.

APSIC is an experienced training provider in the delivery of pool safety training. In December 2010, Queensland saw changes to their respective legislation, requiring all regulated swimming pools to be inspected by a licensed Pool Safety Inspector, prior to the sale or lease of the property. Since this time, APSIC has trained hundreds of individuals in Queensland regarding all matters relating to pool safety.

APSIC is a training provider that has national approval through the Federal government department of Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver the accredited course for Swimming Pool Safety Inspections (31005QLD) in Queensland. APSIC has vast experience in delivering this specialised training to Real Estate Agents, Property Managers, Strata Management Bodies, compliance inspectors within local government councils, private building certifiers and private pool safety inspectors throughout Queensland.

In NSW, The Swimming Pool Act 1992 requires that all pool owners must register their swimming pool on a Swimming Pool Register by 29 October 2013. At the time of registering their swimming pool, the pool owner must also state that to the best of their knowledge, the swimming pool is compliant with the pool safety standard, namely the Australian Standard 1926 Part 1.

To assist pool owners to conduct their own assessment, the NSW Government has released various checklists for the purpose of conducting a 'self assessment' of their pool barrier.

The APSIC NSW Swimming Pool Safety course has been developed to assist pool owners, Pool Safety Consultants, Real Estate Agents, pool fence installers and various other industry persons to gain an in depth knowledge of the recent changes to the relevant legislation and standards relating to pool safety in NSW. By completing this course you will gain a thorough knowledge of all aspects relating to pool safety laws and Standards that apply to NSW and be able to provide expert advice to pool owners regarding matters relating to pool safety.

Commencing April 2015, all swimming pools in NSW must be inspected by an accredited certifier or local government staff, prior to the sale or lease of that property, for the issuing of a Certificate of Compliance. The Certificate of Compliance confirms that the pool barrier is compliant with the Australian Standard 1926 Part 1.

The completion of this course will not result in you receiving a qualification allowing you to conduct an inspection of a pool barrier and issue Compliance Certificates. At this time, these inspections may only be conducted by a licensed Building Certifier or local council staff.

APSIC three-day NSW Swimming Pool Safety Consultant Course

This course will be of interest to pool owners, Pool Safety Consultants, Real Estate Agents, Strata Management Bodies and pool builders, interested in understanding the recent changes to NSW pool safety laws and Standards.

APSIC has developed a complete three-day training package.

This course is delivered over three days.

APSIC course participant numbers are limited to 15 students per course. At this time, these inspections may only be conducted by a licensed Building Certifier or local council staff, however this is currently under review by the Building Professionals Board. It is likely that in the near future a new category A5 licence will be introduced for private ‘pool safety inspectors’ in NSW.

Day 1

Locate and understand regulatory requirements under Swimming Pool Act 1992 and Swimming Pool Amendment Act 2012; and Swimming Pool Regulation 2008.

Day 1 will provide you with a thorough understanding of the new pool safety laws that apply to NSW such as:

  • The requirement for pool owners to conduct a self assessment and register their swimming pool by 29 October 2013;
  • Exemptions that still apply to particular swimming pools and how this effects a pool owner under the relevant pool safety standard;
  • The issuing of certificates of compliance for the sale or lease of a property and who may conduct those inspections.

Day 2

Understand and interpret pool safety standard for NSW pool barriers under Australian Standard Part 1, May 2013 version and The Building Code of Australia.

Day 2 will provide you with a thorough understanding of the pool safety standard that applies to NSW. You will be taught how to identify areas of non compliance in a compliance inspection and make suitable recommendations to achieve compliance, such as:

  • Identifying when a 900 mm non-climbable zone is required on a pool barrier and what objects would constitute a climbable object within this zone. Eg: does an 1800 mm high pool barrier still require a 900 mm non climbable zone?
  • When a child resistant door is permitted to be used in a pool barrier, rather than a pool gate.
  • The pool gate is the most high risk area on a pool barrier. What is required for a compliant gate on a pool barrier.
  • When a climbable rail is located on a pool barrier (such as a dividing fence) what is a simple recommendation to achieve compliance.

Day 3

How to conduct an inspection of a pool barrier and provide pool safety consultancy advice to pool owners regarding areas of non compliance.

In addition to learning the pool safety standard that applies to NSW, participants will be taught how to apply this knowledge in the role of a Pool Safety Consultant. This topic will cover various areas relating to the setting up of your Pool Safety Consultancy business, such as:

  • Developing a Terms of Service Agreement
  • How to find clients
  • Identifying your target market
  • How to promote your business
  • How to develop a Pool Safety Checklist
  • How to develop a Pool Safety Report

Enrolment

APSIC is now taking enrolments for the three-day NSW Swimming Pool Safety Consultants course. Please visit our book now page and complete your enrolment on line, or contact one of our APSIC Training Consultants on 0466 397 513.

 

Pool Safety Requirements for NSW:

Commencing 29 October 2012, a number of amendments have been made to the Swimming Pool Act 1992. The legislative amendments will impact on both pool owners and local councils.

Pool owners will be required to:

  • register their swimming pools on an online register commencing 29 April 2013. Swimming pools must be registered by 29 October 2013.
  • self assess and state to the best of their knowledge that their swimming pools complies with the applicable standard when registering their pool,
  • face a penalty of $220 for not registering their pool,
  • provide a valid swimming pool compliance certificate before being able to sell or lease a property with a pool,
  • accredited certifiers under the Building Professional Act 2005 may conduct pool inspections initiated by the pool owner,

Under the Swimming Pools (Amendment) Act 2012 the local councils must:

  • develop and implement swimming pool barrier inspection programs,
  • report annually on the number of pool inspections undertaken and the level of compliance with the requirements,
  • inspect pools associated with tourist and visitor accommodation and multi-occupancy developments at three year intervals,
  • at the request of the pool owner inspect pools prior to sale or lease,
  • issue compliance certificates after an inspection which finds a pool barrier compliant with the requirements of the legislation, which are valid for three years,
  • councils may inspect any swimming pool that is the subject of a complaint to the council,
  • council powers of entry will be consistent with the Local Government Act 1993,
  • councils may charge a fee for each inspection undertaken