FAQ - E1 continuing professional development

All category E1 swimming pool certifiers are required to complete six hours of continuing professional development (CPD) activities each year, from their second year of accreditation.

This page answers common questions about CPD. You can also contact the Board for more information.

Questions and answers for E1 certifiers

Which CPD activities has the Board approved?

Face-to-face activities delivered by CPD Training

The Board has approved CPD Training Pty Ltd to deliver:

  • 'Interpreting AS 1926.1' (POOLCPD) as a CPD activity worth six CPD hours
  • 'Swimming Pool Legislation' (3HRCPD) as a CPD activity worth three CPD hours
  • An online activity worth up to three CPD hours (comprising three 1-hour webinars).

For more information visit the CPD Training website and navigate to 'Qualifications & Short Courses'.

Online activities delivered by CPD Training

The Board has approved CPD Training Pty Ltd to deliver an online activity worth up to three CPD hours. There are three 1-hour webinars (you can complete one, two or all three):

  • Interpreting AS 1926.1-2012 - Safety barriers for swimming pools
  • Roles and responsibilities of the E1 swimming pool certifier
  • NSW swimming pool legislation.

For more information visit the CPD Training website and choose 'online' from the menu at the top of the screen.

Activities delivered by the Royal Life Saving Society

The Board has approved the Royal Life Saving Society to deliver 'Drowning Deaths of Children in Private Swimming Pools' as a CPD activity worth two CPD hours.

For more information visit the Royal Life Saving website and choose the 'Drowning Deaths' activity from the search field.

Activities delivered by the University of Technology, Sydney

The Board has approved the University of Technology to deliver 'CLG18028 - E1 Certification in Practice' as a CPD activity worth six CPD hours.

For more information visit the University of Technology website.

How does CPD benefit me?

CPD helps you stay up-to-date on matters related directly to your certification practice and statutory responsibilities, such as performance standards, technology, building trends, codes and regulations.

CPD also reduces your risk of complaints or a claim against your insurance.

When will the CPD requirement start?

From your second year of E1 accreditation.

I'm already in my second year of accreditation. Do I still have to complete six hours of CPD in the time remaining?

Yes.

We're working to ensure there are sufficient CPD options available so you can complete six hours well before your accreditation renewal is due.

Do mutual recognition certifiers have to complete CPD?

Yes. This ensures all certifiers maintain up-to-date knowledge of NSW legislation, which differs substantially from that in other jurisdictions.

Do A1-A3 certifiers who also certify pools have to complete an extra six hours on top of their existing CPD?

No, you're only required to satisfy the CPD requirements of a professional association (e.g. AAC, AIBS or RICS for A1-A3 certifiers).

However, if you certify swimming pools you'll be expected to include some relevant activities in your CPD.

The AAC and AIBS will grant CPD points for approved swimming pool CPD activities that are listed on the Board's website.

Why six hours?

Six hours is considered the minimum requirement to ensure E1 certifiers have a sound, current knowledge of swimming pool barrier certification.

E1 certifiers have a narrow scope of work so don't need as much CPD as an A-category certifier (building surveyor) who works on a much wider range of development.

Six hours is supported by the majority of stakeholders.

What if I don't complete six hours of CPD?

If you don't meet the CPD requirements, the Board may refuse to renew your accreditation. This will mean you can't practice as a certifier.

What topics will CPD cover?

Providers must deliver relevant content based on certification practice and legislation. Examples of relevant topics include:

  • E1 certifiers: roles, responsibilities and regulatory requirements
  • conducting and recording a pool compliance inspection and certification
  • NSW swimming pool legislation framework
  • pools, spa pools and barrier types
  • child drowning statistics and studies
  • the role of the Building Professionals Board.
Is the OLG roadshow worth CPD hours?

Yes. E1 certifiers who attended the 2016 swimming pool roadshow (face-to-face sessions) run by the Office of Local Government have earned three CPD hours.

The three CPD hours will be automatically credited to certifiers who attended when they renew their accreditation (there's no need to submit a record of attendance to the Board).

How do I enrol in CPD?

Approved activities will be listed on the Board's website, with links to the provider.

Apply directly to the provider. Do not apply to the Board.

You can stay up to date as new CPD activities are approved by subscribing to our e-news.

Enrolling in activities not listed on the Board's website will not count towards your CPD.

Will CPD be available both online and face-to-face?

Yes. Making CPD activities easily accessible is one of the criteria used to evaluate providers and activities.

How much will CPD cost?

CPD providers will set their own fees based on market pricing.

Do I have to show the Board I've completed CPD?

Yes. When you finish each CPD activity you'll receive either a certificate of satisfactory completion (if there was an assessment component), or an attendance certificate (if no assessment).

You must attach a copy of these certificates when you renew your accreditation with the Board.

Can I carry over excess CPD hours into the following year?

No, you must complete at least six years each year. Excess hours will not be credited to you.

For example, if you complete eight hours CPD in one year, you can't just complete four hours the following year.

Do the CPD requirements apply to council pool inspectors who aren't certifiers?

No. The Board's CPD requirement only applies to accredited E1 certifiers.

If you’re a council employee and an E1 certifier, you must complete the six hours of CPD.

Questions and answers for CPD providers

How do I apply to have my CPD activity approved?

Visit the application page for more instructions and the expression of interest form.

What organisations can deliver CPD?

Approved CPD activities must be delivered by either:

  • a registered training organisation
  • an Australian university within the meaning of the Higher Education Act 2001.

Alternatively, a professional association may partner with one of the above to develop and deliver a CPD activity.

Visit the application page for the assessment criteria.

What's the approval process?

Download the CPD policy and refer to section 5 for an explanation of the approval process.

What topics must CPD activities cover?

Providers must deliver relevant content based on certification practice and legislation.

Examples of relevant topics include:

  • E1 certifiers: roles, responsibilities and regulatory requirements
  • conducting and recording a pool compliance inspection and certification
  • NSW swimming pool legislation framework
  • pools, spa pools and barrier types
  • child drowning statistics and studies
  • the role of the Building Professionals Board.
Can I submit more than one activity for approval?

Up to four activities from each provider will be listed on the Board's website at any one time.

How much will the independent review cost?

This is to be negotiated between the CPD provider and the appointed reviewer.

Depending on the complexity of your proposed activity, more than one subject matter expert may be needed to review it. Each reviewer's fee will be negotiated between the provider and reviewer.

See the list of approved independent reviewers.

Can I nominate an expert to review my proposed activity?

Yes, but the person you nominate will need to have relevant experience and qualifications, and can't have a pecuniary or other interest in your organisation.

The Board must approve your nominated expert, and reserves the right to assign a different (or additional) expert to review your activity.

See the list of approved independent reviewers.

How often do approved activities need to be reviewed/ updated?

The Board may require changes at any time and set a deadline for the updated activity to be available to certifiers. In most cases, changes would be needed to reflect legislative amendments.

Significant changes may require a new independent review by a subject matter expert.

Can I amend an activity at any time?

You must seek the Board's approval before making any change (unless the Board requested the change).

Significant changes may require a new independent review by a subject matter expert.

What qualifications will CPD trainers and assessors need?

Trainers need, at minimum, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Assessors need, at minimum, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as demonstrated industry experience relevant to the subject matter.

Do I need the Board's approval to change a trainer/ assessor?

Yes.

How will the Board promote CPD activities to certifiers?

Approved CPD activities will be listed on the Board's website and all E1 certifiers will be emailed a link to this page.

Also, periodic updates will be included in the Board's e-news (which all certifiers subscribe to), as the Board deems appropriate.

In addition, you may organise your own marketing.

Our organisation has qualified, experienced staff but isn't a RTO or university. Can it offer CPD?

A professional association may partner with one of the following to develop and deliver a CPD activity:

  • a registered training organisation
  • an Australian university within the meaning of the Higher Education Act 2001.

The Board will only approve CPD activities delivered by either of the above. This requirement applies in addition to the requirements for individual trainers/ assessors being properly qualified.

Visit the application page for the assessment criteria.