Mutual recognition - E1 swimming pool certification

Mutual recognition is available to people who wish to become an accredited swimming pool certifier (Category E1) in NSW and are already registered as a swimming pool inspector in another State.

Swimming pool certifiers must fully understand the NSW legislation and their legislative obligations. Swimming pool legislation in NSW is more complex than in Queensland or other States.

NSW swimming pool legislation

NSW swimming pool legislation includes the Swimming Pools Act 1992 and Swimming Pools Regulation 2008. The applicable Australian Standard also depends on the age of the swimming pool, whether or not it has been substantially altered or rebuilt, and whether or not an exemption applies.

The pdf E1 mutual recognition information sheet (PDF | 141.4K) lists examples of specific NSW requirements all certifiers must know. It also contains questions about the legislation which you should be able to answer correctly and without hesitation.

Recommended training

In the interests of public safety and professional practice, you are strongly encouraged to complete a Board-approved NSW E1 Swimming Pool Certification course before working as a pool barrier certifier in NSW. Education is the best way to avoid legislative breaches, complaints and disciplinary action.

Queensland Pool Safety Inspectors who plan to undertake further training in Queensland should first make sure it's an approved activity listed on the QBCC website.

Swimming Pool Register – Office of Local Government

Swimming pool certifiers in NSW must join the Swimming Pool Register by emailing their BPB accreditation number to the Office of Local Government.

A certificate of compliance for a swimming pool is only valid if issued via the Register.

User guidelines for the Swimming Pool Register are also available.

Note: the Building Professionals Board does not manage the Swimming Pools Register and cannot grant access nor address enquiries about it.

Monitoring certification practice

All swimming pool certifiers will be closely monitored by the Board, especially during the first year of accreditation. The Board may also randomly audit certifiers.

An audit is not a disciplinary measure or something to be afraid of – the aim is to identify ways to help you improve your work, and answer any questions you may have.

If further investigation is warranted, the Board has significant disciplinary powers to take action against certifiers who fail to meet their legislative obligations. Such action could also potentially affect a certifier's accreditation status in their home State.

Applying for accreditation

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