Have your say: Swimming pool certifiers and pool barrier repairs

7 Dec 2015
Should swimming pool certifiers make minor repairs to pool barriers?

The Building Professionals Board is seeking feedback on proposals to:

  • allow E1 swimming pool certifiers to carry out minor repairs to pool barriers to make pools safer, more quickly
  • reduce the accreditation fee for E1 applicants
  • require E1 certifiers to undertake six hours of continuing professional development each year.

View the proposed amendments to the:

You can have your say via:

  • Email: policy@bpb.nsw.gov.au
  • Post: E1 minor works exhibition, Building Professionals Board, PO Box 3720 Parramatta NSW 2124

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 27 January 2016.

Submissions will be published online. That's why it's important to read our privacy statement at www.bpb.nsw.gov.au/privacy

Frequently asked questions

Why is the Board proposing to allow E1 pool certifiers to carry out minor pool barrier repairs?
Category E1 certifiers inspect and certify swimming pool and spa pool barriers. Many are also qualified builders who are authorised to construct pools or structural landscaping.
 
Many swimming pools fail their first inspection for minor defects that could be repaired on the spot, but E1 certifiers with building qualifications are not permitted to carry out repairs under current legislation.
 
Extra inspections are therefore required at the owner's expense, the pool remains potentially unsafe for a longer period of time, and pool owners often experience delays in making their pools compliant.  
 
What are minor pool barrier repairs?
The Board is proposing to allow E1 certifiers holding an endorsed contractor’s licence or a qualified supervisor’s certificate issued under the Home Building Act 1989 (authorising the person to construct a swimming pool or structural landscaping) to carry out work on the swimming pool, to a value not exceeding $1,000 including the cost of materials and labour.
 
Why is the Board proposing to reduce the accreditation fee for swimming pool certifiers?
Halving the standard accreditation or renewal fee for category E1 from $1500 to $750 may encourage more people with building qualifications to become swimming pool certifiers.
 
Why is the Board proposing to require E1 certifiers to undertake six hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year?
E1 certifiers will require ongoing CPD to stay up-to-date with the complex legislation and standards relating to swimming pool certification.
 
E1 certifiers will need to undertake the six hours of CPD from their second year of accreditation.
 
 

Find out more about E1 accreditation