Conduct an assessment of a building's performance based design

This unit covers the competency required to assess a building’s fire safety systems as determined against performance based design in accordance with organisational requirements. Legislative, regulatory and certification requirements are applicable to this unit.


This unit applies to personnel authorised by their agency to undertake assessments of buildings to determine whether their fire safety systems comply with performance based regulatory requirements for the class of building and occupancy.

These personnel will be required to provide reports on non-compliance to the organisation or owner of the business and to the fire service.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Undertake an assessment of fire safety systems and check for compliance

1.1 All components of the building’s fire safety systems are identified in accordance with the fire engineering design brief, performance based design, building plans and associated documentation.

1.2 All components of the fire safety systems and their elementsare compared with appropriate standards, regulations and codes in accordance with organisational requirements.

1.3 Fire safety system performance and maintenance requirements are compared with appropriate standards, regulations and codes in accordance with organisational requirements.

1.4 Fire agency intervention model is applied.

2. Report on the assessment of the fire safety systems to the appropriate authorities

2.1 Results of the assessment of the fire safety systems’ performance are reported in accordance with organisational requirements.

2.2 Fire safety problems and issues relating to fire safety systems are identified and reported in accordance with organisational requirements

2.3 Report is distributed in accordance with organisational requirements.

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills

compile and prepare reports

interpret building plans

locate and identify components of a building’s fire safety system

present information

use information technology systems

Required Knowledge

design documentation and reporting

equipment manufacturer specifications

fire agency intervention

fire detection and suppression

fire engineering design brief

fire initiation and development

fire spread and management

levels of analysis (as described in the Fire Engineering Guidelines)

maintenance procedures

occupant avoidance

organisational procedures

performance based building and fire codes

principles of modelling

relevant legislation

smoke development and management

special risk factors found in hospitals and public buildings, high rise structures, airports, petrochemical plants, electrical installations

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Assessment must confirm the ability to:

identify components of the building’s fire safety systems

identify proposed fire engineering design brief and performance specifications for fire safety systems

identify proposed performance based design impacts

conduct an assessment of a performance based design

compile reports

use appropriate intervention model

Consistency in performance

Competency should be demonstrated over time and in a range of contexts.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Context of assessment

Competency should be assessed on-the-job or in a simulated workplace environment.

Specific resources for assessment

Access is required to:

building plans and associated documentation

Method of assessment

In a public safety environment assessment is usually conducted via direct observation in a training environment or in the workplace via subject matter supervision and/or mentoring, which is typically recorded in a competency workbook.

Assessment is completed using appropriately qualified assessors who select the most appropriate method of assessment.

Assessment may occur in an operational environment or in an agency-approved simulated work environment. Forms of assessment that are typically used include:

direct observation

interviewing the candidate

journals and workplace documentation

third party reports from supervisors

written or oral questions

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Fire safety systems must include:

fire hydrants

fire sprinkler

and may also include:

building design requirements

emergency vehicle access–egress system

emergency warning intercommunication system (EWIS)


fire detection and alarm

fire/emergency control centres/rooms

fire resisting structures/compartmentation

fire suppression

smoke hazard management

Performance based design may include :


distance of travel for egress

evacuation arrangements

fire agency capabilities

fire agency intervention

fire suppression systems

organisational procedures

smoke hazard management arrangements

Performance and maintenance requirements must include:

Australian Standards

Building Code of Australia

building regulations

manufacturer specifications

organisational procedures


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.