In early 2023, Consumer and Business Services (CBS) in South Australia flagged concerns relating to swimming pool and spa contractor registrations for Pool Builders & Service Technicians.
Concerns raised included pool building and service work being undertaken by individuals and companies that were not registered.
To strengthen the registration process for the industry, SPASA worked with CBS by undertaking a review of pool building and service registration pathways to ensure that they reflected new qualifications and continued to meet the needs industry and consumers.
After a thorough investigation and careful consideration, CBS have supported SPASA’s recommendations to implement the following updated registration pathways.
UPDATED LICENSING PATHWAYS
Registration Type: Swimming Pool Construction Ltd to The Installation and Maintenance Of Pumps, Filtration Equipment, Chlorinators, Heaters and Associated Pipe Work
Criteria: CBS Building Work Supervisor Registration Conditions – Page 65
Swimming Pool and Spa Builders
Registration Type: Swimming Pool Construction
Swimming Pool Construction Ltd to Installation of Concrete Pools
Swimming Pool Construction Ltd to Installation of Prefabricated Pools
Criteria: The criteria for achieving recognition as a licensed service technician can
be found in detail on Pages 63 - 64 of CBS’ Building Work Supervisor Standard Registration Conditions.
PENDING CBS AUDITS
To alleviate concerns and ensure compliance with registration, CBS will be focussing on random audits across the swimming pool and spa industry throughout 2024 to confirm individuals and companies are correctly registered.
To avoid penalties and potential closure of business, members should ensure they have the correct Registration / License in place before undertaking any building or service work.
The Institute of Research and Learning (IRLearning) is dedicated to facilitating the license pathways and, consequently, has customised specific qualification intakes aligned with CBS stipulations.
Individuals with a minimum of 12 months of industry experience can choose the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway whilst newer entrants with less than 12 months of experience in the industry have the option of enrolling in a comprehensive program covering all the necessary learning outcomes.
Visit the Institute of Research and Learning website for more information or call on 1800 802 482.