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Swimming Pool Barrier Safety Inspection Course 

 Swimming Pool Safety Inspection Course Update 



A new course in Swimming Pools & Spa Barrier Inspections is currently being developed by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). 

This course will be delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) endorsed by VBA.

The course will be a minimum requirement for any person seeking registration as a Victorian Swimming Pool Inspector in the class of building inspector (pool safety).

A Victorian swimming pool inspector will also need to be able to demonstrate a minimum of 6 months of practical work experience within the pool and spa industry. 



The prescribed course for this class of registration is: Course in Swimming Pool & Spa Barrier Inspection.

The VBA will only recognise Certificate of Completions delivered and assessed by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that it endorses.

The VBA will be commencing the process to endorse RTOs in May 2020 and will publish a list of endorsed RTO on their website from June 2020.


Pool Inspector Experience

A pool inspector must demonstrate that they hold the required knowledge to undertake pool barrier inspection work.

They are required to hold at least six months experience in pool inspection work. Typically, this would include:

  • inspection of a range of pools and spas (including relocatable pools and spas)
  • inspection of a range of barrier types (e.g. glass, metal, mesh, timber, masonry, building forms part of the barrier, property boundary fence, etc.)
  • Having assisted in inspecting all barrier compliance elements (e.g. height of barrier, gap under barrier, non-climbable zone, etc.)


Pool Inspector Duties

A person registered in the class of Building Inspector (Pool safety) is responsible for carrying out all the functions of a swimming pool and spa inspector under the Building Act 1993 and Part 9A of the Building Regulations 2018, including:

  • undertaking inspections of swimming pool and spa barriers to determine compliance with the applicable barrier standard
  • issuing certificates of pool and spa barrier compliance
  • issuing certificates of pool and spa barrier non-compliance
  • lodging certificates of pool and spa barrier non-compliance with the relevant council.


More Information

For more infomation please visit the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) website. 

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