VIC - Building Inspector (Pool Safety)

Course Details
6 days
June 15th, 2023
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VBA Approved Pool Safety Inspectors Course (VBAISP2020)

This VBA approved course specifies the skills and knowledge a person registered in the Victorian class of Building inspector (Pool Safety) requires to carry out the functions of a swimming pool and spa inspector under the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2018.

The following activities are required to be completed in a competent manner and to a professional standard on pool barriers (excluding newly constructed pool barriers for which a mandatory inspection must be conducted):

  • Undertaking inspections of swimming pool and spa barriers to determine compliance with 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



  • Training Program (Online): 15th, 16th, 17th June 2023

  • Simulated Inspections (Face to Face – CHELTENHAM): 22nd, 23rd, 24th June 2023

This course is delivered once per month and class dates are released monthly.

Eligible Students

Those that hold current Cert III and Cert IV Swimming Pool and Servicing and Cert IV Swimming Pool and Spa building qualifications and wish to become certified barrier inspectors OR those that have never worked in this area and who are starting a new career or adding to their existing skills.

To be registered as a Building Inspector (Pool Safety) in Victoria, you will need to satisfy certain requirements before you can apply through the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).

Eligibility for Pathway 2:

Those that hold VBA accreditation in other trade areas and have a VBA Practitioners license and wish to complete this program to become a certified barrier inspector will be eligible for Pathway 2.

Those that meet this requirement will need to provide their VBA Practitioner evidence along with their enrolment to gain access to this pathway to completion. In this pathway, the student need only complete a total of 4 days of training. This includes attending Day 2 of the online program and applicable assessments and then attending 3 days of face to face learning covering 15 simulated inspections.

The IRLearning approved VBA course undertaken over 6 days and provides a mixture of online, practical learning and assessment together with 15 supervised inspections which are completed via a simulated environment under the supervision of a qualified person.
(NOTE: The simulated inspections are a course requirement, they cannot be used to form part of the live inspection requirement within your VBA Application).

Upon enrolment you will receive:

  • All course materials

  • All stages of training

  • Access to our online learning platform

Your very own Standards Australia library worth over $550 which includes:

  • AS 1926.1-1986

  • AS 1926.1-1993

  • AS 1926.1-2007

  • AS 1926.2-2007

  • AS 1926.1-2012

  • AS 1926.1 -2012 Ruling

Stage 1: The student will complete three (3) days of online learning which will cover the following:

Day 1. Introduction to barrier inspections, understanding OHS obligations, applicable insurance requirements, conflict of interest applications, ethical behaviours.

Day 2. Interpret relevant regulatory requirements and technical standards, BCA and Deemed to Satisfy provisions, Australian Standards and Building Act and Regulations – explanation and application to pool barrier inspections.

Day 3. Preparing and undertaking pool barrier inspection, required forms for completion, dispute resolution principles, how to undertake a barrier inspection, how to complete the relevant forms including barrier compliance and non-compliance, correct submission of required forms, completing re-inspections.

Self-Paced Assessments: Students will need to complete online assessments to meet the requirements of the program.

Stage 2: Completing Inspections – 3 Days Face to Face Learning

Under the supervision of a qualified person, students will be required to complete 15 simulated inspections. A detailed portfolio must be completed by students on 5 of the 15 simulated inspections undertaken over the 3 days in class.

Note: Students who are found to be not yet competent and are required to undertake additional simulated inspections, will be charged $55.00 for every additional inspection. Dates for additional inspections will be scheduled by IRLearning.

Payment Terms: 50% of the course fee is payable upon enrolment, the remaining 50% will be invoiced on the day of commencement and due prior to Simulated & Live Inspections. NOTE: The full course fee is non-refundable.

A Certificate of Completion in the VBAISP2020 Building Inspector (Pool Safety) course will be issued on successful completion of the course.

Once the course is complete and all VBA requirements for application are met, students can apply to the VBA to obtain Building Inspector (Pool Safety) registration.

Timeframe to complete this course is 12 months. Extensions may be provided upon written request.

Note: Successful completion of the approved VBAISP2020 course does not guarantee registration with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) as a Building Inspector (Pool Safety).

VBA Registration

 The VBA needs to ensure an applicant has the knowledge and experience to undertake inspections of all pool barrier types against the full range of applicable standards.  Assessors will focus on the depth and breadth of inspection experience.  

Experience – Building Inspector (Pool Safety)  

You are required to hold at least six month’s experience relevant to pool safety barrier inspections. Typically, this would include evidence of having participated in at least 25 home pool and/or spa barrier safety compliance inspections, under the supervision of a person registered to undertake pool barrier inspection work. The inspections must be of a sufficient range, including:  

  • a minimum of five (5) inspections per standard, and  

  • a range of pool types, barrier types and construction methods, and  

  • a mixture of compliant and non-complaint inspection outcomes.  

You may need to demonstrate participation in more than the minimum number to demonstrate sufficient breadth of experience. 

Submitting Application

To submit your application for Building Inspector (Pool Safety) you must include: 

  1. A completed application form 

  2. A completed Technical referee report 

  3. A completed log book 

  1. Your evidence portfolio (5 detailed inspections) 

Once you have completed all documents, upload your full application here

Application forms 

Notes: You must download and use the VBA experience logbook template. 

For More information, visit the VBA website

VBA Registration Application & Technical Referee Report

Students should meticulously prepare their registration documents, background work history, and sufficient inspection evidence when applying for VBA registration. Failure to provide the VBA with all required information may require students to resubmit their application.

For more on how to apply Click Here.

Third-party Live Inspection Providers

IRLearning and its agents, trainers and accredited Inspectors are solely engaged to assist students complete the actual VBA Pool Barrier Inspection course. The cost of the course includes everything except the live inspections that are required by the VBA for registration after course completion.

Any solicitation by third-party providers to students for further training, live inspections, or other services by anyone are beyond the IRLearning course requirements and are not endorsed or under the control of IRLearning.

Third-Party providers may offer the opportunity for students to undertake live inspections under their own terms and conditions. As an example, some third-party providers who offer live inspection services (under the direct supervision of a VBA accredited inspector) may require students to do several pre-inspections before they are able to undertake their actual live inspection

Students who wish to engage their-party providers do so on the understanding that IRLearning has no commercial or other financial interest with those providers.

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