Essential Safety Measures


Following a building’s construction, owners are responsible for their upkeep and maintenance – particularly life-safety features, or essential safety measures.

This course gives an overview of the codes and standards related to the control of fire and smoke within buildings in Australia. It covers the use of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and is designed for technicians and supervisors – specifically those involved in the commissioning, inspection, testing and maintenance of HVAC systems. 

Course structure


To establish the importance of the material covered in the course, it begins with a discussion on the life-safety issues and a summary of the legal reasons that HVAC systems must be equipped with fire and smoke control features.


Explore the equipment and systems used for HVAC-based fire and smoke control in buildings, as well as the legislated performance requirements for these systems.


Find out what is necessary for maintenance to the requirements of state and territory legislation and the Australian StandardAS 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment.


Finish off by applying your understanding. Learn how to advise clients of what level of maintenance and performance testing is required by the regulations, as well as what the Standard specifies must be maintained and how often.


Topic highlights

Life-safety and legal imperatives for fire and smoke control


Theoretical methods used by HVAC systems to control fire and smoke


Objectives of AS/NZS 1668.1:2015


Equipment or systems used for HVAC fire and smoke control:

Equipment that blocks fire and smoke – fire and smoke dampers


Systems that restrict smoke movement – exit pressurisation and smoke control

Systems that keep smoke above occupants’ heads – smoke vents and exhaust

Ancillary equipment and support systems

Making the fire and smoke control systems work — and proving it


Testing and commissioning smoke control system


Certification – prior to occupancy and annually



Maintaining fire and smoke control systems - Australian StandardAS 1851-2012: Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment




General course information



Delivery method:
Face to face or in-house


8 hours (full day)


Maximum of 15 people online
Maximum of 25 people face to face

No formal assessment, but participants will be involved in different activities relating to the course content throughout the day.

Course candidates



AIRAH members $630

Non-member price

Non-members $850

Course pricing includes GST


Class size
15 participants maximum.

Member $630 | Non-member $850
(Course pricing includes GST.)

Please note: Registrants will also be mailed a hard-copy training manual.

Online delivery via Zoom.

This course is eligible for 7.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Click here for more information on AIRAH’s continuing professional development activities. 

Technical requirements
  • Participant should have a stable internet connection
  • Participant will be required to provide their own equipment, including a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and good audio. To allow for participant questions and engagement, it is preferred that you have an internal or external computer microphone.
Friday, November 19 (full day)
9am–5pm (ACT, NSW, Tas, Vic)
7.30am–3.30pm (NT)
8am–4pm (Qld)
8.30am–4.30pm (SA)
6am–2pm (WA)

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Want to bring this course to your city/town? Please submit a request for consideration and/or to be put on the waitlist.

Request this course


Please call AIRAH on (03) 8623 3000 or email [email protected] for more information. If you would like to request a date for this course in your city/town, click here.