National Standards for Training
Changes to National Standards for Training
From July 1, 2012 Queensland registered training will become part of the National Standards for training scope featured under the National Quality Framework.
The new National Standards for Training system is governed by the National VET Regulator; Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) aiming towards a standardisation across Australia in the delivery of all nationally recognised qualifications, competencies and accredited courses including High Risk Licence training.
What you need to know:
With facilities across Australia, Site Skills Training will be adhering to new National Standards for Training set by the National VET Regulator (NVR) which will be the standards guiding nationally consistent, high quality training in the vocational education system.
From the 1st of July 2012 all High Risk Work Licences that were previously a QLD accredited course will be transferred to the Nationally Recognised Units of Competency while High Risk Work assessments will continue to be regulated by each state whilst meeting a national competency benchmark.
What this means:
This will mean that from July 1, newly commenced High Risk Licence training and nationally recognised certificate or short course training should adhere to a standardised delivery, assessment and duration within Site Skills Training. This means if you (or for employers, your workforce) were to commence a High Risk Licence course on-site or at a Site Skills Training facility, you would be able to finish it at any other Site Skills Training location without the need for re-assessment of skills.
For example, if you were to commence a Dogging (DG licence) course at Gladstone, you could finish three days of that course before flying to Perth and could join the last two days of the course there, and you would have completed your Dogging course without the need for any additional skills testing or recognition of prior learning for that course. After being assessed by a state approved assessor you will be able to apply for a licence which will be issued in the state in which you are assessed in. (see below)
This will be beneficial for employers who will enjoy more liberty in consistency of training for their workforce across Australia. Further, this will be beneficial for individuals as it should allow them more flexibility in seeking work with their High Risk Licence across state borders
State Regulator New Assessment Notification Period
Participants and employers should be aware that there will be in some or all states a mandate assessment notification period of approximately six days (which could vary slightly) where an assessor must notify the state regulator of their intention to perform a High Risk Work assessment.
This notification period may affect scheduling and completion dates of courses. As this is a competency based course, assessment will not necessarily be conducted within the course set time frame. Previous experience, competence and on-the-job hours may determine when you can book in for your final assessment.
An example would be if you were to commence a basic scaffolding course in Queensland, 120 logged hours would be required before the practical assessment for the issuance of a High Risk Licence (HRL) can be given. Therefore the assessor would, through Site Skills Training, determine when an individual would be ready and then lodge a notification for intent to assess and issue a High Risk Licence.
As an assessor can determine the timeframe required for an individual to complete their final logged hours, this process should have no impact on the time it takes to assess an individual for them to then be eligible to apply for a High Risk Licence after the completion of training.
Important Questions and Answers
If you are enrolled and have or will commence a course before July 1, this will not impact on your course.
Under the National Standards for Training Framework there is a train-out period to the 31st of December 2012 for courses commenced before July 1. This includes the logging of any logbook hours needed in receiving a statement of attainment to finalise a High Risk Work Licence.
If you receive the licence before the 31st of December, it will still be recognised and means you will still be qualified to work in the area(s) which the High Risk Licence specifies.
If you have already enrolled but do not commence your course until July 1, you will be trained under the national system.
Where will this take affect?
This will only change the delivery of courses at our Queensland facilities as Western Australia and Darwin already deliver under the National Standards for Training
I have enrolled to commence before July 1, or have already commenced a course – what does this mean for me?
I have already enrolled to commence a course after July 1, will I be trained under the existing or national system?
If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information please call your local Site Skills Training facility and talk to one of our training or business managers.