TRAINING PACKAGE ENDORSEMENTS
Skills Ministers have endorsed the latest releases of the Maritime, Transport and Logistics (Rail), Defence and Electrotechnology Training Packages. Qualifications contained in these packages have been reviewed and developed to align to changing work practices, new technologies and regulatory requirements.
The IRCs would like to extend a note of thanks to all the industry subject matter experts who made up the technical advisory committees attached to these projects. Keep an eye on our new website for updates on the following projects.
Electrotechnology Training Package Release 2.0
Endorsement of the UEE Electrotechnology Training Package completes work transitioning 79 qualifications, 50 Skill Sets and 530 Units of Competency to align with the Standards for Training Packages 2012. The project also included: the review and development of critical content related to the 55 Essential Performance Capabilities for Electrician Licensing; redevelopment of ‘hazardous area’ units to better align to the current AS/NZS Standard; and development of new Handling of A2 Refrigerants units to reflect industry and regulatory skill and knowledge requirements.
In approving it for endorsement the Australian Industry and Skills Committee noted how critical the Training Package is not only in terms of the number of enrolments, but also its significance to the economy as it shifts towards economic recovery post the COVID‑19 pandemic.
What this means for you
With the introduction of the new Electrotechnology Training Package Release 2 in October 2020 (see above), the older UEE units of competency for classification and design in hazardous areas (HAC and HAD) have been deleted (being based on a unit determined by a superseded AS/NZS Standard) and have not been replaced with any equivalent units of competency. Extend Training in partnership with Response Consulting Australia will now be offering hazardous area classification and design training based on AS/NZS 4761.1:2018 “Competencies for working with electrical equipment for hazardous areas (EEHA)”. This training, while no longer being under the nationally recognised system for the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), still meets the requirements of AS/NZS 60079.14:2017 Clause 4.5, with participants receiving a certificate of training and assessment (COTA).
All training and assessment for all of the courses delivered by Extend Training are carried out according to the standards for Registered Training Organisations and to the requirements of Appendix A of AS/NZS 4761.1:2018, which requires assessment processes and assessor qualifications to be in accordance with the RTO standards. Extend Training partners with Response Consulting Australia (RTO #30879) to deliver nationally recognized Certificate IV EEHA training in Australia, and will use the same processes and personnel to conduct all training and assessment for HAC and HAD, thereby providing assurance that the requirements of AS/NZS 4761.1:2018 have been fully met, whenever certificates of training and assessment are issued. Certificates of Training and Assessment will be issued by Response Consulting Australia.