Frequently Asked Questions - Workplace Safety Training
Nationally Recognised training is that which is conducted by an RTO under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). The use of the nationally recognised training logo (NRT) can only be displayed on a statement of attainment that is recognised under the national training information service – approved competencies eg. MSAPMPER205C Enter a Confined Space. A course delivered that is not an approved course under the AQTF cannot have the NRT logo on the certificate.
Not nationally recognised training does not conform to any AQTF requirement and does not have legal standing in the area of recognition by an RTO. This means that if a person states they have conducted a confined space entry course that is delivered by a non-accredited training organisation then the RTO cannot legally acknowledge it and therefore the person is required to complete the whole accredited course.
Additionally a court of law may not recognise the not nationally recognised training in the case of injury or death or liability. An RTO is required to conform to legislative requirements which ultimately safeguard the student.
Is there a legal requirement for an organisation/employer/employee to conduct safety training?
Yes there is. The state legislative act and/or regulation require employers to provide safe work areas and training for their employees in which to conduct their duties. Failure to provide these systems can lead to prosecution. The account manager will be able to specify which regulation and/or reference is applicable for the courses you require.
Do I need to get everyone trained?
Certain standards, for example confined space entry, require all personnel to be trained. It is very hard to conform to certain legislative requirements when only one person is trained and then supervise untrained persons in the application of that task. State OHS bodies e.g. Worksafe/Workcover will view persons who have been trained in-house when there is a nationally recognised competency available as untrained and will prosecute accordingly.
Training records are required for the majority of workplace safety training and these must reflect the methodology of how the decision was made to award competency for the subject – an RTO is best placed to do this.
I have existing procedures; can they be incorporated into the presentation?
The ability to incorporate your existing documentation – after review to ensure accuracy – is a major aspect of our training services. We will only train you on the equipment types and procedures already in place for your organisation.
What if I only have one or two employees that need to be trained?
We do offer public courses and would be happy to provide you with dates so you can decide when to book your employees for training. Public courses are scheduled courses that will vary from state to state each month.