Prior to introduction of the Work Health Safety Act 2011, certification and a licence were required to operate various types of small plant and equipment, however this has now changed. Industry and government have determined that certain classes of small plant and equipment operation, that are not high risk, no longer require a licence.

Holding a licence does not necessarily prove competency, so even if a licence is not required, this does not mean that workers can use small plant without demonstrating competency. Your old ‘ticket’ is not enough to demonstrate competency to the current industry standard, which is what is now required.

The current industry regulations require employers (PCBU) as part of their Duty of Care requirements to ensure their workers can perform all tasks related to their job role and that the operator receives adequate information, training, instruction and supervision to competently operate plant and equipment and minimise risk to the health and safety of employees and the general public.

A Verification of Competency (VOC) is the method used to demonstrate knowledge of current industry regulations, policies, procedures and changes and provides adequate evidence that workers can safely perform the tasks required.

Under these new conditions, the VOC is used during pre-employment checks and is often required by employers before individuals are allowed on site.

Course Title Small Plant Operator – Verification of Competency
Cost Excavator $799.00

Skid Steer $799.00

Roller $799.00

Front-end Loader $799.00

Backhoe $799.00

Duration 1 day
Location The assessment location will be determined based on the candidates or requesting company’s location/specific needs.  This may be at the requesting company’s worksite or another suitable nearby location.
Delivery Mode Face-to-face assessment in work- based environment
Career Outcomes The VOC is required for individuals who need to demonstrate current competency in the operation of specific small plant and equipment
Description The assessment will include:

  • Approximately 2 hours of onsite observation-based assessment using the plant and equipment required for the specific role.
  • If the candidate is assessed as competent, they will be issued with a letter/certificate of competency and wallet sized VOC card via mail
  • If the candidate is not deemed as competent, they will be advised of areas for improvement and a course of action to correct their skills gap.
Cancellation Cancellation fees apply if enrolments are cancelled 3 or less business days prior to the start date of the course.

VOC can be provided for the following types of plant and equipment:

  • Front-end loader backhoe (LB)
  • Excavator (LE)
  • Skid Steer Loader (LS)
  • Roller

To be eligible, all applicants must;

  • NSW Construction Induction Card (White Card)
  • Previous licence or evidence of previous licence (refer to above licence types)
  • Photo identification
  • Applicants must provide evidence of experience (i.e. logbooks, employers letters, run sheets, timesheets)
  • Appropriate Personal Safety Equipment must be worn (i.e. steel capped or safety boots, sun protection)

Participants will also be asked for the following information:

  • Personal details
  • Have you completed this course or a similar course in the past?
    • Do you have any other experience related to this VOC assessment?
  • Do you have any physical or mental barriers that will affect your ability to participate in the VOC assessment and how can we amend our delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the VOC assessment?
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