Competency of earthmoving or particular crane operators
Earthmoving or particular crane (EPC) certificates are not required under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the Act). However, PCBUs have an obligation under the Act to ensure operators of earthmoving equipment are competent.
PCBUs can demonstrate they have met this obligation by using nationally recognised training and assessment, delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs), combined with ongoing skills maintenance activities. However, PCBUs do not have to use RTO delivered training and obligations may be met in alternative ways.
As operators are not obligated to undertake nationally recognised training, they may seek alternative services to meet their training needs. Alternatives can include:
- training developed and delivered at an industry training school or non-RTO
- in-house or external training and assessment delivered by an experienced competent person.
Training may be from an established training package or it may be developed to meet the specific requirements of the working environment. For example, training needs for a grader operator employed to cut, fill and level will differ from a technician employed to maintain, repair and test the grader. The PCBU is obligated in each instance to provide training relevant to the work being undertaken.
Where an experienced operator commences work with a PCBU who is not familiar with their level of competence, the PCBU may rely on a combination of previously issued licenses, evidence of courses undertaken, references, skills maintenance activities and/or operator log books. When in doubt or where insufficient evidence of competence exists, the PCBU may need to verify operator competence or may insist the operator undertake specific training in addition to plant, task and site familiarisation training.
Regardless of how a PCBU establishes competence, they have an obligation under Sections 37 and 38 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 relating to the maintenance and review of control measures. Training should be reviewed regularly to ensure that it continues to meet the intended purpose.
PCBUs seeking to determine the competence of EPC operators may rely on a combination of:
- statements of attainment/ academic transcripts/qualification statement
- records of training completed at an industry training school
- records of on-job or in-house training and assessment conducted by an experienced competent person
- documented experience such as log books, work diaries, letters of reference
- previous EPC licence status
- plant, task and site specific training records
- documented skills maintenance activities.
For more information on work health and safety training requirements, visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or call the WHS Infoline on 1300 369 915.