Electrical Spotters Course

Course Outline


Electrical Spotter

(2 day course, or 1 day with Credit Transfer)

Course Code:

22325VIC – Course in Workplace Spotting for Service Assets

Unit Codes:
Day 1: HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Day 2: VU21936 Observe for the safe operation of plant and equipment around overhead and underground assets

Credit Transfer:

Where applicants already hold a valid first aid certificate, they may apply for a credit transfer. This will reduce the course length down to 1 day (I.e. only attendance on the second day of the course is required) and will reduce the course cost (see Cost section).

We offer a credit transfer for applicants who can provide either:

  • An original (or certified copy of) a Statement of Attainment for HLTAID003 Provide first aid issued within the last 12 months; or
  • An original (or certified copy of) a Statement of Attainment for HLTAID003 Provide first aid issued within the last 3 years and an original (or certified copy of) a Statement of Attainment for HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation issued within the last 12 months

WHO should complete electrical spotter training?

Any work conducted within the No Go Zone of an overhead service will require the use of a trained and registered electrical spotter.

This course will allow a person who is a spotter to observe the operation of the mobile plant, to warn the equipment operator when they are about to encroach into the No Go Zones surrounding an overhead or underground asset

WHY do you need electrical spotter training?

The Law:

Section 21 of the OH&S Act 2004 (Vic.) requires that employers provide an adequate level of information, instruction, training and supervision to employees to enable them to work safely.

Furthermore, Worksafe Victoria publication ‘Framework for Undertaking Work Near Overhead and Underground Assets’ (commonly known as the ‘No Go Zone Framework’) clearly outlines the requirement of trained electrical spotters as one of a suite of control measures.

WHAT are the entry requirements for the electrical spotters course?

General Requirements

  • Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Applicants who meet the first aid unit credit transfer requirements will only need to attend day 2 of the course.

Registration as an Electrical Spotter with EnergySafe Victoria

Only applicants who are registered as an Electrical Spotter with EnergySafe Victoria may perform spotting work. To be registered, applicants also require at least 1 of the following:

  • To be registered to spot an item of plant where no High Risk Licence class applies (I.e. excavator, backhoe, scissor lift, etc.), applicants must provide Proof of Competency (such as a Plant Operator Card) in the operation of such plant
  • To be registered to spot an item of plant where a High Risk Licence class applies (I.e. forklift, slewing mobile crane, over 11m capacity boom lift), applicants must provide a current Licence to Perform High Risk Work for an item of plant
  • To be registered to spot tip trucks, applicants must provide a Light Rigid class Heavy Vehicle Licence or greater
  • To be registered to spot all items, applicants must provide a current Licence to Perform High Risk Work for Dogging or Rigging

WHAT is covered in electrical spotter training?

First Aid Unit (Day 1):

The first day of the course focuses entirely on first aid. Subjects include:

  • Responding to an emergency situation
  • Applying appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicating details of incidents
  • Evaluating incidents and your own performance

Spotter Unit (Day 2):

The second day of the course focuses specifically on spotting work. Subjects include:

  • Planning for safe practices as a spotter
  • Preparing for spotter duties
  • Performing spotter duties
  • Completing and reviewing spotter

WHERE are the electrical spotter courses conducted?

How Safe is Your Workplace?

If safety is important to you and your staff are operating any elevating work platforms, you must always ask yourself the question "How safe is your Workplace?"

How Safe is Your Workplace?



  • 2 Day Course:  $420.00 (GST Exempt) per person
  • 1 Day Course (with credit transfer for first aid unit):  $280.00 (GST Exempt) per person
Book 2-3 courses to receive a 7.5% discount off all courses booked
Book 4 or more courses to receive a 15% discount off all courses booked

WHEN are the electrical spotter courses conducted?

Note:  Applicants who meet the first aid unit credit transfer requirements will only need to attend day 2 of the course


  • Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th January 2018.
  • Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th January 2018.
  • Wednesday 31st Jan & Thursday 1st Feb 2018.
  • Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th February 2018.


Applicants who successfully apply for a credit transfer for the first aid unit will only be required to attend the second day of the course.

Duration & course times:

1 day course (07:45am - 16:00pm Approx.)

Course numbers:

  • Maximum 12


  • Enclosed shoes and hi-visibility clothing are required
  • WAM Training can provide a hi-visibility safety vest for courses on our site


Note:  Applicants who are booking into the 2 day course will be required to complete a First Aid Pre-Course Assessment prior to the first day of the course.  This will be emailed to you after submission of a booking form.

First Aid Unit (Day 1):

Trainees will be assessed using a short-answer written test, a multiple-choice test, and practical first aid scenario assessments

Spotter Unit (Day 2):

Trainees will be assessed using a short-answer written test, incorporating a Safe Work Method Statement applicable to spotting work, and a practical assessment involving the use of distance measuring lasers and height estimation methods


Upon successful completion, applicants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.  Those who meet the EnergySafe Victoria registration requirements will be registered as spotters and will receive an Electrical Spotter Card EnergySafe Victoria (and as such will be authorised to perform spotting work).

Language, Literacy & Numeracy:

Trainees need to be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required and numeracy to work by themselves and as part of a team with some accountability of their own work areas in defined and routine tasks. Applicants must have sufficient speaking, reading, writing and numeracy skills in English to enable them to:

  • Provide and gather factual information orally, sufficient to explain potential hazards or difficulties
  • Read and understand permits and instructions and to identify if the information contained in the permit is complete and appropriate for the job
  • Locate, read and interpret information in short simple texts, which may contain simple graphic or diagrammatic information
  • Write in simple sentences. For example, brief reports or explanations
  • Locate, select and use simple mathematical actions and information in familiar real life activities or texts
  • Use some symbols and diagrams to communicate mathematically. For example, draw simple diagram of the No Go Zone surrounding an asset
  • Communicate verbal and written information in a work or emergency situation
  • Participate in short interpersonal exchanges
  • Use everyday language to provide information or maintain a conversation with others, including colleagues and mentors

Health note:

The training and assessment will involve working with heavy machinery, bending, crawling, and light to medium lifting. Please refer to ‘Student Health Form’ for further advice.

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16.11.17 - Roland S
Trainer was very clear.
16.11.17 - John I
Great trainer I learnt heaps
16.11.17 -G. Robinson
Made the subject matter interesting and relevant.
16.11.17 - Code R
Awesome bloke made it easy to understand. 
063.11.17 - Peter T
Easy to understand learning. 
06.11.17 - Anonymous
Great trainer.
06.11.17 - Anonymous
Enjoyed the course and like how it didn't drag on.
17.10.17 - Liam A
Great course, well presented.
12.09.17 - Harris
Very good teacher which has very good knowledge.
12.09.17 - Norman G
Aaron's good life experiences enriched an otherwise potentially dry experience.  
26.08.17 - Anonymous
Steve/WAM have done a great job in teaching the course to us.
26.08.17 - Ralph C
Steve, great work. Steve explained things clearly and had great knowledge and skills on the topic of ESV.
26.08.17 - Anonymous
Great communication. Very experienced.
14.07.17 - Anonymous
Great knowledge of industry and standards.
03.07.2017 - Anonymous
Easy to understand. Alot in the course, well instructed.
23.06.17 - Anonymous
Very good course.
06.06.17 - Anthony 
Very thorough and easy to understand.
02.06.17 - Anonymous
Entertaining method of delivery helped me retain information. Great rapport with group
02.06.17 - Simon B
Great interaction with group. Knowledge of subject really good.
01.06.17 - Ian K
Great structured course.
01.06.17 - Wayne
Thanks for the oppertunity to learn about the course.
30.05.17 - Grant
Overall good course: interesting.
19.05.17 - Brett M
Knowledgable course instructor, good job!
09.05.17 - Grant E
Course well conducted.
09.05.17 - Steph F
Competent and friendly course.
29.3.17 - Anonymous
Good delivery. Easy to communicate with, no irrelevant information.

2.3.17 - Vince R
Great class and teaching. Thanks Steve

2.3.17 - Fergal F
Great course and excellent trainer with good knowledge.

2.3.17 - Shane
It was a good day and enjoyable, not boring like other courses I've done.

2.3.17 - Josh
Trainer was excellent

2.3.17 - Darnyl W
Excellent days training

24.2.17 - Jason K
Great course. Learnt many new things.

8.1.17 - Warren L
Outstanding facilities.

23.1.17 - Anonymous
Course was well presented by trainer. Engaged participants well.

23.1.17 - Darrin V
Fantastic trainer, very knowledgeable made the course interesting.

20.1.17 - David R
Dave was very good with a great sense of humour.

12/12/16 - Anonymous 
Happy with the outcome of the training

12/12/16 - Nik
Dave's awesome, knows his stuff

10.11.16 - Mark
Dave was very professional and passionate, well done.

9.11.16 - Wayne S
Trainers are extremely well versed in content.

4.11.16 - Russell
Steve was very easy to understand. Clear communication. Very good to learn off.

23.09.16 - Gary B
Steve was good and very helpful. Explained the course with easy language.

07.09.16 - Vladimir B
Very enjoyable, I will come again for refresher course.

07.09.16 - Anonymous
Enjoyed the class discussion.

07.09.16 - Craig I
Excellent trainer.

14.07.16 - Anonymous
Great, informative

14.07.16 - Anonymous
Good job Steve.

01.07.16 - Anonymous
Great class, well explained.

01.07.16 - Anonymous
Great course, good insight and practical examples.

17.05.14 - Ken D
Excellent course.

17.05.16 - Anthony Z
Very good course. Learn't a few good tips for use on site.

17.05.16 - Ricky K
Cheers Steve, thanks a lot,

6.5.16 - Anonymous
Really good trainer.

6.5.16 - Anonymous
Steve was very approachable and knowledgeable

11.03.16 - Zac D
I found the course really educational and the trainer communicated well.

23.2.2016 - Harry
Well worth the time & effort.

12.02.16 - Stephen
Thank you very much Dave

12.02.16 - Alan
Good course.  Very knowledgeable instructor.

03.12.15 - Steve N
Great trainer/knowledge made the training interesting. Took the time to fully answer trainee's questions.

03.12.15 - Joe B
Would refer it again.

20.11.15 - Anonymous
Well run course.

06.11.15 - Paul M
The course was well presented.

21.10.15 - jack N
Learned a lot, good job.

01.10.15 - Shannon
Trainer was very knowledgeable on content.

08.09.15 - Phil G
Course was detailed and comprehensive. Trainer was easy to understand.

06.08.15 -  Anonymous 
Very relaxed, easy going people and training. Trainer was knowledgeable and friendly. Glad I had the opportunity.

19.08.15 - Anonymous
Very Well presented.

19.08.15 - Ned B
Good course well presented.

10/07.2015 - Michael S
Good trainer who communicated well with the class.

19.02.15 - Frank K
Great training and great trainer.

13.02.15 - David S
Steve was an excellent trainer.

13.02.15 - Neil C
Steve was an excellent trainer.

11.11.14 - Roland S
The training was very clear and concise.

21.10.14 - Tim M
Worthwhile and informative course, Dave delivered the subject well and engaged the class with enthusiasm.

9.10.13 - Ranish
Understood trainer pretty good.

9.10.13 - Anonymous
Very good training. Very, very good.

9.10.13 - Trevor
It was a very enjoyable & extremely beneficial. I learned a lot.

9.10.13 - Anonymous
Spoke clearly and was thorough with specific task.

6.9.13 - Lee O
Great person to provide training. Highly recommended.

29.07.13 - Richard G
Long day, good info, good trainer with good communications. Keep up the good work.