WAM Training (RTO 22054) - Factory 1, 2 & 3 73 Dohertys Road Laverton North, VIC 3026 1800 143 343

Trench Support Course

2 Days – 7:45am to 4:00pm

This course is suitable for anyone who installs trenching support at a worksite and is only ever conducted for group bookings on employers’ sites.

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Unit Codes and Titles:


  • Planning and preparing to install trench support
  • Trenching hazards
  • The risk of injury
  • Why control measures are needed
  • Installing trench support

Additional Entry Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Applicants must satisfy the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements as outlined below
  • Experience working around excavations is preferred but not mandatory
Melbourne Trench Support Course in Laverton North
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Melbourne Trench Support Course in Laverton North
Melbourne Trench Support Course in Laverton North
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Why Complete this Trench Support Course?

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

According to WorkSafe Victoria’s Compliance Code – Excavation (May 2018), “Information, instruction and training needs to cover the nature of hazards associated with excavation work, including the need for risk control measures and how to properly use them. For example, ensure employees understand:

    • the nature of the hazards associated with the excavation work
    • the need for and proper use of measures to control risk
    • the selection, use, fit, testing and storage of any personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • the content of any relevant SWMS and health and safety coordination plan.”
Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Requirements

In order to enrol into this Trench Support Course, Trainees need to be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required 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 reading, writing, verbal communication and numeracy skills in English to enable them to safely complete tasks relating to installing trench support and working around excavations. Refer to the descriptions below.


  • Read and correctly interpret Safe Work Method Statements, operating procedures and earthmoving equipment specifications


  • Complete required documentation relevant to the use of trench support devices, including completing risk assessments


  • Ensure that the safe working load of the trench support devices and earthmoving equipment aren’t exceeded

Verbal Communication:

  • Speak clearly and unambiguously in English
  • Explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues

Verbal assessments will not be conducted for this course

Individuals who are concerned that they may not have adequate reading, writing, numeracy and/or verbal communication skills for this Trench Support Course are advised to contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343.

What is the Trench Support Course Outcome?

Once competence is achieved, trainees will receive a Statement of Attainment (Nationally Accredited) and Proof of Training Card.

Additional Course Information
Read the information below before making a booking into this Trench Support Course.

How many trainees can attend the course?

  • A maximum of 12 trainees are permitted (Please note that the course rate applies for 1-12 trainees)

What should trainees wear?

  • Trainees are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in accordance with your policies and procedures applicable to overhead crane use

What should trainees bring?

  • Trainees must bring a passport or an Australian driver’s licence
  • Contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343 if you do not have one of the forms of ID listed above

Do trainees need to study?

  • Yes – All trainees will be forwarded the Course Handbook upon making a booking.  WAM Training requires that all trainees study the Course Handbook prior to the commencement of face-to-face training

How is the assessment conducted?

  • Trainees will be assessed using a short-answer test, the development and implementation of a Safe Work Method Statement and a practical assessment involving the installation and removal of a trench support device (including entering the trench)
  • Verbal assessments will not be conducted for this course (please refer to the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements outlined above)

Where is the course conducted?

  • This course is conducted on your site

What equipment needs to be supplied?

  • The customer is required to supply trench shields, excavator, operator and chains on the second day of the course
  • Shields must be of adequate size to allow safe entry and exit to and from the trench)
  • Excavator and chains must be suitably compliant (excavator to have load chart, chains to be within 1 year of test date)
  • All site work permits and dial before you dig information must be available on both days of course
  • Access to various control measures (such as barriers or temporary fencing) to deal with all site hazards

Please don’t hesitate to contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343 if you have any other questions.

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Course Reviews
  • “Best course I have attended.” – Tyson W, 19.10.18
  • “Good interactive class.” – Sam V, 28.07.15