Electrical Spotter Course
$280 (GST Exempt)
This course is suitable for anyone wanting to become a Certified Electrical Spotter (registered with EnergySafe Victoria). Certified Electrical Spotters are authorised to observe the safe operation of mobile plant in close proximity to powerlines in accordance with the No Go Zone Framework.
Course Codes and Title:
Unit Codes and Titles:
- VU21936 Observe for the safe operation of plant and equipment around overhead and underground assets
- HLTAID003 Provide first aid
- Responding to an emergency situation
- Applying appropriate first aid procedures
- Communicating details of incidents
- Evaluating incidents and your own performance
- Planning for safe practices as a spotter
- Preparing for spotter duties
- Performing spotter duties
Additional Entry Requirements:
- Applicants must meet the credit transfer requirements for HLTAID003 outlined below
- Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age
- Applicants must satisfy the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements as outlined below
- Applicants who are currently employed or who have recent work experience involving plant/machinery are preferred but not mandatory
- Applicants who meet EnergySafe Victoria’s registration requirements are preferred but not mandatory
Credit Transfer Requirements for HLTAID003:
Applicants who wish to enrol into this course must bring documentation with them that meets one of the following bullet points:
- 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
Applicants who are unable to meet this requirement will need to enrol to complete a First Aid Course within 30 days of the Electrical Spotter Course. Click here for more information.
Registration with EnergySafe Victoria:
Only applicants who are registered as a Certified 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, scissor lift, etc.), applicants must provide Proof of Competency (such as a Plant Operator Card) in the operation of such plant (issued by an RTO)
- 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
Why Complete this Electrical Spotter 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.
WorkSafe Victoria’s 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.
Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Requirements
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 administer first aid in the workplace. Refer to the descriptions below.
- 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 (I.e. brief reports or explanations)
- Communicate written information in a work or emergency situation
- Locate, select and use simple mathematical actions and information in familiar real life activities or texts
- Use some symbols and diagrams to communicate mathematically (I.e. draw simple diagram of the No Go Zone surrounding an asset)
- Speak clearly and unambiguously in English
- Explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues
- Provide and gather factual information orally, sufficient to explain potential hazards or difficulties
- Participate in short interpersonal exchanges
- Use everyday language to provide information or maintain a conversation with others, including colleagues and mentors
- Communicate verbal information in a work or emergency situation
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 are advised to contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343.
What is the Electrical Spotter Course Outcome?
Once competence is achieved, trainees will receive a Statement of Attainment (Nationally Accredited). Only those who meet the EnergySafe Victoria registration requirements will be registered as spotters and will receive an Electrical Spotter Card from EnergySafe Victoria (and as such will be authorised to perform spotting work).
Additional Course Information
How many trainees can attend the course?
- A maximum of 12 trainees are permitted
What should trainees wear?
- Trainees are required to wear safety shoes and hi-visibility clothing (WAM Training can provide a hi-visibility safety vest if required)
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
- For those who are completing both units face-to-face, WAM Training will provide a Pre-Course Worksheet which must be completed prior to the commencement of face-to-face training
What should trainees bring?
- Completed Pre-Course Worksheet (Only applicable to those who are completing both units face-to-face>
- Trainees must bring a passport or an Australian driver’s licence
- Trainees must bring evidence of meeting EnergySafe Victoria’s Registration Requirements (outlined in the red box above)
- Contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343 if you do not have one of the forms of ID listed above
How is the assessment conducted?
First Aid Unit
- Trainees will be assessed using the Pre-Course Worksheet described above, an in-class multiple-choice test and a practical assessment involving the demonstration of various first aid techniques
- Verbal assessments may be conducted for the multiple-choice test in this unit (please refer to the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements outlined above)
- 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
- Verbal assessments will not be conducted for this unit (please refer to the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements outlined above)
Please don’t hesitate to contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343 if you have any other questions.
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