Alec Northover Award

The AIQEF funds the annual Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) Alec Northover Award of $2,500 to recognise the best Portfolio of Evidence prepared and submitted by an individual to a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in support of the applicant seeking accreditation for either Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma in an Australian national training package applicable to their employment in the extractive or related industries.

Please note that these qualifications include those required in all areas of the business, for example: quarrying, transport, sales, administration, laboratory operations, workplace health and safety and training.  

The AIQEF also makes available a grant of up to $2,000 each to the three Alec Northover Award finalists to assist them in attending the IQA national conference at which the winner will be announced.

Award Criteria

In the second quarter of each year the IQA invites RTO’s to nominate one candidate for each qualification from their successful graduates in 12 months to 30 June that year.  Nominations for the preceding year close on 31 August.

Applicants will be judged against the following criteria:

  • The evidence must clearly support the competence of the individual.
  • The evidence should be predominantly self-prepared, though some RTO help is not unwarranted.
  • While the RTO assessment guide is important it should be supported by actual evidence of the individual’s own application of knowledge and skills.
  • A useful and pertinent reference system is important.
  • It is adequate to refer to company policies and procedures except where the individual has developed, implemented or revised them and therefore their inclusion is evidence of their individual effort.
  • Evidence of other learning and a commitment to on-going learning are valuable evidence.
  • First hand testimonial evidence from management, team members and third parties are valuable evidence.