Verification of Competency (VoC) Online Workshop

IQA Verification of Competency (VoC) Online Workshop
The Institute of Quarrying Australia invite you to attend an online workshop on Plant & Equipment Verification of Competency (VoC).

Date: Wednesday 10 April 2024
Times for all States/Territories:

 1.00pm - 4.30pm  QLD/NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS
 12.30pm - 4.00pm  SA/NT
 11.00am - 2.30am  WA
 3.00pm - 6.30pm  NZ

Location: Online

WHS regulations require employers and ‘persons conducting a business undertaking’ (PCBU) to ensure that workers can clearly demonstrate their ability to use plant and equipment and undertake work tasks. This is also reflected in relevant state/territory mining and quarrying legislation.

Holding a certificate or qualification is no longer sufficient for an employer to accept as evidence that an individual is competent to use equipment or undertake tasks. Greater emphasis is now on employers to ensure an individual has “current competency”.  Competence can be described as the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has and their ability to apply them when using equipment and to perform a task safely.  One question a regulator is likely to ask following an incident  is  ”Who deemed that person competent?” Typically followed by  “What qualifications do you have to deem that person competent?”  It is critical that those in your workplace performing assessments on another person’s competency are qualified to conduct the assessment.

Course Overview

On average, plant & equipment account for 71% of mechanisms related to worker fatalities².   Under WHS legislation, employers are responsible for providing information, instruction, training, and supervision to employees. This includes ensuring workers have sufficient skills to operate plant and equipment competently.

So, what is Verification of Competency (VOC)?

A Verification of Competency or VOC is a method of assessment which ensures that workers operating plant, equipment and other tools on work sites remain competent to do so - to keep themselves, others and their companies safe and solvent.

This course provides a risk-based approach to establish a VOC program that not only meets legal requirements, but also enables effective risk controls and a high-performance culture.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand your legal obligations for VoC, including operator competency vs assessor competency
  • Understand how to demonstrate due diligence and minimise risk of personal liability - facts vs myths!
  • List options for taking a risk-based approach for establishing VoC safe systems of work, and the relationship with Critical Control Management (CCM)
  • Gain an understanding of leadership principles and methods of building a high-performance culture

Who is this course for?

The course is recommended for:

  • Quarry Managers
  • Quarry Supervisors
  • Health & Safety professionals
  • Those with responsibility for safe systems of work, management, and supervision of high-risk plant & equipment.

Your Facilitator | Garrith Parker

Garrith is an experienced health, safety and risk consultant with over nine years of safety experience across both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, which has seen Garrith work with a broad range of stakeholders and manage complex and unique safety situation.

CPD Hours: 3
  • IQA QMCS: Risk Management
  • NSW MOC: 1. Mining and WHS Systems (Safety Management Systems)

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued upon completion of the workshop. 

Registration Fees
IQA Member:  $245
Non Member: $325
IoQ NZ Member: $245 AUD

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Registrations Close: Monday 8 April 2024


All information is correct at the time of publication. The IQA reserves the right to alter or delete items as required, and takes no responsibility for any errors, omissions and changes.

² Source: SafeWork Australia 5-year average 2016-2020.
Includes: vehicle collision*, Being hit by moving and falling objects, being trapped between stationary and moving objects and trapped by moving machinery and rollover of non-road vehicle
Excludes: “Contact with electricity, falls from heights, drowning, slide or cave-in, contact with hot objects, being hit by an animal, and other mechanism

*vehicles = cars and trucks, aircraft, boats, loaders, tractors and quad bikes.
10/04/2024 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
E. Australia Standard Time

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