VOC and RPL

A Verification of Competency (VOC course) is an assessment of a persons knowledge and skills. The process assists employers with meeting their Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) obligations to deem staff competent to perform a task or operate plant and/or equipment.

Verification of Competency (VOC course) requirements are site and/or company specific. If a company you work for, or a work-site you are visiting, requests a current VOC for a specific piece of plant or to undertake a particular task, you will need to comply with the request in order to undertake the work.
 
VOC’s are undertaken on persons who already hold a current ticket, licence or unit of competency, to verify that they are still competent to that standard. Persons undertaking a VOC must provide evidence of their existing competency. The outcome of the VOC process is a Statement which references the activities or tasks verified, and/or the plant and equipment verified on. It does not satisfy the requirements for the issuance of a nationally accredited unit of competency.
 
Any person deemed not yet competent will be offered the opportunity to undertake refresher training, and undertake another VOC assessment (which may attract attract an additional cost).
 
The VOC training course process encompasses a short written (or oral) assessment of the critical knowledge components of the activity AND direct observation of practical applications of the activities.
 

PLEASE NOTE: Persons who hold expired high risk work tickets or licences (issued by Safework regulators) must undertake a full assessment (knowledge and practical) of the national assessment instrument, in order to make application for a new high risk work licence. A VOC is not a satisfactory document for Safework regulators to issue a High Risk Work licence or for an RTO to issue a nationally accredited unit of competency.

 
 
Frequently asked questions

VOCs are used to assess competence, whereas refresher training is meant to assist in keeping employees skills current and providing knowledge on changes in technology, legislation, and best practice.

RPL is an assessment pathway to confirm the skills and knowledge that a worker has gained previously through informal or non-formal training, or through life or other work experiences. For example, if a worker has been trained and worked on a piece of plant for several years, but for some reason has never been assessed, the RPL assessment process could be used.

The evidence supplied and assessed for RPL must be valid, sufficient, current and authentic. RPL should never bypass or shortcut the assessment process. It is a means to acknowledge that sufficient evidence has been collected to verify competence.

RCC is an assessment pathway for workers who have previously completed an assessment, been deemed competent, and are now required to be reassessed to ensure that competence has been maintained. For example, a worker previously been assessed as competent for issuing work permits on a company’s mine site, may be assessed by RCC when they start work on another mine site of the same company using an identical work permit system.

The evidence supplied and assessed for RCC must be valid, sufficient, current and authentic.

Verification of Competency (VOC) requirements are site and/or company specific. If a work-site you would like to conduct work at, requests you to provide a current VOC for a specific piece of plant or to undertake a particular task, you are required to comply. S. 705 of Part 12.2  of QLD Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, sets out duties of other persons at relevant premises, which include to

(a) take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and

(b) take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons; and

(c) comply, so far as the person is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that is given by the relevant person to allow the relevant person to comply with this part.

The time required (and therefore the cost applicable) to undertake a VOC will depend on the plant or activity needing to be verified. As a guide for example, VOC’s for Dogging take approximately 2 hours per person. Please call us to discuss your requirements.

Absolutely, provided the site can provide access to suitable compliant plant and equipment required to undertake the VOC, we are able to quote for Australia wide delivery.

No problem. We can undertake most VOC’s for High Risk Work plant and activities at any of our high risk training facilities throughout Queensland and NT. Please call to find your nearest location.

VOCs are undertaken to verify competency and are therefore conducted without any training or preparation as it is considered current licenced/ticketed/competent employees and contractors, have the required knowledge and skills to complete the assessment. Any person deemed not yet competent will be offered the opportunity to undertake refresher training, and undertake another VOC assessment (which may attract attract an additional cost).