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Becoming a high risk licence assessor

You must be accredited by WorkSafe Tasmania to be a high risk licence assessor to:

  • conduct competency assessments
  • issue assessment summaries and interim high risk work licences.

Accreditation is valid for 3 years.

Eligibility

You must:

  • be 18 years old
  • hold a current high risk work licence for the class you want to assess
  • have successfully completed the necessary assessor skill set. This must be TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or its successor, or a diploma or higher qualification in audit education
  • have at least 2 years industry and operational experience for the class you want to assess (see below)
  • be connected to a registered training organisation (RTO).

Industry and operational experience

You must:

  • have at least 2 years relevant industry and operational experience in the class of high risk work you wish to assess
  • have relevant vocational competencies at least to the level you wish to assess
  • have current industry skills directly relevant to the high risk work you wish to assess
  • continue to develop your vocational education and training (VET) knowledge and skills, your industry currency, and your assessor competence.

You can demonstrate your industry and operational experience with:

  • letters from employers or persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs) that you’ve performed relevant high risk work for
  • contracts showing you’ve been engaged to perform the relevant high risk work
  • work diaries or logbooks you’ve kept while performing the relevant high risk work.

Encompassing classes

If you hold an encompassing licence and you wish to assess high risk work in an encompassed class, you should demonstrate that you have at least 6 months relevant industry and operation experience. For example, if you wish to assess high risk work for an advanced rigging licence, which encompasses the competencies for dogging, basic rigging and intermediate rigging classes, you’ll need to demonstrate at least six months relevant experience in the encompassed classes.

Adding classes

If you wish to add a class to your accreditation, you must have at least 12 months operational and industry experience in that class.

Connection to an RTO

Assessments for high risk work licences must be conducted for or on behalf of a registered training organisation (RTO). Therefore, you must:

  • be a RTO
  • be employed/contracted a RTO
  • work in partnership with a RTO.

You must provide evidence of your RTO connection with your application, and evidence that the RTO has the relevant unit of competency on scope for delivery in Tasmania.

How to apply to be a high risk licence assessor

You must submit the completed Application for Accreditation as an Assessor for High Risk Work Licences form (PDF, 544.9 KB) to a Service Tasmania outlet, plus copies of documents that demonstrate:

  • you hold a current high risk work licence for the class you want to assess
  • you have successfully completed the required skill set
  • you have at least 2 years of industry and operational experience for the class you want to assess
  • your connection with an RTO
  • that the competency unit you want to assess in is included in the scope of the RTO for delivery in Tasmania.

Plus:

  • copies of any other documentation that will support your application and claims of competency and experience
  • proof of your identity
  • the application fee.

Exams and interview

If your application meets the necessary requirements, you will be asked to:

  • complete at least 2 written exams: one on the work health and safety laws, and one on the HRW class you want to assess
  • attend an interview.

If your exam results are satisfactory, you will be issued with your high risk work licence assessor accreditation.

If your exam results are not satisfactory, you will be advised in writing.

Conditions of accreditation

You must:

  • conduct competency assessments in accordance with the conditions imposed on your accreditation; these conditions will be supplied to you when your accreditation is issued. Failure to do so is an offence and may result in your accreditation being cancelled or suspended
  • keep your accreditation certificate available for inspection by anyone you are conducting an assessment for
  • notify WorkSafe Tasmania within 14 days of any change to your address and/or contact details
  • notify WorkSafe Tasmania in writing as soon as practicable if your accreditation certificate is lost, stolen or destroyed.

WorkSafe Tasmania will audit you at least once during your three year accreditation. You may be asked to produce records and may be interviewed.

How to renew your high risk licence assessor

To renew your accreditation, you must demonstrate that you have retained your competency for the high risk work class you want to assess. This may be shown by the number of assessments you have conducted during your accreditation, or by submitting:

  • letters from employers or persons conducting businesses or undertakings (PCBUs) you’ve done relevant high risk work for
  • contracts showing you’ve been engaged to perform the relevant high risk work
  • work diaries or logbooks you’ve kept while performing the relevant high risk work
  • written evidence from an RTO confirming your experience in demonstrating and operating the relevant high risk work plant in a training environment.

Recognition of interstate authorisations

If you’re an accredited assessor in another state, you still need to apply to WorkSafe Tasmania before you can assess high risk work in Tasmania.

Resources

Application for Accreditation as an Assessor for High Risk Work Licences form (PDF, 544.9 KB)

Application for Replacement High Risk Assessor Accreditation form (PDF, 545.2 KB)

Updated: 10th December 2019