No formal qualifications or electrical training is required as we will teach you what is required. Most of the electrical theory is of a basic level. We are confident you will pick it up fairly quickly however our tutors are aware some students may not have a technical background so they are more than happy to explain the concepts in terms you will understand and go at a suitable pace.
We understand your circumstances can change, often unexpectedly. If this happens you can defer your course to another date subject to availability. A deferral fee may apply but we look at all requests on a case-by-case basis. The more notice you give us the easier it is to accommodate your request. The full details are found in the T&Cs
We know some courses providers include a few “cherry picked” extracts from the Standard in the course notes and tell the students that’s all they need to know.
The big problem we see with this is a competent person must have an understanding of the requirements of the Standard. If you haven’t read it, then how can you be sure you are fully complying with it. Remember, ignorance is no defense if you need to appear before WorkSafe or the Coroner.
This is why we dedicate a lesson to the Standard, including how to read it; key wordings; key clauses. You will need access to your own copy (printed or digital) to refer to during many parts of the course.
If you do not have access to a copy you can purchase one from Sai Global (approx A$145) or Standards New Zealand (approx NZ$82) or try a google search for other possible download sites.
We understand there’s a lot to take with the overall course. We also understand away from the training room you are bound to face some interesting challenges as you come across all types of appliances. Sometimes you may find yourself scratching your head and wondering what is the correct way to test that appliance. Or you might have a question about using your test equipment, where to buy supplies and so on. We’ve all been in your position and know exactly what it’s like. This is why we provide all students with life time post course support You’ll learn more about our extensive post course support program during the course. We believe it’s the best one going.
The quick answer is yes. You need to keep in mind that although completing this course will enable you to test and tag a wide range of appliances, it doesn’t cover the full range of skills and knowledge you will need to run a successful test and tag contracting business. However, this course is a great starting point for you to find out if testing and tagging is right for you. If you are serious about wanting to start your own business, let us know as we have access to a lot of knowledge and experience in this area that could be of value to you.
To perform testing and tagging you must meet the requirements of a competent person as defined in the Standard AS/NZS 3760. In short, this means you need to have an understanding of the application and requirements of the Standard and be able to correctly perform the required tasks. The recommended way to become a competent person is to attend a reputable test and tag course. Although the Standard does not require a competent person to be a registered or qualified electrical practitioner, some jurisdictions have specific requirements. Click here for information about QLD requirements.
No. There is no mandatory requirement for a technician to undertake a Nationally Accredited (NA) course. (more info)
Here is a response from the desk of John Blackburn – Head Tutor and Course Writer
Some marketing material promotes the notion if you don’t undertake a NA course it can compromise your insurance coverage.I am not aware of a single case where a claim under a public liability or Workcover policy has been rejected or payouts reduced based on the technician not having undertaken a NA course.
My research indicates insurance providers and Worksafe are more interested in whether or not the technician followed the correct procedures as defined in the Standard AS/NZS 3760.
If there was a genuine issue about insurance claims then why do those offering a NA course also offer a non-accredited version of course? It doesn’t make sense. The reason is simply because there is no problem.
Having successfully completed the NA course UEENEEP026A myself on two occasions, I know first hand that it only covers the bare minimum requirements and falls well short of what most people will need away from the class room environment.During 2011 I addressed this by writing a course based on what students are actually likely to experience out in the real world. To date over 350 students have done this course and the feed back has been fantastic.
Foot notes: 1) During the 10 years I have been testing and tagging I have has never been refused access to a site or had any issue with insurance policies based on the type of courses and training I have undertaken, nor have any of the technicians I have employed. 2) The current NA course has a prerequisite unit UEENEEE101A relating to safety practices in the workplace. I believe getting a white card is a far better solution because showing your UEENEEE101A certificate will not get you past the gate on any building site where as a white card will.