COMBO COURSE FAQs
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.
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.
Click for more about test and tag licenses.
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.
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.