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Expanding the Individual WHS Units

I am really noticing the increase in the number of enquiries since the holiday period is over.  Last week I went to the dentist and turned the phone on to silent.  During the 1.5 hours I was in the chair 3 new RTOs called me.  Thank you to everyone who has contacted me and can I just say that if I don’t answer the phone right away please do leave a message and I will get back to you.  Either that or send me a quick email.  I will always call you back.

Several of the RTOs who have already purchased the resources for BSB41412 Cert IV in Work Health and Safety asked whether I am going to develop the other electives.  In particular they want the two WHS electives BSBWHS408A Assist with effective WHS management of contractors and BSBWHS409A Assist with workplace monitoring processes.  As a result, I analysed these units and came to a number of conclusions which I then discussed with current clients.

For the contractor management unit, one of the critical aspects of evidence is: assisting with identifying existing contractor WHS arrangements, in the workplace.  This means it can’t be assessed in a workshop environment.  For the workplace monitoring unit, one of the critical aspects of evidence is: assisting with the use of appropriate equipment to monitor selected agents and/or conditions in the workplace.  The context of assessment does say that a simulated workplace is acceptable but nevertheless I think this unit would be difficult to assess in a workshop environment.

Further discussion with clients in relation to their training and assessment strategy indicated that their prospective candidates for these units were all in employment, working in an environment where these tasks are part of their job role.  On this basis I have now developed RPL tools for these two units.  I won’t be developing training and assessment resources for them.

Some RTOs have swapped out TAEASS301B Contribute to assessment for BSBWHS401A BSBWHS401A Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements.  This unit is on the web site under Certificate IV in Frontline Management.  I recommend that if this unit is used as part of BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, it should be the first unit delivered, as it gives a nice overview to build upon.

I’ve had requests to develop BSBCMM401A Make a presentation – contextualised to be part of the BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.  Again, I needed to discuss this with my clients to figure out the best solution.  As a result, I have agreed to produce resources that can be incorporated into the BSB41412 course.  There are already several assessment tasks that require participants to prepare a presentation or information session.  This means that element 1 of the unit “Prepare a Presentation” is already done.  All we then need is for the trainee to deliver two of the presentations and submit a review of delivery to deal with elements 2 and 3.  I will need some short answer questions and some learning material as well but still think I can get this one done by the end of the week.  It’s a unit that I deliver all the time for FLM and TAE trainees so I know it really well.

Sandy Welton

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    Demand is High for BSB41412 (Cert IV WHS)

    Well it certainly appears that there are a lot of RTOs who are interested in delivering the new BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.

    Yesterday there were over 100 hits on our web site and I received numerous phone calls from RTOs all over Australia.

    I thought I would summarise some of the questions that the RTOs asked.  The first question related to time frame.  When is BSB41412 going to be up on www.training.gov.au?  I can only give the answer Eddie Hardman from IBSA gave me, as follows:

    BSB41412 went to the NSSC for endorsement on 6 December.  Eddie says he is 110% certain it will be endorsed with no changes, since the draft units have gone through a lengthy and detailed approval process.  He says that BSB07 Business Services Training Package version 7 is already on training.gov.au, but it is hidden until he receives the paperwork from the NSSC.  Then he says it’s just a case of “pressing a button” to make it viewable on the site.  He envisages no more than a couple of weeks.

    Several RTOs asked about equivalence with BSB41407.  Where there were 9 units previously there are now 10 – 5 core and 5 electives.  While BSB41407 is stated as equivalent to BSB41412, there are only 2 units that are stated as equivalent.  In other words you won’t be able to do a straight credit transfer.  It will need to be RPL.  This is the reason we have created simple, streamlined RPL tools that have a matrix at the back of the Assessor Guide, showing equivalence to units from BSB41407.  Where the full unit is equivalent, this is stated in the matrix.  I have also mapped all of the performance criteria, required knowledge and skills individually and this is also stated in the mapping matrix at the end of the Assessor Guide.

    In answer to the question “will we need to apply for scope”?  It is my understanding that you will.  This is a new qualification so we can assume that the normal process of application applies.  With regard to continuing to deliver BSB41407, I am sure there will be a teach-out period as usual.  This is something to check with your registration body.

    I was also asked whether there will be a new Diploma of WHS.  The answer is that all of the WHS levels will change.  There are a number of other qualifications that have also changed in this version of BSB07 so I suggest that if you haven’t done so it would be a good idea to visit the IBSA website.  All the information together with the qualifications and units can be accessed from the site.  This is the link: http://www.ibsa.org.au/training-packages/case-for-endorsement/bsb07-v7-case-for-endorsement.aspx.

    You can download the case for endorsement on this web page and it lists all of the new qualifications and units and also clarifies equivalences.

    Sandy Welton

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