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Resources for BSB41419 WHS

Resources for BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

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I wasn’t going to update my BSB41415 resources to this new qualification because I was concerned about the selection of Group A units.

The packaging rules require a minimum of 3 units from Group A, and only two of these were sufficiently generic and appropriate for the role of a WHS Coordinator.

This is a BSB Business Services qualification and should be generic, but the unit selection leads me to think PwC must have consulted only with representatives of mining and high-risk industries. I tried to get PwC to change this, but was not successful.

Nevertheless, for some of my RTO clients, BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is core business for them, so they have to find a way to make it work. After discussion with my clients we came to a decision as follows:
Group A
• BSBRES411 Analyse and present research information – generic
• BSBWHS417 Assist with managing WHS implications of return to work – generic
• BSBWHS418 Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors – not generic but possible
• BSBWHS419 Contribute to implementing WHS monitoring processes – not generic – very specific and high-risk
• BSBWHS431 Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace – not generic – very specific and high-risk
• BSBWRT401 Write complex documents – generic but far too academic for the work role and target group

Therefore, I have undertaken a review, and in most cases a complete re-write of my previous resources. I have also created resources for BSBWHS418 Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors.

The resources still use the same structure, which has proved very successful. The course is based upon the candidate being one of the WHS Coordinators for a civil construction company called Australia-Wide Construction. Since most people at least know what construction looks like, this gives me sufficient scope to design simulated workplace tasks.

The course is still best delivered and assessed in face-to-face workshops, but will work well with a blended approach, incorporating on-line learning and assessment.

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Sandy Welton
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3 Qualifications Completed

It’s been full on since March but I now have resources for all three of the qualifications I was working on.

They were developed in this order:
1. BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management
2. BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
3. BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

There’s a complete list of all units developed, in order of code, on this website as a separate document that can be downloaded and easily printed.
BSB42015 Cert IV Leadership and Management and BSB41415 Cert IV WHS have quite a few overlaps in the electives. There’s even an overlap with the Diploma, since BSBPMG522 Undertake project work is common to all three qualifications.

The work is not over yet. In response to requests from existing clients I will be developing resources for:
· BSBLDR503 Communicate with influence; and
· BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities

Because of the rush, I haven’t developed RPL tools so I will also be going back and developing RPL tools for each of the units.

Those of you who have been following my comments and those of Chemene on Linkedln will know that TAE40110 new qualification is still not endorsed. It was supposed to go to AISC September meeting but didn’t. There is an October and December meeting but Robert Bluer at IBSA doesn’t seem confident about whether it will be endorsed at all this year.

As a result, those of us who develop TAE resources don’t quite know what to do. Chemene Sinson (Blackwater Projects) is holding fire apart from TAELLN411 which is already endorsed. I have already developed TAELLN411 but am not actively marketing it, except to make it available to my existing clients. (You will notice it’s not on the list of units developed.)

The last few months have severely reduced the time I could devote to actual training and hopefully I can spend a bit more time with “real people” now that the worst of the development is done. However, this may be a vain hope as I can see TAE rearing its ugly head soon.

Sandy Welton

BSB41415 Extras in Progress

Development of the resources for BSB41415 Cert IV Work Health and Safety is going quite well I think.

I have completed enough units to meet the packaging rules but have more to go. Units completed are:
Core Units
1. BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws
2. BSBWHS403 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
3. BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
4. BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
5. BSBWHS406 Assist with responding to incidents

Elective Units
Group A
6. BSBPMG522 Undertake project work (done as part of BSB51915 Diploma of leadership and management)
7. BSBSUS301 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (done as part of BSB42015 Cert IV leadership and management)
8. BSBWHS410 Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives

Group B
9. BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace (done as part of BSB42015 Cert IV leadership and management)
10. BSBMGT403 Implement continuous improvement (done as part of BSB42015 Cert IV leadership and management)

So this meets the packaging rules.

I am now going to develop:
· BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
· BSBRES401 Analyse and present research information

These are both Group A units, so it gives more choice. They are also units that are in the electives for BSB42015 Cert IV leadership and management.

I have been asked to develop BSBLDR503 Communicate with influence which is a Group A unit in BSB51915 Diploma of leadership and management, so I should be starting that quite soon. (I wonder whether it’s a unit that every politician should have.)

Sandy Welton

Progress in BSB41415 Cert IV WHS

This is just a quick note regarding my progress on developing the units for BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.

I have now completed the resources for all 5 core units:
· BSBWHS402 Assist with compliance with WHS laws
· BSBWHS403 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation processes
· BSBWHS404 Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
· BSBWHS405 Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
· BSBWHS406 Assist with responding to incidents

My original hope was to have all 10 resources completed before the end of August but I don’t think this will happen, as I am going on a “health retreat” for 5 days next week. Don’t know what persuaded me to do this … actually I do. It was a combination of my best friend and my doctor. Wish me luck. It will be 5 days without alcohol, cigarettes, coffee or even cooked food. Why on earth would I pay for such suffering?

Anyway, back to the resources. Those of you who are my current clients know that I had already developed BSB41412 units and the BSB41415 units are all stated as equivalent.
This is why I left these till last, as I figured my existing clients could just re-map.

In fact, I have made modifications — not just re-mapped. Every time I look at something I developed previously I find ways to make it better. Also, the new training package format did require some tweaking of the assessments — but not nearly as much as BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management or BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management.

I might be able to get one more unit done before I go away next week. (I would cross my fingers but that makes it very difficult to type.)

Sandy Welton

The Complete BSB42015

I’m happy to say that I have now completed the resources for BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. Not before time, as I have clients waiting for them. Some couldn’t wait and have been purchasing the units one by one as soon as they are developed.

The qualification BSB42015 is the successor to BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management, but is not equivalent. Nevertheless, several of the units were equivalent and I had already developed resources for the FLM qualification — much the same way that I already had Diploma of Management resources that I could use as the basis for the Diploma of Leadership and Management.

Having said that, there was more to change in the Cert IV than there was in the Diploma —which is why it took me so long. As I’ve mentioned before, the new format replaces Required Knowledge with Knowledge Evidence and the change in the wording often requires further assessment tasks.

Example from BSBMGT401 Show leadership in the workplace:
· explain how to identify an organisation’s standards and values when they are:
o stated
o implied

This was implied in the performance criteria for BSBMGT401A but not stated as Required Knowledge. In this case it was insufficient for the candidate to have applied the organisation’s standards and values as demonstrated in performance of a task. They also have to explain how they identified the stated and implied values.

So altogether this development project has been challenging and I’m relieved to be moving on. Now I’m starting on BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. This is the qualification most in demand by my clients, but I also considered it was the one that would need the least work to modify. Hopefully that’s correct. I’m aiming to have the Cert IV WHS resources all complete by the end of August.

With regard to the new TAE Cert IV, the latest word is that it will be out in September. That will suit my timing quite well but I’m not holding my breath. We have been expecting this qualification for over a year now.

Sandy Welton

TAE and BSB Updates

Sometimes I get so busy with writing resources that when I’ve finished I forget to tell anyone they are done. I’m finding myself more and more driven by the priorities of my existing RTO clients – and as far as I’m concerned that’s how it should be.
The following is a summary of the current status.

TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

The primary priority was TAELLN401A – the Language Literacy and Numeracy unit for TAE40110. All of my clients who were delivering TAE40110 wanted to offer this unit, since the LLN unit will become a core in the new version of TAE. I developed the first set of resources for TAELLN401A in July and it’s now on Version 3.0 after having delivered it several times myself and received feedback from my RTO clients.
There’s been a lot of discussion on LinkedIn about the confusion we are experiencing with regard to the new requirements for trainers and assessors and what RTOs should offer. I’ve also been in contact with Chemene Sinson who, as far as I am concerned, is my only real competitor in the area of TAE development. We’ve put our heads together and worked out:
• Currently IBSA says migration to the new training package will take place in June 2014. Here’s the link https://www.ibsa.org.au/projects/tae-embedding-new-requirements/tae-embedding-preparation
• TAELLN411 will be the core unit in the new TAE qualification and is already released on www.training.gov.au. It supersedes and is equivalent to TAELLN401A so we can credit transfer.
• It’s appropriate to keep delivering TAELLN401A until June next year.
Chemene is working on development of TAELLN411 and I have already developed TAELLN401A. I am not sure that I will develop resources for the new qualification at all. I am getting really tired of the constant changes to the VET system that require a complete re-write of the resources every time.

BSB51107 Diploma of Management

Release 4 of this qualification had two changes to the packaging rules:
• BSBWHS501A Ensure a safe workplace – replacing BSBOHS509A Ensure a safe workplace
• BSBPMG522A Undertake project work – replacing BSBPMG510A Manage projects
I decided to do a complete re-write of my old clustered course and completed these resources in June. This time around I developed the assessment tools on a unit by unit basis rather than clustering them. My own experience in delivering BSB51107 indicated that this was more effective as it gave the trainees more structure and a regular sense of achievement when one unit was completed. The learning guide, however, remained as a single document. Analysing the units there were so many overlaps that it seemed logical at the time.
I have now finished breaking up the learning guide into individual units after discussion with my RTO clients. There were two main reasons for this:
• My clients like the format that I used for BSB41412 and BSB40812 resources. They say that the trainees and the trainers love the format.
• A unit by unit approach gives versatility of choice of electives.
So now I’ve completed the 8 units for BSB51107 and have demand for 2 more, namely
• BSBMGT516C Facilitate continuous improvement; and
• BSBLED501A Develop a workplace learning environment
I have just started work on BSBMGT516C and will follow with BSBLED501A.

BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management

My client RTOs are telling me that this qualification sits well with BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. There is quite a lot of cross-over of units in the packaging rules and the skills and knowledge required go hand in hand.
I have completed the core units for BSB40812 and a couple of electives and as soon as I can will be developing further electives. This is a high priority as I am receiving enquiries all the time for frontline management resources.

BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Demand remains high and now that many of my RTOs have used the resources, undertaken validation and in some cases audit, I have some solid feedback that indicates they are going brilliantly.
Feedback from Western Australia has been particularly useful. The harmonised WHS legislation has not been adopted in WA and when I wrote the resources I struggled with how to ensure that they were appropriate throughout Australia.
One of my clients in WA has been particularly helpful. Their clients are all in the mining industry but they considered the simulated workplace based upon commercial construction worked well, as the construction based activities also applied to the mining environment. This RTO modified the resources to incorporate mining legislative requirements and said that it was easy to do so.
Incidentally, I have received a number of enquiries for RPL tools for the emergency procedures unit PUAWER002B. I didn’t feel competent to write these because they need to be benchmarked in a highly contextualised manner. I have written the RPL tools without benchmarking. One of my clients offered to benchmark them for me but they haven’t got back to me. If any of my existing clients would like the tools in their raw form so they can add the benchmarking I am happy to email the documents without charge.

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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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      BSB41412 Cert IV WHS Update

      IBSA put out a discussion paper on the proposed changes a couple of weeks ago and since then I’ve been in touch with IBSA to try and find out more.

      Originally this qualification was to be endorsed at the end of June.  Then it was delayed to 24 October.  Now the latest date for endorsement is 6 December but we are not holding our breath!

      They’ve also changed the code of the qualification.  It’s now BSB41412.  The 5 core units haven’t changed (thank goodness because we’ve already written the learning and assessment resources for these).

      The electives are in 2 groups.  3 electives must be selected from Group A and the other 2 may be selected from Group B.  The number of electives is greater than before.

      Eddie from IBSA has also sent me a mapping document indicating equivalences for people with BSB41407 Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety.  The qualification is stated as equivalent but not all the units are equivalent, so it looks like a straight credit transfer won’t be possible – which is what we expected and the reason we are putting together RPL tools as well.

      In spite of the delays, I still feel that it’s worth devoting our time to this qualification.  There are about 400 RTOs with scope for Cert IV OHS so we believe there should be a huge demand for resources once the qualification is endorsed.

      Let’s keep our fingers crossed that there won’t be further delays.  Sometimes I wonder whether we wouldn’t all be better off sticking to non-accredited training.

      Sandy Welton

      29 September 2012

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