22 September 2023 UET Training Update: ASQA Extends Transition Period for UET Training Package Rescue Units
In a significant training update aimed at enhancing safety standards across Australia, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has approved an extended transition period for a set of units in the UET training package in Australia. These transmission, distribution, and rails sector (UET) programs are designed to equip professionals with the skills to respond effectively in various rescue scenarios.
The approved extension applies to a series of UET units of competency that are vital for individuals working in high-risk environments. These programs include:
- UETDRRF001 – Perform cable pit/trench/excavation rescue
- UETDRRF002 – Perform EWP rescue
- UETDRRF003 – Perform pole top rescue
- UETDRRF004 – Perform rescue from a live LV panel
- UETDRRF005 – Perform rescue from switchyard structures at heights
- UETDRRF006 – Perform tower rescue
- UETTDRRF08 – Perform EWP controlled descent escape
ASQA has extended the transition period for these critical units in the UET training package in Australia, originally scheduled to conclude on 13 October 2023. Thanks to this latest training update, the new transition end date is now 13 October 2024. This extension provides both your RTO and students with ample time to complete training and provide certification.
These UET units are instrumental in providing individuals with the skills to respond effectively in emergencies where lives may be at risk.
ASQA’s Considerations for the UET Training Update
ASQA will only consider such extensions when it can be clearly demonstrated that learners would face genuine disadvantages without them.
ASQA has proactively communicated this extension to both the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia. This ensures a consistent and uniform application of the extended transition period across the country, maintaining high standards of safety and competency.
What This Means for Your RTO
As a training provider, your RTO plays a crucial role in ensuring that learners benefit from the UET training update. Here’s what your RTO can do to make the most of this opportunity:
- Review training and assessment (TAS) plans: Take this time to revisit and optimise your TAS plans for the UET training update units. Ensure your programs are comprehensive, effective, and aligned with the latest safety standards.
- Enhance training resources: Invest in quality training resources or update your RTO materials, equipment, and facilities to provide learners with the best learning experience.
- Support learners: Offer additional support to learners who may require it. It could include extra practice sessions, access to experienced trainers, or tailored learning resources.
- Ensure compliance: Stay updated with ASQA’s guidelines and requirements to ensure your RTO remains compliant throughout the extended transition period.
- Communication: Keep open lines of communication with your learners. Inform them about the extended transition period and its benefits in terms of additional learning time.
- Monitor Progress: Regularly assess your learners’ progress and provide constructive feedback. It can help learners stay on track and achieve their certification within an extended timeframe.
By taking these proactive steps, your RTO can not only maximise the benefits of the extended transition period but also contribute significantly to the safety and competency of professionals working in high-risk sectors.