Swapping from OH&S Operator Tickets to RII Competencies
Not sure if you are required to swap your old OH&S tickets over to the new RII Competencies? Well, the good news is that there is no requirement for anyone to hold the RII competencies but the only downside is that some of the major Principal Contractors are only accepting the old OH&S cards if they are less than 5 years old.
So what does that mean for the operator who holds an OH&S card older than that? Well it means that if you are looking for work at the moment in the mining or quarrying sectors you may be over looked for an operator who holds the RII competencies. The biggest difference between these qualifications and the old OH&S Licence is that to be deemed competent applicants must be experienced.
For example in the past to obtain an OH&S qualification applicants were assessed against a standard performance criteria that ensured they could operate the machine safely without damaging the plant and that they had the knowledge & skill to conduct a prestart and shut down check, they weren’t necessarily assessed on skill level. The RII Performance criteria require applicants to undergo a challenge test that ensures they are employable on their chosen piece of plant.
So if you are considering swapping your old OH&S cards over to RII Competencies then you may be eligible for some government funding through Construction Skills Queensland.
To be eligible for CSQ funding Construction Skills Queensland has stipulated the following requirements
Another thing to take into account is the fact that the RTO's that deliver RII's can all charge different amounts for the courses, so call a few and get quotes, try and find one that won’t charge anything above the amount they receive in funding from CSQ.