Training and assessment needs for the energy and utilities sectors

Energy and utility providers and their contractors need to be well-trained in safety procedures, particularly when working on overhead lines, communications towers and conducting emergency repairs to the grid.

Everyone on site must understand the risks of working at heights, and the best way to achieve this is to complete a working at heights course.

For many electrical work tasks, contractors will need an additional qualification along with height safety training. In the case of working near electrical lines, only workers designated as an Authorised Person should conduct the work: this is someone that has completed the standard T0911 Introduction to Electrical Network Infrastructure for Authorised Persons training course.

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Key courses for energy contractors

The nationally recognised RIIWHS204D Work Safely at Heights training course is ideal for anyone working at heights in the utilities, resources and infrastructure industries.

This course will help contractors understand how to manage hazards and work safely at heights, as well as how to fit and use height safety equipment like harnesses, inertia reels, anchor points and fall arrest systems.

You’ll need to complete the specific training indicated by the local electricity distribution company, such as Jemena, United Energy, Citipower, Ausnet, Powercor, Energex, Ergon Energy and many others. These differ between providers.

In Queensland for example, contractors need to hold ‘T0911 Introduction to Electrical Network Infrastructure for Authorised Persons’ to work close to the electrical network.

This electrical spotter course provides the participants with the knowledge and skills required to work near the Energex overhead electricity network.

This course replaces the M320 Energex & 4490 Ergon courses and is necessary for any Queensland based contractors that need an Authorised Person approval to access work close to power lines.

Choosing a working at heights course in Melbourne

In Victoria, construction work involving a risk of a fall from more than two metres is considered high-risk work. Of course, overhead power lines and energy assets are often much higher than this, so strong height safety knowledge and procedures are vital.

And it’s just as important to choose a registered training organisation that provides accurate real-life equipment and scenarios to train on, giving trainees a true sense of the risks whilst they learn in a safe, controlled environment.

If you are looking for a working at heights training course for your team, here are a few things to consider when looking at different providers:

  • Does the height safety training provider offer real equipment and structures to learn on?
  • Does the training provider offer competitive pricing for group bookings? This is especially important if you’re looking to book a team of contractors to get certified together.
  • Is the training centre in an easy to get to location, with plenty of on-site parking?
  • If you have staff and contractors Australia-wide, does the provider have multiple training facility locations so your people can study nationally recognised units in their local area?
  • Does the provider offer easy online booking, allowing you to book ahead of time and secure your training slots months in advance? This provides a practical way to manage your staff training program
  • Are the instructors experienced, professional and do they know how to make learning enjoyable and engaging?

Book group training with a Kallibr working safely at heights course

Kallibr runs working at heights courses in Melbourne that provide participants with a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights.

Our Melbourne height safety training course runs for one full day and is undertaken at Carrum Downs in Victoria. We run training sessions multiple times a week with a maximum of 10 students per class to ensure personal one on one attention from our experienced and engaging instructors.

Couple this with our training centres in Sydney and Brisbane, and we can offer energy and utility providers and their contractors a convenient way to learn height safety and electrical training no matter where you are on the east coast.

Contact our team for any enquiries, or book online for our one day height safety course.