The PileSafe® Rig Operators Course has been approximately 5 years in the making, with the first course delivered late in 2020. Presently the PFSF has licensed an RTO in QLD and NSW to deliver the training course, see the links at the bottom of the page for contact details. RTOs in the remaining states will be licensed in the coming months. The course comprises three components detailed below:
- The Theory/ Base knowledge two day course, is delivered by a Registered Training Organisation licensed by the Piling & Foundation Specialists Federation (PFSF). The trainee must pass the assessment at the conclusion of the two day course to progress to the log book component of the course.
- The two day “theory/base knowledge course” is designed to prepare and familiarise the new trainee with the safety guidance and base knowledge required to safely undertake the “in the seat” logbook training. The course introduces the trainee to many elements related to rig operation, including, piling rig types, ancillary foundation equipment, piling techniques, the working platform certificate, the piling rig manual and provides an overview of the responsibilities of a piling rig operator. The course should serve as a refresher and update for an experienced operator. It is important that all trainees are exposed to and assessed on the same base information. The specific familiarisation and instruction of rig operation and installation techniques, is the sponsor company’s responsibility during the logbook component of the training.
- The 500 hour log Book component – the trainee completes 500 hours “in the seat” log book training. The trainee must be supervised by a PileSafe licensed rig operator whilst undertaking log book training. The level of supervision required for a trainee is defined by WH&S High Risk Supervision Section 84 The 500 hours to be logged over a minimum period of 6 months.
- Recognition of Prior learning – An experienced operator can bypass the log book component of the course with the provision of a letter verifying prior learning experience from their employer. A minimum of two years of experience operating a piling rig safely is required to qualify for this recognition. Click on the link below for the Verification Letter template.
- The Practical Assessment reviews key elements of the theory/base knowledge course with a written assessment and practically assesses the trainee’s competency to carry out a range of practical activities outlined in the Training & Assessment Strategy. The practical assessment is carried out on a one on one basis.
- The PileSafe® Rig Operator’s course does not remove the responsibility of the PCBU to familiarise the operator with each piling rig and piling technique he or she is required to operate and install.
- PileSafe® Rig Operator’s Course Cost – $1,500 plus GST for PFSF Members and $2,500 plus GST for Non PFSF members
For further information or to book a course, call 1300 668 141 or email mailto:email@example.com for courses available in NSW and QLD. Courses currently also available in Victoria on a FIFO basis by the trainer. Contact Mark Johnson if interested in a Victorian course – 0425 209 401