RII Training Package Review

By on May 14, 2013

DR ELIZABETH GIBSON, General Manager for CMPA looks at the review of the RII Training Package.


A teleconference for the Extractive Sector Standing Committee Members was arranged by Michelle Day SkillsDMC, Amanda Bevan and Prue Brown, Holcim; Leanne Parker, Hanson; and Ron Kerr and Dr Elizabeth Gibson, CMPA. The aim was to discuss the Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII) Training Package Review. The CMPA takes the position that training should be developed from real job profiles as per Conduct Haul Truck Operations training article in Sand & Stone Issue 69.


The Training Package review and converting content of RII to the new Standards for Training Packages is almost complete. In most cases, the content was simply converted to the new template and no change to content was made (although a large amount of content has been moved around within the Units of Competency).

In some cases, changes have been made to content to ensure the component (unit of competency, qualification or skill set) complies with the new standards (i.e. for consistency, each unit of competency now opens with a Plan and Prepare element. In the past not all units contained this element). In some cases the packaging rules were required to be changed to ensure they meet with the flexibility rules (i.e number of core unit’s v electives and the number of imported units).

Since March of this year, each of the components was sent to every member of the Expert Panel (of which all SSC members were included) for feedback. Any feedback we received was considered and in some cases has resulted in changes to content.

The final stage of this process is for each SSC to review, consider and provide direction on suggested changes.

Attached is an overview of the changes that affect the Extractive sector. Most of these changes are minor and have been made to ensure the component meets the policy requirements (Changed Content Folder). In some cases, new units, qualifications and skill sets have been added (New Content Folder). All these components have been developed at the direction of a SSC. This endorsement process has been the first opportunity to add these into the Industry

Training Package.

All Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII) content can be accessed in final draft via the link http://www.skillsdmc.com.au/training/rii_training_package_review. This includes the Case for Endorsement and the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.

The Office of the NSSC has commented on the volume of work that has been achieved to date on this review and is looking forward to sending the package to Council for consideration.


Discussion was centred on the definition of assessor requirements, the final version being given below.

Assessor Requirements

  • An assessor of this unit must satisfy the requirements of the NVR/AQTF or their successors; and Industry regulations for certification and licensing; and demonstrate the skills and knowledge of this unit through five years’ work experience in the Industry sector.
  • Where the assessor does not have current experience a co-assessment or partnership arrangement needs to exist between the qualified assessor and an Industry technical expert/subject matter expert. The Industry technical expert/subject matter expert must hold the unit being assessed and be currently working in the sector with a minimum of two years of current work experience.

MPO Competency

Once a person has undertaken accredited training units they have to be competent in the area. There should be evidence of minimum hours undertaken in the mobile plant i.e. on the job experience. Michelle Day will put in a sentence (see below) but it needs to be approved by two other industry groups.

Assessment Conditions for MPO Units of Competency

Workplace supervisors or assessors must validate the candidate’s performance evidence through the presentation of a log book demonstrating on the job experience. However, this sentence was not approved by the other two industry groups.

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