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Accredited assessors

The purpose of accreditation of assessors is to provide a consistent high standard of assessment of individuals applying for high risk work (HRW) licences. This helps to satisfy employers, and others who have duties under health and safety laws, that workers are competent to perform HRW.

This also helps ensure the health and safety of workers and others in the workplace.

A licence to perform HRW is part of a system which authorises individuals to carry out particular classes of work. There are various high risk work licence classes (e.g. scaffolder, dogger, tower crane operation and forklift operation). This national system has been incorporated into Queensland law by the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (the WHS Regulation).

A person must be trained in accordance with the relevant unit of competency by a registered training organisation (RTO) in order to obtain a licence under the WHS Regulation. An accredited assessor, who is approved by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will then assess the person as competent against the relevant assessment instrument.

How to apply to become an accredited assessor for classes of high risk work (HRW)

The following information is valid for applications from 1 February 2018.

The application process is divided into two steps. The first step relates to documentation required to be supplied to WHSQ for review, and the second step requires a person to submit to requisite testing and training. Applicants must successfully navigate Step One before moving onto Step Two.

Step One

Provide WHSQ with:

Evidence of industry and operational experience should show experience of operation within the scope of the class of high risk work. Evidence of minimum 35 hours operational experience can be experience as an operator and/or experience within the training environment.

Step Two

  • successfully complete the required general knowledge OHS online test; and
  • attend and successfully complete the required competency assessment specific to the licence class you are seeking accreditation for; and
  • successfully complete an accredited assessor induction (new assessors only).

Three testing and induction sessions are held in Brisbane each year. Additional sessions in regional areas will be considered on an as-needs basis. WHSQ contact accredited assessors regularly by email and provide advance notice of these sessions. Persons who fail to successfully complete the testing or induction sessions will be issued with a notice proposing to refuse their application.

The induction session includes coverage of:

  • the conditions of accreditation as an assessor for HRW classes in Queensland under the WHS Regulation
  • work health and safety legislation
  • compliance activities
  • administrative requirements for assessors.

Lodging your application

Mail your application to:

Licensing and Advisory Services
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
PO Box 820

How to apply for the renewal of an assessor accreditation for classes of high risk work (HRW)

Accreditation is valid for three years from the date of issue.

Three months prior to the expiry date of an accreditation, a renewal application form will be sent via email to the accredited assessor.

In order to renew accreditation, the following information will be required to be submitted to WHSQ:

  • completed and signed renewal form
  • a copy of a current licence for the relevant HRW class/es for which accreditation is sought
  • proof of identification (e.g. copy of front and back of current driver's licence or 18+ card or Australian passport)
  • one passport quality photograph (for interstate HRW licence holders only)
  • the application fee

In order to renew your accreditation, you will be required to show evidence of currency in the industry. This can be completed by either:

  • the completion of 9 assessments per accreditation class in the preceding three years, or
  • evidence of 35 hours of operational experience per accreditation class in the preceding three years (using a combination of evidence e.g. hours of operation, training experience, trainer/assessor experience)

If on receipt of the renewal application the required number of assessments have not been completed, WHSQ will contact you.

As per section 125 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, accredited assessors must keep WHSQ informed of current contact details in order for WHSQ to ensure material information relevant to accreditation, such as renewal information, is received by assessors.

Conditions of Accreditation

The Conditions of accreditation as an assessor for high risk work classes (PDF, 0.61 MB) (the Conditions) is issued by the Regulator. Accredited Assessors are required to comply with the conditions pursuant to s121 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

The purpose of the Conditions is to establish a consistently high standard of assessment of individuals applying for HRW licences, to ensure that workers are competent to perform high risk work and uphold public and industry confidence in the assessment process.

High Risk Work Licensing (Accredited Assessors) Compliance and Enforcement Policy

The High-Risk Work Licensing (Accredited Assessors) Compliance and Enforcement Policy (PDF, 0.27 MB) provides direction and guidance in the administration of compliance and enforcement strategies with respect to accredited HRW assessors. The Accredited Assessors CEP is to be read in conjunction with the principles set out in the Office of Industrial Relations’ (OIR) Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Policy (CMEP), the Corrupt Conduct Protocol–what assessors need to know, and the relevant legislative provisions in the Act and Regulation and the Conditions.

Register of accredited assessors

A public register of accredited assessors (XLSX, 0.47 MB) is maintained by Office of Industrial Relations. Your details will be entered on the register should you be granted accreditation as an assessor (or should your accreditation as an assessor be renewed).