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Applying to become a High Risk Work accredited assessor

The purpose of assessor accreditation is to provide a consistently high standard when assessing individuals that apply for high risk work (HRW) licences and ensure workers are competent to perform HRW.

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) and assessed as competent against the relevant assessment instrument by an accredited assessor, who is approved by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), in order to be issued with a licence under the WHS Regulation.

The application process is divided into two steps. Applicants will need to supply us with specific documents for review, and then they will be required to complete the necessary testing and training. Applicants must successfully complete step one before moving onto step two.

Step one

When you apply to become an accredited assessor, you will need to provide WHSQ with:

Evidence of industry and operational experience should show experience of operation within the scope of the class of high risk work.

Step two

  • Successfully complete the required general knowledge OHS online test.
  • Attend and successfully complete the required competency assessment specific to the licence class you are seeking accreditation for.
  • 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. We contact applicants 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 covers:

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).

Email your application to:

Or, mail your application to:
Licensing and Regulatory Interventions
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
PO Box 820