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.
When you apply to become an accredited assessor, you will need to provide WHSQ with:
- a completed Form 93 - Application for accreditation as an assessor for high risk work classes or application for an additional class on an existing accreditation and guide for completing (PDF, 0.29 MB)
- a completed Form 91 - Notification or cancellation of alignment with a registered training organisation (RTO) (PDF, 0.15 MB)
- proof of identification (e.g. copy of front and back of current driver's licence or 18+ card or Australian passport)
- the application fee per class for a three year period of accreditation
- a copy of your current licence for the relevant HRW class/es for which accreditation is sought
- a copy of your VET assessor qualifications/competencies or equivalent (new applications only)
- a signed acknowledgement that you have read and understood the Conditions of accreditation as an assessor for high risk work classes
- evidence of industry and operational experience by providing at least two years relevant industry and operational experience for each class (new applications only)
- at least 35 hours of operational experience across the range of work, within the class of work, in the previous two years.
Evidence of industry and operational experience should show experience of operation within the scope of the class of high risk work.
- 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:
- the conditions of accreditation as an assessor for HRW classes (PDF, 0.47 MB) in Queensland under the WHS Regulation
- work health and safety legislation
- compliance activities
- administrative requirements for assessors including the assessor portal.
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).