Maintaining Certification

RE-CERTIFICATION WEBINAR

Recording of the Re-Certification webinar – 12 December 2017

RE-CERTIFICATION CASE STUDIES

Case studies from Re-Certification webinar – 12 December 2017

WIOA will attempt to make contact with the certified operator 6 months prior to the end of the certification period.

WIOA require a regular re-certification process to ensure water industry personnel obtain the latest information allowing them to keep their knowledge and skills up to date. Operators must demonstrate via a point and evidence system, the amount of professional development and accredited training undertaken within a specified time frame.

To maintaining Certified Status:

  • Operators must remain active in the industry in the area related to their current certification.
  • WIOA will require documentary evidence of the accumulation of 5-15 points (dependant on process complexity) within the preceding five year period (3 years for Victorian drinking water certification).
  • Pay the nominated renewal fee for the next five years.

Professional Development Activities and Points for Recertification

  WIOA CPD Activities For Recertification (PDF)

Applicants for recertification must complete the Application Form which includes personal information, water business information, the plants to be recertified for, and any treatment processes added since the previous certification/recertification application.

In order to assist individuals maintain their certified status and to provide the greatest level of flexibility to employers, WIOA recognises a range of Professional Development opportunities allowing certified operators and employers to choose those options that best suit their needs.

A register and details of all the professional development activities undertaken by the individual in the previous certification period should be provided with the application.

Professional Development opportunities are classified into the following categories:

Applications should be accompanied by the payment of the recertification application fee ($110 inc GST).  On completion of the recertification process, an additional fee of $440 (inc GST) is required for the following 5 year recertification period ($220 and 3 years for Victorian drinking water certification).

Inactive status

Any Certified operator may apply to suspend their Certified status for any period to allow for changes in job or work roles. A lower fee would then apply. Certified status can be reinstated on application.

Accredited Training

Australia’s Vocational Education Training (VET) system comprises nationally recognised training packages developed with comprehensive input from industry to ensure that training is relevant to the workplace.  For our industry, the Water Training Package has been developed and contains common standards and assessment guidelines for a range of Units of Competence covering a variety of water industry functions.

Undertaking training in accordance with the Water Training Package is referred to as Accredited training.  Accredited training must be delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who issue Statements of Attainment for individual training units completed.  These can eventually lead to the awarding of a formal qualification such as a Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Recertification points can only be awarded for Accredited training if Statements of Attainment are provided and on the condition that none of the Units of Competence claimed were required as part of the initial certification process.

Each individual application must be supported by evidence of completion of accredited training such as Certificates, Statements of Attainment or official student records from an approved RTO.  All documentation supplied will be verified as an accurate copy by the water business and WIOA will undertake random audits of documentation supplied.

For more information on CPD points allocation for accredited training, refer to  WIOA CPD Activities For Recertification

Non Accredited Training

Compulsory Non-Accredited Training

There may be a requirement by a State/Territory regulator for Certified operators to undertake either refresher training or a skills update/refresher course as part of the recertification process.  This training may be Accredited (delivered by an RTO) or non-accredited (delivered by a person or organisation approved by the individual regulator).

Recertification points can only be awarded if evidence of attendance and completion of the appropriate course is provided, and WIOA will undertake random audits of documentation supplied.

Non-Accredited Training

There are a range of non-accredited training and Professional Development opportunities available to certified operators.  Completion of non-accredited training courses or seminars is designed to directly update or refresh the technical skills of certified operators.

Recertification points can only be awarded if evidence of attendance and completion of the appropriate course or refresher is provided.  Seminars or workshops provided directly by WIOA would not require formal documentation as WIOA retains a list of attendees.  For all other courses, seminars or workshops, WIOA would require documentation outlining:

  • The date, time and duration of the course
  • The provider/specific trainer that delivered the course
  • The content/topics and description of the items covered
  • Any assessment undertaken and the result of the assessment.

Provided it covers the above information, evidence of attendance from the training provider would be considered appropriate.

WIOA will undertake random audits of documentation supplied.

For more information on points allocation for non-accredited training, refer to  WIOA CPD Activities For Recertification

Other Activities

There are a range of “other” Professional Development opportunities available to certified operators.

Conferences and Events

Points are awarded for attendance at a range of events on the understanding that the certified operator will have the opportunity to be exposed to the latest in information presented during the technical component of the event or through exposure to equipment, products and new technology as part of an industry exhibition.  In order to encourage a broad range of development, a number of categories at this level have their points capped for each recertification period.

Conferences or events provided directly by WIOA would not require formal documentation as WIOA retains a list of attendees.  For all other events, WIOA would require detailed documentation outlining:

  • The date, time and duration of the event
  • The provider of the event
  • The nature of the event and the program.
  • Some form of evidence that the certified operator actually attended.

WIOA will undertake random audits of documentation supplied.

Technical Presentations

Points are awarded for formal participation and undertaking technical presentations at industry events.  In recognition of the time, effort and technical understanding that must be developed and demonstrated, there are more points offered in these categories than for the previous category of purely “attending” and event.

Conferences or events provided directly by WIOA would not require formal documentation as WIOA retains a list of attendees.  For all other events, WIOA would require detailed documentation outlining:

  • The date, time and duration of the event
  • The provider of the event
  • The nature of the event and the program.
  • Some form of evidence that the certified operator actually presented.

WIOA will undertake random audits of documentation supplied.

Awards & Recognition

There is a range of awards available to certified operators all with differing technical, participation and reporting requirements.  WIOA will review any applications in this category on a case-by-case basis.

For all awards, WIOA would require detailed documentation outlining:

  • The details of the award
  • The provider of the award
  • The nature of the award and the outputs required
  • Some form of evidence that the certified operator satisfactorily met and delivered on all the award requirements.

Publishing

There is a range of publications available to certified operators all with differing technical, content and author requirements.  WIOA will review any applications in this category on a case-by-case basis.

For more information on points allocations for Other Activities, refer to  WIOA CPD Activities For Recertification

Significant Workplace Project

WIOA recognises that once an operator has been employed in the water industry for a significant period of time (minimum of 10 years), the scope to undertake additional relevant training courses and/or other relevant professional development opportunities in order to maintain certified status reduces.

WIOA also recognises that the technical skills of many experienced operators are often utilised to undertake projects designed to deliver operational improvements or process optimisation outcomes.

In recognition of this important technical work, WIOA is prepared to consider and recognise a significant workplace project, provided adequate documentation supporting the extent of the project undertaken is supplied and that the scope of the project undertaken would be considered to be outside the scope of normal duties of the certified operator.

In order to evaluate the extent of a Significant Workplace Project, and the number of points it for which it may be eligible, WIOA would require detailed documentation outlining:

  • The details of the project
  • The need for the project
  • A detailed project methodology outlining the steps taken in undertaking the project
  • A project report outlining the outcomes of any investigations or works completed including but not limited to any time, cost savings or Workplace Health and Safety improvements delivered
  • Project participants and nature of the contribution of each (time, expertise, skills)
  • Endorsement of the project, outcomes and project report as predominantly the work of the certified operator by the “suitably qualified person”.

Exceptional Activities

WIOA recognises that once an operator has been employed in the water industry for a significant period of time (minimum of 10 years), the scope to undertake additional relevant training courses and/or other relevant professional development opportunities in order to maintain certified status reduces.

When determining the ongoing Certification status of an operator, WIOA will consider and recognise exceptional activities provided adequate documentation supporting the extent of the activities undertaken is supplied.  Just doing the job well, or without incident is not necessarily an activity that will qualify for exceptional activity points.

In order to evaluate the extent of an Exceptional Activity, and the number of points for which it may be eligible, WIOA would require detailed documentation outlining:

  • The details of the activity
  • The need for the activity
  • A detailed activity methodology outlining the steps taken in undertaking the activity
  • A report outlining the outcomes of the activity including but not limited to: any time, cost savings or Workplace Health and Safety improvements delivered
  • Activity participants and the nature of the involvement by the applicant, this should include information on the applicants contribution to the project (time, expertise, skills)
  • Endorsement of the activity, outcomes and activity report as predominantly the work of the certified operator by the “suitably qualified person”.