WHAT IS A VOC?

A Verification of Competency (VOC) is a method of assessment that assists employers to meet OHS requirements and ensure staff are still competent to operate equipment or perform a task.

New national OHS harmonisation laws, effective January 2012, bring greater importance to employers due diligence and obligation to ensure an individual has “current competency”.

Assessing for Verification of Competency enables businesses to confirm that their employees are competent in their skills and using the equipment. It is commonly used in many industries for pre-employment checks, contractual arrangements or site requirements.

  • Employers require evidence that your skills are current, which is validated through the VOC process.
  • Some Insurance requirements in many organisations require a “refresher course” for various units of competency such as Elevated Work Platform.
  • These units do not have an expiry date, but the quest for currency relates to meeting these insurance requirements ( Doesn’t extend to high-risk licences as these expire every 5 years)

Verification of Competency enforcement is new for industry and is subject to interpretation.

Working with industry leading clients, Major developed a formal process that allows for flexibility to meet client needs whilst maintaining a high standard of assessment. Assessors are industry experts holding all relevant qualifications combined with years of experience.

VOC PROCESS:

To undertake a VOC participants must provide their relevant licence or Statement of Attainment prior to VOCs being conducted. This along with relevant work documents or logbooks will give a guide to what level of competence they should hold.

If students cannot provide their relevant licence or Statement of Attainment major cannot undertake a VOC, however, can offer Full training and assessment (See table or options)

Please note VOC’s are Non-accredited & student receive a Statement of Attendance only.

QUESTIONS FOR CLARIFICATION ON WHAT IS NEEDED: 

  1. Does your organisation require an updated Statement of Attainment or an internal VOC?
  2. Which version of this unit do you currently hold?
  3. If the unit has changed, did you want a “refresher course” with the VOC to get the most up to date unit of competency?
Scenario Solution Certification
 

The participant does not hold a unit of competency

 

Full training and assessment or experienced operator course provided relevant experience given

 

 

Statement of Attainment with the outcome ‘Competent’ (Accredited)

 

The participant holds a Unit of Competency and only requires an internal VOC.

Participants must provide their relevant licence or Statement of Attainment prior to VOCs being conducted. This along with relevant work documents or logbooks will give a guide to what level of competence they should hold.

 

 

Existing VOC format training.

 

Statement of Attendance only. (Non-accredited)

 

The participant holds the unit of competency from another RTO or from Major but the unit is outdated & they require a VOC.

 

“Refresher” with VOC course – which is essentially Credit Transfer with contextualisation to include:

1.     Challenge questions

2.     Practical assessment

3.     Class based exercise covering relevant changes in the industry.

 

 

Statement of Attainment with the outcome CT and a statement to say the participant underwent a refresher course on a specific date. (Accredited)

Assessments can take place on the job or at a Major facility to limit the impact to productivity onsite. Our assessments include knowledge testing and demonstration of skills.

What if the person it not competent?

Client – (individual or employer) would be advised of any additional/gap training required before any further assessment could be conducted.

DURATION:

Each assessment takes approximately 1-2½hrs and will depend on the type of plant and/or requirement of employer/site.

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