Optec has a large range of training courses available for individuals or companies across Australia and internationally. Our courses offer the flexibility of being able to be completed onsite, offsite or online. Contact us to find out how we can assist you with training.

Most Common Courses

HLTAID001 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines. This unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide CPR, in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings. Specific licensing /regulatory requirements relating to this competency, including requirements for refresher training should be obtained from the relevant national/state/territory Work Health and Safety Regulatory Authorities.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

RIIWHS205D – Control Traffic with Stop-Slow Bat

This unit describes a participant’s skills and knowledge required to control traffic with stop-slow bat in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries. This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles. Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit. Note: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

This unit describes a participant’s skills and knowledge required to control traffic with stop-slow bat in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries. This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles. Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

 There are no pre-requisites for this course.

UETTDRRF01B – Apply ESI Safety Rules, Codes of Practice and Procedures for Work on or Near Electrical Apparatus

This Competency Standard Unit covers the knowledge and application of Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) safety rules and codes of practice for work on or near electrical apparatus it includes the application of relevant State and Territory safety rules, codes of practice and enterprise based procedures and how they apply in the context of transmission, distribution or rail work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for, health, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

UETTDRRF06B – Perform Rescue from a Live LV Panel

This Competency Standard Unit covers the performance of rescue procedures from live Low Voltage (LV) apparatus, not including overhead lines and underground cables in the work place. It specifies the mandatory requirements of rescue from a live LV panel and how they apply in the context of transmission, distribution or rail work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for, health, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

The pre-requisites for this course can be obtained from the following link:

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UETTDRRF06B

UETTDRRF03B – Perform EWP Rescue

This Competency Standard Unit covers the performance of rescue procedures from an Elevating Work Platform (EWP) in the work place. It specifies the mandatory requirements of rescue from a raised EWP by a work party member on the ground and how they apply in the context of transmission, distribution or rail work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for, health, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

The pre-requisites for this course can be obtained from the following link:

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UETTDRRF03B

Enter Enclosures

This training module should provide the learner with an understanding of the procedures to be observed when required to enter enclosures containing high voltage apparatus. Upon successful completion of this module, the participant may obtain entry authorisation.

Safe Approach Distances

This module is designed to provide the participants with: The basic knowledge and skills needed to maintain safe approach distance (SAD) to high voltage (HV) and low voltage (LV) electrical Apparatus.

Pre-requisites for this course are basic understanding of Electrical components in a HV and LV environment

22325VIC – ‘No Go Zone’ Spotters Course

This module is designed to provide the Participants with the knowledge and skills required to identify electrical plant owned and operated by Electrical Distribution and Traction Companies. The participants will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the hazards associated with approach to high voltage equipment and a working knowledge of the duties of a Spotter.

Pre-requisites for this course are 1.  Rigger/Dogger Certificate or Certificate of Competency for other plant. 2.Current First Aid qualifications to HLTAID003 Provide First Aid and HLTAID001 CPR

HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings. Specific licensing /regulatory requirements relating to this competency, including requirements for refresher training should be obtained from the relevant national/state/territory Work Health and Safety Regulatory Authorities.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

RIIWHS302D – Implement Traffic Management Plan

This unit develops a participant’s skills and knowledge required to implement a traffic management plan in Civil construction. This unit is appropriate for those working in supervisory roles. Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and Industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit. Note: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented RTOs are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS legislative requirements.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

UETTDRRF10B – Provide First Aid in an ESI Environment

This Competency Standard Unit covers the provision of first aid in an Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) environment. It includes the recognition and provision of an initial response where first aid is required in emergency situations by providing essential first aid using basic life support measures according to established workplace first aid policies and procedures.

The pre-requisites for this course can be obtained from the following link:

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UETTDRRF10B

RIIWH5202D – Enter and Work in Confined Spaces

This unit describes a participant’s skills and knowledge required to enter and work in confined spaces in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries. This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles undertaking work in confined spaces.

Manual Handling

This Module is designed to develop the Participants knowledge in manual handling to meet VESI requirements

UETTDRRF08B – Perform EWP Controlled Descent Escape

This Competency Standard Unit covers the performance of Elevating Work Platform (EWP) controlled descent escape procedures in the work place. It specifies the mandatory requirements for self rescue from a raised EWP and how they apply in the context of transmission, distribution or rail work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for, health, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

VESI Environmental Framework

The VESI Environmental Framework Training is a high level overview of the Victorian Environmental legislative requirements.

It provides understanding of the purpose and intention of the EPA Act and associated legislative requirements, relevant to the VESI working environment.

This module provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to understand key principles of environmental management. It can be used for both initial and refresher training.

VESI Safety Framework

This module provides the learner with the knowledge to understand the purpose and intention of the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act and associated legislation and regulations.

This module does not provide the learner any specific information on local distribution business procedures and rules.

This module can be used for both refresher training and initial training.

UETTDRRF02B – Perform Pole Top Rescue

This Competency Standard Unit covers the performance of pole top rescue procedures as an emergency procedure required in the work place. It specifies the mandatory requirements of rescue from a pole top and how they apply in the context of transmission, distribution and rail work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for rescue, health, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

The pre-requisites for this course can be obtained from the following link:

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UETTDRRF02B

Other Courses

UETTDRRF05B – Perform Rescue from Switchyard Structures at Heights

This Competency Standard Unit covers the performance of rescue procedures from switchyard structures at heights in the work place. It specifies the mandatory requirements of rescue from switchyard structures and how they apply in the context of transmission, distribution or rail work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for health, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

The pre-requisites for this course can be obtained from the following link:

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UETTDRRF05B

UETTDRRF09B – Apply Access Procedures to Work on or Near Electrical Network Infrastructure

This Competency Standard Unit covers the performance of the procedures to gain access for work on or near electrical network infrastructure in the context of transmission, distribution or rail work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

UETTDRRF11A – Testing of Connections to Low Voltage Electricity Networks

This Competency Standard Unit covers the performance of testing of connections to low voltage electricity networks according to the relevant AS 4741. It specifies the mandatory requirements for testing when connecting and/or reconnecting a customer’s installation to an electricity supply network It encompasses the minimum principles and tests required to confirm that the low voltage supply connections are correct.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Live Low Voltage Work – Ground Level

Live Low Voltage Work – Cable Jointing

Safe to Approach SWER

This module provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to implement a “Safe to Approach” inspection and test procedure to high voltage electrical apparatus

Make Application For

This Module provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to complete an “Application Form” for specified types of work.

Pre-requisites for this course are that participants should be authorised to Receive Electrical Access Permits.

High Voltage Electrical Operator Initial & Refresher – Transmission, Customer, Generation, Distribution, Lines, Sub Stations

This module is designed to provide the participants with: The basic knowledge and skills needed to carry out Electrical Operating functions on a High Voltage Electrical Supply System.

Generator Operation & Control

To provide the participant with fundamental knowledge & skills associated with the operation & control of Alternator/s capable of being connected to: – A large interconnected electrical power system, & / or – Running independently, as a small electrical power system supplying its own power demands & – Alternator Synchronisation.

UETTDRDP14A – Maintain Energised HV Distribution Overhead Electrical Apparatus (Glove)

This Competency Standard Unit covers the maintenance of energised high voltage distribution overhead electrical apparatus using high voltage live line glove and barrier method and includes the verification of the site conditions and the potential hazards, the conformation and calculation of physical loads and the selection of appropriate and authorised work method. It includes the preparation and cleaning of specialist material and tools in accordance with authorised technical instructions. It also encompasses the undertaking of OHS and safe working practices and the rendering inoperative of the automatic re-closing device including its restoration in accordance with the work plan and the procedure of issuing/accepting electrical access permits and or relevant working documents.

The pre-requisites for this course can be obtained from the following link:

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UETTDRDP14A

Maintain Energised Transmission Lines Using High Voltage Live Work Stick Method

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge for maintaining HV Live works stick method on AusNet Services 220 kV lines.

Pre-Requisites for this course are Initial maintain energised transmission lines using high voltage live work stick method.

Authorised Insulator Washer & Tester

This course is designed to convey to the participants the necessary knowledge & skill to enable them to carry out the washing & testing of station & transmission line insulation & insulators at voltages up to 330KV.

Hazardous Area Wiring Initial

This course is a nationally recognised course intended for electrical workers, technicians and engineers involved with installing and maintaining electrical equipment in hazardous areas. It covers the principles of hazardous area classification, explosion protection techniques, equipment installation requirements, inspections, and procedures for breakdowns and maintenance, with theory and practical components.

The skills and knowledge described in this training course require a license to practice in the workplace for undertaking electrical work as required by the various state and territory electricity safety acts and associated regulations.

Hazardous Area Wiring Awareness Course

This course is designed for electrical and non-electrical participants. It covers the legislative requirements of hazardous area installations and provides an overview of the relevant standards.  It delivers an introduction to explosion-protected equipment and explains how to interpret hazardous area classification drawings and equipment markings.  Occupational Health and Safety issues such as toxicity, fatigue management are also covered.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Authorised Insulator Washer for Pole Lines, Tower Lines & Switchyards

Live Line Hotstick

Live Line Appreciation

Live Low Voltage Refresher

High Voltage Live Work – Pole Erection Recovery Unit Operator

Maintain Energised Transmission Lines Using High Voltage Live Work Barehand Method

On the completion of this Module the Participant should be able to demonstrate the Knowledge and Skills required to: Maintain energised transmission lines using high voltage live work barehand method.

Type ‘B’ Gas Appliances (CPCPGS4023B – Install Commission and Service Type b Gas Appliances) Supervised Gasfitter Training (2 day course)

These are people who do work for a Company which holds an Authorisation. They are predominantly Tradespersons who work in the Mechanical, Electrical, or Instrument Maintenance type fields for those Companies. They are employed to do their normal trades duties, but these persons also must have had some training in Gas related subjects to the level of satisfaction of their employers, and are permitted to do routine maintenance and service on Type ‘B’ gas equipment on a “like for like” exchange basis. These Supervised Gasfitters can also work on gas pipe-work with pressures of over 200 Kpa., or under 200 Kpa if that pipe-work is connected to a Type’B’ appliance

Energy Safety W.A. requires these persons to be trained in the fields of Gas Rules and Regulations, and to have some knowledge of Gas Safety and also Combustion Principles as a minimum. Energy Safety W.A. also would like, although they cannot insist on – the persons having additional training in such items as ventilation, purging, gas valve train components and their functions, flame safeguard systems and gas maintenance work.

In some instances, the supervised gasfitters may be doing work such as the assembly of gas supply lines to turbines and the actual installation of those appliances, but will never be working on the actual appliances themselves when they have gas in the lines and are operating. In this instance Energy Safety is satisfied when these persons do a one day Supervised Gasfitter’s Course, which must include Gas Rules and Regulations, Gas Safety, and Combustion Principles. If the supervised gasfitter is doing maintenance and “like for like” replacements on operating type ‘B’ gas equipment, Energy Safety would prefer that person to do a two day Course which covers the extra fields mentioned above.

The key description is in the wording on the Energy Safety website which stipulates that the supervised gasfitter receives training to the satisfaction of the Authorization Holder (in this case, The Company or the Supervising Gasfitter.), so there have been in the past, situations where Companies have agreed that they are satisfied with their employees receiving the one day courses to be recognized as supervised gasfitters, while other Companies are happier when their employees do the two day course. There have been several instances where Companies have asked for their employees to be given a third, or even fourth day of training because the Companies felt their employees would benefit from having the extra training.

UETTDRRF04B – Perform Tower Rescue

This Competency Standard Unit covers the performance of rescue procedures from an Electricity Supply Industry tower in the work place. It specifies the mandatory requirements of rescue from an ESI tower and how they apply in the context of transmission, distribution or rail work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for, health, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

The pre-requisites for this course can be obtained from the following link:

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UETTDRRF04B

UETTDRRF07B – Perform Cable Pit/Trench/Excavation Rescue

This Competency Standard Unit covers the performance of cable pit/trench/excavation rescue procedures as they apply to live LV cable jointing in the work place. It specifies the mandatory requirements of rescue from a cable pit/trench/excavation and how they apply in the context of transmission, distribution or rail work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for health, safety and risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

The pre-requisites for this course can be obtained from the following link:

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UETTDRRF07B

Attached Climbing for Tower Work

This Module is designed to provide the participants with the basic knowledge and skills needed to climb and move to the work positions on Towers.

Safe to Climb

This module provides the learner with the knowledge, skills and competencies to conduct a “Safe to Climb” test. This module can be used for both initial training and Refresher training

Climbing & Working Aloft on Towers

This Module is designed to provide the participants with the basic knowledge and skills needed to climb and move to the work positions on Towers.

Live Low Voltage Work – Overhead

This module provides the learner with the knowledge, skills and competencies to work safely on the LV distribution system in an environment appropriate to the participant’s qualification and scope of work.

Making LV Dead

This module provides the learner with the knowledge and skills to enable them to Isolate & make low voltage dead

Pre-Requisites for this course are current competency in “Pole Top Rescue” and “Escape from EWP”

UETTDRDP13A – Maintain Energised HV Distribution Overhead Electrical Apparatus (Stick)

This Competency Standard Unit covers the maintenance of energised high voltage distribution overhead electrical apparatus using high voltage live line sticks and includes the verification of the site conditions and the potential hazards, the conformation and calculation of physical loads and the selection of appropriate and authorised work method. It includes the preparation and cleaning of specialist material and tools in accordance with authorised technical instructions. It also encompasses the undertaking of OHS and safe working practices and the rendering inoperative of the automatic re-closing device including its restoration in accordance with the work plan and the procedure of issuing/accepting electrical access permits and or relevant working documents.

The pre-requisites for this course can be obtained from the following link:

https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UETTDRDP13A

EHV Live Line Stick Method Ground Support up to 330Kv

Conductive Poles Procedure

EHV Live Line Stick Method up to 330Kv

Lineworker Assistant

High Voltage Live Work – Vehicle Mounted Crane Operator

Safe Working Access on Towers Carrying Live Circuits

This Module is designed to instill in the participants the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to safely carry out work involving the climbing of towers carrying live circuits.

Pre-requisites for this are that pParticipants required to set up and use handlines for lifting materials and equipment up a structure, shall be either qualified riggers or qualified linesmen. Participants not required to set up and use handlines need not be qualified as above, and on successful completion of the course shall be authorised for “climbing and inspection purposes only.”

Basic Electricity 

To provide the Participants with a fundamental knowledge of basic electrical principles that are applicable to the operation or maintenance of High Voltage System.

Power Awareness Course

On completion of this module the Participant should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the form of Voltage Identification, Structures, Power Generation and Basic Electricity.

Receive Sanction for Testing

This Module is designed to provide the Participants with the knowledge & skills required for an Authorised Tester of High Voltage Apparatus in the following areas:

– Code of Practice on Electrical Safety on or near High Voltage Electrical Apparatus,
– Typical Procedures and Work Practices,
– A working knowledge of Sanction for Testing Procedures,
– Responsibilities as Authorised Sanction for Tester in Charge.

Pre-requisites for this course are that participants must hold an ‘Authority to Receive Electrical Access Permits.

Measuring Conductor Heights Using Telescopic Measuring Sticks

Methods of Release of Victims from Live Conductors

This Module is designed to assess the Participants knowledge & skill to safely release a Victim from contact with Live HV Conductors.

Supervising Gasfitters Training – Category 2 (10days course  / Week 1 & 2)

Supervising gasfitters are persons working for a Company holding an Authorisation.  These persons are responsible for overseeing the activities of Supervised Gasfitters doing normal service and “like for like” replacements on type ‘B’ gas appliances and pipe-work.  Supervising gasfitters can be responsible for overseeing the activities of up to 15 Supervised gasfitters at any one time. Other responsibilities are maintaining records of Supervised gasfitters, ensuring that the training for those people is kept up to date, ensuring that Type ‘B’ equipment log books are kept up to date, and checking and signing off log books when work on Type ‘B’ appliances is completed.

Supervising gasfitters are also known as Category 2 gasfitters, and to obtain that qualification they must successfully complete a two week course run by a Recognized Training Organisation, and that course comprises 22 of the total 34 elements required to achieve a full Category 1 Gas Licence.

Supervising gasfitters  are also able to do work restricted to “like for like” replacements and routine maintenance of Type ‘B’ appliances, although generally these persons are in a more managerial position in an organization, but not necessarily so.   Supervised gasfitters are able to do work up to that level of work permitted to their Supervising Gasfitter.

Persons working for an organization holding an Authorisation are only able to do gas work for the Company holding that Authorisation, and upon leaving the employ of that Company their permit to do gasfitting work of any nature lapses. They may have to undergo training through the new employer, or Energy Safety may recognize their qualifications if they were recently obtained or upgraded while working for the original employer.

‘I’ Licensed Gasfitters Training – Category 2 Gas Training (5 day course / week 3)

These are persons who have completed the whole 34 elements of the CPCPGS4023B National Training Competency which makes them eligible to apply to our (Western Australian) Office of Energy Safety for an ‘I’ Class Gas Fitting Permit.   Energy Safety have stated that they have a pre-requisite that persons applying for their full Category 1 Permit must have a minimum electrical qualification of a Restricted Electrical “Disconnect/Reconnect” Licence, and that these persons may also be required to operate on a Restricted Permit for a period, keeping a log book during that time to provide information on experience etc. which the Energy Safety Licensing Board may wish to refer to when assessing an applicant’s request for an upgrade or removal of that restriction.

The Category 1 Gasfitter is able to Install, Service, and Commission type ‘B’ gas appliances. The commissioning is carried out in conjunction with a Type ‘B’ Appliance Gas Inspector.   The Category 1 Gasfitter can also do work on pipe-work carrying pressures over 200 Kpa., and work on pipework under 200 Kpa as long as that pipe-work is connected to a Type ‘B’ appliance.

The Category 1 Gasfitter is also able to do any of the activities of a Category 2 gasfitter, including supervising the activities of any Supervised gasfitters.