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CQ TAFE Works With Newcrest Mining’s Emergency Response Team

Posted: 10/05/2012 5:00:00 AM by Raelene Thams, Faculty of Energy and Mines, Central Queensland Institute of TAFE
Filed under: Training-and-Development, Mining

Today we welcome guest blogger Raelene Thams, from the Faculty of Energy and Mines at Central Queensland Institute (CQ) of TAFEShe reports on another important collaboration between training and industry. Newcrest Mining and CQ TAFE worked together to perform the First Person Competent Process with Newcrest’s Emergency Response Team in Papua New Guinea. Read on to find out more.
The First Person Competent Process is used when a site requires competencies to be assessed, but has no personnel with the appropriate industry qualifications to undertake the assessment. The site’s staff are often highly skilled and may have acted as assessors for in-house training programs in the past.
Training a whole team
In November 2011, I had the privilege of visiting Papua New Guinea’s Newcrest Mining Limited gold mine on Lihir Island. I was contracted as a Central Queensland Institute of TAFE – Faculty of Energy and Mines trainer / assessor to perform the First Person Competent Process with Newcrest’s Emergency Response Team.
Four Newcrest Trainer / Assessors spent several months developing assessment tools for the Certificate III in Emergency Response and Rescue, which would be used to train the whole team after they became certified T&A’s with CQ TAFE. The development process was a learning curve to ensure that the assessment resources met the requirements of the RII09 training package. All assessments were endorsed by CQ TAFE and were right to be utilised. 
Conducting the initial assessment
The process is simple but reliable and involves at least three people, including two candidates who want to obtain the qualification. One acts as the candidate, one the content expert and ideally an independent assessor is utilised to ensure no conflict of interest. The assessor asks a series of questions based on the performance criteria of the standard and documents the candidate’s responses. The content expert is there to confirm what the candidate has said is correct. A practical assessment is then conducted and evidence of what was demonstrated is documented.
Switching places
At the conclusion of this process, the content expert now becomes the candidate, the candidate holds the qualification so now acts as the content expert and the process is followed again. A detailed letter is required to accompany each person’s assessment and explain who was involved, where the assessments were conducted, the assessment methods used (written and / or practical) and the questions and candidate responses documented.

It was an experience to observe the differences in culture and the effort the supervisors went to in organising the practical scenarios. The participants went beyond the expectations of each individual unit of competency and demonstrated their emergency response skills to a high level. As a result, all four participants received their Certificate III in Emergency Response and Rescue and have been certified as Trainer / Assessors for Lihir through Central Queensland Institute of TAFE.
This Newcrest team is the first in PNG to hold Australian qualifications for Emergency Response which is quite a feat.
If you would like to enquire further about the First Person Competent Process or organise for one of our qualified trainers / assessors to come on site and assist with the process to get your employees upskilled, please contact Raelene Thams at Faculty of Energy and Mines, Central Queensland Institute of TAFE at (02) 4920 2654 or email:
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