Road safety barrier accreditation scheme

Road safety barrier accreditation scheme Austroads

The Australasian Road Safety Barrier Accreditation Scheme Steering Committee has new plans for a national scheme for training in the design, installation and maintenance of road safety barriers in Australia and New Zealand.

Austroads has partnered with Lantra (UK) to develop a national accreditation scheme that will require the certification of all people engaged in the design, installation, and maintenance of any road safety barrier system used in New Zealand or Australia.

The Australasian Road Safety Barrier Accreditation Scheme Steering Committee met frequently with Lantra during the final quarter of 2018. The key discussions were around development of the accreditation training program structure and delivery model.

Five training courses have been identified for this scheme. The Operative course is an entry-level course designed for labourers, who can later enrol to become an installer.

The aim of this course is to ensure the individual comprehends the fundamentals of road safety hardware installation, to aid their safety on site and their value to industry.

The next stage of training, the Installer course, accredits operatives to install road safety hardware products under the guidance of a ‘lead installer’. The course covers the generic elements of systems and the practice of system installation.

The Lead Installer course is designed for individuals seeking qualifications to oversee installation and sign-off of the road safety hardware including the correct installation of proprietary systems.

Experienced individuals with a broad knowledge wishing to move into an independent audit or quality assurance role can undertake the Inspector course.

Finally, the Designer course is a separate training program tailored for installation designers and other industry practitioners.

This course will cover the theory of good road safety hardware design practices and installation fundamentals.

Before applying for these courses applicants must hold construction safety induction accreditation by a nationally recognised registered training organisation.

The implementation status for each course varies.

Lantra is finalising the training modules for the Operative and Installer courses, which are planned to be introduced in the second quarter of 2019.

The Operative module will be delivered via E-Learning by Lantra endorsed Register Training Organisations (RTO). The delivery model for the Installer’s module is currently being developed.

Lantra is overseeing further development of the training modules for proprietary systems (relevant to Lead Installer). Implementation dates will be confirmed after the Operative and Installer courses are finalised.

Pre-development works for the Designer course will be the focus of the Committee for the first half of 2019.

Lastly, the Committee and Lantra will review the Inspector course module in the latter half of 2019.

Other key decisions endorsed for the accreditation training program include proprietary system training modules, which will be an extension to the generic system type modules, and the development of the Designers training module with a focus on permanent applications.

A state by state product variations list will be also introduced for the benefit of industry practitioner’s knowledge, and e-learning training modules will undergo periodic review and be updated for the benefit of participants.

The committee and Lantra will reconvene in the second quarter of 2019, focusing on finalising the technical material required for the Designer course modules; management of training quality systems and complaints and qualifying and assessing RTO capabilities and facilities.

They will also work towards Lantra’s delivery of the Operative and Installer course program to endorsed RTOs, and undertake a stakeholder and critical information analysis to inform website development.

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