Common Industry Competencies

Standardised industry safety training requirements.

The Common Industry Competencies (CIC) Specification defines consistent requirements for training courses, competency and currency, removing confusion that has the potential to hurt people, while providing cost efficiency by eliminating duplication in training requirements.

The CIC Specification establishes requirements for:

  • Confined Space
  • First Aid
  • Work at Height
  • Electrical Work
  • Light Vehicles
  • Vehicle Operations
  • Heavy vehicles
  • Mobile Plant Operation
  • High Risk Work Licences

The Specification also requires that CIC records be maintained.  These records shall be:

  • subject to verification to confirm that they are valid
  • stored in a secure manner and in accordance with relevant Privacy legislation.

Challenge

The general concept of industry competency focuses on the ability to perform particular tasks to the standard of performance expected in the workplace.

Operators and Contractors within the industry have established requirements for safety training and competence.   There are inconsistencies in these requirements across the industry.   This causes confusion that has the potential to hurt people.  In addition, demonstrating the competence of Contractor workers to meet the requirements of different Operator clients across various sites creates administrative burden and cost for Contractors and Operators alike.

Solution

Achieving consistent recognition of competencies that are shared across our industry will deliver huge value.  It will remove confusion, eliminate duplication in training requirements and improve cost efficiency.  It will also: improve worker mobility; allow Operators and Contractors to better target their training spend; enable faster mobilisation of workers to site; and increase confidence around the competency of our Contractor workforce.

Result

The Working Group has published the Common Industry Competencies (CIC) Specification. Where a role description identifies a Competency Requirement that is defined in the CIC Specification the Common Industry Competency Requirements defined in the Specification will apply.

The Working Group has also published the following information documents about the CIC Specification:

The Working Group conducted a survey to gauge common training requirements of Operators and Contractors.  The survey results:

  • identified an ‘inventory’ of common training courses undertaken in the Industry
  • enabled common training to be clustered into 12 criteria categories
  • validated the focus of early Trances of the Common Industry Competency work
  • helped the Working Group to frame future work

A Launch Pack has been developed to help Safer Together members implement the Common Industry Competency Specification. 

Coming Next

  • Commence work on the next Tranche of competency requirements (i.e. Tranche 4).

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