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.

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 CIC Specification establishes requirements for:

  • CPR
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Work Safely at Heights
  • Rescue at Height
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Operate Breathing Apparatus
  • Gas Detection
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Work Safely at Heights
  • Low Voltage Rescue
  • 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

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

Coming Next

  • Develop a model/framework for what the CIC Specification will look like when it is finished.
  • Identify future tranches of work and delivery schedule.
  • Commence work on the next tranche of competency requirements (i.e. Tranche 3).

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