This Training Information Bulletin is provided to detail proposed changes to the trainer and assessor model and includes updates on other training matters.

The new trainer assessor (TA) model has been developed in response to feedback from volunteers on the onerous nature of the constant changing of training and assessment qualification requirements by Innovation and Business Skills Australia who are the Industry Skills Council for the Training and Assessment Training Package and qualifications.

Through this model Professional Development is aiming to reduce the time impost on volunteers who deliver training to volunteers. It simplifies initial qualification requirements for TAs and alleviates the need for constant updating of qualifications.

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A further Bulletin will be provided shortly which will detail the proposed Volunteer Qualification Program which will ensure volunteers who seek national qualifications have the opportunity to do so.

If you have questions following reading this bulletin please email them to

Darren Klemm
Assistant Commissioner Professional Development

Training Information Bulletin 5/2014 will be covering the following topics:

  • New Trainer Assessor Model
  • Pathways Update
  • Professional Development Forms
  • Registered Training Organisation Re-registration
  • Published curriculum update.

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New Trainer Assessor Model

Key Information

  • New model being implemented to simplify Trainer Assessor competency requirements.
  • What this change means:
    • Workplace Trainer Assessors (TA) no longer need to complete the nationally recognised TAE 40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or Trainer and Assessor Skill Sets.
    • New TA’s will be required to attend a short DFES Trainer Assessor course (due for release early 2015).


A new Trainer Assessor model is being implemented from 1 January 2015 to simplify Trainer Assessor competency requirements.

The model includes three categories of training:

  • Awareness

Awareness Training can be delivered at any location as required and is for providing personnel with information. Assessment may not be required. This category replaces Level 1 Training and results in a Record of Attendance. Awareness Training will be delivered by “Presenters” who are approved by their manager as having the required subject matter knowledge.

  • Workplace

Workplace Training may be delivered as required through The Academy or at a regional level, providing personnel with skills and knowledge to do the job. This category replaces Level 2 and 3 Training and results in a Record of Completion. Workplace Training will be delivered by “Workplace Trainer Assessors” who have training and assessment skills and a high level of subject matter knowledge. A formal endorsement in the TRK is required.

  • Nationally Recognised

Nationally Recognised Training will only be delivered as part of a ‘program’* or Incident Management Pathway, through The Academy (not necessarily delivered at The Academy but will be coordinated and approved by The Academy). Nationally Recognised Training will be delivered by “Academy Instructors” who hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and have a high level of subject matter knowledge. A formal endorsement in the TRK is required.

*Programs include; Volunteer Qualification Programs, Trainee Firefighter School, Firefighter Development Program, Station Officer Development Program, District Officer Program.

The following table illustrates the alignment of the proposed categories of training to certification, trainer and competency.


What this means for Trainers and Assessors:

  • Presenters of Awareness Training can be approved by their Manager
  • Workplace Trainer Assessors will not be required to complete the nationally recognised TAE 40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or Trainer and Assessor Skill Sets. Any endorsed Trainer Assessor who holds old or current DFES TA codes, BSZ or TAA qualifications or skill sets does not need to upgrade to TAE. New Trainer Assessors applying for endorsement will be required to attend a short DFES Trainer Assessor course (due for release early 2015).
  • Academy Instructors will be approved to deliver programs by The Academy and will be required to hold the full current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. (Note: Academy Instructors are endorsed by The Academy, but may not be based at The Academy)

Transition Arrangements:

The four levels of training currently in place will continue until 31 December 2014 to allow for the completion of the 2014 Training Calendar and updates to TRKs to be made. Scheduled courses within this period may be delivered as per current arrangements. From 1 January 2015, the revised model will be implemented and nationally recognised competencies will only be available through completion of the relevant Pathways and enrolment into a qualification program.

As a result of feedback and recent reviews of Trainer and Assessor (TA) requirements, the following changes have been made effective immediately:

dfes-training-update-281014_2This change means that existing endorsed TA’s who have not upgraded to TAE competencies and only deliver Level 3 Training do not need to upgrade to continue delivering and assessing these courses.

Please note: any course which results in a national unit of competency (including those with a post course assessment such as a logbook) are Level 4 training courses. TA’s who deliver these courses are still required to hold the current DFES Trainer and DFES Assessor codes (DFES0310 and DFES0311).

If you have questions about this information or are unsure of what impact it will have on you delivering training please contact the Trainer Assessor Development Coordinator Wade Isard on 9454 0712.

Pathways Project Update

  • Volunteer Firefighter 1 (VFF 1) certificates issued. Volunteers who meet the requirements of the VFF 1 Pathway, certificates have been issued to Regional Officers for distribution.
  • Volunteer Firefighter and the SES Pathways were launched at the WA Fire & Emergency Services Conference in early October.
  • Records Review –
    As part of the release of VFF 1 Pathway, a letter has been sent to each member via their Brigade to check if DFES holds the correct training records. If your records are not correct, you have the opportunity to correct them through your Brigade and Regional Office. For more information contact your Brigade.
  • The SES Fast Track Pathway will follow a similar implementation in the coming months.
  • Development of new eLearning courses is underway with a phased rollout. Initial rollout to Volunteers is expected to be early in 2015.
  • A new one-stop shop Professional Development website has been finalised and is available through the DFES Volunteer Portal. This was showcased at the WAFES Conference.

Professional Development Forms

A number of training resources are being rebranded as “Professional Development” resources to reflect the broader nature of the development activities provided by the Professional Development division. You will notice the names of some documents and links on the DFES web may have changed.

The following forms have recently been published:


Registered Training Organisation Re-registration

The Academy participated in a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) re-registration audit with the Training Accreditation Council in June this year. The auditor recognised examples of good practice including the appointment of a Recognition of Prior Learning Coordinator and well equipped training facilities and resources. Feedback was also provided where current practice could be improved including ensuring the currency of qualifications of trainers and assessors are maintained, which has been a consideration in the development of the new Trainer and Assessor model. DFES registration is now extended until 30 June 2019.

In 2015 a number of changes are anticipated for the Vocational Education and Training sector which will impact on the delivery, assessment and management of nationally recognised training programs through DFES. These changes will be communicated through the DFES Professional Development Portal as they are implemented.

Published Curriculum Projects since July 1st 2014

  • Dräger gas and splash suits. Dräger CPS7900 Gas Suit and Dräger SPC3800 Splash Suit training resource kits.
  • Marine Fire Assessment and Containment. Third instalment in the Ship firefighting training plan. Covers initial assessment and actions by volunteers on arrival and then in support of career firefighters when required.
  • Incident Control Vehicle (ICV) Operations. Training resource kit with five components: ICV Awareness (for all that need to work in/around the ICV); ICV Crew Support; ICV T-Card Registrar; ICV Radio Operator and ICV Crew Leader.
  • Sector Commander. Full revision of the training resource kit.
  • AIIMS Awareness. Developed in both face-to-face and on-line formats.
  • AIIMS 4 Gap training on-line. Upgrade course for personnel who completed the prerequisites of Introduction to AIIMS or Course in AIIMS 3 (21588VIC or 22022VIC) and are also in the targeted limited release group.
  • Incident Controller (Level 2). Training resource kit that leads personnel through escalation of an incident, across shifts and demobilisation.
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