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Test and Tag Training course types – what is right for you?

There are two types of training course for test and tag competency.

  • Short Course – Such as our LPM001 competency course
  • Accredited Nationally Recognised Course - UEENEEP026A.

Short Courses are often the most popular avenue for those seeking to gain the required skills, experience and knowledge to be deemed competent – either for themselves or by their employer.

A short course can deliver the required level of attainment over a one day course in a flexible, lower cost and convenient manner.

In contrast, UEENEEP026A can only be offered by a Registered Training Organisation. This type of course tends to be more costly due to the additional administration required to operate the course. Additionally, a prerequisite is the OHS course module UEENEEE101A - Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes of practices in the workplace. This additional module may result in the course extending to two days, and increasing costs.

Both course types have their benefits and drawbacks. Here are a few factors to consider.

Competency and being competent

Regardless of the course type attended, ‘competency’ is not a formal qualification. Regardless of the training provider, those attending a competency course will not receive an Electrical License to test and tag at the completion of the course. Competency is the acquired level of practical and theoretical skills which may be gained through training, formal qualifications and previous experience.

‘Competency’ is therefore not a given - having attended a course. Those electrically safety testing should always ensure they maintain their skills, and keep informed regarding any applicable current regulatory requirements and technological changes over time.

Testing professionally

In Queensland to test and tag on a professional basis (ie testing on a commercial basis as a service for other organisations or members of the public) the business or organisation must have a valid Queensland Contractors or Restricted Contractors Electrical license. One of the many requirements when applying for a Restricted Contractor’s license for electrical testing work is that the nominated technical person must have completed the nationally recognised test and tag module UEENEEP026A through a registered training organisation.

Note: An Electrical Work License (restricted or otherwise) is not an Electrical Contractors License or Restricted Electrical Contractors License. If you intend to test and tag professionally we recommend you contact the Electrical Safety Office in Queensland about applying for a Contractor’s License. Additional qualification and insurance requirements will apply.

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