UEE Hazardous Areas
The Hazardous Areas project will review two qualifications and develop 11 new Units of Competency in the Electrotechnology Training Package to reflect industry and relevant Australian Standard (AS/NZS4761.1:2018) requirements for working with electrical equipment for hazardous areas (EEHA).
The Electrotechnology Training Package currently contains units directly adopted from clauses contained within AS/NZS4761.1:2018. The Standard sets out the generic cross-industry competencies needed for work associated with electrical equipment for hazardous areas. The competencies are intended for use by any industry sector or enterprise conducting operations where explosive atmospheres are present, and cover design, installation, inspection, maintenance, repair and area classification. They set out minimum requirements for persons to be ‘competent’ to undertake the related tasks.
The 11 units not currently included are primarily used by degree qualified engineers to verify competence to work in hazardous areas. They were initially not adopted because the Standard contains preconditions for assessment (qualifications at AQF 5-7) that cannot be adopted within the unit template. Industry wants all the remaining units (clauses) contained within the standard available for delivery within the regulated VET system. This will ensure a mechanism exists for quality verification of competent persons to undertake design, installation, inspection, maintenance, repair of equipment for hazardous areas.
The Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee (IRC) has received correspondence from industry requesting the clauses not adopted in the Electrotechnology Training Package be added to the Training Package. The IRC has committed to a project to develop unit/s to cover the requirements of the clauses so they can be trained and assessed within the accredited VET system. Advice related to compliance with preconditions for assessment will be included in the unit application to ensure this is met.
The Electrotechnology IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.
If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Skills Specialist.
The Case for Endorsement and draft materials are due to be submitted by May 2022.
The full list of products included in this project:
UEE42620 Certificate IV in Hazardous areas – Electrical
UEE61220 Advanced Diploma of Engineering – Explosion protection
Units of Competency
New Unit Manage continuous supervision inspection of electrical installations for hazardous areas
New Unit Conduct a conformity assessment review of explosion-protected equipment
New Unit Assess the fitness-for-purpose of explosion-protected equipment
New Unit Design explosion-protected of electrical systems and installations
New Unit Perform compliance audits of hazardous areas and related electrical installation
New Unit Classify areas where flammable gas or vapour hazards may arise
New Unit Classify areas where a combustible dust hazard may arise
New Unit Repair reeling, trailing and flexible cables used in coal mining
New Unit Test reeling, trailing and flexible cables and their attachments used in coal mining
New Unit Inspect, maintain and fit plugs/couplers for reeling, trailing and flexible cables – coal mining
New Unit Verify compliance of repaired reeling, trailing and flexible cables and attachments – coal mining
Technical advisory committee
2 SEPTEMBER 2021
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED
Work on this project has commenced and the Electrotechnology IRC is forming a TAC.
Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to:
The Hazardous Areas project will review two qualifications and develop 11 new Units of Competency to reflect AS/NZS4761.1:2018 Competencies for working with Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas (EEHA). The Electrotechnology Training Package does not currently cover all clauses contained within the Standard and Industry has requested that the remaining units be adopted. The Standard sets out the generic cross-industry competencies needed for work associated with electrical equipment for hazardous areas.
Registrations closed Thursday, 16 September 2021.
Industry Skills Specialist - Electrotechnology
Phone: 0429 670 588