Australia has a vocational training system administered by the Federal government. It is a complicated and bureaucratic system of rules and regulations supposedly intended to make sure that the training provided to workers is of a high quality and the skills they acquire can be transported across the country and between employers. And, by some miracle, I’m now officially qualified to give this type of training having just finished a course under the Australian vocational training system. Officially the title is TAE 40110 Training and Assessment its more commonly called the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
While it looks good on the resume, I got a lot more out of the course than just a qualification. The trainer, Wayne Harrison is fantastic. I just don’t know how he kept up the levels of positive energy for the 10 days of the course. And that was another great thing about the course – it only went for 10 days and it was over. They were pretty full on days and there was a bit of work to be done at home outside of the allotted hours but not all that much. I’ve seen some ads for this course that last for 6 months or more (part time) and few places offering it full time and they’re usually for a lot more shekels than I paid.
Wayne is obviously passionate about vocational training generally and the certificate IV in training and assessment in particular. It comes through in everything he does; from the example he sets in how he conducts himself to the quality of the paperwork, handouts and assessment exercises. He encourages rather than harangues, he is patient and supportive and goes out of his way to make sure that all the participants understand what is happening at the time, how it relates to what was considered previously and how it fits into the bigger picture. Without doubt the best training course I’ve been too (and those who know me know that I don’t say that about a lot of training courses) and made all the better for the great people who were there with me. Pete, Matt K8, Rachel, Nat and Vail – you know who you are and you are all great people and it was a pleasure and privilege to work with you all through the past fortnight.
I’m sure it’s obvious that I’m pretty wrapped in the course. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to get this qualification. Wayne not only provides the course in Adelaide but also in Launceston in Tassy and probably some other places in Australia. He only does small classes (up to 12) which makes for a really good learning environment and also offers a distance learning option. If you’re looking at getting a number of people in your workplace qualified, then I don’t think you’d be too disappointed if you gave Wayne a call. You can get in touch with him on 0412 813 943 or by email on email@example.com. His web site is http://harrisontraininggroup.com.au/.
(This is not an affiliate link and there’s no money coming back to me for this endorsement).