OCTOBER 2018 update

ATHRA Training update

ATHRA members are now invited to apply for the Steam Locomotive Driver and the Steam Locomotive Fireman’s, Diesel driver and fireman and Rail Motor Drivers Training courses – by Email to Steve Deveson, ATHRA National Training and Assessment Coordinator MOB.0407528197
EMAIL: training@athra.asn.au

The Training and Assessment Strategy documents and the learning pathways listed below (and linked on our website: training@ATHRA.asn.au) details the process

o ATHRA Steam Driver Heritage railway

o ATHRA Steam Fireman Heritage railway

o ATHRA Diesel Driver Heritage Railway

o ATHRA Rail Motor driver heritage railway

o ATHRA Steam locomotive driver learning pathway

o ATHRA Diesel driver learning pathway

o ATHRA Rail Motor diver learning pathway

These are all summarised in the single ATHRA Training Matrix and Learning pathways document.

Recently the Victorian based Association of Tourist Railways (ATR) has merged into ATHRA and no longer exists. Amongst its membership and functions transferred to ATHRA is the excellent ATR accreditation process which on a state wide basis ensured consistency in qualifications and competence for all operating staff, enabling mutual recognition of competencies between operators. This was unique to Victoria and now ATHRA have adopted it to work on a National basis.

The ATR administration and documentation associated with accreditation have now been adapted to the ATHRA training program. Documents initiating applications by T&H operators for assessment of ATHRA training for individuals, and applications for individuals wanting to be assessors are now available. ATHRA competency certificates are now available and being fully AQF based are recognised by the Office of the National Rail Regulator (ONRSR). ATHRA have now appointed assessors in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Qld and SA There is a charge to the Operator of $50 per assessment ($40 per reassessment). ATHRA also now have a training records officer to manage all the documentation to ONRSR standards, including the competency records.

Negotiations with WorkSafe Australia are continuing with the aim of having the ATHRA steam driver and fireman competencies replace the need for BS, BA and ES high risk work licences (HRWL’s). Our training and assessment documentation is being externally reviewed to ensure that it as good as or better than the current Worksafe material. Once the parties are satisfied that it is the case it will then be a matter of Worksafe adopting the same AQF standards as ONRSR.


SEPTEMBER 2017 update

Both the ATHRA Steam locomotive Driver and Steam Locomotive Fireman’s Training Courses are now completed.

Each course comprises:

  • Presenter’s Notes
  • Participant’s Workbook
  • On Job Workbook
  • Off Job Assessment
  • Off Job Assessment with Answers for the Presenter
  • Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS)

The Competency Assessment Checklists at each level have also been developed

  • The Steam Fireman’s Competency Assessment Checklist has been trialled on several occasions, and competency units were awarded
  • The Steam Driver Competency Assessment Checklist has now also been trialled and two candidates successfully completed their assessments of competence

· ATHRA is developing a Document Control Register defining version identification and who has been issued with what training courses.

ATHRA will soon request nominations for Locomotive Steam Operations Workplace Trainer and Assessors nationwide. Two assessors have been appointed on an interim basis.


MAY 2018 UPDATE

ATHRA members are now invited to apply for the Steam Locomotive Driver and the Steam Locomotive Fireman’s, Diesel driver and fireman and Rail Motor Drivers Training courses – by Email to Steve Deveson, ATHRA National Training and Assessment Coordinator MOB.0407528197
EMAIL: training@athra.asn.au

The Training and Assessment Strategy documents and the learning pathways linked here will explain the process:

These are all summarised in the single ATHRA Training Matrix and Learning pathways document.

The recently issued ONRSR Guideline “Rail Locomotive Boilers” recognises that these ATHRA courses and resultant certificates of attainment (as issued by an ATHRA qualified assessor) deliver all the AQF competency requirements for these roles in so far as ONRSR are concerned . Safework High Risk Work Licenses (Boiler and reciprocating engine driver certificates) represent additional but no longer essential qualifications for ONRSR competency assessments (subject to the operators current Safety Management System requirements).

We have applied for HRWL exemptions in each state as well as to SafeWork Australia for changes in the Model Legislation. However until these negotiations are finalised state legislation still requires operators of pressure vessels/steam boilers to have HRWLs


APPLICATION FOR ASSESSMENT