Verification of Competency

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Verification of Competency

Get your VOCs sorted

FTA works with you, to ensure that your training needs are met with the highest quality training and assessment standards. Our Assessors are experienced industry experts with skill sets beyond the call-of-duty who will come out to your site to complete the VOC assessment.

We offer VOCs for the following plant equipment:

  • Excavator
  • Backhoe
  • Articulated Haul Truck
  • Grader
  • Rigid Haul truck
  • Roller Operations
  • Scraper
  • Skid Steer
  • Tracked front end loader
  • Water truck
  • Wheeled front end loader

Our VOC process

  Completed onsite
  Receive a certificate of completion
  Receive a VOC card
  1 – 100 guys, it doesn’t matter
  Gap training available

How does it work?


Book in a time and date and we’ll come to you.


We’ll need to see evidence (SOA) that you have previously completed the relevant unit of competency for your VOC.


Job Observation

We’ll observe you operating the equipment.


We’ll make sure you are competent and provide a VOC certificate (upon successful completion).


A VOC (Verification of Competency) is a method of assessment that assists employers to meet WHS requirements ensuring that their workers are still competent and can clearly demonstrate their capacity to operate equipment or perform the tasks relevant to their job role.

VOCs are often required:

  • to assist in the maintenance of work health and safety requirements
  • to manage the currency of your employees
  • as part of pre-employment checks
  • as part of ongoing site requirements

Each individual assessment takes approximately 1 to 2½hrs and will depend on the type of plant and/or requirement of employer/site.

Prior to commencing the VOC process, you must provide your or Statement of Attainment (for the relevant RII unit of competency you have previously completed).

You also need to be able to provide or have access to the relevant plant equipment on the day of your assessment.

For workers

It is important to make sure that your skills are kept up-to-date with current industry standards.

For employers

According to Safe Work Australia it is now the legal responsibility of the employer to ensure that the skills of staff working on site are up to date and compliant. In January 2012, a new set of Workplace Health and Safety laws were introduced putting more responsibility on employers’ due diligence and obligations to ensure that their employees have “current competency”.

Situation Recommendation Certification
You do not hold a unit of competency Full training and assessment or experienced operator course provided there is relevant experience. Statement of Attainment with the outcome “Competent” (Accredited)
You hold a Unit of Competency and only require an external VOC.

You must provide your relevant licence or Statement of Attainment prior to the VOCs being conducted.

Existing VOC format training Statement of Attendance and VOC site card. (Non-accredited)
You hold the unit of competency from another RTO but the unit is outdated & you require a new VOC. A “Refresher” VOC course (which is essentially Credit Transfer with contextualisation) to include:

1. Challenge questions

2. Practical assessment

3. Class based exercise covering relevant changes in the industry since they completed that unit


Statement of Attainment with the outcome CT along with a statement that the individual participated in a refresher course on a specific date. (Accredited)

If you or an employee is deemeed not competent, part of the solution is gap training. We will provide advice on gap training on a case by case basis so that you get the best possible results.


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