National Licensing Update October 2013

Master Painters Australia has being receiving many phone calls from employers and employees in our industry saying that they have been approached by training brokers advising them that licensing is coming in next year and they had to get qualified now and/or complete or upgrade to a Certificate 111 or they would not be able to get a license.                                     Is this true?

Here is some basic information on the National Licensing progress;

• July 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the introduction of a National Occupational Licensing System.

• September 2010 The Occupational Licensing National Law Act was passed

• The system will initially be delivered across two stages:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wave 1: property occupations (with the exception of conveyancers and valuers), electrical occupations, plumbing and gasfitting occupations and air‐conditioning and refrigeration occupations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Wave 2: building and building‐related occupations, conveyancers and valuers.

• The National Occupational Licensing Authority (NOLA) established interim Occupational Licensing Advisory Committee (OLACs) for the first wave occupations

• 2013 COAG has announced that the National Occupational Licensing System hopefully will be implemented in 2014 for Wave 1 only following additional consultation conducted by States and Territories.

* October 2013 NOLA announces the Permanent OLACs appointed for Wave 2

The comments we are hearing about on when licensing for our trade is beginning, maybe misleading. Building and building related occupations will be a part of the second wave occupations and at this stage no discussions has commenced in these occupations. Although we encourage all painters and those in the surface coating industry to be suitably qualified, we do not yet know if and when national licensing for our trade will come in and what the requirements will be and what training will be needed to meet certain licensing classifications. We are presuming that it may be similar to what other licensed states already have in place.

If you wish to obtain a CERT 111 in your trade, why not contact the trade department at your local TAFE college. We also suggest that you obtain information from any training contact such as their full business details, how long will it take, who are the assessors, where is the gap training to be held, who is the registered training organisation (RTO) and who’s going to sign off on the training.

We would also recommend that if you believe that you have been misled to contact Victorian Consumer Affairs.

We will keep you informed of the progress.