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Training and assessment separated

Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 ( #735 ) - Sydney, NSW, Australia
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Training and assessment must be conducted separately. PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK
Roads and Maritime Services (NSW) has announced changes to the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) Scheme which will see the introduction of separate training and assessment roles.

"HVCBA scheme is a nationally consistent competency standard for heavy vehicle drivers and is the primary method to obtain a heavy vehicle licence in NSW," according to a spokesperson.

"Roads and Maritime is committed to improving and strengthening the HVCBA scheme and reducing any potential conflict of interest that could arise from the training and assessment process leading to the award of Heavy Vehicle licensing.

"The introduction of separate training and assessment will ensure the assessor that conducts the learner’s assessment is independent of the person delivering the training and ensure greater integrity of the HVCBA licensing system.

"The changes, which took effect this week, mean there are now clearly defined and independent responsibilities for registered training organisations (RTOs) and accredited assessors.

"As part of the new requirements, RTOs must assure Roads and Maritime that the accredited assessor who conducts an applicant’s assessment is not the same person who delivered the training course for the applicant.

"The changes have been introduced following extensive consultation with training organisations and major industry bodies," according to the statement.
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