CROWN Equipment has gained accreditation as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) through the Department of Education and Training.
Crown's training division now carries a ranking equivalent to that of TAFE for its training programs (accredited warehouse certificate Level 3) and the company is now running training programmes at its clients' premises to ensure operators do not have to travel away from the workplace.
As a further incentive for companies putting their employees through this duty of care and best practice tuition, those undertaking the RTO scheme with Crown can receive a government subsidy of up to $4,400 per employee.
The new RTO-accredited training system makes it even easier for large companies to put employees through a complete course covering an extensive list of forklift competencies.
Crown trainers are certified to Level 4 standard, and Crown trains novices as well as experienced forklift drivers who have bad habits in need of correction - unwanted characteristics such as tendencies for shortcuts, driving with tilted loads and driving with tynes in the air.
The services ensure client companies exceed their obligations under the OH&S Act as administrated by the WorkCover Authorities around Australia. Training is conducted according to relevant Australian Standards.
Crown's RTO accredited training covers all warehouse and storage procedures. It explores tasks such as shifting and handling materials safely, loading and unloading or despatching stock, and also covers frequently overlooked issues including cleaning in confined spaces, workplace communications, checking conveyors, and record keeping.
By taking the training to the premises of the customer, drivers undergoing the intensive course are operating in their actual workplace environment, so it provides a very close understanding of the every day OH&S aspects of operating the equipment.
The forklift operator's licence has been integrated across the states to become a national certification. A standard set of exam questions introduced in August 2000 is in accordance with Australian Standard 2359.2.
On average, Crown's RTO accredited project takes two years during which time forklift training is delivered in components and concludes with a certificate equivalent to TAFE accreditation.