Separation of heavy vehicles training and assessment introduced

7 September 2015

Roads and Maritime Services today 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,” A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.

“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 licencing.

“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 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 been introduced following extensive consultation with training organisations and major industry bodies.

“Roads and Maritime held a series of road shows across NSW in July which were attended by industry representatives, registered training organisations and assessors at North Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo and Tamworth.

“We are also working with training providers in remote areas or with specific business needs using a limited exemption so they can also operate and train drivers.

“Roads and Maritime will continue to work with RTOs and industry to ensure a high standard of quality is maintained in the delivery of training and assessment in NSW to ensure safer roads for the community.”

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