Marina Industries presents first awards for Straddle Carrier Operations

The Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) in partnership with Registered Training Organisation – Survival First Response (Aust) Pty Ltd have presented nationally recognised Statements of Attainments in Straddle Carrier Operations and Maintenance for the first time in Australia. The certificates were presented at Sydney City Marine on Thursday 29 th April 2010 to the first group of students who successfully completed the accredited course.

MIAA President Andrew Chapman said this is an important milestone for the professional development of the shipyard and marina industries. “Nationally recognised accreditation gives marina staff a more recognised career pathway and the course is contributing to improved standards and workplace practices around marina worksites.

The course is a two day intensive on-site course with one day of theory and one day of practical boat lift demonstrations and practice. Topics covered include organising and communicating information, occupational health and safety, checklist and maintenance logs, and lifting, standing, blocking and stabilizing procedures for a vessel up to 100 tonnes.

The course content has been mapped in accordance with the required knowledge and skills set by the Australian Industry Skills Council. Essential assessment procedures have been set to enable MIAA trainers and industry professionals to co-assess the competence of participants through a variety of assessment tools. These include group activities, short answer questions, workplace practice and completion of a “lifts log book” and onsite or video evidence of a successful lift encompassing all required knowledge and skills.

The next Straddle Carrier Operations and Maintenance course will be held in Perth 9-10 July 2010.

Courses Coming Up:

* Intermediate Marina Manager – Sydney 20-24 June
* Straddle Carrier Operations and Maintenance – WA 9-10 July
* Marina 101 – Melbourne 17 July and Sydney 23 August
* Marina Operators School – Sydney 26-30 September

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