The following table outlines who can train the awards we commonly teach in our Branch. See below for more information on how to become a Training Officer, Assessor or Facilitator.
|Award:||Course Run by:||TAF Endorsement Required:|
|Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)||Club and SNB Surf Life Saving School *||Training Officer SRC and
Training Officer Bronze Medallion
|Radio Operator Certificate||Club and SNB Surf Life Saving School||Training Officer Bronze Medallion|
|Bronze Medallion||Club||Training Officer Bronze Medallion|
|Advanced Resuscitation Techniques [AID]||Club & Branch||Training Officer ART [AID] and
Facilitator ART [AID]
|IRB Crew||Club||Training Officer IRB|
|Silver Medallion IRB Driver||Club||Training Officer IRB|
|Spinal Management||Branch||Facilitator Spinal Management|
|Silver Medallion Beach Management||Branch||Facilitator Beach Management|
|Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue||Branch||Facilitator SMAR|
|Silver Medallion Rescue Water Craft||Branch||Training Officer RWC and
|First Aid [AID]||SLSNSW, First Aid Plus and other RTOs||n/a|
|Junior Education Awards eg. Surf Play 1||Club||Age Managers|
|Officials and Coaching Courses||SLSNSW||Contact firstname.lastname@example.org at the Branch office for more information.|
SLS Training Officers
To become a Surf Life Saving endorsed Training Officer of any surf lifesaving award, members must first complete the Training Officer Certificate course. To be eligible for the course they must meet the following criteria:
- Be a financial member of a surf lifesaving club and
- Be proficient in the award they wish to train
Members who complete the Training Officer Certificate course will receive the following units of competency:
- TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction and
- BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
If the member has already attained these units of competency through another training organisation, the member can apply to to have them credited to their SurfGuard record. Members should contact their Club’s Chief Training Officer for further information about recognising external qualifications.
Once the member has completed the Training Officer certificate and has the above 2 units of competency on their member record, the branch will consider them to be a Probationary Training Officer.
The member will be allocated an endorsed Mentor and must then work with their club’s Chief Training Officer (CTO) to arrange for the opportunity to conduct supervised training in their chosen discipline. Probationary Trainers are required to conduct supervised training of at least 2 courses, from start to finish, and all paperwork for these courses should be submitted to the branch following the completion of the course. A record of all training sessions should be kept in a VET log book. A copy of the log book can be downloaded from the SLSNSW website here.
To complete endorsement as a Training Officer of their chosen award, Probationary Training Officers must submit the following documentation to the Branch office:
- TAF Endorsement Kit
- Mentor Observation form (signed by their Mentor/s)
- Copy of their VET log book
These will be reviewed and submitted to the Director of Education for final approval.
Once approved, the Probationary Trainer will receive the relevant Training Officer (discipline) award on their SurfGuard record. To remain endorsed they will be required to apply for re-endorsement every 2 years.
Assessor courses are currently unavailable until further notice due to changes within the SLSNSW Registered Training Organisation.
The process to become an SLS endorsed Assessor in a specific award is similar to that of becoming a Training Officer, however, members must attain the Assessors Certificate units of competency first, either by completing an Assessors Certificate course through the Branch office, or, if they have already attained these units of competency through another training organisation, the member can apply to to have them credited to their SurfGuard record. Members should contact their Club’s Chief Training Officer for further information about recognising external qualifications. The units of competency required are:
- TAEASS401B Plan Assessment Activities and Processes
- TAEASS402B Assess Competence
- TAEASS403B Participate in Assessment Validation
While being an endorsed Training Officer is not a specific pre-requisite of becoming an endorsed Assessor in that award, the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch prefers that Assessors are first endorsed as Training Officers and have been actively training members in that award for at least 1 season.
Members who complete the Assessor Certificate with SLS will automatically be accepted as Probationary Assessors at the next BOE meeting. Members who have attained the above units of competency externally must apply to the BoE to become Probationary Assessors. This application can be via email or letter but must be in writing from their Club to the Director of Education. All Probationary Assessors will be minuted at the BoE meeting. The Director will assign Probationary Assessors with Mentors who will oversee their probationary period.
Probationary Assessors must complete a season with their allocated mentors. At the end of this period, or when sufficient assessments have been undertaken to demonstrate competence in all areas of that discipline, the Assessors’ Mentor or CTO should nominate them to the BoE for endorsement. This nomination can be via email or letter but must be in writing and should also include:
- TAF Application Kit
- Mentor Observation form (signed by their mentor/s)
- Copy of VET log book
- If Probationary Bronze Assessor, a copy of their Probationary Bronze Assessor Checklist
The application and supporting documents will be reviewed and submitted to the Director of Education for final approval. The nomination will be raised at the next available Board of Education meeting.
Once approved, the newly endorsed Assessor will receive the relevant Assessor award on their SurfGuard record. To remain endorsed they will be required to apply for re-endorsement every 2 years.
Members who wish to become a Facilitator for our Branch must hold the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Please speak to your Club’s Chief Training Officer and/or the Branch Director of Education for further information.
Trainer, Assessor & Facilitator (TAF) Re-endorsement
Training Officers and Assessors must apply to re-endorse every 2 years. Facilitators must apply for re-endorsement on an annual basis.
TAFs must first meet the minimum requirements to qualify for re-endorsement. While endorsed Training Officer, Assessors & Facilitators no longer need to keep a log book, it is important that they are listed on Training Course Reports and in the respective assessment requests on SurfGuard. TAFs should ensure they sign-in at all meetings, updates and assessments.
Re-endorsement requirements are:
- Complete the annual SLSNSW and SNB Education Pre-season Updates for all TAFs to ensure you are up to date with any changes to policies, procedures or courses.
- Attend a minimum of one Branch-run Professional Development workshop every year. (This is usually incorporated into the Pre-season Update). If you can’t attend you will need to provide evidence of relevant professional development activities you have completed elsewhere.
- Remain active in your TAF role by training, assessing and/or facilitating at least one nationally recognised course every two years.
- Complete annual skills maintenance for the awards you are training/assessing/facilitating as required.
Once the above steps are completed, to re-endorse your TAF awards you should complete the TAF Re-endorsement Form via your Members Area login prior to the 31st December in the year your award expires.
Members who have not trained, assessed or facilitated an award for more than 2 seasons should contact the Branch office to discuss re-endorsement requirements.