As with any industry that sets strict standards, there are regulated high pressure water jetting courses on offer. Selecting the right one/s for you or your employees is vital.
The High Pressure Water Standards require operators to be appropriately trained.
But how do you navigate the choices? The following is an easy-to-follow guide to select the right one for your circumstances.
Choosing a Training Provider
The first step is to find the right training facility. It’s essential that operators get adequate training, as the risks of poor practice with high pressure water jets are great. Research for an experienced and quality training provider.
When researching training facilities it’s important to know that their courses are current and teach the latest, updated methods. Talk to the training providers and discuss the following:
- Where are the courses held? Are they professional and suitable?
- What progression route do they offer? A reputable outlet will be able to guide you through the different course levels on offer.
- What about testimonials from previous students? Website testimonials should be taken with a pinch of salt. Far better value is found from independent online reviews – although these can also be manipulated by unscrupulous people, so use common sense when assessing overly positive or negative comments.
- Do they recognise past courses and/or existing skills? A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) will be able to formally do this through a Recognition of Prior Learning or via a Credit Transfer.
Choosing a Water Jetting Course
Accredited water jetting courses are targeted for different levels of user. The Class A High Pressure Water Jetting (HPWJ) Training is a Non-Accredited training for Class A machines. It is a half day course. The course covers the basics, such as:
- Class A system operation
- Potential dangers, problems and emergency actions
- Pre-start inspections
The course requires no level of prior knowledge of HPWJ equipment.
For the use of Class B high pressure water equipment, it’s necessary to take an accredited course. There are 2 courses on offer …
MSMSS00017 Use high pressure water jetting equipment
The course is designed for those with little or no experience in operating HPWJ equipment and is the industry-recognised minimum standard to work in a supervised capacity. The course is otherwise known in Industry as the “Assistant” course. This intensive two day course is open to those aged 18+, with good numeracy and literacy skills, as well as an adequate knowledge (both speaking and writing) of English.
Modules covered include:
- MSMWJ202 Use high-pressure water jetting equipment
- MSMWHS110 Follow emergency response procedures
- MSMWHS200 Work safely
- MSMPER200 Work in accordance with an issued permit
The High Pressure Water Standards require either a verification of competency (VOC) or a refresher course to be completed every 2 years.
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MSMSS00018 Operate a high pressure water jetting system
Otherwise known in Industry, as the “Operator” course, this course can only be attended by those who’ve already successfully completed MSMSS00017. You’ll also need to have a minimum of 120 hours working with a variety of Class B water jetting tools. It is aimed at the more experienced operator.
The aim of the course is to provide you with the skills to be able to supervise others. The course takes place over two days and combines both theoretical and practical modules.
Like the Assistant course, the High Pressure Water Standards require this qualification to be be refreshed or a VOC completed every two years.
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Whatever level of course taken, It’s crucial that the provider is an expert in the HPWJ training industry. All courses should include a detailed handbook, the requirement of full PPE to be worn and advice on relevant progression.
All-Ways Training Services provide quality high pressure water courses, with competent and experienced trainers. Well-known for their industry expertise, they can also assist with equipment if required.
Contact us to find out more.