Training Courses for Backpackers that are Needed to get Work in Australia
When you're backpacking around Australia you will find that some jobs require you to attend a basic training course before you can start work. Training courses are usually quite short and are meant to give you the necessary qualifications/certificates needed to start work.
Most training courses involve an induction style presentation with a small test at the end. If you're asked to attend one of these courses, it's usually to do with health & safety and/or work place practices.
How do I know if I need to attend a training course?
When you enquire about a new job you will need to ask the prospective employer/recruitment agent if any specific qualifications or certificates are needed before you can start work.
If you already know the kind of work you will be doing, you can see if you need to do a course ahead of time in preparation. Below is a list of some occupations which require certification.
Construction Industry - Any work carried out 'on site' will require a health and safety course to get the 'blue card'.
Bar work - The R.S.A (responsible serving of alcohol) certificate is required to serve alcohol.
Recruitment labouring - Health and safety inductions are usually conducted by the agency as 'in house' training.
Mining - Requires the 'blue card' health and safety certificate and possibly others depending on the role you apply for.
Seasonal work and recreation - Some guided tours, ski resort operations, dive training, etc... may require certificates.
If these costs get paid for by other means (i.e, subsidised by your new employer) then you can count it as a bonus.
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