Become a Trainer

If you have experience in education or training, or are keen to pass on your knowledge of lifesaving, why not enquire about joining your Club’s Education Team.

Surf Life Saving has three key roles for volunteers involved in member training:

  • Trainers teach the skills and knowledge of our courses but do not make assessment decisions.
  • Assessors are responsible for assessing candidates once they have the skills and knowledge required, but cannot train and assess the same candidates.
  • Facilitators are able to train and assess the same candidates for any one course.

If you are interested in joining your Education Team, speak to your Chief Training Officer or Branch Director of Education about the current opportunities and local training needs.

What qualifications do I need?

To become a Trainer, Assessor or Facilitator you will need to hold the minimum qualifications outlined below. Your Club or Branch will be able to provide you with further information about any relevant courses that are running in your area to help you gain these qualifications.

Role Minimum qualifications
Trainer Training Officer Certificate
TAEDEL301A: Provide work skill instruction
BSBCMM401A: Make a presentation
Assessor Assessor Certificate
TAEASS401B: Plan assessment activities and processes
TAEASS402B: Assess competence
TAEASS403B: Participate in assessment validation
Facilitator TAE40110: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

You will also need to hold and be proficient in the Surf Life Saving Award that you are delivering.

What support will I get?

Once you have spoken to your Chief Training Officer or Branch Director of Education and agreed on a suitable role in the team, you will receive an induction into the role. You will also be supported in the delivery and/or assessment of at least two courses by a current experienced volunteer. The aim of this process is to ensure that you are comfortable with the course content, the assessment criteria, and with the administrative processes required.

Once you and your Club/Branch agree that you are ready to train/assess the award on your own, you will be endorsed by your Branch. Facilitators will be endorsed by the State. For more information about the endorsement process, take a look at the Quick Reference Guide: TAF Endorsement & Re-endorsement below.

What happens once I am endorsed?

Once you are endorsed, you are required to keep your skills and knowledge up to date in the award you are delivering, as well as in your training and/or assessing skills. To help you do this, your Club/Branch will run a range of Education meetings, upgrade workshops and skills maintenance checks (proficiencies) throughout the year, which you will need to attend.

Trainers and Assessors are re-endorsed every two years and Facilitators every year.

For more information about the re-endorsement process, take a look at the Quick Reference Guide: TAF Endorsement & Re-endorsement below.

Further support

If you have any question about joining the Education Team, please contact your Club or Branch, or alternatively e-mail the State Education Team.

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Note: There is no Facilitator role description – Facilitators have the same responsibilities as a Trainer AND Assessor. They are more highly qualified however and therefore able to train and assess the same candidates for any one course.

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