Nationally recognised training for Hamilton Island's pool technician


Friday, 23 April, 2010


Hamilton Island pool maintenance Team Leader Scott Oldham has taken a huge step in his professional development. Under the keen eye and encouragement of his supervisor Adrian Wickham, Scott has gained a nationally recognised Certificate III (30663QLD) in Swimming Pool and Spa Water Maintenance Technology via recognition of prior learning.

Scott's on-the-job training under Adrian's supervision stood him in good stead for the recognition of prior learning process. As he developed and refined his skills and knowledge in the day-to-day skill sets of his job, Scott was able to gather evidence of his industry experience to show his assessor at NSPI Australia. NSPI's correspondence delivery of 30663QLD Certificate III in Swimming Pool and Spa Water Maintenance Technology is ideally suited to these circumstances.

Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef is 40 minutes from the mainland by ferry. This posed some unique challenges when it came to outsourcing their pool maintenance, so resort management decided some years ago to bring their pool maintenance in-house.

Having a staff member who is qualified at a certificate III level means that Hamilton Island can be assured that Scott not only knows his stuff when it comes to the maintenance of the pool water quality, the pool accessories, plant and equipment; he also has an understanding and appreciation of the environmental, occupational health and safety and quality control issues that all industry professionals should be, but often aren't, aware of.

Forward thinking, environmentally conscious and seeing the trend towards nationalisation of environmental and occupational health and safety regulations, Adrian and resort management could see the advantage to Hamilton Island having staff who have nationally recognised training that aligns with other national industry standards.

Hamilton Island management encourage environmentally safe work practices. When carrying out a business in one of the most beautiful and environmentally sensitive regions in the country it makes sense to minimise the environmental footprint of the business as much as possible.

Having appropriately qualified staff makes good business sense. It means that staff and management are meeting their duty of care obligations when it comes to public safety, workplace health and safety and environmental protection. It shows regulators and insurers that Hamilton Island resort management take these obligations seriously and should anything ever go wrong, they can show that they and their staff have done the right thing.

NSPI Australia congratulates Scott on his achievement and Adrian Wickham and Hamilton Island management for recognising and addressing the need to employ appropriately qualified staff.

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