Surf Life Saving - Sydney Northern Beaches

Get Started in SLS Education

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

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 Basic Beach Management

Branch

Facilitator Basic Beach Management

Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue

Branch

Facilitator SMAR

Silver Medallion Rescue Water Craft

Branch

Training Officer RWC and

Facilitator RWC

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

Branch & SLSNSW

Contact Marcial Nunura 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:
  1. Be a financial member of a surf lifesaving club and
  2. Be proficient in the award they wish to train
 
Members who complete the Training Officer Certificate course will receive the following units of competency:
  1. TAEDEL301A        Provide work skill instruction and
  2. BSBCMM401A      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 the above 2 units of competency on their SurfGuard record, they may then seek permission from their club’s Chief Training Officer (CTO) to conduct supervised training in their chosen discipline as a Probationary Training Officer. The CTO will assign them an appropriate mentor to supervise the training. Probationary Trainers will be required to conduct supervised training of at least 2 different courses.   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:
  1. TAF Endorsement Kit
  2. Mentor Observation form (signed by their mentor/s)
  3. Copy of their VET log book
 
These will be reviewed and submitted to the Director of Education and Assessment 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.
 
 

SLS Assessors

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 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. The units of competency required are:
  1. TAEASS401B         Plan Assessment Activities and Processes
  2. TAEASS402B         Assess Competence
  3. 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:
  1. TAF Application Kit
  2. Mentor Observation form (signed by their mentor/s)
  3. Copy of VET log book
  4. 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 and Assessment for final approval. The nomination will be raised at the next available Board of Education and Assessment 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.
 

Facilitators

Members who wish to become a Facilitator for our Branch must hold the TAE40110 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. The next re-endorsement year will be 2017. Some Training Officers and Assessors may find that their endorsement expires prior to 31/12/2017 and therefore they must complete the re-endorsement application process earlier. Facilitators must apply for re-endorsement on an annual basis.
 
TAFs must 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. Assessors should ensure they sign-in at all meetings, updates and assessments.
 
Re-endorsement requirements are:
  1. Complete the annual pre-season updates for all TAFs and for your specific awards to ensure you are up to date with any changes to policies, procedures or courses.
  2. Attend a minimum of one Branch-run Professional Development workshop every two years.  If you can't attend you will need to provide evidence of the professional development activites you have completed elsewhere.
  3. Remain active in your TAF role by training, assessing and/or facilitating at least one nationally recognised course every two years
  4. Complete annual skills maintenance for the awards you are training/assessing/facilitating as required.

To re-endorse, complete the TAF Re-endorsement Form via your Members Portal 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.