VACC To Conduct EV Training For Body Repair And Towing Workers

The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (VACC) has commenced enrolments for accredited electric vehicle (EV) training for members of the body repair and towing sectors. VACC said the courses, based at Chisholm Institute in Frankston, will be Australia’s first EV training designed exclusively for the industry.

According to the VACC, current national EV training equips industry professionals with the skills to depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles, but it falls short of necessary safe operating procedures and competencies specifically for body repair and accident towing work practices.

“VACC’s future-focused policy approach enables a culture of continuous improvement that will benefit every body repair and towing business in Australia, its customers and all relevant stakeholders,” said Kathy Zdravevski, Industry Policy Advisor – Industry Divisions at VACC.

The training will be conducted in two stages, with stage 1 enrolments now open.

STAGE 1 – AURETH101 – Depower and reinitialise battery electric vehicles

To be eligible to undertake stage 1 training, trainees must work in the automotive industry.

  • Venue: Chisholm Institute Frankston
  • Dates: Every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Duration: One day
  • Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Cost: VACC members $765 per person (participating VACC members receive a free safety glove kit); non-VACC members $1260 per person

STAGE 2 – Introduction of a Workplace Procedure (WP)

This training will provide guidance on control methods to reduce employee exposure to OH&S incidents when working with high voltage electric vehicles. The course will also include documentation to capture risks and implement correct control measures.

“VACC will assist members to implement the procedure and, at an additional cost, provide personalised on-site training in your business as required,” Zdravevski said.

Numbers are limited, though all courses must meet minimum participant numbers.

For further information, contact the Skills Development Centre on 03 9829 1114 or send an email to [email protected].