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CSDAA Training – Engaging Operators to Create a Safer Workplace

Every year in Australia we have on average 29,000 trade retirees. 10 years ago we had 32,000 apprentices undertaking training with a completion rate of around 28,000.

Recent figures indicate that over the last 5 years a very different story has emerged with completion rates for apprenticeships dropping to less than 12,000; creating a massive shortfall in skilled trades in the construction sector.

The CSDAA have been proactive in developing the best training resources to support new entrants to this industry and have implemented recognition of prior learning (RPL) to streamline the validation process for competent operators who work in the sawing & drilling industry.

On completion of the Course in Concrete Sawing and Drilling; or attainment through RPL; successful candidates will be issued with an operator competency card detailing your competency standards.

The CSDAA will continue to lobby support in the promotion of training and accreditation initiatives.

Our vision is to provide training resources to assist new entrants into the sawing & drilling industry and we aim to raise the professional image for all operators and new entrants wishing to share in our future vision.


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The CSDAA would like to thank and acknowledge the recent training achievements of ten industry leaders from the sawing and drilling industry from across Australia.

Congratulations to Alois Auer, Robert East, Jonathan Hart, Stephen Hourigan, Lance Knight, Greg Mahoney, Ian Morcus, Corry Schouten, Steven Varty, and Shane Worbey..

On the 4th April 2016 the second enrolment of candidates successfully completed and attained the training and assessment qualification Certificate IV- TAE40110.

This is an important milestone for the CSDAA training initiative and reaffirms our commitment to industry. Training & assessment is best served when delivered by experienced industry participants who are willing to share and work with the next generation of operators.

Phoebe Carroll from the RTO sent in a glowing reference and is a credit to the class overall.

“Just a quick email to let you know the group is all done and has left today with certificates in hand. You have an amazing bunch to get the ball rolling – they have worked very hard and have exceeded expectations- well done!”

The CSDAA encourages industry leaders with industry experience to attend and attain the necessary qualifications to deliver training & assessment.

To find out more information on what is involved in the certificate IV training course you can contact the CSDAA directly. Alternately you are welcome to contact any of the twenty new trainers and discuss their experience firsthand.


New Course in Concrete Sawing and Drilling


The CSDAA has developed the new Course in Concrete Sawing and Drilling. The accredited course has been designed specifically for those working in our industry to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

The implementation of the course will require qualified trainers and assessors to work with participants and assess their work, through a registered training organisation (RTO).

The sawing and drilling industry will soon require suitably qualified trainers/assessors nationally with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to facilitate this training. The role of a trainer is to provide instruction and assessment for participants undertaking this course. Trainers and assessors with extensive industry experience, and the ability to share knowledge and skills, plus role model positive behaviors will be the foundation of the training course.

If you would like to be considered for future positions and join the select few that are experts in delivering training for the concrete sawing & drilling industry, go to www.training.gov.au today to find out more. Or, contact the Secretary of the Association at info@csdaa.com.au for further information.

Course Code: TAE 40110

Please note: The CSDAA has no input into the recruitment or selection of course trainers, the RTO conducts this process. This is only to advise that the positions will become available and some of the criteria that will need to be met.


What makes a CSDAA member different?

CSDAA members are experts in their field. They have the knowledge and experience to do the job thoroughly, and safely.

CSDAA members are Operating Contractors and Suppliers/Manufacturers of equipment servicing the concrete sawing and drilling industry.

CSDAA members remain informed of the latest information in cutting technology, and have access to the most effective and technologically advanced equipment available.

CSDAA members are provided with services that support industry best practice, including industry and business mentoring, the CSDAA online manual, and links with professional industry training programs. We are working to help our members become sustainable.

When you engage a CSDAA member contractor you’ll experience the security of knowing that you’re in great hands.

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