REPS Courses

Are you interested in representing your workmates on site? The CFMEU regularly runs health and safety rep and shop steward training for workers who’ve been nominated to represent the union on-the-job.  The first step is to put your hand up; to be a Health and Safety Rep you need to be voted in by your fellow workers on site. If you’re interested in becoming a Shop Steward you need to be nominated by a CFMEU Organiser.

For more specific information about the training including timeframes, download the Course Directory. You can also download our Dare to Learn Course Pathways Guide; this provides suggested pathways for careers in construction.

Health and Safety Representatives Refresher OHS Training Course

Delivery mode and time frame: 1 day

This WorkSafe-approved course is designed for workers and HSRs who have completed the HSR Initial OHS Training Course and includes a review of the OHS laws, compliance codes and examines contemporary studies of work-related violence.  All HSRs and Deputy HSRs are entitled to attend a refresher course under s67 of the OHS Act 2004 after completing an initial course for each year they hold office. Refresher training is to be undertaken at a course of their choice in consultation with their employer.

Health and Safety Representatives Initial OHS Training Course

Delivery mode and time frame:
Face-to-face 5 days

(one day a week over 5 weeks)

This WorkSafe-approved course is designed for elected HSRs. All HSRs are entitled to an initial course of training in occupational health and safety as per section 67 of the OH&S Act 2004, HSRs can choose their course in consultation with their employer.

The learning objectives for this course include:

  • Interpreting the occupational health and safety legislative framework and its relationship to the HSR
  • Identifying key parties and their legislative obligations and duties
  • Establishing representation in the workplace
  • Participating in consultation and issue resolution
  • Representing designated work group members in any OHS risk management process undertaken by the appropriate duty holder/s
  • Issuing a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) and directing the cessation of work

Delegates/Shop Stewards

Delivery time: face-to-face 6 days (one day a week over 6 weeks)

This course is designed for elected shop stewards/delegates. Entry to the course is via nomination by a CFMEU organiser.

Delegates Refresher Course

Delivery time: face-to-face 1 day