MTA Qld launches EV micro-credential safety courses

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The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTA Queensland) is launching a series of new micro-credential courses that explore the safety aspects and risks associated with Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV). 

Created to help address the workforce development needs of the emerging EV sector, the courses offer short, affordable, and immediate safety skill upgrades for business owners, tradespeople, and apprentices alike.

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Supported and funded by the Queensland Government under the new $15 million VET Emerging Industries initiative, the program will help prepare Queensland automotive businesses for the impending arrival of more electric vehicles in the workshop.

The first course, HEV/BEV Light & Commercial Vehicle Technician Safety, is now available to industry, and covers the potential dangers that can arise during the repair and maintenance of electrified vehicles, and how best to mitigate them.   

MTA Queensland director of industry initiatives Paul Kulpa said, “As we face what is arguably the biggest transition in our sector’s history, it is crucial that training is available now to ensure employees have the knowledge to work safely on and around these high voltage vehicles.

“The world of work is changing, and with it, so must we. Already in 2022, a total of 33,410 battery EVs were sold across Australia. Combine this with the 81,786 Hybrid and 5,937 Plug-in Hybrid, EVs account for roughly 11% of the total new car market, and this number is not slowing anytime soon.

“MTA Queensland is proud to bring these courses to market; helping to instil confidence to work safely and paving the pathway to specialised training.” 

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Further to the HEV/BEV Light & Commercial Vehicle Technician Safety course, new micro-credentials will be released in the coming months covering micro-mobility and outdoor power equipment, heavy vehicle and mobile plant, as well as driver/operator safety. 

Available online, these non-accredited courses can be completed anytime, anywhere, and only take a few hours to complete. Each course is full of tips, takeaways, and reflective questions to test and build a participant’s knowledge, with a Certificate of Completion issued at the end of each course.

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