Pinnacle Safety and Training Blog

Funded training available for 2018-19

Posted on 17 September 2018

Pinnacle are excited to announce that funding is available for certain courses for the 2018-19 period. This funding comes via Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) and for this reason it is only available to certain Queensland-based individuals or companies that meet certain eligibility criteria.

Please note funding is not available for all courses. Before applying, we encourage you to give us a call on 1300 990 810 to discuss the funded training options you may be eligible for.

Funding is currently available for the following courses:


Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Funding Eligibility Criteria:

  • Currently employed or self-employed eligible* worker in the building and construction industry in Queensland, or a currently unemployed eligible* worker in the building and construction industry; and must be
  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • A permanent resident of Australia; or
  • A refugee and humanitarian visa holder

*Please note that individuals who perform work in the building and construction industry in a managerial, clerical, professional or ancillary capacity are not considered an eligible worker under the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991.

Applicants must NOT have previously attained the unit of competency they are claiming. For example, in the case of Work Safely at Heights, applicants who have attained RIIOHS204A - Work safely at heights, are considered eligible, whereas applicants who have attained RIIWHS204D - Work safely at heights, are not considered eligible because this is the current unit of competency delivered in the training.

Please note that additional eligibility requirements and geographic restrictions do apply, and these are outlined in the online application form.

How to apply - Step 1

If you believe you meet the above eligibility criteria and would like to be considered for a funded enrolment, please prepare and scan your documentation (see below) which will be required to be attached to your online application. Three separate PDF files (one for part A, B and C respectively) will be required.

A) Proof of Australian residency  - A colour copy of one (1) of the following is required:

  • Green Medicare Card
  • Birth certificate
  • Current Australian or New Zealand Passport
  • Refugee/Humanatarian Visa (457 Visa not eligible)

B) Proof of Queensland residency -  A colour copy of one (1) of the following is required:

  • Queensland Drivers Licence - copies of both front and back required
  • Telephone account
  • Bank statement
  • Statement of real estate agent
  • Any other formal documentation stating full name and current residential address.

C)  Proof of employment status -  One (1) of the following is required:

  • Employer confirmation letter on company letterhead [download template here ] or a current pay slip.
  • Self-employment confirmation letter on company letterhead with ABN and role title included [download this template  ]. You must also include an invoice of recent work conducted as evidence of working within the last month.
  • Evidence of unemployment - separation certificate, letter of termination or a statutory declaration [download this template  ].

Funded enrolment applications cannot be assessed until the above documentation is provided with your completed application.

How to apply - Step 2

Once your documentation is scanned, please scroll down and complete the following online funding application form.

Applications must be received no later than seven business days after course completion.



Terms and Conditions

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) provides Pinnacle Safety and Training the following level of funding per unit of competency for eligible participants. RIIWHS204D Work safely at heights - $225; RIIWHS202D Enter and work in confined spaces - $300; RIIHAN301D Operate elevating work platform - $180; CPCCDE3014A Remove non friable asbestos - $225; CPCCDE3015A Remove friable asbestos - $225; CPCCBC4051A Supervise asbestos removal - $225; TLILIC2005 Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more) - $225; ARAAL2 & ARAAL3 ARAA Rope Access Level 2 and Level 3 - $270; WHSQHSRNCB01 Workplace health and safety representative (WHSQ short course – non accredited) - $240; Asbestos General Awareness - $150; UETTDRRF06B - Perform rescue from a live LV panel - $50; MSMWHS217 Gas test atmospheres - $202; TLIF2080 Safely access the rail corridor - $240.  Prospective students will pay the full course fee, and if eligible for funding, will receive the applicable rebate amount which shall not exceed Pinnacle's RRP of the course. These terms and conditions are in effect from 17 September 2018, and apply to all applications received from 17 September 2018 onwards until further notice.  The CSQ funding contract period runs from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019. Students may only apply for funding in the same contract period as the training they undertook. Because funding is limited by CSQ, Pinnacle Safety and Training reserves the right to cease offering rebates at our discretion. Pinnacle Safety and Training assesses eligibility for funding based on strict stipulations by CSQ. Decisions on funding eligibility are final.

Careers at Pinnacle

Posted on 17 March 2017

Want to join our team? Click here to view our current job vacancies.

You can also submit your resume to us directly below.

Workshop: Tripods and Powered Winches in Rope Access

Posted on 06 February 2017

RopeLab's Richard Delaney will be running a cutting-edge workshop at our Sydney facility on 13-14 May 2017 on the topic of powered winches in technical roping disciplines. This is an area of considerable interest to many tech's, and you'll be learning from one of the best. Places are limited, and quite inexpensive so ensure you book your seat without delay.

Click here to read more and book your place.

Workshop Info:

Tripods and Winches: 13-14 May, 2017


Pinnacle Safety and Training
Unit 1, 139 Beaconsfield Street
Silverwater, NSW 2128

9am – 5pm
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May, 2017

This 2 day workshop has been designed for rope access technicians, riggers and rescue operators who are using tripods and powered winches on their worksites to move people and other loads.

In his recent article, Rigging or Roping?, Richard discusses some of the issues around the use of these tools.  This workshop aims to:

  • Increase students’ understanding of the legal and safety issues around the use of tripods and powered winches to move loads.
  • Increase students’ knowledge of appropriate rope based systems to move loads using tripods and powered winches.

Please note that this content does not fall into any standard rigging or rope access training.  Richard has recognised that there are often knowledge gaps in this area.  He is both a qualified and experienced Rope Access Technician and Rigger, as well as an experienced trainer.   Theoretical and practical sessions will include:

  • Australian qualifications and regulations that apply to rope access and mechanical lifting.
  • Tripods, gin poles and other artificial high directionals.
  • Equipment ratings: MBS and SWL of rope based systems.
  • Powered winches.
  • Tension load cells: monitoring system loads.

Richard is offering a dscount to existing RopeLab Members.

Click here to read more and book your place.

Direct Entry Opportunities for ARAA and IRATA into SPRAT - November 2016

Posted on 13 October 2016

The opportunity

As described in our previous blog article on the subject, the Australian Rope Access Association (ARAA) has entered an arrangement with the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) to allow dual recognition between the two codes.

What is SPRAT?

SPRAT was established in the mid 1990s to address the needs of a growing number of companies and operators employing rope access techniques in North America. Without specific standards and legislation in North America to support rope access systems, companies and operators were at times prevented from working. SPRAT’s development of industry consensus standards, including Safe Practices for Rope Access Work and Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work, has raised the awareness of the safety and effectiveness of rope access systems. Since 2001, thousands of rope access technicians representing companies of all sizes, multi-national firms and government agencies have been certified to SPRAT standards. SPRAT is gaining acceptance as a standard worldwide.

How to become dual certified

In association with ARAA, this November, SPRAT assessors will be travelling to Australia from the United States in order to conduct a series of assessor workshops in New South Wales and Queensland. ARAA students (as well as students possessing certain other affiliated qualifications) will have the opportunity to attend a SPRAT theory session followed by an assessment which will allow them to become dual certified. The sessions will be undertaken at the Pinnacle Safety and Training rope access venues in each state (Murarrie QLD and Silverwater NSW).

Expressions of interest

ARAA are now accepting expressions of interest from rope access technicians to attend the New South Wales and Queensland SPRAT sessions. To register your interest please fill out the following form. ARAA will review all applications and be in touch with all applicants to advise whether they have been granted a place. Please be advised that places are limited so register your interest without delay. 

Memorandum of Understanding between ARAA and SPRAT

Posted on 05 October 2016

In a major announcement, The Australian Rope Access Association and the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

This sets the scene for collaboration and co-recognition between the two industry bodies, which is great news for rope access technicians who hold either certification.

There are other benefits of this collaboration, and to read the full MOU, please see below. You may also like to view upcoming places available and to book into the next ARAA course.

Stormseal training kicks off at Pinnacle

Posted on 29 August 2016

A group of seven roofers were first in the world to become Stormseal Accredited Installers, by completing Pinnacle Safety and Training’s one-day course, in Brisbane on 11 August.

Stormseal’s Managing Director, Matthew Lennox, observed the training, which was held in Pinnacle’s facility for Working Safely at Heights, at Murarrie.

‘I’m thrilled with the training Pinnacle is providing,’ Mr Lennox said. ‘Through a tender process, we selected Pinnacle because of their professionalism, sophistication and commitment to high quality service.

‘Our team took great care in developing the comprehensive training package, condensing eight years of experience with Stormseal into a single day of hands-on learning. We’ve provided first-class equipment for the trainees to use and we have great confidence in Pinnacle’s skilful presenters.

‘By training expert Stormseal installers, we aim to significantly improve Australia’s response to severe weather, which is becoming more common.

‘Stormseal’s strong, polyethylene film is a great leap forwards from the flaps, gaps and failures of tarpaulins. It heat shrinks to weatherproof storm-damaged structures and stays put, promoting emotional, social and financial resilience in the face of disaster.

‘This training course should be the first of thousands, here and overseas, because Stormseal has applications in emergency services, the insurance building sector and the construction industry,’ Mr Lennox explained.

‘They went through step-by-step… couldn’t have explained it better,’ said one training participant – an experienced roofer contracted to an insurance company. ‘I definitely will use Stormseal for our next – and every other – make safe we have to do, purely for the fact that it won’t fail.’

Another trainee said ‘Stormseal’s fantastic. I actually changed trades to be a part of Stormseal… I’m going away confident of how it works and how to use it.’

The next course in Brisbane will be held on 15 September 2016. Training is also available in Melbourne and Sydney. Groups of 6 or more people can train at other times, by appointment.

Additional educational resources can be accessed on the Stormseal website by those who complete the training.

Stop tarping. Become an Accredited Stormseal Installer, before the storm.

Book your training on 1300 990 810 or visit

Pinnacle opens new training centre on the Gold Coast

Posted on 15 July 2016

It is our great pleasure to tell you that from 1st August 2016, our new state-of-the-art training centre in the heart of the Gold Coast will be open!

Located at 49 Newheath Drive, Arundel, our new facility offers:

  • Easy access from the highway via Smith Street
  • Practical training simulators for Heights, Confined Space, Tower, Asbestos Removal and Rope and Rescue courses
  • Ample parking 
  • Air-conditioned classrooms and comfortable student amenities.

Pinnacle Safety and Training on the Gold Coast will provide the very best training: up to date best-practice course materials, professional facilitators, plus flexible and cost-effective delivery options.

We have a large array of courses available for bookings now, including:

Click any of the links above to instantly view how many places are available on these courses.

Our helpful Sales and Service Team welcome the opportunity to discuss your training needs. Please contact us on 1300 990 810 or via email at

New Height Safety Equipment Inspector Online Course

Posted on 16 March 2016

Pinnacle are proud to announce the launch of our new Height Safety Equipment Inspection online program!

This program is nationally recognised and maps against the MEM15004B Perform inspection unit of competency.

The program itself is suitable for anyone who is required to inspect and maintain height safety equipment as part of their duties, and covers a wide range of height safety equipment.

The program itself is highly video-based to make it feel like you're right there with our expert instructor, Rob.

Click here to find out more about the program and start today. 

Facebook Contest - Winner Announced

Posted on 15 March 2016

Congratulations to our 'Like & Win' contest winner Debbie Robinson from Brisbane! Debbie wins the training course of her choice with Pinnacle. Thanks to everyone who entered and keep an eye out for our next contest!

Visit the Pinnacle Safety and Training Facebook Page.

Vacancies: Permanent Part Time Fire Services Officers

Posted on 10 August 2015

We currently have several opportunities available at one of our major long term sites in Melbourne Victoria for Permanent Part-Time Fire Services Officers.

The roles operate on a rotating fortnightly basis of Saturday day/Monday day followed by Sunday day/Monday night. The site is operational year round.

As well as the rotating weekly roster, there is ample opportunity to pick up extra shifts covering the full-time staff on annual leave, sick leave and other non-working days.

To be considered for these roles you will need to hold, or be prepared to undertake at your own expense:

  • Provide First Aid
  • Perform Advanced Resuscitation
  • Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • MR Drivers Licence (Victorian)
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Enter and work in confined spaces
  • Work in accordance with an issued Permit
  • Issue work permits
  • Gas Test Atmospheres
  • Monitor hazardous atmospheres
  • Work at Heights
  • Operate breathing apparatus open circuit
  • Fire suppression skills (respond to urban minimum)

You will also possess:

  • Customer service and social interaction skills
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office package

We will train you in:

  • AMPAC systems awareness
  • VESDA awareness and software application trained
  • Site specific programs and practices

We are the first responders to on-site emergencies and require a high level of response ability. 

The role does involve permit issuing, compliance auditing and report preparation. This is an integral part of the role.

This is an exciting opportunity for people with a passion for emergency response to be involved in the industry.

We will be running an information night for potential candidates. 

Enquiries and resumes to:
Daniel Hamilton
Project Manager
Pinnacle Safety and Training 

daniel.hamilton AT