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May 3, 2024

Navigating Accredited Training: How to Choose the right CoR Training Provider

You are at the helm of a large transport business, with heavy vehicles under your control, traveling on Australian roads. Ensuring the safety of your drivers and other road users lies within your obligations under the HVNL.  This is a huge responsibility.

You are a principal contractor on a construction site that needs What if you needed product moved to fulfill your contract obligations and you require engagement of heavy vehicle subcontractors.  You are responsible to ensure those subcontractors

That’s where understanding Chain of Responsibility (CoR) is crucial.

There are a number of CoR Training Providers within industry so it is crucial to ensure the provider you chose can provide you with

You’ve probably heard about CoR training providers, they promise to help navigate these tricky roads. But how can you separate genuine from dodgy ones?

The journey might seem daunting but don’t fret! By the end of this guide, we’ll have sorted out which signs to look for when choosing an accredited provider. We’ll also touch upon factors that influence such decisions and why post-training support is crucial.

Sit tight because we’re embarking on a trip towards safer journeys with elite CoR education!

Table of Contents:

Understanding Chain of Responsibility (CoR) in Australia

The concept of the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) is a key component within the Australian transport and logistics industry. Essentially, it ensures that everyone in the supply chain shares the responsibility for ensuring breaches of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) do not occur.

Just as every link strengthens a chain, each player along the logistical pathway contributes to its overall safety. From loaders and drivers to business owners and executives – if you’re part of this ‘chain’, CoR laws apply to you.

Those involved in heavy vehicle operations must collectively ensure compliance with HVNL.  Fines for non-compliance with CoR?….well depending on the nature and seriousness of the contravention, the penalty for an individual can be up to $300,000 and five-years imprisonment jail time. 

Why Accredited Training Matters?

To effectively manage and meet compliance obligations of these regulations, it requires not just awareness but practical training too. Education from an accredited CoR training provider such as JMH Training & Compliance, gives participants visual insights into legislation specifics while teaching strategies for identifying potential risks before they escalate into serious issues.

This becomes especially crucial considering updates like amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) in 2018. It’s no longer solely about following guidelines – now there’s a clear emphasis on risk management and safety duties.

So, while CoR may seem like just another acronym of regulatory jargon, it holds immense significance for those involved in Australia’s heavy vehicle industry. Proper understanding via accredited training is essential to maintain safety standards, reduce risks, and ensure legal compliance – making sure you’re not just playing the game but winning at it too.

The Importance of Accredited CoR Training

‘Accredited’ isn’t just a fancy term to throw around; it’s legitimate training.

Accredited training provides assurance that the content being delivered meets specific standards giving credibility to the training and the skills acquired. 

In the context of CoR Accredited training, it is recognised by industry.  Having completed an accredited course or unit of competency can increase your chances of being recognised for your expertise and qualifications.

An accredited provider gives peace of mind because they have been thoroughly assessed by Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). They are required to comply with all relevant legislation and standards.

Risks associated with non-accredited training are serious business.

  • Firstly, there’s no guarantee that the content taught is up-to-date or even accurate.
  • You could end up squandering time and funds on training that doesn’t produce the desired outcomes.

Australia has strict laws surrounding heavy vehicle operations under its National Heavy Vehicle Law (NHVL). To navigate these rules safely and effectively requires high-quality education from recognised providers. Anything less can lead to breaches which carry hefty penalties – fines into millions for corporations and jail terms for individuals.

Identifying Accredited CoR Training Providers

The first thing that will give away an accredited training provider is their accreditation from Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). This accreditation confirms they are recognised by this official body and have met all necessary standards and are a Registered Training Organisation.

Look up website and conduct a search to check if they are in fact a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).  If they do not show up on their list, then chances are they are not a Registered Training Organisation.

Evaluating the Quality of CoR Training Programs

Just because a training provider is accredited, it doesn’t automatically guarantee quality. You need to go beyond accreditation and critically assess the course content, delivery methods, and trainers’ qualifications and experience.

Course content

Start by examining the course content of their Chain of Responsibility (CoR) courses. A good program will cover all aspects required under the Heavy Vehicle Law, including risk management strategies for safety duties and fatigue management.

The depth and breadth of topics covered in the training can be an indicator of its quality. But don’t just look at what’s on paper – ask questions about how these topics are taught.

  • Does it include real-life case studies that reflect industry situations?
  • Are there opportunities for practical application?

Being able to contextualise training and transfer those skills directly into the workplace is priceless and should be the desired outcome of any training undertaken.

Credible Trainers with industry experience

Most important – look at who will be delivering the training.

The experience level of trainers can greatly impact how well knowledge is transferred during sessions. Look out for providers whose instructors have first hand industry experience – they bring invaluable insights beyond textbook theory into real-world application of CoR regulations.

This adds depth and context making lessons more engaging and effective.

At JMH Training & Compliance, all our trainers are currently working within the industry and are all NHVAS Auditors and/or consultants. Our trainers can provide learners with current real life scenarios and are up to date with current legislation. 

Reputation: Don’t Overlook This Factor

Last but not least, consider the reputation of the training provider in question. Check out online reviews or ask for recommendations from peers in your industry – they may have insights you won’t find elsewhere.


When choosing a CoR training provider, don’t just rely on the fact that they are an RTO. Check the course content for coverage of all CoR-required aspects and assess how these topics are taught – practical application is key. The trainer’s industry experience can enrich learning outcomes, while a learner-friendly approach aligns with adult learning principles.

JMH Training & Compliance are now offering the following CoR Accredited Training:

TLIF0009 – Ensure the safety of transport activities (Chain of Responsibility)

TLIF0014 – Monitor the safety of transport activities (Chain of Responsibility)

Contact our team for more information:

JMH Training & Compliance Pty Ltd

RTO 46054  I  I  1300 217 436

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