Audiometric Officer Course (5 day)
The Audiometric Officer Course is the industry standard in occupational audiometry in Western Australia.
This course involves ”hands on” training, with a strong focus not only on the practical skills but also decision-making skills required to conduct accurate audiometry, particularly in non-routine testing situations. After training over 1,000 students over more than a decade it’s very clear that turning out graduates who are competent, confident and can operate independently takes time and thorough one-on-one coaching. Consequently, we run this course over 5 days; by comparison, a 1-2 day program can only provide an introduction or “orientation” to the many elements of occupational audiometry.
For training in other states please see our Occupational Audiometry Course.
The skills obtained in the Audiometric Officer Course can be applied in a variety of settings, anywhere in Australia and overseas:
- WorkCover WA (Western Australia) Noise Induced Hearing Loss Legislation testing
- Australian Standards-compliant practices
- In-company monitoring programs
- Pre-employment or employee health assessments
- Assessments of hearing ability for driving, diving or other requirements
Note: From 12 January 2013 the Mine Workers’ Health Surveillance program in Western Australia no longer exists – scroll down for more information**
Who would benefit from the Audiometric Officer Course?
- People employed in occupational health and safety who are seeking the “industry ticket” to perform legislated hearing tests, primarily in Western Australia.
- Anyone seeking an audiometry qualification to assist with a career transition into occupational health & safety (skills are applicable Australia-wide).
- Medical centre personnel interested in adding audiometry to their range of services for adult/corporate/industrial customers.
- People currently practicing audiometry anywhere in Australia or internationally who want to enhance their skills by undertaking training or to obtain a formal qualification
Qualifying as a WorkCover WA Approved Audiometric Officer (AAO) in Western Australia
To become an Approved Audiometric Officer (AAO) with WorkCover WA (Western Australia) individuals must attend and pass two courses:
(i) the 5-day Audiometric Officer Course, and
(ii) the 2-hour AAO Online Training Course* conducted by WorkCover WA.
*The 2-hour AAO Online Training Course is presented on the Wednesday afternoon of the 5-day program. While a place will be “reserved” for students of the 5-day course WorkCover requires all students to register separately with them for this session. To register: complete and return to WorkCover the AAO Online Training Course registration form (download form below).
For more information or to view a list of AAO Online Training Course dates visit the Events Calendar on the WorkCover WA website or phone (08) 9388 5503. Please note: contrary to the title this course is not conducted “online”. Students must physically attend the training, which is conducted at the WorkCover office in Shenton Park (Perth).
Upcoming Audiometric Officer Course dates:
|2014 Audiometric Officer Courses
(incl. WorkCover AAO Online Training Course)
|10 – 14 March: FULL – wait list only.|
|12 – 16 May: only 3 places available|
|9 – 13 June: places available|
Course availability changes regularly, so please Click to refresh the page.
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AUDIOMETRIC OFFICER COURSE INFORMATION
WORKCOVER AAO ONLINE TRAINING COURSE REGISTRATION FORM
“One of the best run courses I have ever attended – knowledgeable presenters and skills coaches. I enjoyed learning about something I had little knowledge of prior to attending.”
Director, Kinnect, Western Australia
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Additional information about the course
- Courses generally fill (maximum of 10-12 places) several weeks ahead of the start date. Although we endeavour to keep course vacancies up to date on the website we recommend that you contact us prior to registration to confirm availability.
- Courses require a minimum number of students to run. If there are insufficient numbers a course will be cancelled. In the event of a cancellation anyone registered will be offered alternative course dates or a full refund.
- Customised courses: for companies with several personnel to be trained we can arrange customised courses, usually over 3-4 days and delivered on site at the customer’s premises. Conditions apply. Please contact us if you would like more information.
- EQUIPMENT SALES: audiometers, booths, accessories – View
- NOISE MEASUREMENTS: WorkCover booth assessments, noise surveys – View
- EQUIPMENT HIRE: occupational audiometers, tympanometers – View
** IMPORTANT changes to occupational hearing legislation in Western Australia, 2013.
On 12 January 2013 the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) in WA repealed the legal requirement for companies to have Mine Workers’ Health Surveillance (MWHS) spirometry and audiometry assessments conducted on mine site employees. The change was largely prompted by DMP reviews which found an absence of significant health effects on lung function from mining operations. DMP continues to recognise that loud noise is a significant hazard to hearing health and is managing this via other methods (eg. noise dosimetry, noise surveys, etc).
Now that the MWHS legislation has ceased what are the current legal requirements regarding occupational hearing assessments in WA?
In some ways little has changed. There is still a legal requirement for employers to arrange hearing tests for noise-exposed employees under the long-standing WorkCover WA noise induced hearing loss legislation. This legislation requires employers to arrange and pay for a baseline hearing assessment (and the results lodged with WorkCover WA) of all employees who work in a “prescribed workplace”. That is, work environments where workers receive a noise dose of 90dB(A) or above during an 8 hour day (or equivalent) or worker who receive an impulse noise above the peak exposure of 140dB(lin) on one or more occasions.
The most obvious difference is in the “action level” which triggers the employer’s legal requirement for initiating a hearing test; the 8 hour (or equivalent) “action level” for DMP/MWHS was 85dB(A) while WorkCover WA’s current “action level” is 90dB(A), although this is under review for adjustment to a lower level. Another key difference is that WorkCover WA legislation stipulates that only baseline tests are obligatory; subsequent tests are optional and must be initiated by employees.
Download an information sheet: DMP advice re MWHS changes Jan 2013