Cairns Centre is no longer delivering IWCF - see below for explanation

We do deliver Site Specific, Verification of Competency (VOC) and Currency Assessments on demand that complies with legislation for the oil and gas industry in Australia and training and assessment Standards. 


An explanation as to why Cairns Centre no longer delivering IWCF training and assessment.

We have sought legal advice regarding the Accreditation Agreement entered into between Cairns Centre (The Business) and IWCF dated 6 December 2017 (the Agreement) being terminated by IWCF on 15 January 2021 pursuant to Clauses 10.1.1, 10.1.3 and 10.1.4 of the Agreement.

The following is relevant information extracted from written legal advice obtained from a solicitor.

     IWCF purports that the Business had not completed its Accreditation Renewal for 2020 (including paying the relevant fees) nor signed the revised Accreditation                         Agreement [2019].

     As such, IWCF considers the Business to have committed a material breach of the Agreement and to have failed to comply with IWCF’s policies and procedures, to act in a       manner which cooperates with IWCF or to maintain requisite membership.

    As a result of this termination, the Business is no longer a member of IWCF, is unable to provide any IWCF courses or to hold itself as being connected to IWCF in any way.

    We [Solicitor engaged] note that IWCF has not outlined the specific policies and procedures that the Business is alleged to have been in breach of nor have they pointed to       any aspect of the Agreement that states that the Business’ failure to ‘act in a manner which cooperates with IWCF’ amounts to material breach and/or grounds for                       termination.

   In terms of the Businesses’ failure to complete its Accreditation Renewal for 2020 and to sign the revised Agreement, we note that these failures are both true. However,             IWCF has failed to acknowledge that an ongoing dispute exists with respect to the content of the revised Agreement or the aspects of that Agreement which the           Business has pointed out (repeatedly) to be unfair contract terms.

   The reason for this is that these terms unilaterally allow IWCF to avoid its obligations under the Agreement and to vary the terms of that Agreement (including terminating)       without any avenue for recourse on the part of the Business.

   The only way that the Business is able to establish that the terms of the Agreement are unfair and to compel IWCF to amend/remove those terms is to litigate a claim against     IWCF.

Cairns Centre is still making a decision as to whether or not we will initiate legal action regarding the above.

Having stated the above, it is apparent that ALL Centres “Accredited” by the IWCF in Australia are subjected to the same failure of the IWCF to comply with Australian Consumer Legislation with regards to the Agreements that IWCF has forced Centres to sign with the threat of termination should Centres disagree with contents of the Agreement with subsequently no recourse on the part of “Accredited” Centres.


Queensland legislation states: 

     "The Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018 (P&G Regulation) requires operators of drilling operating plant to ensure workers        meet the competencies in this Standard for the worker’s position."

 This Standard lists the minimum level of qualification that a person must attain, or be enrolled in, to be competent in an operational position on a drilling or well service rig. These are minimum requirements only. Overarching obligations to ensure all workers are competent to undertake all tasks required of them, remain within the safety management system (SMS) obligations under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (P&G Act). This Standard contains three key components: 

A SMS requirement in the P&G Act is for each person to have all the necessary competencies to undertake the allocated work they are assigned to perform. The competency requirements in this Standard are a minimum standard to be met and will need to be augmented by additional site training and formal assessment in accordance with identified position requirements.

Attainment of these qualifications does not relieve operators of their responsibilities under the P&G Act and the P&G Regulation to undertake skills assessment and training to undertake their role. Each individual skills assessment will potentially identify other necessary role skills (such as first aid training, driving and specialist task skills such as well completion) that will require further training. This Standard outlines the relevant national AQF qualification that must be held by each position, with the exception of persons who must undergo training toward the levels indicated. The operator must ensure each person meets the required competency for the position and ensure that the appropriate competencies are maintained. 

Site Specific Training

Any site specific training requirements needed in the oil and gas industry can be delivered to meet individual company safety case requirements legislated under State or Federal Statutory Acts. Courses will be written to address specific requirements.

Because of the qualifications, knowledge and experience of our trainer, John van-Vegchel, he can write, train and assess for site specific requirements for the oil industry anywhere in the world and confirm that candidate hold relevant competencies and that the competencies are current

 Other training qualifications

Cairns Centre has a teacher of post compulsory education and training with AQF Level 8 - Degree in Further Education & Training and Bachelor Science (Psychology) available for learning disability assessment and tutoring.

Our specialised training and skill development allows those working in the petroleum industry to be competently trained and assessed so that they can continue to work safely in an ever growing and changing world of onshore & offshore drilling.




Director: John J van-Vegchel
MEd USQ, BTeach (FET) USQ, Ad.Dip.Drilling, Cert. Geology BIET, AP, MAITD, SPE
Well Control Specialist, Registered Teacher (Qld), Head of School