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Its the dawn of a new era in training and upskilling the RAC workforce.

The demise of the Cert II split installation course (in its current form) is a positive sign for the future of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

And while there hasn’t been a formal Ministerial announcement, its clear that Cert II was the main target of the federal government's national review into “issues relating to unduly short training.”

The recommendations proposed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) as a result of the review are long overdue.

There is a real sense of urgency surrounding these reforms. If Australia wants to successfully operate in today's low GWP environment, we need a well-trained and skilled workforce.

Not surprisingly, ASQA described short training like the two week Cert II split installation course as “an unsustainable race to the bottom.”

This grim assessment isn't exactly headline news to the Australian RAC industry.

Dislike for these short courses, which rarely produce quality outcomes, is universal.

What we can expect in the wake of these reforms and other training initiatives will be covered at the upcoming CCN Live event 'Trade Talk 2017: The Way Forward.'

It's time for industry to come together, take stock and to review the road ahead.

And that is exactly what will happen at CCN Live on August 24, 2017.

This new dawn wouldn't be complete without a few champions and they will also be a part of CCN's annual half day event when we announce the winners of the 2017 HVACR Leadership Awards.

The quality of finalists this year is high. There are even more entries than previous years which is why there is a record number of finalists. Details to be announced later this week.

There wouldn't be an awards program without our sponsors so I want to extend a special thanks to ABB, Airefrig Australia, Daikin, Hitachi, Innotech and Toshiba.

The big day is almost upon us. I look forward to seeing everyone at CCN Live and sharing a great day.

If you still don't have tickets visit www.climatecontrolnews.com.au/live

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