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The new mandatory reporting training will be available on 1 July 2021. Until then you can still access current RAN-EC training courses.
The new training will be called Responding to Risks of Harm Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RRHAN-EC).
The change of name reflects changes to legislation and the expanded content of the new course.
As of 1 January 2022 you must have a RRHAN-EC training certificate with an expiry date of 31 December 2024.
Until the new course is released you can still access current RAN-EC training courses.
Certificate expiry dates
Until the new training is available, all certificates issued in 2021 have an expiry date of 31 December 2024.
This means if you do current RAN-EC training between now and the release of the new course, you will not need to do the training again until your certificate expires.
An expiry date now appears on volunteer training certificates, consistent with employees. This recognises their important role in keeping children safe and ensures training is updated every three years.
Full or conditional certification
All certificates issued as of 2021 have a full or conditional descriptor in the heading.
This helps schools and preschools identify if your training meets the requirements of your role. A description of the role types are provided on the certificate.
Conditional certification meets requirements for: volunteers, bus drivers, governing council, canteen workers, students on professional placements (except pre-service teachers) or workplace learning; and those corporate staff or service providers who do not work directly with children.
Full certification meets the requirements for all other roles including educators and support staff working directly with children.
The new training will consist of two different courses:
- A two-hour online course that will cover the essential knowledge. A face-to-face option of this course will continue to be available.
- A four-hour face-to-face workshop that covers advanced content.
Existing staff with a current certificate
If you are an existing employee or service provider with a current RAN-EC certificate that expires on 31 December 2021, you will need to complete the new online course between 1 July and 31 December 2021 to update for the next three year training cycle.
New staff or staff with expired certificates
If you are a new employee or service provider, or you have let your certificate expiry lapse, you will need to undertake the two hour online course to meet the requirements for conditional certification. Depending on your role, you will also need to undertake the four hour face-to-face workshop to meet the requirements for full certification.
If you are a new or existing volunteer without an expiry date of 31 December 2024 on your certificate you will need to undertake the two hour online course between 1 July and 31 December 2021 to meet the requirements for conditional certification for the next three year training cycle.
Access to training
Using the department's learner management system, Plink, you have access to:
- the new online training
- the registration process for the four hour face-to-face workshop.
Plink maintains a record of your training and allows for certificates to be reprinted when needed.
Volunteers will be able to talk to their site leader about face-to-face versions of the online training.
RAN-EC support and access to training
Technical support for online courses — Contact your organisation’s ICT helpdesk.
Other RAN-EC enquiries
Contact your organisation:
- Department for Education — government schools
Email: education.RANEC [at] sa.gov.au
- Catholic Education SA — for people working with Catholic schools
Email: RANEC.HR [at] cesa.catholic.edu.au
- Association of Independent Schools of SA — for people working or volunteering with independent schools
Email: office [at] ais.sa.edu.au