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The Professional Association of Climbing Instructors Pty Ltd (PACI) is an Australian based company that specialises in Height Safety Instruction. PACI was incorporated as a proprietary company limited by shares (Pty Ltd) in Queensland in 1993. Our Australian Company Number (A.C.N.) is 061 622 151.
Although our legal structure is a Pty Ltd private company, we operate as an organisation that provides a range of services to our ‘membership’. Our mission is to provide our professional members with quality educational tools. It rests with those individual members to use the PACI system of education and training effectively so that student learning opportunities are maximised. This in turn provides the framework for a consistent approach to training and assessment with outcomes that are nationally recognised.
business operations in 1993 and was borne out of a need to develop a standardised
approach to training and assessment with access to affordable insurance.
Through a process of consultation with other like minded individuals in the
industry PACI developed a complete instructional system. The system
contains a set of Standards & Procedures for training delivery along with
learning support material such as student self-study packages, diagnostic
exams, supporting checklists and assessment instruments, instructional videos
and instructional aide memoires (field-level instructional prompts).
The System allows for instructors to concentrate on training rather than
worrying about what to teach and in what sequence.
Although the System is
standardised, is still flexible enough to allow instructors to inject their
own unique style and personality.
development of the Instructional system, PACI has been able to negotiate
cheaper rates of insurance for the itself and other instructors who choose to
use the System. The insurance covers both public liability and errors
and omissions. At a time when insurance has been very hard to find and
premiums out of reach for the individual operator, PACI has had continued
coverage at a discounted rate
In 1996, PACI took the next logical step and became a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). An RTO is an organisation that has demonstrated to the various State Training Authorities that it has the capacity to deliver quality training and assessment in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).
In summary, PACI provides its members with access to:
designed specifically for professional Height Safety operators
network with other industry professionals
Standardised Codes of
Practice for conducting height safety training
protection through use of a standardised instructional system
Notwithstanding our status as an RTO, no business can hope to succeed without paying some attention to quality assurance. PACI has implemented a comprehensive quality assurance system based in part on the ISO 9000 standards and the VET quality principles.
is important to note that although use of the PACI system will provide an
increased measure of liability protection for those who choose to use it, no
system can compensate for supervisory negligence.
our original business model was based around Outdoor Recreation, we found
ourselves evolving into other more specialised applications of roping. With
increasing demand for roping skills other than Outdoor Recreation, PACI
responded by investing heavily in a new set systems and learning materials to
cover industrial and public safety.
now offers a full suite of training and assessment in each of the three forms
of roping as follows:
[ ] Construction – eg riggers, builders,
roof workers, etc
[ ] Telecommunication – eg tower climbers
[ ] Emergency Service Providers – eg fire
brigade, ambulance, police officers, SES
[ ] Mining industry – Height safety
training, ERT rescue training, Industrial rope access services and training,
[ ] Outdoor Educators – ie professional
guides & instructors.
In fact, just about
anyone who works at height and is exposed to a risk of falling can benefit
from PACI training.
The courses are
constructed in a modular format which makes it easy for students to build on
from previous courses and to expand their skill base. The modular
format allows for a continuing education pathway with out the need to repeat
training unnecessarily. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is also a feature
– in that individuals can apply to have their current knowledge and skills
PACI training is
competency based, meaning the training is concerned with the attainment and
demonstration of specified skills, knowledge and their application to
meet industry standards.
PACI training is real
world. Training is not confined solely to a classroom and whiteboard.
Students will be required to perform specific work tasks while at
height. Students will be trained while performing actual work
duties. This can involve having the student wearing a protective
hazardous uniform (personal protective equipment (PPE) while practising
vertical descents. The training is designed so students will be work
In recognition of our expertise, PACI was chosen to provide the Senior Assessor team for the Vertical Rescue component of the Annual Qld Mines Rescue Competition (consecutively from 2000-2006). With 20 or mines competing, this has become a prestige event to enter.
supplied height safety & rescue training to a number of clients, some of
Skyrail Cairns ;
Taronga Zoo - Cable way rescue / Instructor Training
Barrick (formerly Placer Dome Pacific) Osborne mine – ERT Vertical Rescue / Height Safety Training
Ernest Henry Mine; Mt ISA Mines; TSV Copper Refinery; and many other mine sites – ERT Vertical Rescue, Height Safety Training
Dept of Defence - Vertical Rescue, Climbing training
Australian Federal Police – ‘Specialist tactical roping’
NSW SCAT (Special Casualty Access Team) - Vertical Rescue / Instructor Training
Liquefied Gas Company – Height Safety and ERT Vertical rescue (on shore and
Solutions, GHD Engineeing, QUT – AS 4488 industrial rope access