We employ the best

We have a large team working from our two main operating locations of Brisbane and Perth and our satellite facilities across Australia and New Zealand.

Our team includes highly qualified and experienced electrical trainers and pipeline industry specialists. Together they offer over 250 years of combined field experience, which is leveraged to ensure our course materials and training aids are relevant to the real-world and incorporate industry best practice.

In addition, we have competency assurance specialists on staff, from varying backgrounds including defence, aviation and resources. All are highly qualified, experienced and passionate about learning and development. They provide custom training solutions for our key clients both in Australia and internationally and facilitate the development and delivery of our professional courses.

Dale Williams

Senior Trainer
Meet Dale

Dale is a skilled Trainer with 25 years industry experience in Australia, including Queensland and Western Australia. Dale has worked as a Trainer, Advisor, Maintenance Manager and Electrical Fitter across a wide range of industries including Mining, Defence, Motor and Generator and Rail.

Gazali Kumri

Lead trainer - High Voltage Specialist
Meet Gazali

Gaz commenced his career as an electrical apprentice with Rio Tinto Iron Ore. He remained with Rio Tinto for the next 20 years, working his way up through the ranks, before branching out into an onsite training and assessment role. Since 2013, he has been working in the Electrical Training Industry as a High Voltage Trainer with Competency Training.

Gaz is a seasoned professional training facilitator and has extensive experience in Australia and internationally in competency based training and education in the hazards associated with electricity.

Jeff Muir

Lead competency
assurance specialist
Meet Jeff

Jeff is an experienced and qualified learning and development specialist with more than 20 years industry experience. Jeff has worked extensively in the Airforce and other related avionics industries. His background covers training coordination and design, training and assessment, RTO management and logistics support analysis. Additionally Jeff worked within the Airforce in aircraft maintenance and other technical roles.

Brett Newton

Trainer - Hazardous Areas and High Voltage Specialist
Meet Brett

Brett has been with Competency Training since 2016, delivery a variety of courses such as High Voltage Switching, Installation of Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas and our UEE40411 Certificate IV in Instrumentation courses. Brett holds qualifications in Certificate IV Electrical Fitter Mechanic Trade, Certificate IV Trainer and Assessor and Certificate III Metalliferous Mining Operations.

Steven Miller

Lead Trainer - Hazardous Areas Specialist
Meet Steven

Steve is a qualified electrician with 22 years’ experience in a variety of industries including, Mining, Infrastructure, Power Generation, Oil & Gas, specifically Hazardous area inspection, compliance and auditing. Steve is an experienced instructor with 3 years demonstrated history of working as an Electrical trainer & assessor delivering HA & HV training to electrical workers.

Brendan Newell

Brendan Newell

General Manager
Meet Brendan

Brendan joined Competency Training as Compliance and Development Manager in 2010, taking on responsibility for RTO compliance and course development. Brendan is passionate about learning and development and his previous experience as an education and training professional is vast and varied, including time as a product support systems and training specialist with Boeing Defence Australia. Highly qualified, Brendan holds a Master of Education, Diploma of Training and Assessment and Certificates IV in Frontline Management and Training and Assessment. In 2014 Brendan also took on responsibility for our Competency Assurance business.

Cecilia McDonald

Customer Engagement Consultant
Meet Cecilia

Cecilia is one of the dynamic team and enjoys seeking out new business development opportunities whilst giving superlative customer service and achieving the right product match for the client.

Exceeding client expectations is paramount and something she is passionate about. Cecilia believes in spending the right amount of time listening and getting to know what the client really must have rather than what would be nice to have. Cecilia is a training specialist with a thorough knowledge of the industry.

Denelle Hodges

Business Efficiency Manager
Meet Denelle

With 18 years in the Vet Sector, I am experienced in developing strategies for Successful business transformation, my passion is operational efficiencies that breeds a high standard of compliance.

Developing and implementing strategy in complex, rapidly changing business environments including generating new income streams.

John Ryan

Trainer - Hazardous Areas Specialist
Meet John

John has worked on a number of large industrial construction projects over the last 30 years in Australia and has a strong understanding of power and instrumentation systems, which include installation of infrastructure, cabling, terminations, testing, hazardous area electrical inspections and QA.

Paul Bloomfield

Competency Assurance Specialist
Meet Paul

Paul is a training professional and highly experienced technical writer with eight years in Workplace Training, and Training Design and Development.

His experience includes Gas, Metalliferous and Coal industries, Underground and Open Cut mining, Processing and Handling plants, Waste Plants, Heavy Mobile Equipment, Rail and Health.

Paul has worked with companies in Australia, NZ, Fiji and PNG developing, improving and implemen????ng company procedures, SWPs, operations and maintenance training, training programs, systems and materials and eLearning courses.

Work specific to gas, and gas processes includes a 12‐month secondment with the QGC (Shell) Learning Team to research, develop and implement eLearning courses to address Upstream Operations and Maintenance requirements.

Paul Cheales

Trainer - High Voltage Specialist
Meet Paul

Paul has enjoyed gaining experience operating in various positions within the Electrical Supply and Vocational Education Training Industries the last 29 years.

These roles have allowed him to develop an extremely unique skill set.

He has especially developed an excellent reputation within the Electrical Supply Industry for developing and delivering industry training material.

Paul’s experience has also benefited clients with the development of technical, operational and procedural documentation.

Eliza Medcraft

Training & Systems Lead
Meet Eliza

As Training and Systems Lead, I lead the optimisation of systems and processes at Competency Training. I’m always driving to improve our online content delivery by integrating the latest technological developments within the training space.

Having worked at Competency Training for nearly 3 years, my focus remains on ensuring People, Processes and Systems are in place to facilitate the effective delivery of our training activities.

Paul Cadwell

Trainer - Hazardous Areas Specialist
Meet Paul

With an electrical career spanning 40+ years, Paul brings to Competency Training a wealth of expertise and experience for delivery of training courses.

Wes Hodgson

Trainer - Hazardous Areas Specialist
Meet Wes

Wes is a licenced electrician with over thirty years of experience in the Western Australian industrial resource and mining sectors, of which the majority was with a leading timber processor (explosive dust atmosphere).

His responsibilities have included engineering, maintenance, fault finding, project management, commissioning, delivering training, supervisory functions and classifying, designing and inspecting hazardous areas.

Vittoria Valentine

Meet Vittoria

Vittoria is a recent graduate. Working for Competency Training is her first job out of school. An avid learner, Vittoria is quickly getting upto speed with what it means to work for a large scale training organisation.

As a recent graduate Competency Training has welcomed Tory to our team, and introduced her to our training organisation. Tori is an avid learner, self motivated and has embraced the opportunities offered in her first role with skill.

Ralph Blundell

Trainer - High Voltage Specialist
Meet Ralph

Ralph is an electrical trainer experienced in the mining and construction industries. His most recent background is statutory compliance in Western Australian iron ore mining , and High Voltage project supervision.

Rex Addison

Trainer - High Voltage Specialist
Meet Rex

Rex has 35+ years’ experience as an electrical contractor across a variety of industries. He has been a trainer/assessor since 2007 with Tafe’s and with Competency Training since 2011. His teaching style emphasises the core requirements of the study material by providing simple yet comprehensive explanations of complex subjects which learners greatly appreciate.

Susan Jaques

Susan Jaques

Presenter - AS2885 Courses
Meet Susan

With a civil engineering degree and an industrial project-based background, Susan has held a range of roles involving quality management, risk management, project management, cost control, construction auditing, operations of pipeline systems, business management, and contract management including the tendering process. She is the Chair of the ME-038 committee that oversees the AS 2885 suite of Standards and is PIPEd’s Subject Matter Expert in AS2885 and Risk Management.


Amir Esmaeili

Presenter - ASME B31.3 and Piping Fundamentals
Meet Amir

Amir Esmaeili has been a Piping & Pipeline Engineer in Oil & Gas downstream industries for over 15 years, having been involved with several EPCM projects. His expertise lies in the application of ASME B 31.3, ASME B 31.1, AS 4041, AS 2885, APIA CoP, API 570, AS 3788 and other related API / NACE / ASTM / AS Standards in Design, Quality, Construction, Maintenance, Inspection, Testing and Asset Integrity in Piping / Pipeline facilities; the approval of Specifications, Data Sheets / Calculations and Technical Bid Documents; Code Compliance and Fit for purpose design.

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Presenter – Pipeline Design and Fracture Control
Meet Chris

Chris Hughes has over 35 years experience in engineering with the last 28 years specialising in oil and gas pipelines. Chris’ expertise spans design through construction and commissioning. His facilities experience includes inlet/outlet metering stations, compressor and scraper stations. He also has significant experience in natural gas delivery to gas-fired power plants.

Gavin Buckett

Gavin Buckett

Presenter – Pressure Testing
Meet Gavin

Gavin joins PIPEd with extensive experience in the Gas, Oil, Transport, Water and Construction Industries, specialising in Hydro/Pneumatic Pressure Testing. Staring his Gas Industry career in the early 90s, Gavin is well versed in the delivery and supervision of pressure tests for both Steel and HDPE Pipelines across Queensland and beyond. Gavin is a qualified Mechanical Fitter, experienced Permit Authority Handler and Team Supervisor, and carries extensive Commissioning experience of Pipelines.