Choosing a bridging or refresher course can be confusing…
Here is a jargon free guide to help you choose which course you should be doing if you are moving interstate or want to stay current.
Each State has different requirements for the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
- Victoria (VIC) and New South Wales (NSW) in particular have their own requirements, the main one being that their tailored courses are done in a classroom. Some NSW trainers allow you to do it by email.
- Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and South Australia allow you to do a Nationally Accredited course which can be done online.
>> Click here for information about our top recommendation for every State (except VIC which is classroom only).
UPDATE FEB 2016 – RSAs in NSW can be done by correspondence (email)
In Practice if You Want to Work Interstate.
Most courses are designed to allow you to work in multiple States (except NSW and VIC) .
NSW and VIC have specific courses to meet the regulations in each State. Therefore, if you have done a course in any other State it will not be recognised. VIC is classroom only. NSW can be done by email correspondence.
If you have an RSA certification from QLD (after 2013), WA, NT, SA and TAS you can work in any of the other three states. Just check you certificate has the “Nationally Accredited” logo on it.
To try and simplify things the Australian government has a database of Training Courses that meet National Standards.
QLD, WA, NT, SA and TAS are the States that require that you meet the do a course that is Nationally accredited.
NSW and VIC require additional content such as specific information about penalties and provisions as well as specific videos that the courses must show to be compliant.
Bridging Courses Online
Because the many courses are quite similar, in some States it is possible to do a bridging course if you move interstate.
- Going to work in QLD, NT, SA, WA? – If you want to work in these states and have a course this same group of states already, there is a good chance it is “nationally accredited” – Check your certificate. These states accept nationally accredited RSA certificates. Example: If you have a RSA from NSW or VIC for example it will not be ‘nationally accredited” and therefore you will most likely have to do a new one.
- Going to work in VIC? Victoria is the exception. The justice department in Victoria WILL NOT accept any RSA certificate if it’s been completed online. Despite this, there are some interstate RTO’s that promote that you can do their Queensland RSA and then do the Victorian refresher but we highly recommend you do NOT do this. However if you have moved interstate to Victoria, you may be able to do a classroom course for free if you have done your RSA in another State within three years.
- Going to work in NSW? – In 2014 the online NSW was suspended and with it the ability to do a Bridging course. However fortunately there is now a course you can do by email we recommend.
- Going to TAS or A.C.T. These jurisdictions require that you do a course with a trainer that is on their approved list. Therefore even though you may have an RSA certificate from another State you will need to do a refresher with an approved trainer. You can do this one.
RSA refresher courses are required for some States and not others. This means that even if you have an RSA that is Nationally Accredited and valid for both states you may need to it again.
- QLD, WA, NT, TAS – does not require a refresher
- NSW – every 5 years
- VIC – every 3 years
- A.C.T. – every 3 years
Refresher courses and bridging courses can sometimes be hard to find and the cost of the full course means that it is better often to just do the course again.
Please add to comments below for any updates to this section or questions you may have. I will respond as soon as I can, but please be patient. Each state has different requirements and these requirements are continually changing. Thank you!