Kia ora koutou katoa, my name is Trent Fearnley and I am the Technical Director for ABC Tech. The educational landscape has undergone a major change that affects all training up to level 6 qualifications and this includes skills and training relating to our members. My goal is to enhance the capabilities of ABC Tech and increase the educational offering to enable our members to not only to upskill themselves but to gain suitable qualifications for their role and for any changes that may come from the Reform of Occupational Safety and the introduction of the licencing regime for Safety Critical Work. The roles of our members are critical and essential for maintaining the safety of people within the built environment.

I have over 26 years experience in the fire industry and the education industry, ranging from firefighting to fire investigator to fire risk management and fire engineering. I have been recently involved with the Reform of Vocational Education in NZ and I am also on the Board of Vocational Engineering Education NZ and the Institution of Fire Engineers.