CBD College

Welcome to CBD College

CBD College was founded in 2001 as a 100% Australian owned training organisation. All the training programs are nationally recognised and they specialise in providing intensive training programs to achieve timely and cost effective solutions for clients. CBD College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID: 91399). CBD’s training rooms are located in the CBD in Adelaide, Melbourne (Melbourne CBD & Dandenong), Newcastle, Perth, Brisbane, Southport, Hobart, Sydney (Sydney CBD, Hornsby, Liverpool, Parramatta & Penrith), Central Coast (Erina), Canberra and Wollongong.


Ian Freeman

Ian Freeman is the CBD College National WHS Training Manager and is a recognised OHS practitioner with the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS). He holds an Advanced Diploma in Work Health and Safety, an Advanced Diploma of Management, a Diploma of Hospitality Management and a Cert IV TAE.

Ian has had extensive experience training Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Cert IV WHS as well as Diploma and Cert IV Hospitality management. His strong training background has seen him develop skills in mentoring students, designing and delivering off site training workshops and developing training and assessment material for Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level classes.

Chi Man Lau

Chi has worked as an independent contractor for many years, specialising in RTO compliance, assessment validation, and designing high quality, customised training programs within the Transport and Logistics, Business Services, and Training and Education Packages.

Chi holds a Bachelor of Education (Adult Education) with a Human Resource Development major from UTS, as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Certificate IV in Transport and Distribution (Road Transport). He has also worked for 10 years as a Principal Instructor for Safety Strategies Pty Ltd, a specialist provider of personal safety programs to the government and private sectors. Chi also holds a Master of Education (Adult Education).

Philip Gal

Phillip has a long and varied history working in both the resource sector and emergency services across Australia. He first began his career in NSW, where he obtained his trade qualification in fitting and turning for a large international mining company. However, after a decade of experience working in the mining industry, he began to develop his career in occupational health and safety.

Phillip has worked as a firefighter with the NSW Fire Brigade and as a St John Ambulance volunteer in Port Hedland. In 1999, he started working as an Emergency Services Officer / Industrial Medic and led response teams to manage emergencies within the mining industry, in remote parts of WA.

Natarsha Krug

Natarsha’s past roles as a Trainer and Assessor have enabled her to develop knowledge of Education and Training in the VET sector. Natarsha has trained and assessed courses at Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma levels and has also been responsible for developing curriculum for these courses. She has delivered customised courses in General Education for Adults, English & ESL, Microsoft Office package, Time Management, Customer Service and Workplace Skills, drawing on her experience in teaching English, Retail, Business, Leadership & Management, Trainer and Assessor and Store Management. Her experience in a variety of industries and sectors has given her a well-rounded perspective that she can draw on when developing training programs and courses.


Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) (Face to face/Online)

CBD’s TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course is unique. It is far-removed from the rote-learning and lecture-style courses on offer elsewhere in the market. The course is very much a ‘learning by doing’ course. CBD aims to arm candidates with the practical skills to go out and be engaging and dynamic trainers and to be thorough assessors, whether this be in a TAFE or an RTO or simply in the workplace.

This course is offered in two ways - either in training rooms or remotely via a virtual classroom using the video conferencing platform, Zoom.

Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51319) (Face to face/Online)

CBD’s Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51319) qualification aims to give students the underpinning knowledge required to manage WHS within the workplace.

This qualification is particularly suitable for people who coordinate and maintain the work health and safety (WHS) program in an organisation. It reflects the role of practitioners who apply a substantial knowledge base and well-developed skills in a wide variety of WHS contexts.

Construction Induction Training (White Card) (Face to face)

This Prepare to work safely in the construction industry (CPCCWHS1001) course is a mandatory health and safety legal requirement for all people who are involved in the construction industry and highly regarded in many other work environments.

Health and safety legislation describes construction work as any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure.

Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills (TAELLN411) (Face to face/ Online)

This TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills course has been designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to identify when language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) support is needed, plan that support and deliver training that is appropriate for learners with LLN needs.

The zoom workshop is engaging, informative and is designed to ensure you grasp the skills and knowledge necessary to attain this UoC. The assessments are based on real-life training scenarios and will be relevant to anyone working or planning on working in a training and assessment setting.

Note: Most of CBD College’s OHS/WHS courses are Nationally Recognised but check before purchasing if this is critical for you.

Face to face vs. Online learning course

When it comes to learning, there is no one-size-fits-all method. Some students prefer to learn independently, while others prefer to be in a more structured environment. However, face-to-face learning has been shown to be an effective way to learn knowledge and skills. This is because it often combines different ways of learning, such as writing, reading, discussion, presentations, projects, group work, film clips and demonstration. This allows students to learn in a way that best suits their needs and preferences. In addition, face-to-face learning provides opportunities for students to receive feedback and support from their peers and instructors.

An online learning course is one you take online using a computer, without being with a teacher or other students in a classroom. You have greater flexibility and can study from home. However, this also means you need to be more disciplined and motivated since you will not have someone physically present to remind and guide you. Most courses don’t need you to be online at a certain time of day or night, but you must actively participate in the course during the course time frame. This can be done through reading materials, discussions, group work and submitting assignments.

When it comes to the world of online learning versus face-to-face learning, the biggest differences have always been in terms of fostering connection and collaboration between learners. With the abrupt stop of face-to-face learning delivery, learning and development professionals have lost the positive social impact that comes with in-person interaction. While this is a valid concern, it's important to remember that the digital world offers its own opportunities for connection and collaboration. In-person social interaction does have a richness that might be hard to replicate online, but when it comes to the corporate world, online learning can be just as effective.

When it comes to education, one question that has always been debated is whether online or face-to-face learning is better. Each option has its own advantages. To better understand the two, it is important to highlight some crucial features of face-to-face learning, which are different in online learning.

One of the first differences is the setting in which the learning takes place. When learning face-to-face, students are in a physical classroom with their peers and teacher. This type of learning requires students to be present at a specific time and place. Online learning, on the other hand, can take place anytime and anywhere as long as the student has access to a computer and the internet.

Advantages of Online learning

  1. It is more affordable and saves time
  2. It is more scalable
  3. Access to training courses on your own terms
  4. Learning at your own pace with no meeting time
  5. More consistent than face to face learning
  6. Delivered by different instructors with same level of quality

Advantages of Face to face learning

  • Face to face interaction with learning instructor
  • Enables more effective non-verbal communication
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and engage
  • Ability to discuss, collaborate, practice and role play


CBD College

Level 10, The Dymocks Building, 428 George Street, Sydney New South Wales 2000