About Us

Southern Training Organisation Pty Ltd, a NSW Registered Training Organisation delivering Nationally recognised qualifications. We are a forestry industry preferred provider of training and assessment in technical, leadership and demonstrates key features:

  • Proven ability in working successfully with indigenous and cross-cultures of people in remote and developing areas.
  • Strong focus on safety and client productivity requirements.
  • Prompt reply to requests, quotes and on-site delivery.
  • Short courses or full Qualifications designed, developed and customised specifically to your needs.
  • Flexible technical, leadership short courses and programs designed to suit your business needs in the workplace.


John (Charlie) Waites Chief Executive Officer 

Charlie, as he prefers to be known, has a long history of being involved in the Vocational Education and Training, over 35 years industry experience in Forestry, Construction (Building & Civil), Transport and Rural. 

He is an Executive member of the Australian Timber Trainers Association, and a member of the National Registered Assessors Association, having been a Workcover NSW Public Assessor for greater than 10 years.

For greater than 20 years Charlie has been involved with numerous committees to do with the development and maintenance of industry competencies and Industry Training Packages. Charlie has a broad knowledge and understanding of industry and business needs when it comes to training issues, and is always willing to share this knowledge with other VET practitioners and perspective clients.