Facilitator Highlight

Here at ICETS we’ve always been privileged to have facilitators who are dedicated to giving each student an efficient and informative learning experience. 

One of our Facilitators we’d like to highlight in this months blog is Gavin Christison!

Before facilitating, Gavin worked for the Queensland Police in various positions such as; Acting Senior Sergeant, Senior Policy Officer and Counter-Terrorism Coordination Unit. Throughout his 18 years on the force, Gavin was part of task forces dealing with Specialist units – Police Dog Handler, Public Safety Response Team, Railway Squad, Operational Skills Training Coordinator, Counter-Terrorism Coordination Unit. Throughout his time in the police he said the best part of investigating was “Conducting a successful investigation to a high standard.” Gavin’s favourite position in the police was dog handling, he said it was the “best job in the world!” 

After he left in 2005, he went on to conduct workplace / misconduct based investigations for a further 14 years, before joining ICETS in 2011 to facilitate the Certificate IV in Government Investigations.

Gavin has been training students for over 22 years, and started facilitating the Certificate IV in Government Investigations course with ICETS in 2011. We have been so lucky to have him on board, creating an interactive learning environment that students have really enjoyed. A part of what has made the ICETS courses so informative, is the way our trainers are able to speak on examples of how they personally have used different strategies and techniques the students learn in their own experience in the field. This is something Gavin has always been successful at doing. 

“The way Gavin presented the course made it easy to follow and understand. The examples he gave, and the way he explained them, were clear and concise. He was interesting to listen to, and has obvious real world experience.” 

When asked what his favourite part of being a facilitator was Gavin said it was “Seeing students achieve the ‘Ah Ha’ moment – when everything makes sense to them and telling the war stories from my experiences in the investigative environment.”

Our October blog spoke about the differences between our Certificate IV and Diploma courses. After having extended experience teaching both, after speaking with Gavin, he provided some insightful advice as to what kind of students would benefit from each individual course. 

For the Certificate IV – Anyone conducting any investigation where their investigation will be scrutinised by a decision maker – criminal, administrative or disciplinary they could all wind up in front of a court or tribunal and the microscope will be on the investigator and their investigation. It is then that the skills and knowledge from the Cert IV qualification will come into their own. 

Diploma students should have a high level of operational investigative experience and want to take the next step to managing a team of investigators. 

If this sounds like you or anyone on your team, be sure to enrol now to get a head start in smart upskilling for 2022.

We have loved having Gavin a part of our team at ICETS for the past 11 years! He is currently transitioning to our sister software company, COMtrac working as a business analyst. It has been bittersweet to see him move on to this new position but we’re excited to welcome a new facilitator onto our team soon! 



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