Our History

The History of Lennon Training

Lennon Training currently employ from Emerald eight full time / part-time instructors. These instructors are supported by the administration base of five full time / part time people. Like all private business, it didn’t start that way ……

Kerry and Lexia Lennon commenced Lennon Training in July 1991 in response to a gap in local training services and the company was registered with the Australian government in 1992. Lennon Training operates from their Emerald headquarters and training rooms, providing clients throughout the Queensland Coal Mining Industry with quality advice, support and training.

In 1993 Lennon Training obtained their Quality Assurance licence allowing courses to be written and approved for national recognition. Also obtained was the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status from the Queensland Government.
2002 saw the training centre in Mackay open to cater to our clients in the northern Central QLD coalfields.
2004 marked the year that Kerry took on an advisory role whilst the company continued to be operated by family members, John Lennon and Donna Lennon.
In 2005, Lennon Training extended their services to the China Coal industry. As a result, an office based in Beijing was established to ensure the needs of State and Company representatives could be attended to locally.
2006, after 15 years, saw the Emerald operations move into their purpose-built Training Centre in Kyle St.
In early 2007 the China operations further expanded with the establishment of a Registered Company in China based out of Suzhou. As 2007 drew to a close, the year reflected the efforts made by all and with the announcement of being compliant with the Major Government Audit, it’s clear that Lennon Training have established a balance with industry needs that meet nationally recognised standards.

2008 demonstrated further established commitment to the local coal industry with the completion of an additional training building and commencement of building a simulated underground mine.
2009 launched the simulated underground mine as a purpose built facility to support existing training programs and provide exciting options for customised programs which led to Industry recognition in 2010 with the Mining Industry Skills Centre Innovation Award.

2011 brought expansion to the operations with the construction of a similar training facility in Moranbah and again in 2013 a similar facility was established on the grounds of the Skills Tech Eagle Farm campus in Brisbane.

Lennon Training are known for their enthusiasm toward training and communicating the emphasis of safety in the workplace. Having instructors that maintain their knowledge and experience by working at various minesites ensures that the people attending the training are being trained by local people with local knowledge and experience. Testimonial of our quality of work can be seen in the repeat business we have from our clients.


Expansion of third training facility in Eagle Farm, Brisbane.
Expansion of second training facility in Moranbah.
Winner of the Mining Industry Skills Centre Innovation Award
Opening of underground mine roadway training gallery at Kyle St - the first of it's kind for Queensland
Chinese office opens in Taiyuan - a prominent mining region
Successfully complete major Government audit conducted by the Department of Education, Training and the Arts. RTO status renewed for the 2nd time
Training Centre in Kyle St commences operation
After opening operations in Beijing, China the first fee-for-service Risk Training is conducted. This is significant to Australian coal mining training history as Lennons are the first private company to achieve this milestone
Kerry represents Lennon Training as part of a consortium that will participate at the International Coal Expo in Shanghai, China
The Quality System and identified courses underwent the external audit conducted by the Dept of Employment & Training and the QMITAB
John Lennon presented for the first time at the QMITAB Conference. His paper on Deputy Training in the Coal Industry was well received.
The RPL of the Cert IV Surface Coal Mining - Open Cut Examiner qualification commences
Commence program for Cert IV Coal Management Operations Deputys course
Expand operations from Emerald to Mackay for 5 years
Establish company website
Successfully completed AQTF compliance, ISO9001:2000 compliance audits and the QMITAB quality review
Earned ISO9001:2000
Establish office operations permanently in Emerald
Earned ISO9001:1999
Obtain Quality Assured licence allowing courses to be written and approved for national recognition.
Obtain Registered Training Organisation status from Queensland Government.
Lennon Training commence trading on 1st July.