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Reminder—New Standards clauses come into effect from 1 January 2016

24 December 2015

Additional clauses in the Standards for RTOs 2015 (the Standards) come into effect for all RTOs from 1 January 2016.

These clauses relate to the competency requirements for trainers and assessors and RTOs applying for—or delivering qualifications or the assessor skill set from—the Training and Education Training Package.

Trainers and assessors (Clause 1.14, 1.15 and 1.18 of the Standards)

From 1 January 2016, all trainers and assessors must hold one or more of:

  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (or its successor)
  • A Diploma or higher level qualification in adult education.

From 1 January 2016, anyone who provides assessment only (i.e. does not deliver training) must hold one or more of:

  • TAESS00001 Assessor Skill Set (or its successor)
  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (or its successor)
  • A Diploma or higher level qualification in adult education.

Prior to 1 January 2016, the Standards have permitted trainers and assessors to hold ‘demonstrated equivalence’ to the qualifications/skill set listed above. However, from 1 January 2016 every RTO trainer/assessor must hold one of the qualifications/skill set listed above.

For example, an RTO trainer/assessor who holds TAA40104 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment—but not any of the qualifications/skill set listed above—will no longer meet the requirements of the Standards from 1 January 2016.

RTOs delivering training products from Training and Education Training Packages (Clause 1.22 and 1.25 of the Standards)

From 1 January 2016, all trainers and assessors delivering any qualification or skill set from the Training and Education Training Packages must hold the qualification or skill set at least to the level being delivered or assessed. Demonstrated equivalence is no longer permitted.

From 1 January 2016, any RTOs wishing to add any TAE qualification or assessor skill set to its scope of registration must provide evidence at the time of application that it has undergone an independent validation of:

  • five qualifications on the RTO’s scope of registration from other than the TAE or TAE10 training packages or, if the RTO’s scope of registration is less than five qualifications, all training products on the RTO’s explicit scope of registration, and
  • the assessment system to be adopted in the delivery of the qualification/s or the assessor skill set/s applied for.

From 1 January 2016, any RTO that has a TAE qualification or assessor skill set on its scope of registration must have undergone an independent validation of:

  • its assessment system for delivery of the training and assessment qualification or assessor skill set, and
  • its assessment tools, processes and outcomes in relation to the training and assessment qualification or assessor skill set.

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