Clauses 1.13 – 1.16

Employ skilled trainers and assessors

Clause 1.13

In addition to the requirements specified in Clause 1.14 and Clause 1.15, the RTO’s training and assessment is delivered only by persons who have:

  • vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed;
  • current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided; and
  • current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment.

Industry experts may also be involved in the assessment judgement, working alongside the trainer and/or assessor to conduct the assessment.

Clause 1.14

The RTO’s training and assessment is delivered only by persons who have:

  • prior to 1 January 2016, the training and assessment qualification specified in Item 1 or Item 2 of Schedule 1, or demonstrated equivalence of competencies; and
  • from 1 January 2016, the training and assessment qualification specified in Item 1 or Item 2 of Schedule 1.

Clause 1.15

Where a person conducts assessment only, the RTO ensures that the person has:

  • prior to 1 January 2016, the training and assessment qualification specified in Item 1 or Item 2 or Item 3 of Schedule 1, or demonstrated equivalence of competencies; and
  • from 1 January 2016, Item 1 or Item 2 or Item 3 of Schedule 1.

Clause 1.16

The RTO ensures that all trainers and assessors undertake professional development in the fields of the knowledge and practice of vocational training, learning and assessment including competency based training and assessment.

What this Standard means for your RTO

To provide training that reflects current industry practice and valid assessment, your RTO’s trainers and assessors must maintain the currency of their skills and knowledge in their industry area and in vocational education and training. It is also acceptable for an appropriately qualified trainer and assessor to work with an industry expert to conduct assessment together.

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

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • a qualification in adult education at a diploma or higher level.

Anyone who provides assessment only (i.e. does not deliver training) must hold one or more of:

  • Assessor Skill Set
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • a qualification in adult education at a diploma or higher level.

Prior to 1 January 2016, transition arrangements allow trainers and assessors to demonstrate they hold equivalent competencies. (It is the responsibility of your RTO to retain evidence of such equivalence, which may include, for example, a mapping of other qualifications to the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or a diploma or higher qualification in adult education, or an analysis of how a trainer and assessor’s skills and knowledge compares with the qualification.) Such an analysis should include a comparison of how the trainer and assessor’s skills and knowledge are equivalent to all of the requirements of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or a diploma or higher qualification in adult education. Where a trainer and assessor holds a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education, no further analysis is required to be undertaken.

While there is no prescription as to how trainers and assessors must maintain their currency in industry skills, it is the responsibility of your RTO to retain evidence that shows:

  • your trainers’ and assessors’ current industry skills and knowledge
  • that trainer and assessor knowledge directly relates to the training and/or assessment they are providing.

The industry skills and knowledge held by trainers and assessors must be consistent with:

  • information gathered through your industry engagement activities
  • any specific requirements expressed in relevant training packages and accredited courses.

Your RTO must ensure that all trainers and assessors undertake professional development in VET, and specifically in competency based training and assessment. (This includes trainers and assessors employed or contracted by your RTO and those engaged by a third party delivering training and assessment on behalf of your RTO. However, arrangements about how this is paid for are a matter of negotiation between your RTO and the people concerned.) The Standards do not prescribe how often professional development must occur, but it must be sufficient to ensure they have current knowledge and skills in vocational training, learning and assessment. Simply delivering training and assessment does not constitute professional development.

A guide to compliance

Evidence relating to industry skills of trainers and assessors can take many forms.

If a trainer and assessor holds the qualification they are delivering and has recent extensive industry experience, this may be sufficient to demonstrate they hold both vocational competencies and current industry skills.

In some cases, people may have significant industry experience but not hold any formal qualifications—in such cases, you would need to analyse the skills and knowledge they deliver and compare this to their industry skills and knowledge. Consider all units of competency (including electives) in this analysis to ensure that you are meeting the requirements for trainers and assessors specified in the training package or accredited course.

To confirm trainers and assessors have current industry skills, and all training and assessment is delivered by people who are themselves competent practitioners, RTOs should ideally ensure that trainers and assessors are regularly exposed to industry workplaces and participate in workplace tasks. Training and assessment should only be provided by those who have current industry skills and knowledge and is best provided by those who can undertake all of the tasks defined in the elements of units of competency and modules to industry standards.

RTOs must retain evidence that all trainers and assessors have undertaken relevant professional development in VET. The Standards do not prescribe what format this evidence takes, but you may choose to include registers of development activities undertaken.

In all cases, RTOs are expected to take appropriate steps to verify information. This may include:

  • contacting the provider named on the person’s qualification to confirm that the document is genuine
  • conducting referee checks at the time of employment to confirm relevant industry experience.

You should retain evidence of:

  • how you have appropriately verified this information, and
  • the results of your engagement with industry to confirm the required skills and knowledge for trainers and assessors.

When applying to become an RTO, you must provide evidence that:

  • trainers and assessors are available to the organisation to deliver all training products applied for and that they meet all of the requirements of the standards.
  • your organisation has processes in place to ensure all trainers and assessors will undertake relevant professional development in VET.

Case study: Making sure the trainer is trained

MNO Community College employs seven part-time trainers and assessors as staff members and engages another three contractors as needed. To ensure their trainers and assessors have all the required skills and knowledge, the provider requires anyone employed or contracted as a trainer and assessor to hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment prior to being engaged. As part of the induction process (for both employees and contractors), all qualifications are verified with the issuing RTO where possible and comprehensive referee checks are carried out. MNO Community College keeps records of these activities in the person’s human resources file.

MNO Community College requires that all trainers and assessors undergo a minimum of 20 hours of formal professional development in training and assessment each calendar year (MNO Community College pays the cost of this for employees, but not for contractors). Both staff members and contractors must seek prior approval to have professional development counted towards their 20 required hours, allowing MNO Community College to ensure the development activity is suitable. Both staff members and contractors must undergo a skills and knowledge evaluation in their industry area at least annually (which most demonstrate by providing evidence of work conducted in the industry). Any trainers not currently working in the relevant industry are required to provide alternative evidence of current skills and knowledge. Again, any additional activities required are paid for by MNO Community College for staff members only.

As part of its industry engagement strategy, MNO Community College meets annually with industry representatives to review the required industry skills and knowledge for all trainers and assessors to ensure they continue to meet industry expectations.

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