Training packages define the skills and knowledge needed by learners to perform a job. They do not specify how to train learners.
Each training package contains three components:
- Units of competency define the skills and knowledge needed, and how to apply them in a workplace context.
- A qualifications framework contains groups of units of competency used to develop learning outcomes. These groupings range from Certificate I to Graduate Diploma level.
- Assessment guidelines cover the qualifications required by assessors, the design of assessment processes and guidelines for assessment management. Assessment guidelines explain the industry's preferred approach to assessment.
Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) are the formal channel for considering industry skills requirements in the development and review of training packages. IRCs are supported in their work by independent, professional service organisations, known as Skills Service Organisations (SSOs).
Training Packages are developed when an industry need for training not already covered by a current training package is identified.
IRCs develop the training packages and certify them through extensive research and consultation with industry stakeholders, with support from SSOs. The Australian Government and state and territory governments then endorse the training packages, approving them for use throughout Australia.