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Stage 1—Preliminary research and consultation

During this stage, you must:

  • establish the need for the course
  • engage stakeholders with an interest in the course
  • ensure the course will not duplicate the title or coverage of a current training package qualification.

Establish the need for the course

Preliminary research is essential to establishing the need for your course. You must be able to provide evidence that there is a genuine need for your course that is not already being met by a current training package outcome.

You should define your course, in terms of the vocational outcomes and the target group(s) of learners, before you begin your consultation processes.

Consult with stakeholders

You must consult with:

  • the relevant Industry Reference Council / Skills Service Organisation(s) (SSO) (formerly Industry Skills Council), and
  • any relevant regulatory and/or licensing bodies.

You must also consult with key industry, community, government and/or educational stakeholders who have an interest in your course. The key stakeholders involved in consultation activities would depend on the intended outcomes of the course. The breadth and depth of consultation and research required for a course will depend on the size, complexity and required course outcomes.

Evidence to demonstrate this consultation has occurred must be submitted with your course accreditation application via the Confirmation of Consultation – VET Course Accreditation Application form (DOC).

Ensure the course outcomes do not duplicate training package outcomes

ASQA will not accredit a course that duplicates by title or coverage the outcomes of existing training package content.

There are around 18,000 nationally endorsed training package units that must be investigated for suitability for inclusion in your course.

Search the national register, training.gov.au, to:

  • identify training package units and/or qualifications that have the same outcomes
  • select relevant training package units for inclusion in your course
  • check the contextualisation rules of training packages with units that may be suitable for inclusion in your course, and
  • identify areas where you will need to develop enterprise units of competency for your course.