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Stage 1—VET course concept

Before you undertake detailed course development or apply for initial course accreditation, you must submit a VET course concept to ASQA for our consideration.

VET course concept requirements

Your VET course concept must:

  • provide sufficient evidence to establish the need for a course to be considered by ASQA
  • include evidence of preliminary research conducted to establish the need for the proposed course to be nationally recognised
  • provide information on the intended target group for the course and projected enrolment data
  • contain details about key stakeholders contacted to be involved in the course development.

Considerations when creating a VET course concept

Stakeholder engagement is critical; this evidence will contribute to establishing support for the development of the course. ASQA may contact key stakeholders during the evaluation process for more information on the VET course concept.

During the development phase of your course, we recommend that you engage the services of a representative with skills and knowledge in developing courses for accreditation and delivery in the VET sector.

You must provide evidence that there is a genuine need for your course that is not already being met by a current training package outcome.

If your proposed course duplicates existing training package outcomes, it will not receive accreditation.

A separate VET course concept form must be submitted to ASQA for each individual course concept.

Assessment of your VET course concept

Following evaluation of your VET course concept, ASQA will provide you with written feedback. This feedback will advise you whether the course concept is eligible to proceed to course development. This advice is usually issued within 20 working days of ASQA receiving a VET course concept.

When a VET course concept meets eligibility requirements to proceed to course development, you will be advised in writing that you have 12 months from the date the notice is issued to fully engage with key stakeholders, including Industry Reference Committees and/or Skills Service Organisations, and fully develop the course.

If the VET course concept requires further information to be provided, you will have 20 working days to provide any additional information required. If the additional information is not received within the specified time frame or the VET course concept does not meet eligibility requirements the VET course concept may be rejected.

Once ASQA has commenced the assessment of the VET course concept you will not be eligible for a refund of the lodgement fee.

Assessment overview—VET course concept

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