The Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 specify accredited course owners legal obligations.
In addition to maintaining data recorded on the national register, course owners are obligated to monitor and evaluate the VET accredited course. This monitoring requirement ensures that the course remains current, relevant and complies with legislative requirements.
Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of an accredited course:
- provides opportunities for continuous improvement and an assurance of the course’s currency and relevancy in the market place
- encourages strategically engaged employers become champions of the course
- ensures the structure and delivery of the course meets the needs of learners
- maintains compliance with accreditation requirements.
Course owners will be required to submit an annual declaration of compliance in relation to ongoing monitoring and evaluation activities of the VET accredited course.
Data that is collected and analysed must be relevant and sufficient to make an evaluation about the ongoing currency and relevance of the course and any amendments that may be required. This means planning where the data will be collected from, how it will be collected, the form it will take, how often it will be collected and how it will be collated, analysed and used.
Registered training organisations (RTOs) delivering and/or assessing an accredited course provide significant feedback about the satisfaction of learners with the product and the extent to which it meets their needs. RTOs may also be a valuable source of feedback from industry and individual employers on the currency and relevance of the course.
RTOs are required to collect this type of information in order to comply with the continuous improvement aspects of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.
ASQA will review the annual declaration of compliance received from course owners. The feedback received will contribute to ongoing need and support for the course to continue as nationally recognised training.
Alternatively, the feedback received will be used in ASQA’s decision-making process about other regulatory activity that may be required, such as amending a VET accredited course.
The annual declaration of compliance will come into effect from April 2020.