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Stage 1—Course review and redevelopment

For a course to be renewed, you must research and provide evidence there is an ongoing industry, enterprise, education, legislative or community need for the course. You must also review and amend the accredited course to ensure it complies with current standards and meets current industry needs.

Consult with stakeholders

Consultation and validation activities must occur:

  • with a broad range of relevant industry stakeholders
  • at both the course/qualification level and the enterprise unit of competency level.

When redeveloping your course, we recommended 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 of this consultation along with your renewal of accreditation application.

Consultation must also involve relevant SSOs where the outcomes of a proposed course fall within (or can be associated with) areas of coverage.

You must submit evidence to demonstrate this consultation has occurred with your course renewal application. The following two documents are available to assist:

Find out more about SSOs and IRCs here.

Review and redevelopment of the course

The course must be reviewed against the current accreditation requirements, as these may have changed since the course was last accredited. You may need to amend your course to meet the current requirements. The current standards are Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012, Standards for Training Packages 2015 and the Australian Qualification Framework.

A course can only be considered for renewal if it does not duplicate the outcomes of existing training package outcomes. Training packages are regularly updated to meet identified needs. New training package units of competency, skill sets and qualifications may have been endorsed since your course was last accredited.

A full review of the course content must be conducted to check for potential duplication with training package content. ASQA will only consider renewing your course if duplication with training package content and outcomes does not exist.

During your review of the course document, you are required to:

  • Update your accredited course document. The course must be developed using ASQA’s Accredited course document template. The template provides guidance and some suggested text for inclusion in the course document. Section B: 3.2 of the template contains specific guidance on reviewing a course document for renewal of accreditation.
  • Ensure units of competency developed for inclusion in the course (enterprise units) comply with the requirements of the Standards for Training Packages 2015. ASQA is complying with development requirements endorsed by the then Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) for training products developed and delivered in the VET sector. The Standards for Training Packages supersede the Training Package Development Handbook. The Standards for Training Packages do not accommodate the development of modules in VET accredited courses.
  • Ensure current versions of training package units are used. The content of all endorsed training package units can be found on training.gov.au.
  • Ensure the allocated nominal hours for training package units align to those specified in the Victorian training package purchasing guides. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) uses these hours for AVETMISS reporting purposes, therefore ASQA uses these hours as a benchmark.
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