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Demonstrating compliance—Standard 7.1

The Standard

“7.1—VET accredited courses are based on an established industry, enterprise, education, legislative or community need."

Establish the need for the accredited course

Accredited courses are developed to address skill requirements for industry, enterprise, education, legislative or community needs where these are not covered in nationally endorsed training packages.

The first step in the development of an accredited course is identifying and establishing a need for the course. You must undertake consultation with a broad range of stakeholders to confirm this need exists.

ASQA cannot accredit a course if the outcomes are already covered by a qualification, a skill set, or a unit or units of competency from an endorsed training package. Courses that achieve the same outcomes as existing training package products are considered to ‘duplicate’ outcomes.

Where this is identified, an RTO should apply to add the relevant qualification, skill set or unit(s) of competency to its scope of registration.

Determine whether an existing accredited course meets the same outcome

An accredited course that meets the same outcome as your proposed course does may have already been developed and accredited.

If such a course exists, it does not prevent the accreditation of the proposed course; however, you may be able to use the existing course rather than developing and accrediting a new course.

Some course owners choose to share or license their course to interested parties. Contact the course owner directly to find out if they are willing to license their course to you. Course owner details are on the national register at training.gov.au

Undertake consultation and validation

When developing the proposed course, you must consult with a broad range of relevant industry stakeholders, such as:

  • Industry Reference Councils / Skills Service Organisations (SSOs)
  • industry/professional associations
  • peak bodies
  • regulatory/licensing bodies
  • community organisations, and
  • employer/employee organisations.

The consultation and validation process you undertake must:

  • demonstrate there is an established need for the proposed course supported by verifiable evidence
  • confirm industry/community support for the proposed course
  • contribute to the development of the course content, and
  • validate that the intended purpose and outcomes of the proposed course meet the industry need.

In Section B: 3.1 of the course document, describe the consultation and validation activities that took place and how these contributed to the development of the course, its structure and any enterprise units of competency developed.

You must submit documentary evidence of the consultation and validation activities with the Application for course accreditation (initial or renewal) (DOC 1MB) form. This evidence may include:

  • verifiable evidence of the established demand
  • enrolment projections for a three to five year period
  • the identification of current training package qualifications and/or accredited courses with similar outcomes together with an explanation as to why those qualifications/accredited courses do not meet the identified need OR for accredited courses, why they are not available through licensing arrangements with the respective course owner
  • letters of support (preferably not comprising duplicated generic statements)
  • minutes of meetings/memos
  • copies of relevant emails.

For further information, refer to the ASQA fact sheet When to consider course accreditation.

Meet Standard 7.1 when renewing your accredited course

The maximum period of accreditation for a VET accredited course is five years.

ASQA evaluates applications to renew accredited courses against the same requirements as applications for initial accreditation.

Before submitting a renewal application, you must undertake consultation and validation activities to:

  • confirm there is a continued, current need for the accredited course
  • involve relevant stakeholders
  • contribute to a full review of the course outcomes and course document (including enterprise units of competency if any are developed)
  • include information on enrolment data in submission.

You must submit evidence with your renewal application that demonstrates how the revised course document takes into account outcomes of the monitoring and evaluation of the accredited course during its period of accreditation.

For further information, please refer to the ASQA fact sheet Renewing an accredited course.