“7.2—VET accredited courses are based on nationally endorsed units of competency where these are available and where these are not available the course is based on units of competency developed as part of the course.
These units of competency or modules are developed in consultation with, and validated by, industry, enterprise, community and/or professional groups and documented in accordance with nationally agreed specifications, consistent with the requirements of the Training Package Development Handbook.#
Consultation with Industry Skills Council must take place to ensure that the course does not duplicate, by title or coverage, the outcomes of an endorsed Training Package qualification.*"
#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.
*The Standards require consultation with Industry Skills Councils (ISCs). However, under the new arrangements for training package development introduced on 1 January 2016, Industry Skills Councils no longer have responsibility for the content of training packages. Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), supported by their Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) now have that responsibility.
Understand units of competency
The purpose of a unit of competency is to describe:
- a specific work outcome
- the conditions under which performance is conducted
- the knowledge and skills required to achieve the work outcome to the standard required in a workplace, and
- the evidence that may be gathered in order to determine whether the activity is being performed in a competent manner.
An enterprise unit of competency is a unit of competency developed for inclusion an accredited course.
An endorsed unit of competency is a unit of competency included in a training package.
Develop an enterprise unit of competency
All applications for course accreditation that include enterprise units of competency must be developed to meet the requirements of the Standards for Training Packages. This requirement commenced on 1 July 2015.
To develop each unit of competency, you need to clearly understand the:
- work activity and what it involves
- tasks, roles and skills that make up the work activity
- generic work skills (or foundation skills) required
- knowledge required to perform the work activity
- assessment evidence a learner needs to demonstrate to be considered competent in the work activity
- conditions and/or context in which the unit is to be delivered and assessed
- resources that might be needed to gather the assessment evidence.
You can source this information by:
- interviewing groups and individuals, e.g. employer, employee students
- reviewing documentation e.g. position descriptions, procedures or standards
- observing the work or community role
- consulting with stakeholders within an organisation
- consulting with stakeholders external to an organisation
- consulting with subject matter experts, including VET expert on course development requirements.
Once you have defined the outcome of the unit, conduct a review of existing training package units of competency to ensure the same outcome cannot be achieved by an already endorsed unit.
If a training package unit covers the same outcome, you must include the endorsed training package unit in the course structure, rather than developing an enterprise unit of competency.
Write the unit of competency
Each unit of competency must be documented using ASQA’s accredited course document template (DOC 265kb).
The unit of competency must be written to reflect the standard of skills and knowledge of a competent person in the workplace, rather than focussing on how the unit will be trained or assessed. The focus on the workplace outcome must be clear throughout the unit of competency.
The draft enterprise unit of competency must be circulated to key stakeholders for comment.
|Unit of competency template components|
|Unit code||A ten digit code that complies with coding convention.|
|Unit title||A title that concisely describes the unit outcome.|
|A brief description of the unit content, how the unit is applied and any licensing, legislative regulatory or certification requirements that apply to the unit.|
|A list of any unit/s in which the learner must be deemed competent prior to the determination of competency in this unit.|
|Elements||Describe the essential outcomes of the unit by breaking down the unit into actions or outcomes.|
|Performance criteria||Each element aligns to one or more performance criteria which break it down into tasks, roles and skills and applied knowledge that reflect the required standard of performance in the workplace, education or community environment.|
Describes underpinning language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills essential to performance of the unit – only where these skills are not explicit in the performance criteria.
If writing foundation skills explicitly in the performance criteria it is suggested you refer to the ‘trigger’ words (PDF 128kb).
|Unit mapping information||Specifies code and title of any equivalent unit of competency e.g. a previous version of the unit.|
|Assessment requirements template components|
|Title||Specifies the code and unit title that the assessment requirements relate to.|
|Performance evidence||Specifies process and product evidence and the frequency/volume of evidence that needs to be collected to determine competence.|
|Knowledge evidence||Specifies knowledge a learner must have to perform the work tasks described in the unit of competency. These must be assessed.|
|Assessment conditions||Specifies conditions, contexts and resources required for assessment.|
You must record the assessment requirements for each specific unit of competency.
Detailed guidance about each field of this template is provided in ASQA’s VET accredited course template (DOC 265kb).