Practical Training and Assessment

Workplace training, workplace assessment, and workplace simulations are training methods which enable students to develop and demonstrate skills in a real-world setting.



By observing and assessing skills under realistic conditions, and in real-world environments, providers can ensure stakeholders have confidence that learners’ competency reflects contemporary, industry-appropriate situations.

A decision to offer actual or simulated workplace training must consider a number of factors, including:

  • training package requirements
  • the learner cohort
  • access to resource and facility needs
  • the outcomes from consultation with industry.

ASQA has developed the following guidance to assist providers to deliver practical training and assessment in the workplace or under simulation.

The following example videos have been developed to support providers in deciding how best to structure practical assessment.


Mandatory workplace assessment – CHCCCS023 Support Independence and Wellbeing

Assessing under simulation – SISFFIT003 Instruct Fitness Programs


Training is the process used by an RTO or a third party delivering services on its behalf, to facilitate learning and the acquisition of competencies in relation to the training product on the RTO’s scope of registration.

The Standards for RTOs 2015 (definitions)

The strategies a provider implements for training is aimed at helping a student to learn, reflect on and practice the unit requirements in different contexts.

Training strategies for a unit of competency or qualification, including the amount of training provided, will vary based on the learner cohort and the skills they already hold. A provider can decide how it chooses to deliver training but it must be sufficient so that a student can perform all outcomes of a unit of competency, before undertaking assessment.




Assessment means the process of collecting evidence and making judgements on whether competency has been achieved, to confirm that an individual can perform to the standard required in the workplace, as specified in a training package or VET accredited course.

The Standards for RTOs 2015 (definitions)

The unit of competency requirements in a training package describe the assessment requirements that must be achieved before competency is determined.

Top tips for practical training and assessment

1. Get on the same page

Ensure that everyone involved in workplace training and/or assessment – employers, assessors, work place supervisors and students – understands what is required of them during the delivery process. Recording these interactions and confirming parties understand the requirements will be highly beneficial when reviewing progress and outcomes.

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2. Open access and support

Ensure that students and employers have easy and regular access to support and contact with your provider. This ensures the ability for any issues to be quickly resolved and keeps the link between the work placement and the training product strong.

3. Close the experience gap

Speak with employers to determine if there are any gaps in the experiences they can provide to students, and their suggestions for situations where a simulation may best support the assessment process.

4. Stay connected

Regular engagement with industry maintains the relevance and currency of your training and assessment practices, whether your practical delivery is done under simulation or in a workplace. Industry feedback can influence the resources, facilities and equipment you use, as well as sequencing of learning, and contextualisation of situations. Maintain records of engagement, to monitor continuous improvement outcomes.

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5. Continually review and improve

Regularly review your assessment practices by seeking feedback from students, and any other person involved in the assessment, to identify opportunities for continuous improvement and to maintain confidence in the integrity of your delivery practices.

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