Shortened course duration
Shortened course duration in combination with online delivery and work placement risk forms a significant barrier to progression and completion for some students.
ASQA has low tolerance for providers who prioritise cost efficiency over training quality and student outcomes by reducing volume of learning or shortening training delivery timeframes particularly in higher risk occupations. We are scrutinising complaints and intelligence received about provider compliance including through our engagement with state and territory licensing authorities and using a range of compliance monitoring activities with targeted providers.
Scan key points
- Delivery of training which is accelerated (high intensity learning) or shortened (low volume of learning) at the expense of students’ ability to gain the required competencies is an ongoing risk to the quality of VET.
- Delivery of insufficient volume of training for students to acquire the knowledge and skills required undermines the integrity of VET qualifications.
- Complaint data shows that marketing unrealistically short courses can mislead students in their choice of provider, and may result in additional extension costs for students who are unable to complete within the advertised duration.