At times, Industry Skills Service Organisations (SSO) will make changes to training package products.
SSOs update training packages to make sure they align with current industry trends and requirements. These updates ensure that students receive the necessary skills for the current work environment.
The relevant SSO determines whether these changes are ‘equivalent’ or ‘not equivalent’ to the previous training package product.
The SSO assesses equivalence under the Standards for Training Packages and supporting policy documents (including the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process and the Training Package Products Policy).
SSOs will also publish a companion volume implementation guide for each new training package version. This guide includes equivalence mapping, showing the relationship between the old and new product.
The table below provides an example of what training package mapping information looks like:
|Old qualification||Related qualification||Comment||E/N|
|CHC30712 Certificate III in Children’s Services||CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care||Significant changes to core units and qualification structure. Changes to packaging rules.||N|
|SIF40112 Certificate IV in Funeral Services||SIF40113 Certificate IV in Funeral Services||Revised qualification provides greater flexibility to meet industry/organisational outcomes.||E|
Equivalent and not equivalent changes
When a new or revised training package is released, ASQA identifies all qualifications and units of competency classified as ‘equivalent’ to a current training package product.
If you have one of these products on your scope of registration we will update your scope with the new, equivalent training product. We will also:
- apply any sanctions or conditions that apply to the superseded product on your scope to the new, equivalent product
- apply the same ‘scope extent’ listed on the national register to the new, equivalent product—‘deliver and assess’ or ‘deliver only’
- inform you by email that we have updated your scope, including the details of the new, equivalent product.
Opting in and out of equivalent packages
If you decide not to deliver a new equivalent product added to your organisation’s scope of registration, you can choose to opt out by submitting an application to change registration in asqanet. This request can be made at any time after the updated, as long as there are no current enrolments.
Once you remove an equivalent product from your registration, you may apply to ASQA to have it reinstated within 12 months without a fee. After 12 months, we regard this as an application to add a new item to your scope, and this application will be subject to a fee.
Not equivalent changes
When an SSO’s revision of a training package product changes its outcome, the new version becomes ‘not equivalent’ to the superseded product.
ASQA considers not equivalent packages to be new products. As for any new product, ASQA undertakes a risk assessment before approving adding them to your scope of registration.
You can add a not equivalent training product to your scope in the same way you would add a new training product. To do this, you must:
- apply to add a new item in asqanet
- pay any applicable fees
- wait for application approval from ASQA before offering the product.
ASQA is waiving some fees and charges for VET providers and accredited course owners from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.
The Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 require RTOs to manage their own scope of registration.
This legislative requirement means you are responsible for transitioning to any revised equivalent training packages added to your scope of registration.
This transition must occur within 12 months of a revised package’s publication on the national register. You must transfer any students requiring it within this 12-month period.
You may continue to deliver the superseded product until you are ready to deliver the new equivalent product, as long as this occurs within the 12-month time frame.
During this transition period, both the superseded and new equivalent training package will remain on your scope of registration.
If ASQA conducts a performance assessment (audit) during this time, the assessor will check which product your RTO is delivering, and assess performance against that product.
Staying informed about changes to training packages
You can register to receive alerts about specific training package changes by subscribing to updates on the national register, training.gov.au:
- Sign in to the national register, or register for an account.
- Go to the relevant training package listing and select the ‘Notify me of changes’ link at the top right of the page.
- Choose the option to receive notifications about ‘All changes’ to this training package, and click ‘Save’.
- Review the revised training package and supporting documentation; for example, the companion volume implementation guide on the national register.
- Assess any requirements in the training package documentation that may have changed, such as licensing implications, resource and equipment lists, learning strategies and assessment guidance.
- Examine your organisation’s resources to ensure you can meet all the new training package requirements.
- Revise your organisation’s training and assessment strategies to ensure they reflect the delivery of the new training package.
Training products that are no longer current
At times, SSOs may remove an AQF qualification from the national register without creating a revised version.
An RTO offering a qualification that is no longer current must, within two years of the qualification’s removal:
- complete all training and assessment
- issue qualifications.
Skill sets, units of competency, accredited short courses or modules may also be removed without replacement. In this situation, RTOs will have one year from the qualification’s removal to:
- complete all training and assessment
- issue statements of attainment.
These conditions do not apply where a training package specifically requires the delivery of a superseded unit of competency.
Extended transition periods
Clauses 1.26 (a), (b) and (c) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 state the time allowed for transitioning to new training products. In some cases, ASQA has the authority to extend this transition period.
If ASQA approves an extension to a transition period, this allowance will apply to all RTOs delivering the specific training product to the identified learner group (e.g. plumbing apprentices in a particular jurisdiction where the qualification has been superseded).
We will only accept an application for a transition extension if an RTO can demonstrate that there would be a genuine disadvantage to students or industry without it. We do not accept RTO administrative errors or the like as a valid reason for a transition extension.