ASQA | Spotlight On trainers and assessors, Chapter 4
Working under supervision
Chapter 4 aims to help ensure those working under supervision have opportunities to learn and develop skills as part of supervisory arrangements.
When recruiting trainers and assessors, sometimes RTOs find potential staff who are industry-experienced subject matter experts, but lack the required training and assessment credentials. You may still be able to employ these people to participate in delivery through a supervision process.
Determining supervision eligibility
Under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 (the Standards), a person who has vocational competence and industry currency at the level needed for the training product being delivered, and who also holds one of the following skill sets, can be engaged in training and assessment under a supervision arrangement.
- TAESS00007 Enterprise Trainer—Presenting Skill Set
- TAESS00014 Enterprise Trainer—Presenting Skill Set (or its successor)
- TAESS00008 Enterprise Trainer—Mentoring Skill Set
- TAESS00013 Enterprise Trainer—Mentoring Skill Set (or its successor)
- TAESS00003 Enterprise Trainer and Assessor Skill Set
- TAESS00015 Enterprise Trainer and Assessor Skill Set (or its successor).
Completing one of the skill sets is a way for emerging trainers and assessors to begin to experience units that can make up the competency requirements of a qualified trainer and assessor. The skill set chosen to study should be one that best aligns to intended work outcomes.
Planning supervision arrangements
Your RTO must have suitable processes in place to manage supervision arrangements. This ensures that individuals who are under supervision are supported by qualified and experienced trainers and assessors, so that students are receiving high level delivery by participating in valid training and assessment.
A fully qualified trainer and assessor must monitor and is accountable for all training and collection of assessment evidence by the individual under their supervision. An assessor may make assessment decisions together with the person being supervised, who may gather some or all of the relevant evidence. However, the systems and processes your RTO implements must ensure the trainer and assessor providing supervision is ultimately responsible for the assessment outcome.
The process implemented to monitor supervision arrangements should balance the requirements of the Standards with what makes the most sense to your operations and the training and assessment experience of the person being supervised.
When a student is undertaking on-the-job training or work placement, and is being monitored by a worker on site, that workplace supervisor is not required to hold the trainer and assessor credentials, and is not an “individual working under the supervision of a trainer” defined by the Standards.
A workplace supervisor is not responsible for delivering training against the unit of competency and does not make any assessment decisions. A workplace supervisor can however give advice and practical support to students, advising on their progress, and could be involved in the collection of evidence for assessment.
During workplace supervision, your RTO must ensure:
- training against the unit of competency is provided
- you develop and implement assessment tools to collect evidence for assessment
- workplace supervisor materials are maintained as supplementary evidence sources for the RTO assessor. This includes log books or testimonials.
- The judgement of competence for any assessment remains the RTO assessor’s responsibility.
Industry experts and assessments
Assessment outcomes may only be made by people who meet the trainer and assessor requirements of the Standards. However, an industry expert can be involved in assessment judgements by working alongside a qualified assessor to conduct assessment. Industry experts do not need to hold trainer and assessor credentials, and are not an “individual working under the supervision of a trainer” defined by the Standards.
An industry or technical expert may be included into the assessment process, for example, to give specific feedback to the assessor on a process or an observation. Where industry experts are involved in assessment judgements, your RTO’s assessor must still be fully qualified and meet the thresholds required by Clauses 1.13 and 1.14 of the Standards.
More Spotlight On
View the webinar recording on trainers and assessors
ASQA held a webinar on 4 April 2021 to wrap up our first Spotlight On series about trainers and assessors.
The presenters include ASQA Stakeholder Liaison Group members, TAFE Queensland and ASQA Director, Education and Guidance, Emma Marks.