Qualifications and statements of attainment
All RTOs registered with ASQA must comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), when issuing qualifications and statements of attainment.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications
ASQA has developed a Fact Sheet which provides sample forms of AQF certification documentation for nationally recognised VET qualifications. RTOs can use this fact sheet to confirm which information to record on qualifications, statements of attainment and records of results.
Most importantly, a student’s Unique Student Identifier must not be entered onto any official certification or results statement.
For information on AQF requirements, refer to:
- The AQF Second Edition, which provides the complete set of AQF policies and objectives, and information about the governing and monitoring arrangements for the AQF
- The AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy which sits within the AQF Second Edition
- AQF Certification Documentation: An Explanation, which explains the information required by the AQF—this document provides examples of testamur, the record of results and statement of attainment.
For details on the additional requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, refer to Clause 3.2 and Schedule 5.
The Unique Student Identifier (USI)
All RTOs must comply with Standard 3, Clause 3.6 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, which relates to the Unique Student Identifier Scheme (USI).
Students with a USI can access an online record and comprehensive transcript of their VET certification achieved post 1 January 2015.
Unless exempt, your RTO must only issue a qualification or statement of attainment to a learner after:
- the learner has provided you with a USI, which you have verified, or
- you have applied for a USI on behalf of the learner.
RTOs are required to produce certified documentation of testamurs, statements of attainment and records of results.
The AQF defines a testamur as ‘an official certification document that confirms that a qualification has been awarded to an individual’.
A learner who has completed all of the required units of competency or modules (as specified in the training package qualification or accredited course) is entitled to receive both a testamur and a record of results.
The record of results may be printed on the back of the testamur or provided separately.
A statement of attainment should only be issued upon a student’s exit from a training program, whether the student has completed the full program or not. It should not be issued as an interim progress statement to a student who is continuing the same qualification or course.
|When to use the logo
You must include the Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) logo on testamurs and statements of attainment.
The NRT logo is not to be used on the record of results.
All RTOs must comply with Schedule 4 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 and follow the NRT logo specifications (PDF) when using the NRT logo.
You can request a copy of the NRT logo by contacting us.
AQF logo and words
RTOs must include the AQF logo or the words ‘The qualification is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework’ on a testamur.
The AQF logo or words are not to be used on the record of results.
The AQF logo or words are not to be used on statements of attainment.
The AQF logo is available from the AQF website.
RTOs must comply with the AQF’s Conditions for the use of the AQF logo.
ASQA RTOs must not include a state or territory registering body logo on testamurs, statements of attainment or records of results.
In some cases (for example within User Choice contracts) RTOs may need to include a state or territory training body logo on testamurs or statements of attainment, where directed by a state or territory training body.
RTOs must not use the Australian Government Commonwealth Crest logo (e.g. the crest used as ASQA’s logo). The Australian Government Crest is only to be used by authorised government departments and agencies.