When training products change
It is important students graduate with a qualification that meets the current skill needs of an industry.
Changes to training products can impact:
- units of competency
- assessment requirements
How training package products change
When a training package is revised, training products may replace products from a previous version. If this happens, products are classified as equivalent or not equivalent.
Training products may also be classified as deleted, where they are not replaced by a newer version.
Register for training package updates
Register to receive training package updates by signing in at training.gov.au
- Sign in 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’.
Equivalent and not equivalent products
Equivalent products have the same vocational outcome.
Not equivalent products produce a different vocational outcome.
In some instances, industry identifies there is not sufficient demand for a qualification to justify it being maintained.
The qualification is deleted without being superseded by another.
What to do when training products change
Review Clauses 1.26 to 1.27—Manage transition from superseded training products to understand your responsibilities when training products change.
Training package products
When a training package product on your scope of registration is replaced by a newer version, you need to:
- ensure the new version is added to your scope of registration
- transition learners to the new version within 12 months.
When a training package product on your scope of registration is deleted, you need to ensure students complete their study:
- 1 year after the product is deleted for units and skill sets, or
- 2 years after the product is deleted for qualifications.
Units within a current qualification can change. This generates a new release of the qualification. The qualification code remains the same.
Review your training and assessment strategy and consider if the changes affect your delivery plan.
Prepare and transition to the new unit within the transition period.
Equivalent training products
We automatically update equivalent training package products to your scope. We will update you on these changes by email.
If you do not want the new equivalent product on your scope of registration, you can apply to remove it. You can reinstate removed products within 12 months without a fee.
Not equivalent training products
You need to apply to add new, not equivalent training package qualifications and units of competency to your scope of registration.
When training packages change, you have time to prepare and transition.
Accredited courses have a 5 year accreditation period.
When an accredited course on your scope of registration expires, you need to ensure students complete their study:
- 1 year after a ‘Course in’ expires, or
- 2 years after a qualification expires.
You need to apply to add a new accredited course to scope, even if it replaces another accredited course on your registration.
Monitor the transition period for accredited courses on your scope of registration and be ready to complete all students within that period.
How to check updates to the national register
The national register, training.gov.au is updated when a training product changes.
You can view your qualifications history and mapping information.
Qualifications history shows the start and end dates for your training products.
Steps to check your qualifications history:
- Go to training.gov.au
- Use your organisation’s name or code to search Organisations or RTOs. This will open your ‘Organisation details’.
- Find the ‘Display history’ check box on the top right side of the page. Tick the check box.
- Click and open the Scope tab. Scope is your list of approved training products. Scroll down to ‘Qualifications history’. Here you can view the start and end dates for your training products.
Training product status can be:
Training package details include mapping information. This information shows the history of product changes, comments, and equivalence status.
The table below shows an example of training package qualification mapping information.
Qualification Mapping Information
Code and title current version
Code and title previous version
AMP30616 Certificate III in Meat Processing (General) Release 6
AMP30616 Certificate III in Meat Processing (General) Release 5
Qualification updated to remove seven elective units deleted as part of meeting Skills Ministers’ priority of removing training products with low or no enrolments, as agreed by the AISC
Accredited course details include mapping information. This information shows the new and/or previous version of the accredited course.
Accredited Course Mapping Information
The table below shows an example of accredited course mapping information.