|The course must not duplicate, by title or coverage, the outcomes of an endorsed Training Package qualification.|
VAC 6.1 requires the course owner to ensure:
- the course title does not duplicate, either wholly or substantially, that of a training package qualification
- the course outcomes do not duplicate any existing training package qualification or skill set
- enterprise units of competency in the course do not duplicate outcomes that can be achieved by an existing training package unit of competency.
Accredited courses are developed to address skill requirements for vocational needs where these are not covered in nationally endorsed training packages. A VET accredited course cannot be accredited or renewed if the outcomes are already covered by a qualification, a skill set, or a unit or units of competency from an endorsed training package. Courses that achieve the same outcomes as existing training package products are considered to ‘duplicate’ outcomes.
Australia currently has 65 endorsed training packages, covering a number of industry areas and contain more than 1460 qualifications, 1290 skill sets and 17,000 units of competency. You need to conduct thorough research into existing training package content to confirm that the course outcomes cannot be achieved through an existing training package qualification, skill set or unit of competency.
To ensure your proposed course does not duplicate training package content, use key words to search for existing training packages, qualifications, skill sets and units of competency on the national register (training.gov.au).
An accredited course that meets the same outcome as your proposed course may have already been developed and accredited. If such a course exists, it does not prevent the accreditation of your proposed course; however, you may be able to use the existing course rather than developing and accrediting a new course. Some course owners choose to share or license their course to interested parties. Contact the course owner directly to find out if they are willing to license their course to you. Course owner details are on the national register at training.gov.au.
Table 2: List of Skills Service Organisation coverage areas
|SSO||Training packages||Industry Reference Committees (IRCs)|
|PwC’s Skills for Australia||
|Australian Industry Standards||
Researching duplication at a qualification level
Training package qualifications often provide learners with flexibility in the units of competency they can choose to gain a qualification. For example, a qualification may allow the learner to choose electives from a large selection listed in the qualification packaging rules or from another training package or accredited course. Note that ASQA will not accredit:
- a course if its outcomes can be achieved through the packaging rules applicable to a training package qualification
- a course that is a subset of a single training package qualification that could be recognised through a Statement of Attainment, or
- a course that duplicates a training package qualification and includes additional competencies from a training package or accredited course that could be recognised through Statements of Attainment.
Researching duplication at a unit of competency level
Where a training package unit of competency is available that addresses skill and knowledge outcomes required in your course, the training package unit must be used.
Training package units are often generic enough to allow delivery in a variety of contexts. For example, a communication unit from the BSB Business Services Training Package could be used in a variety of courses. The unit would be contextualised in an RTO’s delivery, whilst still maintaining the integrity of the unit to the relevant workplace or industry sector.
Some training package implementation guides contain specific contextualisation rules that provide advice to RTOs on how they can contextualise training and assessment of units of competency from that training package.
Providing evidence with your application
The application for accreditation (initial or renewal) requires you to describe the process undertaken to ensure the proposed course does not duplicate training package content.
Case study: Avoiding training package duplication for a proposed course
Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited would like to develop a course in Underground Coal Mine Inertisation Team Operations.
The organisation reviews the National Register (training.gov.au) to identify qualifications, skill sets and units of competency that may achieve the same outcome and finds the following products that require further investigation:
Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited conducts a thorough investigation into whether the training package qualification and/or skill set are suitable training products to meet its needs, but identifies they do not include the focus on specific machinery that is required by industry.
The organisation determines that two training package units relate to the intended outcomes of the course; however, as the units have similar outcomes only one is required for inclusion in the course structure. Another four units from the RII09 Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package are considered relevant to the intended outcomes and will be considered for inclusion in the packaging rules of the new course.
Once Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited have developed the packaging rules for the course it continues with its consultation and validation activities to confirm that the proposed course it has developed does not duplicate training package outcomes.
Note: This case study is modelled on the current accredited course 10242NAT Certificate III in Underground Coal Mine Inertisation Team Operations. Permission for ASQA to use information from this accredited course was provided from the course owner, Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited.
- training.gov.au—the register of nationally endorsed training package qualifications, units of competency and accredited courses in Australia
- Department of Education—list of Training Packages and IRCs.