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VAC 7.6

VET accredited courses specify rules for the structure of the course.

Section B: 5.1 of ASQA’s Accredited course document template contains the course structure and the ‘packaging rules’ component of the course. The course structure will be determined by the outcomes of the consultation undertaken with relevant stakeholders during the development of the course.

The rules for completion of the course—also referred to as the packaging rules—reflect the skills and knowledge outcomes identified for the course and the pathways that learners may use to achieve those outcomes. Units of competency must be grouped and packaged into meaningful combinations that reflect the intended roles and skill outcomes.

The course structure may take a variety of forms, including:

  • core only model
  • core and electives model
  • core and specialisation(s) model
  • core, specialisation(s) and electives model, or
  • electives only.

All units of competency in qualifications are to be described as either ‘core’ or ‘elective’. Core units are mandatory for all learners, whereas elective units provide the learner with a choice. For example, a list of seven electives could be provided, and the packaging rules may require the learner to complete three. Combinations of electives that result in particular specialisations are to be called ‘Groups’ and labelled alphabetically e.g. Group A, Group B.

The course structure must also identify the nominal (supervised) hours for each unit. The course owner determines the hours assigned to the enterprise units developed for the course; however, for imported training package units the assigned hours are to reflect those specified in the Victorian Purchasing Guides.

Guidance on the sequencing of units should be included in Section B: 5.1 to inform an RTO’s development of its training and assessment strategies for the accredited course.

Where pre-requisite relationships exist, the course structure must include the identified pre-requisite units, including those required for any imported units from a training package or existing accredited course. Note when developing enterprise units that pre‑requisite unit relationships must be identified in the unit’s ‘Pre-requisite unit’ field.

Case study—Demonstrating course structure for a Certificate III

A course owner has developed the course 10242NAT Certificate III in Underground Coal Mine Inertisation Team Operations. The course comprises training package and enterprise units it has developed. The nominal (supervised) hours for the existing training package units included in the course have been allocated in accordance with the Victorian Purchasing Guides. The nominal (supervised) hours for the enterprise units were determined as a result of the consultation and validation activities undertaken during the development of the course.

The course document advises that sequencing of delivery and assessment of all units should follow the order of the units as they are listed in the structure; however, they must be delivered and assessed in a sequence that satisfies the identified pre-requisite relationships.

To be awarded the qualification, Certificate III in Underground Coal Mine Inertisation Team Operations, participants are required to successfully complete 21 units of competency comprising:

  • 14 core units

Participants who exit the program without completing all of the units will receive a Statement of Attainment identifying those units that they have achieved.

Unit of competency code Unit of competency title Pre-requisite Nominal hours
Core units
HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid Nil 30
HLTAID007 Provide advanced resuscitation Nil 14
PMAOHS211B Prepare equipment for emergency response Nil 20
PMAOPS305B Operate process control systems Nil 60
PUAFIR207B Operate breathing apparatus open circuit PUAFIR215 60
PUAFIR215 Prevent injury Nil 8
PUATEA001B Work in a team Nil 20
RIIERR201D Conduct fire team operations Nil 40
RIIERR302D Respond to local emergencies and incidents Nil 20
RIIERR304D Control emergencies and critical situations Nil 30
RIIRIS301D Apply risk management processes Nil 40
UCMINW301 Operate underground coal mine inertisation unit water system Nil 60
UCMINF302 Operate underground coal mine inertisation unit fuel system Nil 60
UCMINJ303 Operate underground coal mine inertisation unit jet engine   60
Total nominal hours 522

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, the Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited.

Case study—Demonstrating course structure for a Diploma

A course owner has developed the course 10050NAT Diploma of Health Technology (Prosthetics and Orthotics) (Rehabilitation Engineering). The course comprises training package and enterprise units it has developed. The nominal (supervised) hours for the existing training package units included in the course have been allocated in accordance with the Victorian Purchasing Guides. The nominal (supervised) hours for the enterprise units were determined as a result of the consultation and validation activities undertaken during the development of the course.

Packaging rules:

  • 18 units must be selected for award of this qualification, including:
  • 8 core units
  • 10 elective units (made up of the following).

Elective units are to be packaged as follows:

  • Group A electives for the award of the Prosthetic and Orthotics stream of this qualification must select all five electives in Group A
  • Group B electives for award of the Rehabilitation Engineering stream of this qualification must select all five electives in Group B.

Remaining electives can be selected from the following:

  • Group C other electives
  • Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages.
Unit of competency code Unit of competency title Nominal hours
Core units
HLTHIR501C Maintain an effective health work environment 20
BSBLED401A Develop teams and individuals 40
CHCORG502B Work autonomously 40
HTDFAB501A Use specialist machinery 70
HTDFAB502A Undertake fabrication in prosthetics & orthotics and rehabilitation engineering 95
HTDFAB503A Use principles of biomechanics to inform technical aspects of fabrication 95
HTDTEC501A Provide technical support for client assessment, fitting and modification process 95
HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status 90
Electives
Group A electives – Prosthetic and Orthotics stream
HLTPO301D Work effectively in prosthetics and orthotics 60
HLTPO303C Fabricate upper and lower extremity prostheses 50
HLTPO304D Fabricate spinal, upper and lower extremity orthoses 50
HLTPO305D Modify footwear 50
HLTPO306C Participate in prosthetic and orthotic service provision 50
Group B electives – Rehabilitation Engineering stream
HTDART501A Maintain market awareness 70
HLTART406C Modify and maintain wheelchairs 60
HLTART407B Test and evaluate compliance of assistive technologies 60
HLTART408C Adapt, install and construct postural seating 80
HLTART409C Construct, adapt and install pressure management systems 80
Group C other electives
Electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. The following sample electives may help facilitate selection. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.
Recommended for culturally aware practice
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
Chronic Disease Self-Management
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing 50
CHCICS407B Support positive lifestyle 45
CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease 80
HLTCOM509B Provide services for people with a life challenging illness 50
Disability
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability 100
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability 100
CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion 60
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 55
Outreach and home-based work
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management 75
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence 50
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing 80
CHCICS407B Support positive lifestyle 45
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence 50
HLTENN015 Apply nursing practice in the primary health care setting 80
Total nominal hours 1015 – 1335

Note: This case study is modelled on current previously accredited course 10050NAT Diploma of Health Technology (Prosthetics and Orthotics) (Rehabilitation Engineering). Permission for ASQA to use information from this accredited course was provided by the course owner, Queensland Government Department of Health.