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VAC 7.9

VET accredited courses specify any entry requirements to the course and justify any explicit limitations to access.

This Standard relates to Section B: 5.2 of ASQA’s Accredited course document template.

‘Entry requirements’ do not form part of the qualification, but are specific to the knowledge, skills or experience required to enter and successfully undertake an accredited course. They may be ‘mandatory’ or ‘recommended’.

Not all courses have entry requirements.

You should develop the entry requirements for your course in consultation with key stakeholders.

Your entry requirements should be expressed in terms of qualifications, units of competency or required experience and may include licensing or industry recognised standards.

For example, you may require learners to:

  • hold a particular qualification or industry membership
  • hold a particular industry-relevant licence, and/or
  • demonstrate two years’ experience in industry.

The course may also identify recommended entry requirements that will assist participants in achieving the intended course outcomes. For example:

  • specifying the level of language, mathematical or other skills that are required by the course, and/or
  • requiring the learner to demonstrate potential to undertake study at the relevant AQF level.

If a course has limitations to entry these must be justified. A course may not contain any explicit limitations to access and delivery pathways that are discriminatory i.e. based on gender or social background.