Go to top of page

Standard One

The RTO’s training and assessment strategies and practices are responsive to industry and learner needs and meet the requirements of training packages and VET accredited courses.


Learners, employers and industry must have confidence in the integrity, currency and value of certification documents issued by RTOs, through high-quality training and assessment practices that:

  • meet the requirements of training packages and VET accredited courses;
  • is responsive to industry and learner needs; and
  • is delivered by appropriately qualified trainers and assessors with the right support services, facilities and equipment.

The RTO’s training and assessment strategies and practices must have regard to the amount of training required for the learner to gain the competencies as specified in the relevant training package or VET accredited course. The amount of training will vary depending on the existing skills and knowledge of the learner, the mode of delivery and include any work placement arrangements.

To ensure thorough and rigorous assessment practices and results, RTOs must implement a comprehensive plan of systematic validation. RTOs must use a risk-based approach to developing the plan considering risk indicators such as the potential safety concerns to clients from an assessment outcome that is not valid, the mode of delivery, changes to training packages and/or licensing requirements.

Trainers and assessors who are involved in training and assessment delivery being considered as part of the validation process may also participate in the validation process.

There are differences in the operating characteristics and business objectives of RTOs and the evidence RTOs use to demonstrate compliance with this Standard will reflect those differences.”

How Standard One benefits:


  • Learners benefit from high-quality training that equips them for employment and/or further study in their chosen field.
  • Learners are confident they hold the skills and knowledge their certification describes and are well-equipped to undertake relevant tasks safely and productively.
  • Graduates have enhanced employment prospects because employers are confident in their abilities.


  • Employers know that graduates are capable of meeting relevant accreditation requirements and can apply the outcomes from their training directly to relevant industry frameworks straight away.
  • Employers know graduates are ‘job ready’—capable of being productive and safe workers with current, relevant skills and knowledge from ‘day one’.
  • Employers have active involvement in the training and assessment of their apprentices and trainees.


  • Governments can invest confidently in the development of skills and knowledge for the current and future workforce with minimum risk.


  • The community benefits from a highly skilled and productive workforce and from the subsequent economic benefits at a local, state and national level.
  • Quality training and rigorous assessment results in an excellent international reputation and a strong and growing export market.


  • Providers delivering quality training have prosperous businesses with an excellent reputation in the domestic and international market.
  • Providers that demonstrate commitment to quality outcomes enjoy low levels of regulatory intervention and can take advantage of emerging opportunities quickly.
  • Providers can access government funding and preferred supplier programs.

Standard One is explained in more detail in this section of the guide, including the responsibility of RTOs to: