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Clauses 1.21 – 1.25

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Clause 1.21

Prior to 1 January 2016, to deliver any AQF qualification or skill set from the Training and Education Training Package (or its successor) the RTO must ensure all trainers and assessors delivering the training and assessment:

  • hold the training and assessment qualification at least to the level being delivered; or
  • have demonstrated equivalence of competencies.

Clause 1.22

From 1 January 2016, to deliver any AQF qualification or skill set from the Training and Education Training Package (or its successor), the RTO must ensure all trainers and assessors delivering the training and assessment hold the training and assessment qualification at least to the level being delivered.

Clause 1.23

From 1 January 2017, to deliver the training and assessment qualification specified in Item 1 of Schedule 1, or any assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package (or its successor), the RTO must ensure all trainers and assessors delivering the training and assessment:

  • hold the qualifications specified in Item 5 of Schedule 1; or
  • work under the supervision of a trainer that meets the requirement set out in (a) above.

Clause 1.24

The RTO must ensure that any individual working under supervision under Clause 1.23 b) holds the qualifications specified in Item 1 of Schedule 1 and does not determine assessment outcomes.

Note: from 1 January 2017, the requirements set out in Clause 1.22 continue to apply to any other AQF qualification or skill set from the Training and Education Training Package (or its successor).

Clause 1.25

From 1 January 2016, to deliver any AQF qualification or assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package (or its successor), the RTO must have undergone an independent validation of its assessment system, tools, processes and outcomes in accordance with the requirements contained in Schedule 2 (and the definitions of independent validation and validation).

What this Standard means for your RTO

It is critical that training products from the Training and Education Training Package are delivered to the highest levels of quality, so that trainers and assessors hold all the skills and knowledge required.

From 1 January 2017, people delivering the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or any assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package must hold one or more of:

  • Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  • Diploma of Training Design and Development
  • a qualification in adult education higher than a diploma.

Alternatively, they can work under the supervision of a person that holds one of the above qualifications.

From 1 January 2016, people delivering any qualification or assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package must hold a TAE qualification at least to the level they are delivering. From that date, a person who does not hold a relevant qualification is not permitted to deliver or assess any component of these qualifications.

Prior to 1 January 2016, transition arrangements are in place allowing people delivering any qualification or assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package to demonstrate they hold equivalent competencies to a TAE qualification or skill set at least to the level they are delivering. During that period, your RTO must retain evidence of such equivalence, which may include, for example, an analysis of how other study undertaken compares with the relevant qualification or skill set.

Note that none of the above requirements apply to delivery of TAE units of competency within qualifications or skill sets from other training packages or within accredited courses.

As with any other training product, trainers and assessors delivering TAE training products must hold current industry skills and knowledge. While the Standards do not prescribe how trainers and assessors must maintain this currency, it is the responsibility of your RTO to retain evidence showing:

  • the current industry skills and knowledge of your trainers and assessors
  • that their skills and knowledge directly relate to the training and/or assessment they are providing.

The industry skills and knowledge held by trainers and assessors must be consistent with those identified through your industry engagement activities and with any specific requirements expressed in the Training and Education Training Package.

Validation is critical in ensuring that assessment is appropriately rigorous and that graduates are fully capable of carrying out the tasks that their qualification claims they can complete. To ensure this, from 1 January 2016, RTOs delivering or applying to deliver qualifications from the Training and Education Training Package must have undergone an external, independent validation of their assessment system, tools, processes and outcomes. The extent and nature of this validation activity varies depending on whether the qualification or skill set is already on the RTO’s scope of registration or not, but the validation must be carried out by someone who has had no involvement with the RTO other than conducting the validation activity.

A guide to compliance

Your RTO must retain either:

  • evidence of the qualifications of trainers and assessors delivering these qualifications or skill sets, or
  • evidence that trainers and assessors hold equivalent competencies (prior to 1 January 2016).

As with evidence relating to competence of trainers and assessors more generally, you must be able to demonstrate how you have verified this evidence.

From 1 January 2017, you must retain evidence that any person delivering the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or any assessor skill set who does not hold the required diploma or higher level qualification is working under the supervision of a person who does.

From 1 January 2016, your application to add any qualification or assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package to your scope of registration (even if other qualifications from the Training and Education Training Package are already on your RTO’s scope) must include evidence of:

  • an external and independent validation of assessment (for any training products specified in ASQA’s application process), and
  • the assessment system to be adopted for the training product/s being applied for, including evidence that the assessment system for the training product/s applied for has undergone an external and independent validation and will meet these requirements when fully implemented.

From 1 January 2016, where an RTO has any qualification or assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package on its scope of registration, evidence that an external and independent validation of the assessment system has been carried out for those training product/s must be retained. This must include confirmation that the assessment system and outcomes meet the requirements of Standard One and the Training and Education Training Package.

If your organisation is seeking registration as an RTO, clauses 1.21 – 1.25 do not apply to you. An RTO is required to be registered for two years before it can be registered to deliver any qualification or assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package.