This chapter focuses on the training and assessment phase of the student’s experience. High-quality training and assessment means students are well equipped for employment or further study; their qualification is seen as credible when they enter the job market; and they are judged by employers as holding the skills and competencies specified in their qualification.
In turn, high-quality training and assessment means that employers can have confidence that vocational education and training (VET) graduates in the workplace will safely and productively apply the skills described by their qualification.
Students have told ASQA that it’s important to them that:
- their teachers, trainers and assessors are professional and knowledgeable about their subjects and industry areas
- the amount of training is enough to allow them to practise new skills before they are assessed
- they can access good-quality learning resources and facilities
- assessment activities are fair and well explained and students are given helpful feedback.
Under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 (the Standards) relevant to the training and assessment phase of the student journey, registered training organisations (RTOs) are responsible for:
- implementing, monitoring and evaluating training and assessment strategies and practices (clauses 1.1 to 1.4 and 2.2)
- engaging with industry (clauses 1.5 and 1.6)
- conducting effective assessment (clauses 1.8 to 1.12)
- employing skilled trainers and assessors (clauses 1.13 to 1.16)
- providing supervision of trainers where needed (clauses 1.17 to 1.20)
- employing experts to teach trainers and assessors (clauses 1.22 to 1.24) - (Note: Clause 1.21 is no longer applicable. RTOs should refer to clause 1.23 for current requirements in relation to trainers and assessors delivering
training and assessment qualifications.)
- engaging independent validators to conduct the quality reviews of training and assessment qualifications (clause 1.25)
- managing transitions from superseded training products (clauses 1.26 and 1.27).