Each learner must gain and be assessed against all the knowledge and skills described in the training package or accredited course. Depending on the circumstances and the characteristics of your learners, it may be possible to achieve this in a shorter period than that described in the AQF.
Your RTO may structure a course to be completed in a in a shorter time period than that described in the AQF. In this case, you will need to clearly describe, using a rationale based on the previous skills and knowledge and the needs of learners, how a specific learner cohort:
- has the characteristics to achieve the required rigour and depth of training, and
- can meet all of the competency requirements in a shorter timeframe.
Your description must take into account the need to allow learners to reflect on and absorb the knowledge, to practise the skills in different contexts and to learn to apply the skills and knowledge in the varied environments that the ‘real world’ offers before being assessed.
For more information, refer to Clauses 1.1 - 1.4 of the Users' Guide.