The VET Quality Framework or the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 do not prevent RTOs from providing and granting RPL and issuing AQF qualifications or statements of attainment to their own trainers and assessors. However, RTOs must be able to provide evidence which demonstrates how competence was determined prior to issuing AQF qualification or statement of attainment. For example, the RTO must be able to demonstrate compliance with Clause 1.8, ensuring that assessment complies with the requirements of the training package, is conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and rules of evidence. In addition, the trainer and assessor delivering the training and conducting assessment must comply with Clauses 1.13 – 1.16.
Depending on when the closure occurred, ASQA may have access to the RTO’s records. If the qualifications were issued before ASQA began operation in 2011, please contact the ASQA Info Line for advice on which former RTO records ASQA can access.
Under the Standards, each trainer and assessor is required to have vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed. This does not mean the trainer and assessor is required to hold that exact qualification or any specific unit of competency (unless this is specified in the training package).
In some cases, people may have significant industry experience but not hold any formal qualifications—in such cases, an RTO would need to analyse the skills and knowledge the trainer and assessor delivers and compare it to the trainer and assessor's actual industry skills and knowledge. Consider all units of competency (including electives) in this analysis to ensure that requirements for trainers and assessors specified in the training package or accredited course are met.
As an example, if an RTO offers the unit of competency SISFFIT310A Plan and deliver water based fitness activities within SIS30313 Certificate III in Fitness, but the trainer and assessor does not hold the unit SISFFIT310A:
Consider the specific skills and knowledge a person who can competently plan and deliver water-based fitness activities would hold. The person would need the knowledge and skills required to plan, deliver and evaluate water-based fitness activities for mainstream clients. They would be able to effectively apply aquatic instructional techniques and hydrodynamic principles on muscles, joints and cardiorespiratory system to ensure safe and effective fitness outcomes for clients (note – this is from the Unit Descriptor of the unit).
If you believe the trainer/assessor’s skills and knowledge match the description of a competent person in that unit, your RTO may be able to demonstrate that the trainer and assessor is vocationally competent.
The RTO may choose to create a ‘mapping tool’ to describe all of the requirements of the unit, and give a documented analysis of how the trainer and assessor has the required skills and knowledge.
As always, consider the currency of knowledge and skills.
An adult education qualification must have a focus on training and assessing adults. The qualification does not need to include the words ‘adult education’ in the title; however, units completed within the qualification need to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to train adults. The academic transcript or record of results for the qualification will provide the evidence to demonstrate this.
Examples of adult education qualifications include:
Associate Degree of Vocational Education and Training
Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education
Graduate Diploma in Adult and Vocational Education and Training
Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Master of Education degree with an adult education focus
To confirm trainers and assessors have current industry skills, and that all training and assessment is delivered by people who are themselves competent practitioners, RTOs should ideally ensure that trainers and assessors are regularly exposed to industry workplaces and participate in workplace tasks.
Training and assessment:
should only be provided by those who have current industry skills and knowledge, and
is best provided by those who can undertake all of the tasks defined in the elements of units of competency and modules to industry standards.
RTOs are expected to take appropriate steps to authenticate information about trainer/assessor skills currency. This may include:
contacting the provider named on a trainer/assessor’s qualification to confirm that the document is genuine, and
conducting referee checks at the time of employment to confirm relevant industry experience.
You should retain evidence of:
how you have authenticated trainer/assessor skills currency, and
the results of industry engagement that has confirmed the required skills and knowledge for trainers and assessors.
The VET Quality Framework and specifically the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 do not prevent RTOs from providing training and assessment and issuing AQF qualifications to their own trainers and assessors; however, RTOs must be able to provide evidence of how competence was determined prior to issuing AQF qualifications or Statements of Attainment. For example, the RTO must be able to demonstrate compliance with Clause 1.8, ensuring that assessment complies with the requirements of the training package, is conducted in accordance with the principles of assessment and rules of evidence. In addition, the trainer and assessor delivering the training and conducting assessment must comply with Clauses 1.13 – 1.16.
There is no prescribed way of recording evidence of verification of trainer and assessor qualifications; this is an operational decision for each RTO. For example, RTO’s may choose to record the verification within their RTO’s trainer and assessor matrix.
Reflecting the critical role the TAE training package plays in assuring quality in the VET sector, ASQA is implementing stronger evidence requirements for TAE Training Package training products from April 2016. The assessment of the evidence provided can take some time. ASQA is also likely to undertake further regulatory review—including performance assessments (audits)—of RTOs that apply for these qualifications in some cases.
If a performance assessment is required, an application to change scope of registration may take up to six months.
When undertaking business planning, please take into account the possibility that ASQA may undertake further regulatory review—including a performance assessment—in relation to any application to add training products to your scope of registration.
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