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.
Trainers and assessors
The Standards do not require trainers/assessors to hold specific units of competency within the qualification.
From 1 July 2019, trainers and assessors must hold:
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).
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:
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:
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.
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 audits—of RTOs that apply for these qualifications in some cases.
If an audit is required, an application to change scope of registration may take up to six months.