The Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 require registered training organisations (RTOs) to manage their scope of registration and ensure:
- the transition of superseded training products within 12 months of their publication on the National Register
- where an AQF qualification is no longer current and has not been superseded, all training and assessment is completed within 2 years from the date it was removed or deleted from the National Register
- where a skill set, unit of competency, accredited short course or module is no longer current and has not been superseded, all learners’ training and assessment is completed and the relevant AQF certification documentation issued within a period of one year from the date the skill set, unit of competency, accredited short course or module was removed or deleted from the National Register.
Sometimes, a qualification or accredited course will specify a core or named elective unit or module that has been superseded, removed or deleted from another training package. In these cases, you must continue to include the component/s as named in the qualification or course being delivered.
A new learner may not commence training and assessment in a training product that has been removed or deleted from the National Register.
A 'general direction' may be given by ASQA, as the national vocational education and training (VET) regulator, on the way in which the VET Quality Framework and other conditions defined in the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (the Act) are to be complied with.
The General direction—Learner transition is a general direction made under section 28(1) of the Act. It is a condition of registration that an ASQA RTO must comply with any such general directions.
The purpose of this general direction is to guide ASQA RTOs in managing the transition from superseded training packages and accredited courses. It also guides RTOs in managing the transition from deleted training package qualifications and units of competency and expired accredited courses.
In some cases, ASQA is empowered to approve transition periods longer than those detailed in Clauses 1.26 (a), (b) and (c) of the Standards for RTOs 2015. ASQA will only consider applications for a longer transition period where it can be demonstrated that there would be genuine disadvantage to industry or a cohort of learners if such an extension was not approved. ASQA does not consider RTO administrative errors or the like a genuine disadvantage to learners.
The main principle of ASQA's General Direction―learner transition is that VET stakeholders benefit when learners are trained, assessed and awarded Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certification in the currently endorsed or accredited training product. This principle aligns with the purpose of the Standards and the aims of the industry bodies that develop training packages.
Where ASQA has approved an extended transition period, that arrangement will apply to all RTOs delivering the specific training product to the identified learner cohort (e.g. plumbing apprentices in a specific jurisdiction where the qualification has been superseded), regardless of who made the application.
ASQA has currently approved an extended transition period for the following qualifications:
|Training product and code||Extended training, assessment and certification issuance period ends|
|13 June 2018|
||30 June 2018|
||31 December 2018|
||30 June 2019|
||30 July 2019|
||31 December 2019|
||12 February 2020|
||19 July 2020|
||20 December 2020|
||21 January 2021|
Applications should be lodged using the online form: Request for consideration of an extended transition period of a training product
Please note applications that do not have the required supporting evidence will be deemed incomplete and not considered by ASQA.
For any queries please email: TransitionRequest [at] asqa.gov.au
As of 1 July 2014, equivalent training package products (qualifications and/or units of competency) will be automatically added to your scope of registration without requiring an application or fee. RTOs are still required to apply to ASQA, and pay the relevant application fee, when transitioning to a ‘not-equivalent’ revised training package product.
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Subscribing to training.gov.au updates can help you stay up to date with the latest changes to any training package qualifications, units of competency or accredited courses your RTO is registered to deliver.
- More on training.gov.au.
An ASQA RTO can include any elective unit of competency into its delivery program of a qualification on its scope of registration, provided the qualification's packaging rules allow the inclusion of the unit.
The RTO does not have to notify ASQA that it is delivering the unit but, if requested, should be able to demonstrate that it is fully resourced to meet the Assessment Guidelines of the unit's host training package.
- Read ASQA's Fact sheet—Delivering elective units.