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Maintain a current scope of registration

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  • the transition of superseded training products within 12 months of their publication on the National Register
  • where an AQF qualification is no longer current and has not been superseded, all training and assessment is completed within 2 years from the date it was removed or deleted from the National Register
  • where a skill set, unit of competency, accredited short course or module is no longer current and has not been superseded, all learners’ training and assessment is completed and the relevant AQF certification documentation issued within a period of one year from the date the skill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Sometimes, a qualification or accredited course will specify a core or named elective unit or module that has been superseded, removed or deleted from another training package.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.

General direction—Learner transition

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The purpose of this general direction is to guide ASQA RTOs in managing the transition from superseded training packages and accredited courses.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.

Extended transition periods

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

Units of competency affected by ‘Deleted’ status issue 13 June 2017 (PDF)

See 'Extended transition period for units affected by ‘Deleted’ status issue'

13 June 2018
  • HLT61107 Advanced Diploma of Nursing
  • HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing)
30 June 2018
  • HLT60112 Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine
  • HLT60512 Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy
  • HLT60612 Advanced Diploma of Homoeopathy
  • HLT61012 Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine
31 December 2018
  • HLT41412 Certificate IV in Cast Technology
30 June 2019
  • ICP30715 Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Finishing)
30 July 2019
  • MEA20515 Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance
  • MEA40715 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)
  • MEA50115 Diploma of Aeroskills (Avionics)
  • MEA50215 Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical)
  • UEG30114 Certificate III in Gas Supply Industry Operations
31 December 2019
  • FDF30710 Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined)
  • FDF30510 Certificate III in Retail Baking (Cake and Pastry)
  • FDF30610 Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread)
31 December 2019
  • RGR30108 Certificate III in Racing (Trackrider)
  • RGR30208 Certificate III in Racing (Advanced Stablehand)
  • RGR40108 Certificate IV in Racing (Racehorse Trainer)
  • RGR40208 Certificate IV in Racing (Jockey)
31 December 2019
  • TLILIC0012 - Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)
  • TLILIC2001 - Licence to operate a forklift truck
  • TLILIC2002 - Licence to operate an order picking forklift truck
  • TLILIC2005 - Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
  • TLILIC3003 - Licence to operate a bridge and gantry crane
  • TLILIC3004 - Licence to operate a derrick crane
  • TLILIC3006 - Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)
  • TLILIC3007 - Licence to operate a portal boom crane
  • TLILIC3008 - Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
  • TLILIC4009 - Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 60 tonnes)
  • TLILIC4010 - Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 100 tonnes)
  • TLILIC4011 - Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (over 100 tonnes)
  • TLILIC3019 - Licence to operate a reach stacker (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)
1 January 2020
  • FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting
  • FNS60215 Advanced Diploma of Accounting
12 February 2020
  • MSL50116 Diploma of Laboratory Technology
19 July 2020
  • BSB42615 Certificate IV in New Small Business
27 September 2020
  • NWP50715 Diploma of Water Industry Operations
20 December 2020
  • ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
21 January 2021
  • ACM30517 Certificate III in Farriery
30 June 2021
30 September 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

Transition to revised training package products

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.

Staying informed about training package qualifications, units of competency and accredited courses

training.gov.au is the official national register of information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and RTOs.

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.

RTO delivery of elective units of competency

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.

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