Accredited Course Transparency

Accredited Course Transparency

​On 24 November 2017 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council (CISC) endorsed the recommendations of the Review of the alignment between the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 and Standards for Training Packages.

One of these recommendations was to increase the transparency of accredited courses by publishing additional information on the national register of vocational education and training (VET), such as the titles and codes of units of competency and modules, as well as a brief description of the course. The substantive course content will not be published.

Over the coming months, the titles and codes of units of competency/modules for a large number of accredited courses will be entered on the national register of VET (www.training.gov.au) by the VET Regulators.  The accredited courses selected include currently accredited courses and expired courses with training delivery reported through the Total VET Activity collections since 2015.  This will assist registered training organisations to update the Unique Student Identifier transcripts and will make national reporting easier. 

The owners of the accredited courses that will be updated on the national register of VET (www.training.gov.au) have been contacted by the Training Accreditation Council.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR COURSE OWNERS

What is happening in relation to accredited course transparency?

On 24 November 2017, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council (CISC) endorsed the recommendations of the review into alignment of the Standards for VET Accredited Courses with the Standards for Training Packages.

One recommendation of this review was to publish additional information on accredited courses on the national register of VET (www.training.gov.au). Additional information to be published will include the titles and codes of units of competency/module. In the future a description of the course will also be published.

For courses accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, the titles and codes of units of competency/modules are already published on the national register. Publishing this information for courses accredited elsewhere will ensure that the available information on these courses is nationally consistent.

Why publish additional information on accredited courses?

As part of the review into alignment, many stakeholders noted that the lack of information on accredited courses made it difficult for prospective students and employers to understand the content and suitability of a course. This lack of information also means that students that have completed an accredited course currently only have the title of the course reflected on their Unique Student Identifier (USI) transcript.

Publishing additional information on accredited courses on the national register will have clear benefits for both students and employers, as it will assist them in determining the suitability of an accredited course.

The publication of the titles and codes of units of competency/modules will assist registered training organisations with their total VET activity reporting obligations and corrections to USI transcripts.

When will additional information on accredited courses be made publicly available?

Over the coming months, the titles and codes of units of competency/modules for a large number of accredited courses will be entered onto the national register by the VET regulators.  The accredited courses selected include currently accredited courses as well as expired courses with training delivery reported in the Total VET Activity collections.

In addition, course owners will soon be required to provide a description of their course for publication purposes as part of their initial accreditation or reaccreditation process. The exact timing of when this condition will apply is yet to be determined.

Further details on timings will be made available in the near future.

What if I do not want information on my accredited course to be made publicly available?

Information to be published will only include the titles and codes of units of competency/modules and a brief description of the course. Course owners will control the description that will be published for their course on the national register, which they will provide upon either accreditation or reaccreditation.

Will publishing additional information on my accredited course allow others to copy my course?

The substantive course content will not be published. Information to be published will include the titles and codes of units of competency/modules, as well as a brief description of the course.

What if the information published on my accredited course is incorrect?

If the information that has been published on your accredited course is incorrect, please contact the VET regulator responsible for accrediting your course. Contact details are as follows:

Australian Skills Quality Authority: accreditation@asqa.gov.au

Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia: taccourseaccreditation@des.wa.gov.au

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority:  vrqa@edumail.vic.gov.au

Where else will additional information on my accredited courses be published?

Additional information on accredited courses will also be made available on the My Skills website (www.myskills.gov.au), which sources information from the national register of VET. My Skills entries for accredited courses will show the unit of competency/module titles and the course description (when available). 

Who should I contact for further information?

Course owners with further questions in relation to the publication of additional information on accredited courses can contact the Australian Government Department of Education and Training at VETquality@education.gov.au.

 

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