TAC Education Program – Hurry last chance, registrations for current workshop closes 1pm, Tuesday 28 May
Workshop/Webinar: Part I – Design and development of an assessment system
Wednesday 29 May 2019, 9:00am – 1:00pm
TAC Auditor Dr Russell Docking is presenting ‘Assessment Part 1 - Design and Development of An Assessment System’. Assessment is a fundamental part of an RTO's operations and an assessment system includes not only the actual materials used directly in conducting assessment, but also policies, procedures and other supporting documents that inform the way assessment is conducted with an RTO.
This session provides both practical and specific information on the design and development of assessment systems with an emphasis on; the fundamentals of competency-based assessment, key drivers, and the shaping and documenting of assessment systems.
This session is part one of a three-part series on assessment conducted throughout 2019 which together focus on each stage of the assessment process:
• Part 1: Design and development of an assessment system;
• Part 2: Designing assessment tools; and
• Part 3: Assessment in practice.
Click here to view the 2019 TAC Education Program schedule and registration page.
Transition to electronic communication
From 1 June 2019, TAC will email all correspondence to RTOs, with the following exceptions where hard copies will continue to be posted:
• registration and re-registration certificates
• accreditation and re-accreditation certificates
• when TAC applies a sanction against an RTO’s registration
Correspondence will be emailed to the Legally Responsible Person and the Registration Contact as listed on the National Register, www.training.gov.au.
Please ensure that details for these contacts are current. If any updates to contact details are required, complete an RTO4 form which can be accessed by logging into the RTO Portal.
A TAC Special Bulletin was issued to RTOs on 23 May 2019 with further details. If there are genuine reasons why you are unable to receive electronic communication from TAC, need assistance accessing the RTO Portal, or would like further information, please contact the TAC Secretariat by telephone on 08 9224 6510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2019.
Trainers and Assessors - Credential Requirements
The Training and Education (TAE) Training Package was updated in April 2016 and additional core units were added to the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to ensure the VET workforce has appropriate skills in designing and developing assessment tools and identifying and evaluating LLN requirements.
These changes were implemented through the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. The Australian Government Department of Education and Training recently announced an extension, from 1 April 2019 to 1 July 2019, for trainers and assessors to meet the new credential requirements.
The Training Accreditation Council’s Fact Sheet provides guidance on the new credential requirements.
Further information is also available from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s website, including frequently asked questions, available at www.education.gov.au/trainer-and-assessor-credential-requirements.
Changes to Course Accreditation
The Training Accreditation Council accredits courses in line with the requirements of the AQTF2007 Standards for Accredited Courses. Accredited courses play an important role in meeting skills requirements and needs not addressed by nationally endorsed training packages.
The Council recently conducted a review of its course accreditation arrangements. The purpose of the review was to improve aspects of course accreditation processes, with a focus on providing course developers and course owners with further guidance and clarification in regard to the following:
• industry support for accredited courses
• course monitoring and evaluation
• use of modules
A TAC Special Bulletin was issued to all course owners containing details of the review outcomes.
Construction Induction Training Cards
Construction Induction Training (CIT) cards are issued by authorised RTOs to candidates who have completed the unit of competency CPCCOHS1001A Work Safely in the Construction Industry and been issued with a Statement of Attainment.
WorkSafe WA has recently received concerns that some RTOs are issuing CIT cards to candidates who reside in States other than WA, without meeting the requirements of their local State’s regulations. The concerns relate to RTOs issuing WorkSafe WA CIT cards to candidates as a means to circumvent the legislated requirements of the State the student resides in.
This has prompted the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) to review the Terms and Conditions linked to the issuance of CIT cards. It is the intention of DMIRS that the new Terms and Conditions will include the requirement that CIT cards are only issued to candidates who are physically located in Western Australia at the time of assessment. RTOs will be required to obtain and record evidence to verify that the new requirement has been satisfied. The evidence will also need to be provided to DMIRS within a reasonable timeframe upon request.
A copy of the revised Terms and Conditions will be sent to RTOs who are authorised to issue CIT cards within the next month for signing. It is important to note that CIT cards supplied by DMIRS are on the basis that RTOs comply with the Terms and Conditions requirements.
If you require any further information in relation to this matter, please direct your enquiry to Mr Bill Mitchell, DMIRS, on (08) 6251 2306 or email@example.com.