This first stage of course accreditation is about establishing the industry, industry sector, enterprise and/or community need for a new course. It involves:
- Identifying the intended outcomes of the proposed course in broad terms by determining the industry and/or community functions it will cover; the functions and competencies it will cover; the scope and breadth of the course; any statutory, licensing or regulatory requirements; and future directions such as changes in technology and skill requirements.
- Conducting market research to establish the feasibility of the course by identifying the possible extent of market demand and the potential size of the employment market for graduates of the proposed course.
- Industry consultation undertaken in the course development stage must demonstrate industry need for the proposed course.
- There is an expectation that consultation and support for a course is sought from a range of industry stakeholders that are independent of the course owner and have a stake in the outcomes produced by the proposed course. Evidence may include letters of support and validation of outcomes against industry skill requirements.
- Ensuring the proposed course does not duplicate the outcomes or title of existing training package qualifications.
- Searching the
National Register to establish if units of competency already exist that could be used in the proposed course and to ensure that the course does not duplicate the outcomes or title of existing training package qualifications.
Industry bodies can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- enterprise/industry clients, eg. employers
- group training organisations
- industry organisations
- industry regulators
- Skills Services Organisations
- industry training councils
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