Review of Standards for the Regulation of VET
The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) is undertaking a broad review of the national standards for the regulation of VET, focusing on issues of quality. The scope of the Review includes standards for RTOs, for Data and for Registering and Course Accrediting Bodies.
The anticipated outcome of the project is one national set of standards for the regulation of VET that is appropriate for ensuring quality outcomes, clearly documented, capable of being consistently interpreted by stakeholders and effectively implemented through nationally consistent regulation. It is anticipated that the new standards will be considered by the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment in mid-late 2013.
The NSSC has recently released a position paper for consultation and feedback. Further information can be viewed on the NSSC website.
New Training Package Standards and Policies
The new Standards for Training Packages were endorsed by the NSSC on 16 November 2012. The Standards follow the new streamlined format which includes companion volumes and templates for units of competency, assessment requirements and qualifications. A transition period has been designed to minimise the impact on the VET system and enable effective implementation. The transition arrangements are available on the NSSC website.
Application of the AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy within the VET Sector
The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) has developed a policy and sample forms to support the implementation and interpretation of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualifications Issuance Policy and specifies additional information that the NSSC requires RTOs to include on certification documentation. The NSSC policy must be read in conjunction with the AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy. There are some minor changes from the last version.
TAC would like to remind RTOs that the certificate/testamur and statement of attainment are nationally recognised documents and should be set out in accordance with the AQF. As the record of results is not a nationally recognised document and does not include the Nationally Recognised Training or TAC logos, there is no regulatory requirement. The exemplar of the record of results supplied by the AQF has been provided as a sample only for formatting purposes.
Further information on the use of logos is outlined on the document Logos on Qualifications and Statements of Attainment on the TAC website.
New Council Member
Mr Ron Dullard has been appointed as a member of the Training Accreditation Council by the Minister for Training and Workforce Development. Mr Dullard has an extensive background in education including VET in schools at a senior executive level in Western Australia and previously held the position of Director of Catholic Education in Western Australia (2003-2012). Prior to this he was the Principal of a K-12 Catholic College. He also holds a number of senior roles across a broad range of education organisations and local government. Mr Dullard's previous roles have a strategic education focus and he has served on local, regional and State governing bodies.
2013 WA Training Awards
The WA Training Awards recognise and reward individuals and organisations that have excelled in vocational education and training – from apprentices, trainees and vocational students to training professionals, training providers and employers committed to the training and development of their staff.
There are a number of award categories and people and organisations across Western Australia and from all areas of training are encouraged to nominate for the Awards.
The Council is proud to support the Awards by sponsoring the WA Trainer of the Year category and encourages all RTOs to promote awareness of the Awards within their organisations and colleagues within the vocational education and training sector.
Nominations close at 5pm on Friday May 10, 2013 and the Awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony in Perth on 20 September 2013.
For more information or to register your interest, visit this link or contact (08) 6551 5609.
The 2013 WA Training Awards are coordinated by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board.
Reminder: TAE40110 for Trainers and Assessors - New Requirements
The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) is responsible for setting the competency standards required by VET trainers and assessors if they are delivering training and assessment services (refer to AQTF Standard 1.4a).
The NSSC has determined that from 1 July 2013, trainers must:
(i) hold the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from the TAE10 Training and Assessment Training Package as a minimum qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalence of competencies; and
(ii) be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed; and
(iii) be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and trainer/assessor competence.
And that assessors must:
(i) hold the TAE10 Assessor Skill Set or be able to demonstrate equivalence of competencies; and
(ii) be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and
(iii) be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.
For further information on the determination and supervision arrangements please view the NSSC website.
Reporting Requirements for RTOs Registered with TAC
It is a requirement of registration with TAC that RTOs comply with mandatory reporting requirements. These reporting requirements include Quality Indicator Data and Client Qualification Register (CQR) Data. RTOs that have not submitted data by the required due date are not demonstrating compliance with the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration and penalties may apply.
CQR Data for the July-December 2012 reporting period is now overdue. For further information, due dates and step-by-step instructions, please refer to the 'RTO Reporting Requirements' flyer available on the TAC website.
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