Add new items to scope

​​​​RTOs can add new units of competency, qualifications, or nationally accredited courses to their current scope of registration by applying to TAC through the  RTO Portal

RTOs cannot offer, deliver or assess any of the proposed qualifications, units of competency, or accredited courses until the amendment application has been approved by TAC.

RTOs must pay a fee when applying for an amendment to scope.  Refer to the TAC fees and charges schedule for details.  

To add TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment there are specific evidence requirements. For further information click here.

Overview of application process

When your application is received, a desktop review will be undertaken to determine if further information is required. A risk assessment will determine whether an audit is necessary.

Qualifications, units of competency or courses added to an RTO's scope of registration without an audit being conducted may be subject to audit at any subsequent Standards for RTOs  2015 audit of the RTO.

The application process flowchart - amendment to registration provides further details of the process for an amendment to registration application.


Audit process

Here is some further information about the audit process for amendment to registration applications.


Delivery of Skills Sets

Skill Sets are a grouping of one or more endorsed units of competency from a training package which meet a specific licensing/regulatory requirement or a defined industry need. Skill sets can be a responsive and flexible tool to meet industry needs without the requirement for students to complete a full qualification.  Students can use units of competency gained as part of a skill set as credit towards qualifications at a later stage. 

Skill sets can be a non-endorsed component of training packages such as TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set or can also be developed by industry bodies or stakeholders to meet government priorities and/or local industry need, such as the WA State Government's Business Ready skill set.


Skill sets are not listed on an RTO's delivery scope.  To deliver skill sets, RTOs need to ensure that they have all unit/s of competency that make up the skill set on their scope of registration either explicit* or implicit*, and that the units are reflected in the RTO's learning and assessment strategy. 

*Units of competency on an RTO's scope of registration can either be:

  • explicit - units of competency listed individually; or
  • implicit - core or listed elective units of competency contained within a qualification.

Where an RTO does not have all the units of competency on scope that make up the skill set, the RTO will need to apply to add the unit/s of competency to their scope of registration through the RTO Portal and meet the requirements of the amendment to scope process.

Superseded Units

RTOs can only use superseded, removed or deleted units of competency, from their implicit and explicit scope, in a skill set whilst they are within the transition and teach out period.  Once the transition and teach out period has expired, RTOs will need to add the replacement unit of competency to their explicit scope by applying to TAC through the RTO Portal.

Standalone delivery of imported units of competency

If an RTO has a qualification on its scope of registration, that RTO can offer, deliver and issue statements of attainment for units of competency that are listed in the packaging rules for that qualification, these units of competency are on the RTO’s implicit scope.

Units of competency that are not named as core or listed electives in the packaging rules for that qualification (i.e. imported units), cannot be offered on a standalone basis. These units must be added to an RTO's explicit scope of registration separately.


Last modified: 10/08/2021 9:44 AM