ASQA’s New Requirements for VET RTOs in Australia

ASQA’s New Requirements

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has released revised requirements for registered training organisations (RTOs) to be complied with after 31st March 2019. The new requirements have been devised in response to recognition that there has been a failure by RTOs to provide sufficiently experienced and qualified trainers and assessors in Vocational Educational and Training (VET) for students.

ASQA has reported that students have complained that some of their teachers are not as knowledgeable or professional as they should be. ASQA recognises that the Standards are meant to ensure that VET students receive quality training and qualification. Periodic industry-wide reviews by ASQA have revealed serious levels of non-compliance in relation to qualifications and industry experience held by RTO’s trainers and assessors.

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ASQA’s new requirements: Clauses 1.13 to 1.16 (Employ skilled trainers and assessors) – to be implemented after 31st March 2019

Clause 1.13 is basically an extension of the two main clauses, 1.14 and 1.15.

Taking clause 1.14 first, it excludes Item 1 from Schedule 1 of the Standards. Clause 1.15 excludes Item 1 and Item 4 from Schedule 1of the Standards. ASQA has made these changes to ensure trainers and assessors are better qualified to be able to provide training and assessment of VET courses. Both Clause 1.14 and 1.15 must be complied with from April 1st 2019.

Clause 1.13 adds to the other two clauses to ensure that RTOs employ trainers and assessors that have the competency to deliver training and assessment to the level they are engaged in. Also that they have skills in the industry they are involved in which are current and that their knowledge and skill in vocational training is sufficient to allow them to adequately train and assess in the RTO.

Clause 1.16 is a new requirement to ensure that RTO trainers and assessors receive adequate professional development in learning and assessment, which includes competency-based assessment and training as well as the knowledge and practice of vocational training.

ASQA’s new qualification requirements from 1st April 2019

Trainers and assessors must hold the new qualification, TAE40116 (Certificate IV in Training and Assessment), or a diploma in adult education or higher qualification. The old TAE40110 (Certificate IV in Training and Assessment) is still an acceptable qualification but must now be accompanied by passing two additional units, TAELLN411 or TAELLN411A and TAEASS502, TAEASS502A or TAEASS502B.

Assessors who do not take part in training must hold the new qualification, TAESS00011 (Assessor Skill Set), or a diploma in adult education or higher qualification. The old TAESS00001 is still valid as long as it is accompanied by passing an additional unit, TAEASS502 (Design and Develop Assessment Tools), TAEASS502A or TAEASS502B. Qualifications valid for trainers and assessors are already given above are also valid for assessors, whether they only assess or assess and train.

For full details regarding all new ASQA requirements, you are advised to read the information that has been the source of this article on ASQA’s website: