Resources and tools

​VET publications

The WA Department of Training and Workforce Development permits the publications listed below to be reproduced in whole or part for educational purposes, within an educational institution and on condition that it is not offered for sale.

Disclaimer While every effort is made to maintain their accuracy, currency and usefulness, the publications are only edited once a year and may not remain current with changes implemented at State and Federal level. The publications are accurate as at the date of publication shown on the cover. If in doubt, please check the many websites referenced within each publication.

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Assessment in the VET sector – 2nd edition (2016​)
This publication provides practitioners and other stakeholders in the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Western Australia (WA) with information on the processes and practices involved in an assessment system. [PDF 2MB]

Publication coverApprenticeships and Traineeships – Good practice guide for RTOs – 3rd Edition (2012)
This publication provides guidance to Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) delivering training for apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia in achieving good practice standards. [PDF 2MB]
Publication cover Staying the course: A guide to working with students with mental illness – 2nd Edition (2012)
This guide has been written to help staff in Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) work effectively with learners who are living with mental illness. [PDF 3.5MB]
Publication cover Staying the course: A guide to working with students with mental illness Facilitator Guide – 2nd Edition (2012)
This facilitators guide supports Staying the course: A guide to working with students with mental illness – 2nd Edition (2012). [PDF 2.9MB]
Publication cover School-based apprenticeships and traineeships: a good practice guide – 1st Edition (2014)
This publication provides a guide to good practice in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. The guide illustrates the roles played by each stakeholder and highlights the features of good practice; in particular, those aspects that have a positive impact on the effective delivery and beneficial outcomes of school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. [PDF 611KB]

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Recognition of prior learning

​​Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is the process of matching a candidate's existing skills and knowledge against the learning outcomes of a course. The Department of Training and Workforce Development is committed to supporting trainers and assessors in Western Australia through quality RPL assessment resources and programs promoting good practice. Part of this commitment has been the development of task based, RPL assessment tool kits for a range of qualifications in skills shortage areas.

The following information may be helpful.

Assessment tool kits

The following RPL assessment tool kits were produced with funding provided by the Council of Australian Government (COAG) National Reform Initiative (NRI).

As these tool kits have been produced for earlier versions of their respective training packages, assessors are advised to check whether the training package has been updated, and validate the tools to ensure they meet the Australian Qualification Training Framework (AQTF) standards, the relevant training package requirements and your registered training organisation's policies. Documents are available in either MS Word or PDF formats.


Guide to using RPL assessment tool kits DOCX 42KB  
Generic template DOCX 332KB DOT 824KB PDF 646KB

Accredited courses

General Education for Adults (Reading and Writing) 21773VIC

Certificate II

DOCX 710KB

PDF 670KB

General Education for Adults (Numeracy and Mathematics) 21773VIC

Certificate II

DOCX 624KB

PDF 512KB

Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package

Horticulture (Landscape) RTF30403

Certificate III

DOCX 1.2MB

PDF 815KB

Horticulture (Nursery) RTF30103

Certificate III

DOCX 1.2MB

PDF 1.5MB

Horticulture (Parks and Gardens) RTF30703

Certificate III

DOCX 1.2MB

PDF 736KB

Horticulture (Turf) RTF30803

Certificate III

DOCX 1.3MB

PDF 2.3MB

Shearing RTE20403

Certificate II

DOCX 732KB

PDF 624KB

Shearing RTE31503

Certificate III

DOCX 664KB

PDF 738KB

Shearing RTE40403

Certificate IV

DOCX 1.4MB

PDF 459KB

Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package

Marine AUR30505

Certificate III

DOCX 760KB

PDF 1MB

Beauty Training Package

Beauty Therapy WRB40105

Certificate IV

DOCX 1MB

PDF 328KB

Business Services Training Package

Frontline Management BSB40807

Certificate IV

 

PDF 1.1MB

Frontline Management (Key Management Skills Set) BSB40807

Certificate IV

DOCX 635KB

PDF 509KB

Management BSB51107

Diploma

DOCX 801KB

PDF 1.2MB

Occupational Health and Safety BSB41407

Certificate IV

DOCX 711KB

PDF 943KB

Occupational Health and Safety BSB51307

Diploma

DOCX 696KB

PDF 1.1MB

Occupational Health and Safety BSB60607

Advanced Diploma

DOCX 672KB

PDF 1.1MB

Project Management BSB41507

Certificate IV

DOCX 1.6MB

PDF 725KB

Project Management BSB51407

Diploma

DOCX 1.8MB

PDF 757KB

Community Services Training Package

Aged Care Work CHC30102

Certificate III

DOCX 719KB

PDF 617KB

Aged Care Work CHC30102

Certificate III

DOCX 1.6MB

PDF 966KB

Aged Care Work CHC40102

Certificate IV

DOCX 743KB

PDF 755KB

Children's Services CHC30402

Certificate III

DOCX 805KB

PDF 1MB

Children's Services CHC30708

Certificate III

DOCX 924KB

PDF 1.2MB

Children's Services CHC50302

Diploma

DOCX 1.1MB

PDF 1.1MB

Children's Services CHC50908

Diploma

DOCX 1MB

PDF 1.5MB

Disability CHC40308 and Certificate IV in Aged Care CHC40108

Certificate IV

DOCX 1.1MB

PDF 1.8MB

Education Support CHC30808

Certificate III

DOCX 830KB

PDF 1.1MB

Education Support CHC41708

Certificate IV

DOCX 3.1MB

PDF 1.1MB

Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package

Roof Plumbing BCP30303

Certificate III

DOCX 975KB

PDF 1.4MB

Solid Plastering BCG31003

Certificate III

DOCX 815KB

PDF 1.1MB

Wall and Ceiling Lining BCG31203

Certificate III

DOCX 933KB

PDF 1.3MB

Financial Services Training Package

Financial Services (Accounting) FNS40604

Certificate IV

 

PDF 1.1MB

Financial Services (Bookkeeping) FNS40207

Certificate IV

DOCX 1.6MB

PDF 388KB

Forest and Forest Products Training Package

Forest and Forest Products FP150105

Diploma

DOCX 1.1MB

PDF 522KB

Furnishing Training Package

Floor Covering and Finishing - Carpet and Resilient (Vinyl) LMF30102

Certificate III

DOCX 843KB

PDF 1MB

Floor Covering and Finishing (Timber) LMF30102

Certificate III

DOCX 788KB

PDF 1MB

Furniture Making (Cabinet Making) LMF30402

Certificate III

DOCX 844KB

PDF 1.3MB

Glass and Glazing (Aluminium Windows and Frames) 51823

Certificate II

DOCX 881KB

PDF 907KB

Glass and Glazing LMF30602

Certificate III

DOCX 1.1MB

PDF 1.1MB

Hairdressing Training Package

Hairdressing WRH30106

Certificate III

DOCX 721KB

PDF 675KB

Health Training Package

Health Services Assistance HLT32507

Certificate III

DOCX 906KB

PDF 1.4MB

Massage Therapy Practice HLT40307 and Diploma of Remedial Massage HLT50307

Certificate IV

DOCX 660KB

PDF 571KB

Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) HLT51607

Diploma

DOCX 668KB

PDF 345KB

Information and Communications Technology Training Package

Information Technology (Support) - Help Desk Stream ICA40205

Certificate IV

DOCX 1.2MB

PDF 1.3MB

Local Government Training Package

Local Government LGA40104

Certificate IV

DOCX 945KB

PDF 1.1MB

Local Government (Administration) LGA40204

Certificate IV

DOCX 805KB

PDF 1MB

Local Government (Planning) LGA40704

Certificate IV

DOCX 742KB

PDF 659KB

Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package

Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy Welding) MEM30305

Certificate III

DOCX 3.3MB

PDF 1.6MB

Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Welding) MEM30305

Certificate III

DOCX 4.1MB

PDF 1.2MB

Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Machinist Metal) MEM30205

Certificate III

DOCX 1.9MB

PDF 5.7MB

Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Mechanical Fitter) MEM30205

Certificate III

DOCX 7.5MB

PDF 13.3MB

Engineering - Technical (Drafting) MEM50205

Diploma

DOCX 2.6MB

PDF 1.1MB

Engineering - Technical (Mechanical) MEM50205

Diploma

DOCX 2.6MB

PDF 1.1MB

Property Services Training Package

Asset Maintenance (Waste Management) PRM30504

Certificate III

DOCX 1.5MB

PDF 689KB

Property Services CPP40307

Certificate IV

DOCX 1.2MB

 

Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package

Drilling Operations RII20909

Certificate II

DOCX 766KB

PDF 835KB

Drilling Operations RII31809

Certificate III

DOCX 907KB

PDF 834KB

Drilling Operations RII40909

Certificate IV

DOCX 3.6MB

PDF 1.3MB

Metalliferous Mining Operations (Processing) MNM20305

Certificate II

DOCX 1.1MB

PDF 1.2MB

Metalliferous Mining MNM30305

Certificate III

DOCX 820KB

PDF 1.3MB

Metalliferous Mining MNM40305

Certificate IV

DOCX 789KB

PDF 1.2MB

Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package

Community Recreation SRC40206

Certificate IV

DOCX 1MB

PDF​ 320KB

Fitness SRF30206

Certificate III

DOCX 640KB

PDF 516KB

Outdoor Recreation SRO40206

Certificate IV

DOCX 1MB

PDF 374KB

Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package

Applied Fashion Design and Technology LMT41007

Certificate IV

DOCX 665KB

PDF 563KB

Applied Fashion Design and Technology LMT60307

Advanced Diploma

DOCX 1MB

PDF 1.5MB

Transport and Logistics Training Package

Transport and Logistics (Warehouse and Storage) Information Technology Cluster TLI20107

Certificate II

DOCX 612KB

PDF 658KB

Transport and Logistics (Warehouse and Storage) Customer Cluster TLI30107

Certificate III

DOCX 635KB

PDF 728KB

Transport and Logistics (Warehouse and Storage) Team Work Cluster TLI30107

Certificate III

DOCX 630KB

PDF 715KB

Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package

Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) SIT30807

Certificate III

DOCX 1MB

PDF 460KB

Hospitality SIT40307

Certificate IV

DOCX 1.8MB

PDF 1.4MB

Tourism SIT40207

Certificate IV

DOCX 814KB

PDF 872KB

Hospitality SIT40307 and Diploma of Hospitality SIT50307

Certificate IV

DOCX 696KB

PDF 676KB

Tourism SIT50107

Diploma

DOCX 852KB

PDF 1MB

Training and Education Training Package

Training and Assessment TAA40104

Certificate IV

DOCX 891KB

PDF 1.3MB

Training and Assessment TAA50104

Diploma

DOCX 790KB

PDF 1.3MB


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Training package FAQs

​These frequently asked questions are provided to assist with understanding training packages.


What are training packages?
Training packages specify the skills and knowledge required to perform effectively in the workplace. Despite the name, a training package does not prescribe how an individual should be trained, rather it sets the standard of performance and requirements for assessment. This allows trainers and supervisors the flexibility to determine how an individual should be trained to support an individual learners' needs, abilities and circumstances.

Training packages are made up of three nationally endorsed components:

  • units of competency: define the skills and knowledge to operate effectively and how they need to be applied to perform effectively in a workplace context;
  • qualifications framework: groups of units of competency ranging from Certificate I to Graduate Diploma level; and
  • assessment requirements: the approach to assessment, including the qualifications required by assessors, the design of assessment processes and how assessments should be conducted.

Training packages can be accessed through the training.gov.au website. They are delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs).

Training.gov.au (TGA) is the national register of information for training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency and registered training organisations in Australia.


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How is a training package developed?
Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) drive the process of training package development. IRCs are supported by independent and professional Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) which assist to ensure the needs of industry are meet through the review and development of training packages. Extensive consultation by SSOs occurs with relevant state and federal stakeholders.

View a ​list of SSOs.

Do training packages expire?
No, training packages do not expire, but are subject to continuous improvement to maintain currency and meet industry needs. When an existing training package has been replaced by a new one, the old training package is then referred to as superseded.


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How often are training packages reviewed?
Training packages are updated and amended regularly. Development is driven by the existing and emerging needs of industry.

How can I have input into the training package review process?
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input into the review of packages at key stages. Feedback is required during the development and review phases. Contact the relevant Skills Service Organisation (SSO) to register your feedback. SSO websites provide opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback during development.

View a list of SSOs.


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When must a registered training organisation (RTO) transition to the new training package?
RTOs must:

  • transition to the new or revised training package as soon as practicable;
  • manage the transition from a superseded training package within 12 months of the new/revised training package release date on training.gov.au; and
  • manage the transition from superseded/expired accredited courses so that they deliver only currently-endorsed training packages or currently accredited courses.

Please note: An extension of transition periods for training products endorsed between September 2015 to March 2016 is currently in place.

Visit your RTO's regulatory body website, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Training Accreditation Council or Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority (VRQA) for information on teach out and transition arrangements.


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When can a registered training organisation (RTO) start delivering a new or reviewed training package?
Changes to training package products (qualifications and/or units of competency) are defined as either ‘equivalent’ or ‘not equivalent’.

The VET regulators automatically update equivalent changes to training package products on the RTO’s scope of registration, shortly after the equivalent product is listed on the training.gov.au website. Non-equivalent changes to training package products require the RTO to apply to their VET regulator to change their scope of registration, and fees may apply. Once the training package product is on scope the RTO can begin to offer or deliver the training.

Further information on the change to scope process can be viewed on the different VET regulator websites.

Arrangements for the public funding of training packages, the establishment/variation of apprenticeships and traineeships, and the allocation of nominal hours, are determined by each state and territory training authority and timeframes vary.

In Western Australia, the Department of Training and Workforce Development produces a WA nominal hours guide to facilitate the transition to new/revised training packages. RTOs that are funded or intend to access public funding in Western Australia through the Department must ​await the publication of the WA nominal hours guides. View the WA nominal hours guides.


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What are Western Australian nominal hours guides?
WA nominal hours guides are for public funding purposes and are also used to assist RTOs, teachers, trainers and assessors to implement training packages in WA. They provide information on:

  • qualifications included in the training package;
  • the nominal hours allocated to qualifications and units of competency included in the training package;
  • mapping of qualifications and units of competency from the superseded training package to the latest version; and
  • apprenticeships and traineeships.

View the WA nominal hours guides.


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Can training packages be customised to meet my needs?
Most qualifications in training packages are designed so that they are relevant to a number of stakeholders and can be contextualised to address various needs.


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Can new training packages be developed?
Yes, new packages can be developed when industry identifies the need for nationally recognised training that is not currently covered by a training package.


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Can I change the title of a training package qualification or accredited course?
The title of an endorsed qualification from a training package or accredited course cannot be changed. If there is a specialisation offered within a qualification or accredited course, then the information can be put in brackets after the endorsed title.

For further information refer to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) website.


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What are imported units of competency?
Imported units of competency are those which are derived from the source training package and added to a qualification or skill set in another training package.

Why are imported units of competency used?
Importing units of competency reduces duplication within and across training packages. This is particularly important in generic and cross industry areas such as occupational health and safety. Importing units of competency leads to portability of skills for individuals across a range of work and industries. It also supports effective use of national training resources and efficient training delivery.

How are imported units of competency used?
Training package developers will sometimes use one or more imported units of competency from an endorsed training package as a part of core units in a qualification (or skill set), or suggested elective units in a qualification in the training package they are developing. Imported units will always retain the endorsed training package unit code and title.

How do I incorporate imported units of competency?
Most training packages give providers the option to select a set number of elective units from any other training package to meet the requirements of a qualification. It is important to follow the packaging rules of the qualification being delivered when selecting units of competency from any other training package as electives.

If an imported unit of competency has a pre-requisite requirement, the pre-requisite must remain with the unit. Imported units can be contextualised to accommodate specific industry requirements.

How are imported units of competency assessed?
Imported units of competency must be assessed in accordance with the assessment guidelines or mandated assessment requirements found within that unit.


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When an imported unit of competency is superseded, does a registered training organisation (RTO) have to make the transition to the new version of the unit of competency?
A unit imported into another training package remains current for the life of that training package if it is listed as a core or elective unit. Therefore no, an RTO does not transition to the new version of the imported unit. However, if it is not listed as an elective unit, the RTO must import the most current unit of competency.

Please note, not all training package qualification packaging rules allow for the importation of electives.


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What are foundation skills?
Foundation skills encompass both the core skills (of reading, writing, oral communication, numeracy and learning) described by the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), and employability skills. Foundation skills include language, literacy and numeracy (LLN). Foundation skills exist on a continuum from very basic skills to highly-developed and specialist skills.


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What are skills sets?
Skill sets are defined as those single units of competency or combination of units of competency which link to a licence or regulatory requirement, or a defined industry need. Skill sets have a unique code, separate to the code for units of competency.

Electives cannot be included in skill sets. Note: Some skill sets developed prior to 1 April 2008 included electives.

Who will develop skill sets?
Skill sets will be identified and developed through consultation with industry practitioners and licensing and regulatory authorities where appropriate during the development, redevelopment or continuous improvement of nationally endorsed training packages. In other words they will be developed in the same way as any other component of a training package.


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What is the maximum number of units allowed in a skill set?
No absolute maximum number has been set. However, in the case of large skill sets, developers will need to consider whether what is being proposed by industry or a regulatory body is in fact a full qualification, rather than a skill set.

What happens to pre-requisites in skill sets?
If a skill set is made up of three identified units for example, and each of those units has one pre-requisite unit, then the skill set really requires six units and, in that case, it would be better to identify those six units explicitly in the skill set.


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What is the requirement for a Statement of Attainment that identifies a skill set?
The application of the AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy within the VET Sector outlines the suggested form of Statements of Attainment with different examples of what statement for skill sets should look like.


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What is the difference between recognition of prior learning (RPL), recognition of current competency (RCC) and credit transfer?
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) involves the assessment of previously unrecognised skills and knowledge an individual has achieved outside formal education and training. RPL is an assessment process that assesses the individual's non formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes or competency.

Recognition of current competency (RCC) applies if an individual has previously successfully completed the requirements for a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained. In this case no extra skill or competencies are nationally recognised.

Credit transfer applies when an individual has completed formal training in units/modules and wishes to have this recognised as being equivalent to other units/modules. If there is a demonstrated equivalence, the credit transfer process will provide the recognition. Credit transfer involves a paper-based comparison of units/subjects – the outcomes of the original training need to be available so that it can be determined how this training relates to the unit/subject for which the individual wants to receive credit.

Further information on RPL is available on the AQF website.


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Does recognition of prior learning (RPL) have the same requirements as other assessment?
Yes. The assessment process must be as rigorous (but no more or no less rigorous) as any other assessment. The type(s) of evidence you require of a candidate may vary from that required of a student in class, but basically RPL is an assessment like any other assessment.


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What is the difference between informal, non-formal and formal learning?
Formal learning refers to learning that takes place through a structured program that has been formally approved and recognised. It results in the attainment of formal qualifications or credit for units/subjects.

Non-formal learning refers to learning that has been acquired through courses, workshops or other training programs that did not lead to a formal qualification or partial qualification. For example; courses or workshops undertaken in the workplace or by a professional body.

Informal learning refers to any skills or knowledge developed without receiving any actual training, such as through work experience, hobbies, or other social and leisure activities.


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Training packages versus accredited courses – What are accredited courses?
Training packages cover most training needs and are regularly reviewed and monitored to ensure they reflect changes in industry. Accredited courses are developed to meet training needs that are not addressed by existing training packages.

A course will not be accredited if it duplicates existing endorsed training package qualifications, or if the outcome can be achieved through the contextualisation of a training package qualification. Accreditation means a course is nationally recognised and that a Registered Training Organisation can issue a nationally recognised qualification or Statement of Attainment following its full or partial completion. Once a course has been accredited it is listed on the training.gov.au website.

Accredited courses are based where possible on nationally endorsed units of competency. An accredited course may consist of:

  • a combination of units of competency from more than one training package;
  • some training package units of competency (from one or more training packages) and some newly developed units;
  • completely new material, comprising only custom-developed units of competency; or
  • a combination of units of competency and modules.

The development process must include consideration of the Australian Qualifications Framework requirements, articulation and credit transfer information, access and pathway issues and relevant contextualisation rules. Accredited courses are nationally recognised.

Any new units of competency are developed and documented according to the same guidelines that govern the development of training package units of competency (the Standards for Training Packages). However, it is generally not expected that the consultation process will be at a national level as the course may have been developed to meet a state-based need.


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What do accredited courses look like?
There are two types of accredited courses.

  • Courses that result in an Australian Qualifications Framework qualification are referred to as 'Certificate II in', or 'Diploma of'.
  • Courses that result in an Australian Qualifications Framework Statement of Attainment and are not complete qualifications are referred to as a 'Course in'.

Accredited courses are listed on the training.gov.au website.

How long does course accreditation last?
Accreditation can be granted for a period of five years, unless special circumstances warrant a lesser duration. If it is expected that the training needs of an industry sector will be covered in the near future by a training package, or revisions to an existing package, accreditation will be approved for a shorter period of time.

Who is responsible for accrediting courses in Western Australia?
Only State or Territory registering/course accrediting bodies have the authority to accredit or re-accredit a course. In WA this is the Training Accreditation Council (TAC) or the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

For information on how courses are developed in WA, visit the Training Accreditation Council or the Australian Skills Quality Authority website.


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What is course re-accreditation?
Re-accreditation is the process of renewing accreditation of a course in light of any changes that may have taken place within the industry sector or in available training packages. For this reason, an application for re-accreditation requires the same rigour as an application for accreditation.

Who can apply to accredit or re-accredit a course?
An organisation or individual (course owner or copyright holder) responsible for the development of a course may apply to have it accredited or re-accredited.


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Who owns accredited courses?
The course copyright owner owns the accredited course. In the case of courses developed through a TAFE college the material may be publicly available. If the course is developed privately it is up to the course copyright owner (copyright holder) to define whether or not they wish to license the product and what the terms of licensing will be.

Who can deliver accredited courses?
An accredited course can be delivered only by registered training organisations with scope to deliver that particular course. The process of registering to deliver an accredited course is the same as the process for registering to deliver qualifications from a training package.

RTOs wishing to deliver an existing accredited course must also contact the course developer/course copyright owner (copyright holder) and find out about copyright and licensing opportunities. These contact details are available through the training.gov.au website.


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