TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
Where might you look to understand what changes have occurred to training packages or accredited courses?
Training packages and accredited courses provide benchmarks for competency, direction, basis for structure of a training program, and ensure you cover all subjects sufficiently adequately perform the skill described. For the learner, they also provide transportability of qualification or accredited course. You can find updated courses, units and models on training.gov.au. The site also provides a modification history that describes how the changes differ from previous versions. Superseded versions are also included in the search results and on the main page of each qualification and unit. The helps you ensure that you are selecting the most up-to-date version for your training.
Accredited course information can only be sourced from the developer themselves (see below - 'what is an accredited course?).
As Units of Competency and the relevant Assessment Requirements are developed by the national industry reference committees. They are used by RTO’s all over Australia; to develop and contextualise qualifications and accredited courses to meet the needs of their clients and industries. All RTO’s, therefore, offer training and assessment based on the same criteria. This in turn means that the standards delivered within each of these qualifications are equal - regardless of where you study.
What is an accredited course?
A vocational education and training (VET) accredited course has been assessed by ASQA as compliant with the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Accreditation is the formal confirmation that the course:
is nationally recognised
meets quality assurance requirements
meets an established need (be that: industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community)
provides for appropriate competency outcomes
creates a satisfactory basis for assessment
is aligned to an appropriate AQF level (if it leads to a VET qualification).
Accredited courses receive a national code, usually starting with letters identifying the state in which it was registered, and will appear on training.gov.au.
The developers retain the copyright on a VET accredited course. The contact details for all course owners are published on Training.gov.au under the 'details' of the course.
The unit code, title and course completion mapping for each unit of competency are available online. Course content is not publicly available.
It is an offence to imply that non-accredited training is accredited training. Training providers’ promotional material should clearly define which courses are accredited and which are not - ASQA
Components of a Training Package
Qualifications - qualifications produce learning outcomes that enable performance of a whole VET occupation. Formal certification, issued by a relevant approved body, to recognise that a person has achieved learning outcomes or competencies relevant to identified individual, professional, industry or community needs.
Accredited Courses - A VET accredited course must fulfill a training need not addressed by a training package, or address training in a new or emerging area. A course may be accredited only if the accrediting body is satisfied that there is a need for the course, it does not duplicate training package qualifications, the name and level of the qualification are consistent with the AQF and it has been developed in accordance with the relevant VET Quality Framework standards.
Skills Sets - When units of competency are combined into an interrelated set below the level of a full qualification, they are now commonly referred to as 'skill sets'. Skill sets enable performance of job tasks or functions. A single unit of competency or a combination of units of competency from a training package which link to a licensing or regulatory requirement, or a defined industry need.
Units of competency - the benchmarked skills and knowledge a person must be able to demonstrate at work as determined by industry to meet relevant functional/ legislative/ regulatory/ licensing and employability requirements - also known as units of competency.
Assessment requirement - the performance and knowledge requirements necessary for a person to meet the competency standards. They are designed to ensure that the individual assessment judgments made by RTO staff meet the principles of assessment and rules of evidence.
Training support materials- Learning resources, textbooks, handouts, presentations. May also include SOPs, Organisational Policy and Procedures, Industry regulations, legislation, codes of practice
training delivery methods. The way training is delivered to the learner. May include face to face in a training room, delivered in small groups or one-on-one in a workplace, provided electronically online.
Assessment methods - The way evidence will be gathered to confirm competency. May include observations, scenarios, questioning, demonstration of skills, third party reports, interviews, etc.
professional development of staff. May include non-accredited training delivered by product suppliers – e.g.: software training provided by software developer,