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RTO Materials Contextualisation Guide

Contextualisation is the process of making adjustments to assessment tools/instrument for a unit of competency, or packaging units into a qualification to make training more relevant to students. Contextualisation gives RTOs the opportunity to design a learning program that is meaningful for students and create learning outcomes that are tailor-fit to the needs of a specific industry. Training packages are designed to offer RTOs a measure of flexibility when creating learning programs for their students. However, any contextualisation must ensure that the assessment remains compliant with unit requirements and standards for RTOs. Contextualisation of an assessment tool must never remove the requirements outlined in the unit or the unit assessment requirements.

RTO Materials Contextualisation Guide

Contextualisation is performed in two ways. The first is by selecting units of competency to reflect industry needs with guidance from the packaging rules for training packages. Secondly, by contextualising assessments to meet the needs of industry and your students being assessed.

How to Contextualise a Qualification?

The packaging rules for training packages contains information on how an RTO can select “elective” units of competency. Qualifications come with a set of “core” or “must-have” units of competency and “elective” units of competency. Contextualisation can be done by selecting from a list of allowed “elective” units to create a qualification that reflects the needs of the student and meet the industry need.


The packaging rules for CHC30113 CERTIFICATE III IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE based on should contain a total number of 18 units. Of these, 15 units should be composed of “core” units and 3 “elective” units.

Of the 3 “elective” units, an RTO must select at least 1 from the list of elective units and add 2 from any endorsed Training Packages or accredited courses. However, an RTO must ensure that these should be relevant to the work outcome.

To determine these electives, the RTO will need to survey industry for the learner cohort they are training to find out the most relevant electives for the work role and learner cohort they are training for. They will also need to determine the needs of their learners eg. what role will or are they working in, to determine the best electives for that learner. Any special needs of your learners must also be considered. This process should be documented to show the regulator how you have engaged in industry consultation in the development of your training and assessment strategy, as well as how you have determined the needs of your learners.

How to Contextualise an Assessment Tool?

Contextualisation can also be done by modifying training resources and assessment tasks to reflect the desired learning outcome to align to a particular industry or meet a learner’s needs. These changes must be done in order to provide additional information to the range of assessment conditions and requirements within the unit of competency. Contextualisation must not alter the elements or performance criteria and must not limit the unit of competency’s portability. RTOs can contextualise a unit of competency by:

  • Including any skill or knowledge that would be required for a specific job in an industry.
  • Develop new evidence requirements to prove students are qualified to be employed in a specific job role
  • Create evidence plans to show how a student can collect evidence
  • Create a delivery and assessment strategy for students with special needs

Contextualisation Don’ts

RTOs planning to contextualise a unit of competency by adding to the evidence guide or range of statement must be careful not to:

  • Reduce the unit of competency’s portability or breadth of application
  • Limit or modify the competency outcomes
  • Remove any elements and performance criteria

RTO Materials Contextualisation Guide

When contextualising training materials, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) must ensure that contextualisation is compliant with accepted adjustment practices and requirements for AQF qualifications. As an RTO, you must be able to deliver training that is not only consistent with nationally recognised standards for training but also be able to deliver quality training by:

  • Contextualising training resources specifically assessment materials to reflect the needs of a student or the training needs of an industry
  • Identify your target audience and develop relevant assessment materials accordingly

Planning to deliver a more meaningful and relevant learning experience for your students? Our team of course accreditation professionals and instructional designers can help you develop contextualised qualifications that are compliant with Australian’s strict VET standards. For more information on how we can help you design your new course for accreditation, CONTACT US HERE!

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Top 10 Job Growth Occupations to 2023

This is a really interesting article that looks at the growth occupations leading up to 2023.  Top 10 Job Growth Occupations to 2023

It is particularly enlightening for the VET and RTO community, as it highlights particular industry growth areas that will need training in the coming years. There are definitely a few standouts in this report. Aged and Disability Carers highest growth occupation, with an incredible 39.3% growth in jobs required to 2023. This equates to a massive 69 171 new jobs projected. Other huge growth occupations are Child Carers at 27 576 new jobs, Waiters with 21791 new jobs and Education Aids at 18 800 new jobs!

If you are interested in where you should be focusing your training or new scope applications in the years to come, I definitely recommend reading this article.

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2018 Christmas Hours

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Precision Group will be taking a short break over the Christmas period, starting Friday 21st December 2018 and returning to work on Wednesday the 2nd January 2019.

During this period we will not be available to take calls or emails, so please get in touch before the shutdown if you urgently need any training resources.

Due to staff taking extra leave during this period, our team won’t return to full strength until mid-to-late January, which may cause some delays to orders and deliveries.

Thank you all for your amazing support in 2018! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2019.

Warm Regards,

The Precision Group Team

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Reporting Reminder

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Remember that all RTOs must meet their VET data reporting obligations by reporting their 2014 nationally accredited training by 27 February 2015. While there are some transition arrangements, this is the common timeline. Depending on where you are, you will need to report to either your state or territory training authority or to NCVER. Where and when to report your AVETMISS data depends on how the training you deliver is funded and which state or territory you report in.

You will also need to collate your 2014 training and student data using an AVETMISS compliant information management system, prior to extracting your data into AVETMISS compliant National Data Collection files (NAT files).

Finally you will need to validate your NAT files. For most RTOs this will be via NCVER’s free, web-based AVETMISS validation software (AVS). You will need to correct and revalidate your data until it is error-free and submit your data either to your STA or directly to NCVER by 27 February 2015.

The AVETMISS support team has created a video tutorial to guide you through the validation process. Learn how to upload, validate and report your nationally accredited data using NCVER’s free web-based AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS). Watch their video now.

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June 2013

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Rod Camm, ACPET CEO produced an interesting editorial

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One must try and remain positive and I remain very proud of the many private and public providers I know and respect for their genuine commitment to education. We still have a system that produces great results, though I acknowledge that gets little airplay at the moment.

I also remain committed to cleaning out ACPET’s membership, with the view to ensuring we do represent those Colleges that stand for ethics and quality in tertiary education.I acknowledge we are not there yet.

It has been pleasing to receive a surprising amount of support over the last few weeks, where ACPET has strongly stated its case that only those genuinely committed to quality education have a role in this proud sector.

I am very confident that the cream will rise to the top, it always does. I now often wonder how best to fasten that journey. We are still working across a range of areas that will make a difference, though time is of the essence.

We should not lament that all is ruined. Because it is not. The many providers delivering fee for service training, State and Territory funded qualifications and many offering VFH are continuing to deliver a quality product.

However, there are some issues across areas of VET FEE HELP delivery. Let’s start with the data:

  • Student loans have more than doubled to $1.74B in 2014
  • Since commencing in 2009, $3.1B has been funded
  • Student numbers increased by 103% to 202,800 from 2013 to 2014
  • Nearly half of students are under 25 and 66% are women
  • 44% of enrolments are in management and commerce
  • IT enrolments have increased by 560%, as the fees for IT increased by 85%
  • On-line students increased by 57% and now make up 47% of all enrolments
  • Completion rates remain at about 10% below that of sector average
  • On-line VFH completion sits at 7% completion rate compared to 23% for students funded outside of the program
  • The tuition fees for students increased by 29% in the last year, almost tripling since 2011, and
  • Agriculture and related course fees increased by 61% and mixed field by 64%.

I don’t really think I need to say anymore. You can see from the numbers that the sector does need to lift its game. VFH is a critically important program for Australia’s future. As the only real growing fund source, quality qualifications can fuel the skills, innovation and entrepreneurship needed in our future economy. It is that important.

Looking at the trends and the outcomes from the VFH investment, we must do better.

We are all citizens and have both a right, and responsibility to demand proper outcomes from any government investment. While the accounting treatment might be different, student loans, bankrolled by government, must produce results at least equivalent to elsewhere in the sector and put simply at the moment it is not.

Our collective voice is needed. I have discussed the problems with government, industry, public and private providers and industry, to name a few. Despite all having different angles, politics and desires, all unite in the belief both in the sector and of the many quality providers.

All also lament where we now are.

Where to – now that is the question.

I look forward to continuing the discussions with many of you with a sense of urgency. As an industry we can show the way.

Rod Camm

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Christmas Closing Date

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A Reminder of When Our Office will be Closed

Precision Group will be closed for three weeks from Monday 21st Dec, 2015 and will reopen on Monday 11th Jan, 2016.

Be organised for next year and make sure you get your orders placed by Wednesday 16th Dec, 2015!

All orders received after Wednesday 16th Dec, 2015 will be despatched the week of our return on Monday 11th Jan, 2016.

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New Website

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Precision Group is delighted to launch its new look website which provides many great features and benefits for our valued clients and new visitors. Our new website will provide you with the opportunity to view Precision Group’s extensive array of business training and assessment materials to specifically meet your training needs, hear of our clients’ experiences and outcomes and hear of Precision Group’s latest news and events to assist and add value to your organisation.

As always we welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing your comments and feedback regarding our new website.