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Extended Transition Periods and What It Means for Your RTO

The Australian Skills Quality Authority has extended the transition periods for these 269 qualifications because of the Coronavirus pandemic. These qualifications come from a wide range of training packages including AVI, BSB, CPC, CPP, FSK, ICT, MEM, PUA, RII, SIS, and UET, among many others.   

ASQA initially announced on 18 March the extension for 51 qualifications that were due to expire between 17 March and 15 July. These 51 qualifications all have their transition periods extended to 31 December 2020. After said period, ASQA have made similar decisions to extend the transition periods of other qualifications.  

This is the list of qualifications with extended transition periods. 

List of Qualifications with Extended Transition Periods Approved by ASQA

Code  Qualification Name   
10358NAT   Advanced Diploma of Integrative Complementary Medicine   1/11/2020  
10219NAT   Diploma of Holistic Management – Sustainable Rural Lands, Business and Communities   29/11/2020  
MSF30813   Certificate III in Flooring Technology   2/12/2020  
10259NAT   Diploma of Arts (Acting)   29/12/2020  
10260NAT   Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting)   29/12/2020  
10355NAT   Graduate Certificate in the Medical and Forensic Management of Adult Sexual Assault   29/12/2020  
22159VIC   Certificate IV in Community Languages Teaching   29/12/2020  
22209VIC   Certificate II in Engineering Studies   29/12/2020  
22228VIC   Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology   29/12/2020  
22235VIC   Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory)   29/12/2020  
22236VIC   Certificate I in General Education for Adults   29/12/2020  
22237VIC   Certificate II in General Education for Adults   29/12/2020  
22238VIC   Certificate III in General Education for Adults   29/12/2020  
BSB42615   Certificate IV in New Small Business   31/12/2020  
CPP30211   Certificate III in Property Services (Agency)   31/12/2020  
CPP30311   Certificate III in Property Services (Operations)   31/12/2020  
MEA41118   Certificate IV in Aeronautical Life Support Equipment   31/12/2020  
MEM10105   Certificate I in Engineering   31/12/2020  
MEM30805   Certificate III in Locksmithing   31/12/2020  
MEM31112   Certificate III in Engineering – Composites Trade   31/12/2020  
MST30716   Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations   31/12/2020  
MST30816   Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology   31/12/2020  
MST40116   Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production   31/12/2020  
MST40216   Certificate IV in Clothing Production   31/12/2020  
MST40516   Certificate IV in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising   31/12/2020  
MST50116   Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising   31/12/2020  
MST50216   Diploma of Textile Design and Development   31/12/2020  
MST60116   Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising   31/12/2020  
MST60216   Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development   31/12/2020  
POL52115   Diploma of Police Intelligence Practice   31/12/2020  
POL62215   Advanced Diploma of Police Intelligence Operations   31/12/2020  
POL62315   Advanced Diploma of Police Witness Protection   31/12/2020  
POL62615   Advanced Diploma of Police Close Personal Protection   31/12/2020  
POL66115   Advanced Diploma of Police Negotiation   31/12/2020  
POL68115   Advanced Diploma of Police Search and Rescue Management   31/12/2020  
PUA21012   Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)   31/12/2020  
PUA31312   Certificate III in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue)   31/12/2020  
PUA31412   Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety)   31/12/2020  
PUA33112   Certificate III in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Operations)   31/12/2020  
PUA41012   Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)   31/12/2020  
PUA41112   Certificate IV in Public Safety (Community Safety)   31/12/2020  
PUA42612   Certificate IV in Public Safety (Aquatic Search and Rescue Management)   31/12/2020  
PUA42912   Certificate IV in Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Leadership)   31/12/2020  
PUA51012   Diploma of Public Safety (Community Safety)   31/12/2020  
PUA52312   Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)   31/12/2020  
PUA52412   Diploma of Public Safety (Biosecurity Response Management)   31/12/2020  
PUA60112   Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)   31/12/2020  
SFI10111   Certificate I in Aquaculture   31/12/2020  
SFI10511   Certificate I in Seafood Processing   31/12/2020  
SFI20111   Certificate II in Aquaculture   31/12/2020  
SFI20211   Certificate II in Fishing Operations   31/12/2020  
SFI20411   Certificate II in Fisheries Compliance Support   31/12/2020  
SFI20511   Certificate II in Seafood Processing   31/12/2020  
SFI20611   Certificate II in Seafood Industry (Sales and Distribution)   31/12/2020  
SFI30111   Certificate III in Aquaculture   31/12/2020  
SFI30211   Certificate III in Fishing Operations   31/12/2020  
SFI30411   Certificate III in Fisheries Compliance   31/12/2020  
SFI30511   Certificate III in Seafood Processing   31/12/2020  
SFI30611   Certificate III in Seafood Industry (Sales and Distribution)   31/12/2020  
SFI40111   Certificate IV in Aquaculture   31/12/2020  
SFI40411   Certificate IV in Fisheries Compliance   31/12/2020  
SFI40511   Certificate IV in Seafood Processing   31/12/2020  
SFI40611   Certificate IV in Seafood Industry Sales and Distribution   31/12/2020  
SFI50111   Diploma of Aquaculture   31/12/2020  
SFI50411   Diploma of Fisheries Compliance   31/12/2020  
MSL50116   Diploma of Laboratory Technology   19/01/2021  
AVI20116   Certificate II in Aviation (Flight Operations-Cargo Services)   12/02/2021  
AVI20216   Certificate II in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)   12/02/2021  
AVI30116   Certificate III in Aviation (Cabin Crew)   12/02/2021  
AVI30216   Certificate III in Aviation (Rescue Crewman)   12/02/2021  
AVI30316   Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – Visual Line of Sight)   12/02/2021  
AVI30416   Certificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)   12/02/2021  
AVI30516   Certificate III in Aviation (Aerodrome Operations)    12/02/2021  
AVI40116   Certificate IV in Aviation (Aircrewman)   12/02/2021  
AVI40216   Certificate IV in Aviation (Aviation Supervision)   12/02/2021  
AVI50215   Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence  Aeroplane)   12/02/2021  
AVI50315   Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter)   12/02/2021  
AVI50415   Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)   12/02/2021  
AVI50516   Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)   12/02/2021  
AVI60116   Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Chief Flight Instructor)   12/02/2021  
AVI60216   Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Pilot in Command)   12/02/2021  
BSB30715   Certificate III in Work Health and Safety   1/03/2021  
BSB41415   Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety   1/03/2021  
BSB51315   Diploma of Work Health and Safety   1/03/2021  
BSB60615   Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety   1/03/2021  
ICT20215   Certificate II in Telecommunications Network Build and Operate   1/03/2021  
ICT20315   Certificate II in Telecommunications Technology   1/03/2021  
ICT30415   Certificate III in Telecommunications Network Build and Operate    1/03/2021  
ICT30515   Certificate III in Telecommunications Technology   1/03/2021  
ICT41215   Certificate IV in Telecommunications Engineering Technology   1/03/2021  
10253NAT   Certificate II in Women’s Education   2/03/2021  
10254NAT   Certificate III in Women’s Education   2/03/2021  
10255NAT   Certificate IV in Women’s Education   2/03/2021  
10373NAT   Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice   2/03/2021  
ACM30217   Certificate III in Animal Technology   9/03/2021  
ACM30717   Certificate III in Horse Breeding   9/03/2021  
ACM50212   Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)   9/03/2021  
ACM50412   Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)   9/03/2021  
ACM50512   Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)    9/03/2021  
SIS20213   Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation   10/03/2021  
SIS20412   Certificate II in Sport Career Oriented Participation   10/03/2021  
SIS20513   Certificate II in Sport Coaching   10/03/2021  
SIS30413   Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation   10/03/2021  
SIS30613   Certificate III in Sport Career Oriented Participation   10/03/2021  
SIS30713   Certificate III in Sport Coaching   10/03/2021  
SIS40313   Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation   10/03/2021  
SIS40512   Certificate IV in Sport Coaching   10/03/2021  
SIS40612   Certificate IV in Sport Development   10/03/2021  
SIS50310   Diploma of Outdoor Recreation   10/03/2021  
SIS50512   Diploma of Sport Coaching   10/03/2021  
SIS50612   Diploma of Sport Development   10/03/2021  
UET20312   Certificate II in ESI – Powerline Vegetation Control   24/03/2021  
UET20412   Certificate II in Transmission Structure and Line Assembly   24/03/2021  
UET20511   Certificate II in National Broadband Network Cabling (Electricity Supply Industry Assets)   24/03/2021  
UET20612   Certificate II in ESI – Asset Inspection   24/03/2021  
UET30512   Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Transmission Overhead   24/03/2021  
UET30612   Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Distribution Overhead   24/03/2021  
UET30712   Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Rail Traction   24/03/2021  
UET30812   Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Distribution Cable Jointing   24/03/2021  
UET30912   Certificate III in ESI – Remote Community Utilities Worker   24/03/2021  
UET40412   Certificate IV in ESI – Network Systems   24/03/2021  
UET40512   Certificate IV in ESI – Power Systems Substations   24/03/2021  
UET50212   Diploma of ESI – Power Systems   24/03/2021  
UET50312   Diploma of ESI – Power Systems Operations   24/03/2021  
UET60212   Advanced Diploma of ESI – Power Systems   24/03/2021  
10362NAT   Certificate I in Spoken and Written English   29/03/2021  
10363NAT   Certificate II in Spoken and Written English   29/03/2021  
10364NAT   Certificate III in Spoken and Written English   29/03/2021  
10365NAT   Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English – Further Studies   29/03/2021  
10366NAT   Certificate IV in Spoken and Written English – Employment   29/03/2021  
CPP20307   Certificate II in Technical Security   29/03/2021  
CPP30115   Certificate III in Urban Pest Management (for all cohorts except Western Australia)   29/03/2021  
CPP30507   Certificate III in Technical Security   29/03/2021  
CPP30607   Certificate III in Investigative Services   29/03/2021  
CPP40707   Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management   29/03/2021  
CPP41110   Certificate IV in Home Sustainability Assessment   29/03/2021  
CPP41212   Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment   29/03/2021  
CPP41312   Certificate IV in Swimming Pool and Spa Service   29/03/2021  
CPP50611   Diploma of Security and Risk Management    29/03/2021  
MEA50218   Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical)   29/03/2021  
CPC30313   Certificate III in Concreting   31/03/2021  
FDF30411   Certificate III in Wine Industry Operations   31/03/2021  
AHC20916   Certificate II in Sports Turf Management   20/04/2021  
AHC21116   Certificate II in Irrigation   20/04/2021  
AHC31316   Certificate III in Sports Turf Management   20/04/2021  
AHC32416   Certificate III in Irrigation   20/04/2021  
AHC41016   Certificate IV in Agribusiness   20/04/2021  
AHC41116   Certificate IV in Irrigation   20/04/2021  
AHC51416   Diploma of Agribusiness Management    20/04/2021  
AHC51516   Diploma of Viticulture   20/04/2021  
AHC51616   Diploma of Irrigation Management   20/04/2021  
AHC60316   Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management   20/04/2021  
10324NAT   Certificate III in Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)   29/04/2021  
10325NAT   Certificate IV in Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)   29/04/2021  
10326NAT   Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)   29/04/2021  
10225NAT   Diploma of Aboriginal Studies for Professional and Community Practice   30/04/2021  
10383NAT   Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Electrophysiology   29/05/2021  
MSF30413   Certificate III in Glass and Glazing   2/06/2021  
10109NAT   Diploma of Circus Arts   11/06/2021  
10461NAT   Diploma of Community Health   11/06/2021  
10503NAT   Advanced Diploma of Education (Paraprofessional Education Worker)   11/06/2021  
10531NAT   Graduate Certificate in Advising on Chronic Disease Self Management   11/06/2021  
10492NAT   Certificate IV in La Moda Props and Event Styling   13/06/2021  
10497NAT   Certificate III in Christian Life and Ministry   13/06/2021  
10498NAT   Diploma of Christian Life and Ministry   13/06/2021  
NWP50715   Diploma of Water Industry Operations   20/06/2021  
10435NAT   Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology   30/06/2021  
10436NAT   Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry and Theology   30/06/2021  
22075VIC   Certificate II in Auslan   30/06/2021  
22077VIC   Certificate III in Auslan   30/06/2021  
22078VIC   Certificate IV in Auslan   30/06/2021  
22081VIC   Diploma of Auslan   30/06/2021  
22247VIC   Certificate II in Small Business (Operations/Innovation)   30/06/2021  
22250VIC   Certificate I in EAL (Access)   30/06/2021  
22251VIC   Certificate II in EAL (Access)   30/06/2021  
22252VIC   Certificate II in EAL (Employment)   30/06/2021  
22253VIC   Certificate III in EAL (Access)   30/06/2021  
22254VIC   Certificate III in EAL (Employment)   30/06/2021  
22255VIC   Certificate III in EAL (Further Study)   30/06/2021  
22256VIC   Certificate IV in EAL (Access)   30/06/2021  
22257VIC   Certificate IV in EAL (Employment / Professional)   30/06/2021  
22258VIC   Certificate IV in EAL (Further Study)   30/06/2021  
22260VIC   Diploma of Applied Horticultural Science   30/06/2021  
22268VIC   Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)   30/06/2021  
ACM30517    Certificate III in Farriery   30/06/2021  
10486NAT   Diploma of Counselling (Christian)   17/07/2021  
PUA20613   Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)   17/07/2021  
PUA20713   Certificate II in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)   17/07/2021  
PUA21312   Certificate II in Public Safety (SES)   17/07/2021  
PUA30412   Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Rescue)   17/07/2021  
PUA30512   Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Operations)   17/07/2021  
PUA30613   Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)   17/07/2021  
PUA30713   Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations)   17/07/2021  
PUA33012   Certificate III in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)   17/07/2021  
PUA40212   Certificate IV in Public Safety (SES Leadership)   17/07/2021  
PUA40313   Certificate IV in Public Safety (Firefighting Supervision)   17/07/2021  
PUA42712   Certificate IV in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)   17/07/2021  
PUA50412   Diploma of Public Safety (SES Operations Management)   17/07/2021  
PUA50513   Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management)   17/07/2021  
PUA60513   Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management)   17/07/2021  
PUA60913   Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Fire Investigation)   17/07/2021  
ACM40412   Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing   21/07/2021  
22264VIC   Graduate Certificate in Bereavement Counselling and Intervention.   27/07/2021  
FWP30716   Certificate III in Sawdoctoring   30/07/2021  
FWP30816   Certificate III in Woodmachining   30/07/2021  
MST20316   Certificate II in Leather Production   30/07/2021  
MST20416   Certificate II in Laundry Operations   30/07/2021  
MST30116   Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production   30/07/2021  
MST30516   Certificate III in Leather Production   30/07/2021  
MST30616   Certificate III in Laundry Operations   30/07/2021  
MST30719   Certificate III in Dry Cleaning Operations   30/07/2021  
RII30715   Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response and Rescue   30/07/2021  
RII30915   Certificate III in Civil Construction   30/07/2021  
RII31615   Certificate III in Trenchless Technology   30/07/2021  
AHC51016   Diploma of Sports Turf Management   31/07/2021  
CSC30115   Certificate III in Correctional Practice    3/08/2021  
NWP20115   Certificate II in Water Industry Operations   3/08/2021  
NWP30215   Certificate III in Water Industry Operations   3/08/2021  
NWP30315   Certificate III in Water Industry Treatment   3/08/2021  
NWP30415   Certificate III in Water Industry Irrigation   3/08/2021  
CPP30711   Certificate III in Waste Management   13/08/2021  
CPP40911   Certificate IV in Waste Management   13/08/2021  
10397NAT   Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation   14/08/2021  
10487NAT   Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)   27/08/2021  
10496NAT   Certificate IV in Christian Life and Ministry   27/08/2021  
ACM50117   Diploma of Animal Technology   9/09/2021  
CPP30115   Certificate III in Urban Pest Management (only for Western Australia cohorts)   29/09/2021  
CPP40307   Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate)   30/09/2021  
CPP40407   Certificate IV in Property Services (Stock and Station Agency)   30/09/2021  
CPP40507   Certificate IV in Property Services (Business Broking)   30/09/2021  
CPP40611   Certificate IV in Property Services (Operations)   30/09/2021  
CPP50307   Diploma of Property Services (Agency Management)   30/09/2021  
FSK10113   Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways   26/11/2021  
FSK10213   Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways   26/11/2021  
FSK20113   Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways   26/11/2021  
ICT30118   Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology   31/12/2021  
ICT40118   Certificate IV in Information Technology   31/12/2021  
ICT40215   Certificate IV in Information Technology Support   31/12/2021  
ICT40315   Certificate IV in Web-Based Technologies   31/12/2021  
ICT40418   Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking   31/12/2021  
ICT40518   Certificate IV in Programming   31/12/2021  
ICT40815   Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies   31/12/2021  
ICT40915   Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games   31/12/2021  
ICT41015   Certificate IV in Computer Systems Technology   31/12/2021  
ICT50118   Diploma of Information Technology   31/12/2021  
ICT50215   Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games   31/12/2021  
ICT50318   Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration   31/12/2021  
ICT50418   Diploma of Information Technology Networking   31/12/2021  
ICT50515   Diploma of Database Design and Development   31/12/2021  
ICT50615   Diploma of Website Development   31/12/2021  
ICT50718   Diploma of Software Development   31/12/2021  
ICT50818   Diploma of Systems Analysis and Design   31/12/2021  
ICT50915   Diploma of Digital Media Technologies   31/12/2021  
ICT60115   Advanced Diploma of Information Technology   31/12/2021  
ICT60215   Advanced Diploma of Network Security   31/12/2021  
ICT60315   Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Business Analysis   31/12/2021  
ICT60415   Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Project Management   31/12/2021  
ICT60515   Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology   31/12/2021  
ICT80115   Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Strategic Management   31/12/2021  
MEM20205   Certificate II in Engineering – Production Technology   31/12/2021  
MEM30105   Certificate III in Engineering – Production Systems   31/12/2021  
MEM30205   Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade   31/12/2021  
MEM30305   Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade   31/12/2021  
MEM30605   Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture   31/12/2021  
MEM30705   Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction   31/12/2021  
MEM30905   Certificate III in Boating Services   31/12/2021  
MEM31010   Certificate III in Watch and Clock Service and Repair   31/12/2021  
MEM40105   Certificate IV in Engineering   31/12/2021  
MEM50105   Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade   31/12/2021 

With this announcement, your RTO may continue to train, assess, and issue certificates for the listed qualifications until their new transition period deadlines. Your RTO can include these qualifications in your scope of registration or choose to withdraw this prior to the end of the extension.  

Further, under Clauses 1.26 (a), (b) and (c) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015, ASQA may extend transition periods if it deems that the transition period would place students at a disadvantage. 

What Does the Extended Transition Periods Mean for My RTO?

For RTOs that are having a tough time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this extra time to plan and resource their transition projects and move students to the new course will be a massive help.   

For RTOs still trading well or have even had a boost due to the surge of students looking for distance training options to keep themselves occupied and gain certifications while they are in lockdown and potentially unemployed, there is still a good case to make the switch to the latest qualifications if possible.   

Remember, students also want to make the most of their financial and time investment in training & education. If they have the option of enrolling in an already superseded course or the NEW version of the course, almost all will choose the latter option…  

What Should My RTO Do?

If you can, we do recommend transitioning qualifications as early as possible. It means you can start enrolling students into the new course (and hopefully pick up more business due to students seeking the latest version of the course!).   

It also simplifies your life in the future. If you’re able to train out all current students in the old course prior to the transition deadline, you will save yourself from having to move students from the old course to the new one.   

When qualification packaging has changed, or units are not equivalent from the old course to the new one, this can add substantial additional work for those students – potentially leading to complaints and unhappiness in your student cohort (we’ve been there!).  

If you have any enquiries about delivering these qualifications or if you want to upgrade your RTO training materials, you can reach us at 1300 885 484 or send us an email at enquiries@compliantlearningresources.com.au. 

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The New 2020 BSB Training Package Updates (BSB Training Package Version 7.0) – Additions, Removals & Changes!

The new 2020 BSB Business Services Training Package (BSB Training Package Version 7.0) is a substantial update, affecting most qualifications and units in the training package. The BSB training package is one of the most popular areas of training with both RTOs and students, in fact approximately 80% of Australian RTOs have at least one Business Services training component on scope. Business Services units are also packaged into qualifications and skillsets across many industries.

It’s fair to say almost all RTOs in Australia (either directly or indirectly) will be affected by the 2020 BSB Business ServicesTraining Package update!

PwC’s Skills for Australia has released the Case for Endorsement document showing the changes endorsed by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) in the BSB Business Services Training Package Version 7.0. The changes reflect the identified needs for new skills and knowledge in the industry.

To summarise the document:

  • A total of 33 qualifications and 283 units of competency from Version 6.0 of the training package will be updated.
  • There are no newly created qualifications, but there are 20 newly created units in Version 7.0.
  • Skills for Australia have been directed to apply for an extended transition period by the BSB Industry Reference Committee – they will be seeking an 18-month transition period for all training products in scope.
  • The update is split into two projects – “Technical Skills” and “Enterprise Skills” – so be sure to review BOTH projects to understand all upcoming changes.
  • The project was submitted to the ASIC for endorsement and approved at their August 2020 meeting.
  • The expected release date on training.gov.au for the BSB Training Package Version 7.0 is mid-October 2020.
  • One of the most notable changes is a major consolidation of qualifications reducing the overall number of qualifications in the training package.
  • Many popular qualifications will be NOT Equivalent meaning RTOs will need to reapply for scope of registration.

What Can I Expect from the New BSB Training Package?

The AISC has endorsed updates to the following 33 qualifications:

New Qualification Codes Old Qualification Codes Equivalent/ Not Equivalent
BSB10120 Certificate I in Workplace Skills BSB10115 Certificate I in Busines NE
BSB20120 Certificate II in Workplace Skills BSB20115 Certificate II in Business
BSB20215 Certificate II in Customer Engagement
NE
BSB30120 Certificate III in Business BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration
BSB30115 Certificate III in Business
BSB30215 Certificate III in Customer Engagement
BSB30815 Certificate III in Recordkeeping
BSB30915 Certificate III in Business Administration (Education)
BSB31115 Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical)
NE
BSB30220 Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business BSB30315 Certificate III in Micro Business Operations E
BSB30320 Certificate III in Legal Services BSB31015 Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal) NE
BSB30420 Certificate III in Library and Information Services BSB31215 Certificate III in Library and Information Services NE
BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business
BSB40315 Certificate IV in Customer Engagement
BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration
BSB40615 Certificate IV in Business Sales
BSB41115 Certificate IV in International Trade
BSB41618 Certificate IV in Business (Procurement)
BSB41715 Certificate IV in Recordkeeping
BSB42315 Certificate IV in Environmental Management and Sustainability
NE
BSB40220 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Governance BSB41915 Certificate IV in Business (Governance) E
BSB40320 Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business BSB42618 Certificate IV in New Small Business
BSB42518 Certificate IV in Small Business Management
E
BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resource Management BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources NE
BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management E
BSB40620 Certificate IV in Legal Services BSB42215 Certificate IV in Legal Services NE
BSB40720 Certificate IV in Library and Information Service BSB42115 Certificate IV in Library and Information Services NE
BSB40820 Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication BSB42415 Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication NE
BSB40920 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice E
BSB50120 Diploma of Busines BSB50215 Diploma of Business
BSB50415 Diploma of Business Administration
BSB60815 Advanced Diploma of Recordkeeping
BSB50315 Diploma of Customer Engagement
BSB50815 Diploma of International Business
BSB51518 Diploma of Business (Procurement)
BSB51715 Diploma of Recordkeeping
NE
BSB50220 Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Governance BSB50715 Diploma of Business (Governance) E
BSB50320 Diploma of Human Resource Management BSB50618 Diploma of Human Resources Management NE
BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management E
BSB50520 Diploma of Library and Information Services BSB52115 Diploma of Library and Information Services NE
BSB50620 Diploma of Marketing and Communication BSB52415 Diploma of Marketing and Communication NE
BSB50720 Diploma of Paralegal Services BSB52215 Diploma of Legal Services NE
BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management E
BSB50920 Diploma of Quality Auditing BSB51615 Diploma of Quality Auditing NE
BSB60120 Advanced Diploma of Business BSB60215 Advanced Diploma of Business NE
BSB60220 Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing BSB61115 Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing
BSB52015 Diploma of Conveyancing
NE
BSB60320 Advanced Diploma of Human Resource Management BSB60915 Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources) NE
BSB60420 Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB61015 Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management NE
BSB60520 Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Communication BSB61315 Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Communication NE
BSB60720 Advanced Diploma of Program Management BSB61218 Advanced Diploma of Program Management E
BSB80120 Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning) BSB80515 Graduate Certificate in Management (Learning)
BSB80615 Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning)
NE
BSB80220 Graduate Diploma of Portfolio Management BSB80415 Graduate Diploma of Portfolio Management E
BSB80320 Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership BSB80215 Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership E

Notably, this update will consolidate many qualifications to streamline the training package and create a clearer pathway for students studying in the BSB Training Package.

This primarily impacts the main Business stream, where 29 qualifications have been reduced to just 7 qualifications in the new release. Some other more specialised areas such as Conveyancing and Management (Learning) are also affected.

Specialisation streams have been added to the consolidated business qualifications to ensure learners can achieve an equivalent vocational outcome (where needed), plus several new specialisations have been added to address emerging priority areas.

One example of this is at the Certificate II level, where these 2 qualifications:

  • BSB20115 Certificate II in Business
  • BSB20215 Certificate II in Customer Engagement

Will become just one qualification in the new 2020 BSB Training Package release:

  • BSB20120 Certificate II in Workplace Skills

This change will affect many qualifications on topics such as Customer Engagement, Business Administration, International Business, Recordkeeping, Environmental Management and Sustainability, Procurement, and Sales. Be sure to check out the full project document to see how your RTO will be affected.

Twenty new units of competency will be released in the BSB Business Services Training Package Version 7:

BSBCMM412 Lead difficult conversations BSBLEG534 Take instructions in a legal services environment
BSBCNV616 Comply with tax obligations in a conveyancing transaction BSBMKG628 Lead organisational public relations
BSBCRT611 Apply critical thinking for complex problem solving BSBOPS302 Identify business risk
BSBFIN502 Manage financial compliance BSBOPS306 Record stakeholder interactions
BSBINS502 Coordinate data management BSBPMG541 Manage complex projects
BSBINS515 Participate in archiving activities BSBSUS412 Develop and implement workplace sustainability plans
BSBINS516 Undertake cataloguing activities BSBSUS413 Evaluate and report on workplace sustainability
BSBLEG425 Apply principles of legal project management BSBTEC203 Research using the internet
BSBLEG531 Apply legal principles in administrative law matters BSBTEC601 Review organisational digital strategy
BSBLEG533 Support alternative dispute resolution processes BSBTWK601 Develop and maintain strategic business networks.

Many new skillsets (28 of these were created for this BSB Training Package):

BSBSS00095 Lead Auditor Skill Set BSBSS00111 Human Resources Advisor Skill Set
BSBSS00096 Innovation Practice Skill Set BSBSS00112 Workplace Technology Skill Set
BSBSS00097 Innovation Leadership Skill Set BSBSS00113 Digital Business Administration Skill Set
BSBSS00098 Marketing Foundations Skill Set BSBSS00114 Organisational Governance Skill Set
BSBSS00099 Communications and Public Relations Foundations Skill Set BSBSS00115 Copyright Management Skill Set
BSBSS00100 Business Operations Support Skill Set BSBSS00116 Campaign Management Skill Set
BSBSS00101 Business Operations Management Skill Set BSBSS00117 Diversity and Inclusion Skill Set
BSBSS00102 Micro Business Skill Set BSBSS00118 Procurement Manager Skill Set
BSBSS00103 New Business Ventures Skill Set BSBSS00119 Customer Service Skill Set
BSBSS00104 Small Business Management Skill Set BSBSS00120 Administrative Assistant Skill Set
BSBSS00105 Human Resources Foundations Skill Set BSBSS00121 Medical Administration Skill Set
BSBSS00106 Introduction to Paralegal Services Skill Set BSBSS00122 Compliance Skill Set
BSBSS00107 Marketing and Communication Foundations Skill Set BSBSS00123 Records and Information Management Skill Set
BSBSS00108 Marketing and Communication Skill Set BSBSS00124 Workplace IT Foundations Skill Set
BSBSS00109 Introduction to Team Management Skill Set BSBSS00125 Workplace Foundations Skill Set.
BSBSS00110 Business Development Skill Set

And 7 qualifications will be deleted:

BSB30515 Certificate III in Business Administration (International Education)
BSB30615 Certificate III in International Trade
BSB40715 Certificate IV in Franchising
BSB40915 Certificate IV in Governance
BSB50515 Diploma of Franchising
BSB52318 Diploma of Governance
BSB80315 Graduate Certificate in Leadership Diversity

Besides these changes, a further 283 units of competency will also be updated from the BSB Business Services Training Package Version 6.0! These massive changes mean that RTOs must immediately take note of how it can affect them and act accordingly.

How Does the BSB Training Package Update Affect My RTO?

With the massive changes made to the BSB training package to accommodate changes in the needs of learners, your RTO must adapt and act to stay up to date.

  • Non-equivalent qualifications
  • You will need to reapply for scope
  • You will need to get training materials written for the NEW unit standards (it’s not possible to change the code and keep delivering even if units are equivalent – there will be changes to Elements & Performance Criteria, Knowledge Evidence, etc that MUST be addressed in your new training resources)
  • Check-in on the project status soon to see if it is already released
  • Make a plan for all your qualifications that will be affected

What Can My RTO Do?

What you can do now to get on top of these changes is consult experts in the industry, identify new opportunities, adjust or redevelop your training strategy, source or develop your RTO training resources and assessment materials, etc. Ideally, you should start planning and preparing for additions to scope applications – meaning getting training resources now so you are able to create your TAS, prepare your application and submit as soon as possible after the qualifications are released to TGA mid-October 2020.

Getting new BSB training and assessment materials is a must because many of the qualifications and units in the Business Services Training Package Version 7.0 are Not Equivalent to the qualifications and units from the previous training package. This means that even if you had the old course on your scope, you must submit a new scope application to be able to deliver the new 2020 qualifications.

It is important for RTOs to react ASAP. If you are one of the first RTOs to offer the new courses you gain a massive competitive advantage. Our management team has over a decade of marketing accredited courses, and student demand for the superseded qualifications will “fall off a cliff” very quickly when the new qualifications are released.  Word will get out within weeks or months of the updates and students will be demanding the new course – if you were about to enrol in a course, would you choose to study a superseded and not-equivalent course? The reality is students want to maximise their time and money investment in training, so will seek out the latest qualifications. RTOs that fail to adapt can see their enrolments and revenues drop off sharply.

If you want to save your RTO time and development costs, and be one of the first RTOs to market with the updated qualifications and units, then don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1300 626 556 / +617 3036 1283 or email at contact@precisiongroup.com.au. This is the single biggest change to the VET industry in years, and an amazing opportunity for RTOs that act quickly and get the changeover right…

For more information, review the two project plans on the Skills for Australia website:

PwC’s Skills for Australia Business Services – Technical Skills Page

https://www.skillsforaustralia.com/project-page/business-services-enterprise-skills/

PwC’s Skills for Australia Business Services – Enterprise Skills Page

https://www.skillsforaustralia.com/project-page/technical-skills/

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Bounce Fitness Has Migrated to a Faster Platform

We have migrated the Bounce Fitness site from SilverStripe to WordPress on the 2nd of July 2020! This move is our response to feedback from our clients and is in line with our continuous improvement process.

As the old site contains heaps of helpful documents such as policies and procedures, forms, templates, and other helpful files for learners, we migrated them to the new site.

There should be no downsides or disruptions to the training and assessment activities of your RTO with the transition to the popular content management system (CMS).

Wondering what great benefits to expect from the shift to WordPress? Read on.

How Will This Benefit Your RTO?

  • RTOs Were Given a Single Set of Login Credentials – since the migration, students have been easier to manage compared to the per-student access code scheme.
  • Platform Compatibility – WordPress is a more compatible CMS for Bounce Fitness, so the shift solves many of the accessibility issues that some clients have started to report.
  • More Secure Platform – the new platform boasts impressive security features and plugins which make it more secure than other CMS.
  • Future Proof Technology – WordPress is compatible with amazing plugins that boost its capabilities as a CMS — this means more amazing possibilities in the future!
  • Basic Site Structure Is Identical – Besides minor differences to the appearance of the site, the underlying structure and files remain the same — this means that the new site shouldn’t confuse previous users.

What Should You Remember?

  • All links to Bounce Fitness in the Precision Group training resources redirect to the new and improved site – you will be redirected to the new site if you use the link given to you.
  • Staff and students must use the new credentials to log into the new Bounce Fitness website.
  • Your RTO will only need ONE Login Credential for you and all your students!

What does your RTO need to do?

If you haven’t yet, please notify your staff and students of the new login credentials they will need to access the Bounce Fitness website. Use the new credentials immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us for more information. You can reach us on 1300 626 556 or email info@precisiongroup.com.au.

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8 Great Benefits of E-Learning You Must Know

Electronic learning, also spelled e-learning or elearning, is one of the most popular methods of getting education and training across a wide range of disciplines. Even now, the industry’s popularity continues to expand rapidly because of improvements in educational technology, better accessibility and reach, and many other factors.

The number of educational institutions and RTOs shifting to e-Learning is skyrocketing because the demand for this mode of teaching is massive and continues to grow rapidly. Coincidentally, as of writing, movement restrictions and social distancing rules because of the coronavirus crisis has led to more demand for RTOs to deliver training online.

With changes in the industry and growing public perception and demand, bridging gaps now in training, skills, and education through e-learning has become timely.

If you want to know about the great benefits of e-Learning and why it is in-demand, then read on.

What Are the Benefits of E-Learning?

1. Reduced Costs

E-Learning is typically more cost-effective compared to traditional learning delivery methods because learning happens more quickly and easily, resulting in more productive and shorter training cycles which then lead to smaller operational costs. High cost-efficiency usually means greater total revenues for training providers or schools and less expensive fees for students.

Some expenses like travel expenses, printed course resources, venue expenses, etc. are also either significantly reduced or eliminated. eLearning usually has a high cost-to-income ratio because of the reduced costs to maintain operations. This ratio typically scales very well even if an RTO or educational institution enrols more students.

2. Automation and Simplified Systems Greatly Reduce Admin/Management Tasks

There are tons of effective training, student, and learning management systems that RTOs use to streamline processes and organise data. If you’re an RTO offering elearning, then the Learning Management System is an invaluable tool that you should greatly invest in.

The LMS is a software system designed to automate or simplify various tasks. The system allows RTOs to store and sort data automatically, or generate data for reports or evidence, etc. With an LMS, processes are automated, drastically reducing tasks, paperwork, and the time needed to complete them.

Using an LMS will help eliminate some of the problems related to traditional training, so it is important to choose a robust learning management system that will help your RTO greatly.

3. Gives RTOs or Educational Institutions a Competitive Edge

Elearning may be a great way for RTOs to stand out from competitors who don’t offer elearning. Elearning makes use of current technological advancements and resources that traditional RTOs do not have.

Elearning content can also be very engaging, which in turn gives students a better and more fun training experience than they would have, had they trained with a traditional RTO.

4. Opens Learning Pathways to Some People

E-learning can be asynchronous. In which case, learners who are employed, or otherwise have some time constraints, will be allowed to decide when, where, and how to learn. For some demographics like employees or those running a business, etc. synchronous learning opens pathways to upskill or learn a new trade.

5. Students Can Learn More

IBM found in 2013 that e-learning participants can learn almost five times more material per hour of training compared to the traditional method. In other words, e-learning is a time-efficient way of learning.

This benefit does not only translate to a higher completion rate, but possibly to reduced costs, shorter training cycles, and higher income as well.

6. Gamification Makes E-Learning More Fun

Gamification is the application of gaming elements in non-game contexts to achieve more desirable outcomes. Using gamification on e-learning makes learning more fun and user-oriented. This “user-oriented” approach, coupled with a more informal learning environment, aims to make learning more fun, rewarding, and engaging for learners.

Registered training organisations who can put game design aspects in their learner materials will also stand out from competitors who typically have not incorporated gamification in their training strategy.

7. ELearning is Scalable

Scalability means the capability of your system to handle a growing amount of work. An RTO offering eLearning should have an LMS with good scalability so it could accommodate growth and make handling the organisation easier. Some good learning management systems can help your accommodate thousands of students in a single course – a huge benefit compared to instructor-led training!

The scalability of e-learning is its huge advantage over instructor-led training. Having e-learning systems in place that accommodate and scale with growth will make it faster for an RTO to thrive in the industry.

8. Australia’s Online Education Industry is Massively Growing

According to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, the online education industry has expanded rapidly in Australia in the past five years, and the key to this growth is the increasing public perception of online courses.

Currently, there are over 1000 online education providers in Australia generating over A$3.3B in revenue. Many factors contribute to this massive industry such as advancements in educational technology and teaching, trends of reskilling and lifelong learning, the greater reliability of internet connections, mobile technology, etc.

In light of these amazing benefits that eLearning has over the traditional methods of delivering education, it’s easy to see why it is rapidly growing as a popular training method. If you want to be in a new and exciting space that is massively growing, then e-learning is the way to go!

Looking for e-Learning Resources?

If you want to save your RTO precious time and massive development costs, and be one of the first RTOs to market with engaging e-learning content, then don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1300 626 556/ +617 3036 1283 or enquire at info@precisiongroup.com.au. This opportunity may be what you need to get ahead of the competition!

Sources:

  1. https://elearningindustry.com/elearning-development-costs-less-than-traditional-training-6-reasons
  2. https://olivegroup.io/resources/new-to-e-learning/
  3. https://elearningindustry.com/investing-in-a-learning-management-system-7-benefits-of
  4. https://elearningindustry.com/asynchronous-learning-advantages-and-disadvantages-in-corporate-training
  5. IBM, 2013
  6. https://medium.com/sciforce/gamification-is-it-the-future-of-e-learning-4677b2f63dee
  7. https://elearningindustry.com/lms-scalability-what-you-need-to-know
  8. https://learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/choose-microlearning-for-scalable-and-personalized-elearning
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Annual Declaration of Compliance: Here’s What You Should Do To Prepare for Your Declaration

Important Update: The Annual Declaration of Compliance deadline has been moved to 30 April 2020 as per ASQA Chief Commissioner and CEO Saxon Rice’s update

All Registered Training Organisations registered before 2020 are required to complete an annual declaration of compliance before March 31. It states whether or not your RTO has met the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. You can take this opportunity for your RTO to undertake self-assessment and improve some areas for your RTO to meet compliance requirements.

So what should I do to prepare for the annual declaration of compliance?

Your RTO should take a self-assessment of its compliance with the Standards and the conditions of registration. If you do not have RTO templates and tools to help you with the annual declaration of compliance, you may use ASQA’s Self-Assessment Tool.

You should also check if your RTO’s contact information in asqanet is correct or updated. Details such as your RTO’s CEO’s email address should be updated to make sure that you get emails from ASQA.

If the information you provided in asqanet is updated and correct and if your RTO undertakes regular self-assessment, then the process may go smooth and easy for you.

What should I do if my contact information in asqanet is outdated or incorrect?

Change your contact information in asqanet. If you did not receive an email from ASQA about the annual declaration of compliance, you should update your info and contact the ASQA Info Line to request that ASQA resend you an email.

What should I do if I think that my RTO isn’t compliant?

You should consult with an RTO consultancy firm to map out the areas where you may not meet the compliance requirements. They would be able to help your RTO’s internal processes with a massive range of services.

To get advice regarding which RTO consultancy firm to contact, get in touch with us now so we could refer an RTO consultancy firm that can help you with your needs.

If you are confident with your RTO’s marketing, recruitment, enrolment processes, etc., it is still possible for your RTO to encounter a common pitfall – non-compliant or messy training and assessment resources. Poor and outdated training and assessment resources not only affect your training and assessment delivery, but it will negatively affect your compliance with the Standards and your RTO’s reputation as well. Talk with us now for a personalised RTO training resources walkthrough or enquiries about RTO materials.

Additionally, if you are having problems with training delivery because of the recent crises in Australia, then you should consider getting quality course materials that support a more flexible delivery.

Enquire about quality training and assessment materials now to support your RTO’s compliance!

If you’ve ironed out any issues you may have with your resources or training materials, your processes, and have made rectifications after your self-assessments, then congratulations! You are now a few steps ahead of hitting your compliance targets!

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Precision Group Will Donate 5% of Resource Sales to Bushfire Relief in January 2020

In the past few months, the unprecedented bushfire disaster has burned more than 100,000 sq km of forest, bushland and parks across Australia. Thirty people have now been killed, including 4 firefighters. Thousands have now lost their homes and whole communities devastated.

While conditions have temporarily improved thanks to rain and cooler conditions in the most heavily affected areas in NSW and VIC, there are still months left in this bushfire season. Conditions are expected to worsen again in coming weeks with warmer, drier days.

We are committing 5% of the revenue from sales of our Precision Group (Australia) branded training resources, as well as our extended catalogues Compliant Learning Resources, Vibrant Courseware, TotalVET Training Resources and RTO Learning Materials to the Red Cross Bushfire Relief Fund for the month of January.

We know many of our clients, their families and friends have already been affected or may be affected by the bushfires in the coming months. We hope you are safe, and wish to see people and communities on the path to recovery as soon as possible.

You can find the latest updates on how the Red Cross will use donations here. You can also donate directly to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund here.

If you are looking for any training or assessment resources for your RTO, please give us a call on 1300 626 556 and we will be happy to help. Or, you can see some of our range of digital training resources here and print training resources here.

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Simple Guide to Contextualising RTO Training Resources and Assessment Tools

What is Contextualisation of Training Resources?

I am often asked by RTO stakeholders to explain how to contextualise training resources. So I have decided to provide a really comprehensive guide on the subject to assist RTOs in producing better training. In this article, I will be lifting the veil on what contextualisation is, and how to do it effectively. Let’s first start with defining contextualisation in VET.

Contextualisation is the process of modifying your RTO’s training and assessment materials to make learning more meaningful for your students and their employers. It is essential for RTOs to develop learning resources and assessment methods that are tailored to their learner’s needs and aligned to the work context in which they operate. If you don’t contextualise your resources, you risk alienating your learners, losing clients and being found non-compliant at your next ASQA audit.

Case Study – What NOT to do!

To better understand the issues in not contextualising I have the example for you. Imagine being a trainer turning up to deliver training for the Warehouse Operations Team of a warehousing and storage company. You have been asked to deliver the unit “BSBADM409 – Coordinate business resources”, to upskill the team on better resource administration. The operations team are responsible for the administration of the following resources, to ensure smooth operations of the business.  These resources include:

  • human resources
  • OHS resources
  • storage space
  • plant and machinery
  • raw materials

When you pull out your training and assessment resources you realise that your resources have a completely different focus. The job role context for your resources is an Office Administrator and therefore all learning resource content, case studies and assessment tasks, centre around the following business resources:

  • staff amenities
  • stock and supplies
  • technological equipment/software
  • training materials

How well do you think the training will go?  Will the operations team learn what they need to know about administering warehousing resources? Do you think that the employees being trained are going to feel like the training is relevant?  Do you think the employees and employer will achieve the learning outcomes they were hoping for? I think it is clear that this training will not end well.

Although the unit BSBADM409 is the right unit in both scenarios, the context, work environment, and job role differences mean the focus and content within the training materials must be completely different. Adaptation of the resources (contextualisation) must happen to ensure your training is relevant and delivers the necessary knowledge and skills required in each context and work role.

BSBADM409 is part of the Business, Agriculture, Transport and Logistics training packages, as well as four other training packages. As you can imagine, the training and assessment approach will need to be heavily contextualised for each of these training packages, the work role and work environment in which it is delivered. When you by a training resource like BSBADM409 off the shelf, it is generally only written for the business training package. Even within the business training package, this unit will need to be contextualised to the various work roles and environments within this training package.

OK, so hopefully we have a clear understanding of why we need to contextualise our training resources. Next, I want to discuss other instances where an RTO will need to adapt their resources to ensure they are relevant.

How Do I Contextualise Training Resources and Assessment Tools?

I generally break contextualisation down into three the following three areas.

Contextualisation:

  1.  To Meet Learner Needs
    • Adaptation to assist learners with special needs
    • Adaptation to take into account the existing skills and experience of the learner/s
  2. For The Learning and Assessment Environment
    • Adaptation to facilitate delivery and assessment of online/distance learners
    • Adaptation to facilitate delivery and assessment of learners based in a workplace
    • Adaptation to facilitate delivery and assessment of classroom base delivery
    • Adaptation to facilitate delivery and assessment of blended delivery
  3. For Industry And Work Role
    • Adaptation to align the training and assessment content, tasks and case studies, etc. to the relevant industry where it is being delivered
    • Adaptation to align the training and assessment content, tasks and case studies, etc. to the work role of learner groups
    • Adaptation to align the training and assessment content to the workplace environment

 3 Steps to Contextualising Training Resources

It is important for RTOs to understand that purchasing commercial training and assessment products does not automatically guarantee compliant resources that will get you through an audit. RTO’s must contextualise the learning resources AND assessment tools to ensure that they deliver quality training and assessment, as well as meeting regulatory standards. Not taking this seriously risks the future of an RTO’s existence.

The steps below will assist you in ensuring that you RTO has taken the necessary step to show ASQA that you have done the work to meet you learners needs through contextualising your training resources.

Step 1: Do Your Research

There are three key areas you need to research before you start to look at contextualising your course materials. These are:

  1. Who are your Learners?
    • What do your learner groups look like?
    • What do they already know about the subject matter?
    • What are their skill or knowledge gaps?
    • What motivates them?
    • Do they have a learning style preference?
    • What do their educational, cultural and language backgrounds look like?
    • Do they have any barriers to learning?
  2. What does the industry and work role look like?
    • What does the workplace environment look like? (e.g. equipment, facilities, policies procedures, etc.)
    • What types of evidence can be collected in the work role to meet the unit of competency evidence requirements?
    • What are the typical tasks performed in the work role and industry context?
    • Who can you consult with from Industry to ensure that your courses and resources are industry relevant?
    • What are the typical and current workplace conditions for the work role and industry context?
    • What is the relevant legislation, codes of practices, and regulations for the work role and industry context?
    • What are the Health and Safety considerations for the work role and work environment?
  3. What does the learning environment look like?
    • Will the training be delivered online?
    • Will the training be delivered by distance learning?
    • Will the training be delivered one on one?
    • Will the training be delivered as group or class-based learning?
    • Will the training be delivered face to face?
    • Will the training be delivered in the workplace?
    • What are the Health and Safety considerations for the learning environment?
  4. What does the unit require?
    • What are the evidence requirements for the unit?
    • What aspects of the units can be contextualised?
    • What information does the training package companion volume contain on contextualisation?
    • Have you considered the unit in the training package context where it will be used? eg. a BSB unit packaged in a CHC qualification must be contextualised to the CHC work environment and work roles.

Step 2: Review Your Training and Assessment Resources

Once you have completed step one. You will then use this information collated to review all learning and assessment resources, identifying areas that require contextualisation. Below we outline the question to need to answer when reviewing training resources for contextual relevance.

  1. Reviewing Learning Resources

Common questions you should ask during your review of these resources include:

    • Is the content appropriate to the learner cohorts skill and knowledge and experience levels
    • Do the learning resources provide enough depth in the instruction including industry relevant practical examples, to meet the needs of learners with little no previous experience?
    • Is the learning content appropriate for learners with physical and learning disabilities, language, and cultural sensitivities.
    • Is the learning resource content aligned to the industry context, work role tasks, and work environment? Examples also include access to:
      • work role and workplace relevant policies and procedures
      • work role and workplace relevant equipment, software, and machinery etc.
      • work role and workplace relevant conditions and environment. Actual workplace or Simulated Workplace (where allowed in the training package)
    • Do the learning resources align with the qualification and/or training package context where it is being used? (Remember the example I began this article with)
    • Do your learning resources align with your Training and Assessment Stagey and Delivery Method?
      • For example: If your Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS) says you deliver training online to learners with no workplace. Have you provided a simulated workplace environment to ensure they can practice their new skills, and that provides them with the conditions, tasks, and experiences they would have in a real workplace?
    • Have you had a subject matter expert review your training resources for industry relevance and currency?
  1. Reviewing Assessment Tools

Common questions you should ask during your review of these assessments tools include:

  • Have you had a subject matter expert review your assessment tasks for industry relevance and currency?
  • Do your assessment tasks mimic those tasks that would be performed in that work role?
  • Are your assessment tasks appropriate for the industry and work environment your learners will be working in?
  • have your learners been provided with all of the relevant workplace conditions and equipment to complete the assessment to the required standard?
  • Are your assessment tools and methods appropriate for learners with physical/learning disabilities or special needs?
  • Are your assessment tools and methods appropriate for learners with language, and cultural sensitivities.
  • Do simulated assessment environments that reflect actual workplace environments. (Where learner will not have access to a workplace)

Step 3: Contextualise Your Training and Assessment Resources

Once you have completed steps one and two you then need to start contextualising your training resources. The information below should give you some really practical ideas to assist you in contextualising your courses for different environments

  1. Contextualising Training For Classroom Delivery
    • Consult with industry contacts to ensure learning is relevant to current workplace practice.
    • Guest Speakers – invite people who are currently working in the industry to talk with your learners.
    • Create authentic simulated work environments that mimic real workplaces where learners can practice their skills.
    • Ensure your case studies are current and to make learning more real for your learners.
    • Have your learners hare their workplace experiences.
    • Share your workplace stories and experiences.
    • Create opportunities for practical work experience with the institution as the workplace.
    • Assist with opportunities for learners to get practical vocational experience with a local council, business or community organisation as the workplace.
    • Adapt learning and assessment activities for learners who have workplaces to use their own work situation.
    • Create realistic workplace scenarios and roleplays that allow your learner to demonstrate their skills. These can be recorded and provided as evidence of competence.
  2. Contextualising Training For The Workplace
    • Ensure that your learning activities align with the organisation’s culture and objectives
    • Use the organisation’s policies and procedure manuals as key learning resources
    • Integrate direct workplace examples in your learning activities
    • Create learning activities around workplace tasks and products to ensure training is of immediate use in the business
    • Enlist the support of the employer to provide skills practice.
    • Set tasks that learners identify as immediately valuable.
    • Buddy your learners up with workplace mentors
    • Take advantage of real workplace activities to provide problem-solving opportunities and experiences
    • Integrate employee development plans into your training plan where possible
  3. Contextualising Training For Online Delivery
    • Create authentic online simulated work environments that mimic real workplaces where learners can practice their skills
    • Develop workplace specific quizzes and games that facilitate the practice of knowledge and skills
    • Ensure that you use workplace specific jargon and procedures in your activities and interactions (whether online, face-to-face or teleconference)
    • Provide opportunities for learners to collaborate and share workplace experience
    • Invite guests with industry experience to share experiences via webinars.
    • Adapt learning and assessment activities for learners who have workplaces to use their own work situation.
    • Support learners who don’t have a relevant workplace to link up with an industry mentor in their location.
    • Develop scenarios and case studies that provide learners with real workplace problems.
    • Develop samples of workplace documents as examples of best practice.
    • Develop a webinar series that allows you to deliver training sessions, that provide learners an opportunity to interact with you, and other learners.
    • Create realistic workplace scenarios and roleplays that allow your learner to demonstrate their skills. These can be recorded and provided as evidence of competence.
  4. Contextualisation Must Not Impact the Unit Outcomes
    • Whilst you are required to contextualise your training and assessment, you must also ensure that you do not impact the unit outcomes. Therefore your contextusalisation must not:
      • diminish the breadth of application of the competency to reduce its portability
      • narrow down the competency outcomes and limit its use
      • remove the content of any element and performance criteria related to the unit involved
  5. Contextualisation Must Follow Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence
    1. You must ensure that your contextualised assessments follow the principles of assessment and are:
    2. You must ensure that your contextualised assessments follow the rules of evidence:
        • Valid
        • Sufficient
        • Authentic
        • Current
      • I recommend reading ASQAs guidelines for implementing the Rules of Evidence HERE
  6. Important Info Regarding Simulated Environments

When planning to provide training in a “simulated” environment or workplace, RTOs must clearly define the tasks and workplace policies and procedures to be used in training and assessment. You would identify these at steps 1 and 2 of this article. Simulated environments are used to allow learners who don’t have access to the workplace, with an authentic work environment where they can demonstrate their skills. They can also be used to support learners and familiarise them with a workplace prior to doing practical work experience.

Whether reviewing an existing simulated workplace or creating one from scratch, you will need to ensure the following:

    • The unit allows for learners to complete assessment tasks in a simulated work environment
    • Your simulated environment closely resembles the workplace environment for the tasks being demonstrated.
    • Case studies and Scenarios are aligned to current workplace practices
    • Roleplay instructions MUST be extremely comprehensive. They must simulate, and align with actual workplace tasks. When reviewing or creating roleplays, you will need to ensure that:
      • Instructions clearly describe the environment and workplace conditions required for the roleplay to be performed, including any equipment or resources required to complete the roleplay. You MUST have instructions for the Learner, Assessor and any other participants. These instructions must be explicit on what is to be done, who is doing what etc.
      • Each participant has clear and detailed instructions to realistically carry out the role-play task, this involves creating scripts for ALL support participants (eg. those acting as clients, supervisors, stakeholders, and colleagues, etc). This is almost always not present in off the shelf resources and RTOs are often found to be non-compliant as a result.

The Compliant Learning Resources published resources, have many comprehensive simulated businesses that provide RTOs with scenarios, case studies workplace forms and policies, and procedures, etc. If you are looking for RTO Training Resources that come with simulated businesses, you should contact our training resources team to give you a quick demonstration and walk through.

Summary

Hopefully, I have shown that contextualisation is critical to creating quality, relevant training and assessment that delivers the necessary knowledge and skills to the industry and learner it is targeting. We can not just take generic resources off the shelf and expect them to work with all learners, situations, and contexts. Quality training takes time to develop, and employers and industry recognise those training providers who take the time to deliver relevant training to meet their needs.

Contextualising gives you an opportunity to connect with industry leaders and build relationships, whilst at the same time letting them know that you are developing training that will meet the needs of their employees and organisations. It is a great way to build successful and enduring business relationships!

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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