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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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