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Training and Assessment

Looking at the macro level of your training and assessment.

RTO Strategies for Training and Assessment



What is an RTO Strategy?

  • Qualifications from National Training Packages
  • Single units of competence
  • Multiple units that don’t meet a qualifcation 
  • Skill sets 
  • Traineeship and apprenticeship qualifications
  • Accredited courses (owned by individuals)


While templates exist for these strategies there are guidelines in the Users Guide from your Regulator of minimum requirements. When developing them provide your story. Your story that tells your solution to the training, how it is relevant to the industry and workplaces and how it addresses relevant student needs.

Typically a training and assessment strategy defines:

  • The qualification code and name
  • Duration of the qualification
  • The client or target group
  • Relevant units of competency (core and elective)
  • Any specific entry requirements (may include pre and/or co-requisites)
  • Rules for packaging the qualification
  • Qualification/course aims and outcomes
  • Learning and assessment pathways and structure/sequence of the learning and assessment
  • Modes and methodologies to be used for training and assessment
  • Suitably qualified trainers and assessors nominated to provide training and assessment
  • Language literacy and numeracy considerations for entry into and completion of the qualification
  • Exit opportunities and certification
  • Human and physical resource requirements
  • Processes for validation and moderation of the quality of the training in accordance with the strategy

Depending on the course you are preparing you need to state areas about your training that include:

  • Packaging rules (for qualifications)
  • Duration of the training
  • When practise of the skills occurs
  • When assessment occurs

Interpret the Training Package qualifications and define the outcomes to be achieved by the learners.

Provide any extra information needs to be included above and beyond the training and assessment role and may include industry regulation and licensing requirements to be observed as part of the training.

All of your courses requires the developer of the strategy to define the outcomes required by the client and any particular workplace competency requirements.

Varying strategies

Not all strategies are going to be the same because the client groups will be different or learning needs of the students may vary. There are a range of areas that may affect the design of a strategy including operational requirements of the clients, changes to client groups and their needs, or changes to legislation or regulation. To get them right ensure you provide a structured approach to planning and guiding the provision of training and assessment in the vocational education and training sector.

It is important to remember that no training and assessment strategy should be implemented without consultation with industry professionals and/or target client/client groups.

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