The Australian Skills Qualification Association (ASQA) has a number of standards related to the continuing registration of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Clause 26 and clause 27 of Standard 1 mandate the need to manage the transition from superseded training products. Specifically, the standard requires:
Subject to Clause 1.27 and unless otherwise approved by the VET Regulator, the RTO ensures that:
- where a training product on its scope of registration is superseded, all learners’ training and assessment is completed and the relevant AQF certification documentation is issued or learners are transferred into its replacement, within a period of one year from the date the replacement training product was released on the National Register;
- where an AQF qualification is no longer current and has not been superseded, all learners’ training and assessment is completed and the relevant AQF certification documentation issued within a period of two years from the date the AQF qualification was removed or deleted from the National Register;
- where a skill set, unit of competency, accredited short course or module is no longer current and has not been superseded, all learners’ training and assessment is completed and the relevant AQF certification documentation issued within a period of one year from the date the skill set, unit of competency, accredited short course or module was removed or deleted from the National Register; and
- a new learner does not commence training and assessment in a training product that has been removed or deleted from the National Register.
The requirements specified in Clause 1.26 (a) do not apply where a training package requires the delivery of a superseded unit of competency.
This policy ensures that any VET units of competency or training packages that are about to be superseded are clearly identified.
The policy relates to all VET units of competency, training package qualifications, and accredited courses delivered by the College or any of its teaching partners.
Students are entitled to receive the current (endorsed or accredited) training product, unless the student would be genuinely disadvantaged in transferring to that product under the prescribed transition arrangements.
Students are not to be enrolled in qualifications/courses that adversely affect their opportunities for employment, residency status and/or future study pathways.
Timely and adequate advice and guidance must be provided to current students if the qualification or course in which they are enrolled is superseded/deleted/expired and students are to be given the opportunity to transfer to replacement training package qualifications and accredited courses or other currently endorsed training packages or accredited courses.
Transfer of students must be undertaken in collaboration between the student and the College. Current students must not be required to transfer to new training package qualifications or new accredited courses where the genuine disadvantage to them in doing so would outweigh their continued training in, and issuance with, a qualification or statement of attainment for a superseded or deleted training package qualification or superseded or expired accredited courses.
The College must apply to have a new training package qualification, unit of competency and/or accredited course added to its scope of registration and have the approval of this application recorded on the national register (training.gov.au) before it can commence delivery.