There are two different kinds of training products delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs) within the VET industry: training packages and VET accredited courses.
According to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA):
"A VET accredited course has been assessed by ASQA as compliant with the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 and the Australian Qualifications Framework AQF)"
Accreditation is formal confirmation that the course:
- is nationally recognised
- meets an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community need
- provides appropriate competency outcomes and a satisfactory basis for assessment
- meets national quality assurance requirements
- is aligned appropriately to the AQF where it leads to a qualification.
VET accredited courses are intended to offer training in new and evolving technologies and techniques, not covered by the training packages. VET accredited courses are intended and created by stakeholders in the sector and can be created and endorsed much faster than the training packages.
Such is the case of the recent VET accredited course by ASQA: 10747NAT Advanced Diploma of Blockchain. The time the application being deemed complete by ASQA to a decision being made on the application was approximately 10 weeks.
Developed by Blockchain Collective, it’s the first blockchain course to be accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), making it Australia’s first formal, nationally recognised, accredited blockchain course.
If you have identified a need for nationally recognised training not covered by a training package, a VET accredited course could be an option.
VET accredited courses must comply with Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2013L00177 and Users’ guide to the Standards for VET Accredited Courses
https://www.asqa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net3521/f/Users_guide_to_the_Standards_for_VET_Accredited_Courses.pdf if you are submitting your application to Australian Skills Quality Authority for the approval process.
Once a course has been accredited, it is listed on the national register for training in Australia: https://training.gov.au/home/TGA. You can use this website to check if a course is accredited by typing in the course code.
If you need any assistance with preparing and lodging an application of an accredited course, please do not hesitate to contact us.