When looking into training programs in any field it
is important that you understand the differences between studying with a
Registered Training Organization (RTO) and choosing to undertake training with
an unregistered training body.
Many unregistered training facilitators are certified or recognised
by a national professional association within the industry keep in mind this alone is not an indicator of a
quality training program.
The certification that non-accredited organizations
can offer does not adhere to the strict guidelines and designs set by
government organizations that regulate the quality of Australian training
programs. Guidelines are put into place to ensure that a high standard and
quality is maintained throughout the industry.
Only a registered
training organization (RTO) can offer and deliver accredited courses that lead to
nationally recognized qualifications. The course must be within the RTO’s scope
of registration. An RTO can issue a nationally recognized qualification or
statement of attainment once an accredited course that is within its scope of
registration has been completed.
When you are certified from an RTO qualification
you will receive lasts a lifetime ensures you a respected place in the industry
and giving you that professional boost toward a successful career.
with a course accredited with ASQA?
Accreditation with ASQA is a formal
confirmation that the course is:
is nationally recognized
meets an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or
provides appropriate competency outcomes and a satisfactory basis for
meets national quality assurance requirements
where it leads to a qualification, is aligned appropriately to the Australian
Accreditation also means
that participants in the course may be eligible:
for Austudy, Abstudy and other entitlements
to access an occupational licensing or regulatory outcome.
Courses that ASQA
accredits, or that ASQA inherits regulatory responsibility for, are
termed VET accredited courses.
These courses are accredited in
accordance with the:
for VET Regulators
for VET Accredited Courses.
Applications for courses
that duplicate the outcomes of an existing Training Package qualification will
not be granted accreditation.
to ASQA, What has changed?
The National Vocational Education and
Training Regulator Act 2011 has established a new approach to national regulation of the
vocational education and training (VET) sector in Australia. While the approach
is new, most of the regulatory requirements have not changed at all. Part of
the new approach is the creation of a national regulator, the Australian Skills
Quality Authority (ASQA), which is responsible for registering training
organisations and accrediting courses.
If a training
organisation operates (or intends to operate) in a participating jurisdiction,
or otherwise qualifies under the national scheme, ASQA will now be the body
responsible for that organisation’s registration and for accrediting its
more about ASQA’s jurisdiction during the transition to national regulation.
ASQA will undertake its
role by assessing relevant organiations against the conditions of registration
found in the new national legislation, the National Vocational
Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (in Part 2, Division 1,
One of the core
conditions of registration is that relevant applicants and RTOs comply with the
requirements set out in the new VET
Quality Framework. The Act also provides for Standards
for VET Accredited Courses, which are in addition to the VET Quality Framework.
National VET regulation and Accreditation.
Here is an article found in the August 8th 2011 Australian Counseling Association Newsletter written by the associations CEO Phillip Armstrong.
Why does ACA only recognise courses from Registered Training
Some members have asked why ACA only recognises courses delivered
by RTO’s and providers of Higher Education, and what the difference is between
an RTO and a non-RTO. In a nutshell, the difference is similar that of being a
registered ACA counsellor and a non-registered counsellor. With a registered
counsellor the consumer, government and industry know what they are getting.
With a non-registered counsellor they are gambling as they could essentially be
getting anything along the spectrum of good to worse.
A registered counsellor is required to pass an audit for by an
independent industry arbitrator (ACA) and agree to abide by a set of
transparent standards and ethics, thus becoming accountable to the consumer,
government and industry as well as an industry peak body. A non-registered
counsellor is not independently assessed as meeting any standards and is not
accountable to anyone but themselves.
In essence a non-registered counsellor may not have any recognised
qualifications and practices to their own set of standards and ethics.
Credentialing and auditing requirements ensure the consumer’s interests come
first by making the registered counsellor accountable to an industry
established set of transparent benchmarks which in most cases include ongoing
education and supervision requirements. I asked one of the members of the ACA
accreditation team the same question and received the following
RTOs and providers of higher education undergo stringent approval
processes to achieve registration with Government authorities in the vocational
and/or higher education sectors. To maintain their registration, RTOs and
providers of higher education are required to comply with strict governance,
quality, continuous improvement and course review processes to ensure their
courses, and delivery of training and education, is at a consistently high
standard and continually improved. RTOs and providers of higher education must
also report regularly (often annually) to Government authorities on their
performance, including student feedback and outcomes, financial results,
investment in resources and facilities, and continuous improvements.
and providers of higher education also undergo regular auditing by Government
authorities, and must be adequately insured.
The stringent processes involved to obtaining and maintaining
provider registration, along with achieving and maintaining course
accreditation, provide assurance to ACA that the RTO or provider of higher
education delivers high quality counselling programs and educational services
that are monitored and reviewed independently on a regular basis. I have made
further comments on this issue in an article that will be published in ACA’s
journal “Counselling Australia” in the September edition.
Please visit www.theaca.net.au for further information on this article.