Training Packages

Training Packages are the key resources that underpin the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system.

Each Training Package has 3 compulsory endorsed components:

  • qualifications – with entry requirements and packaging rules that define the core plus elective choice of competency standards for all qualifications (Certificate I, II, III, IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma) aligned to the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF);
  • competency standards or units of competency – the benchmarked skills and knowledge a person must be able to demonstrate at work as determined by industry to meet relevant functional/ legislative/ regulatory/ licensing and employability requirements - also known as units of competency;
  • assessment guidelines – the performance requirements necessary for a person to meet the competency standards. They are designed to ensure that the individual assessment judgments made by RTO staff meet the principles of assessment and rules of evidence.

Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) develop Training Packages through national industry consultation processes and once finalised, they are endorsed by the National Quality Council (NQC) and listed on the official register, the National Training information Service (NTIS).

Training providers seek accreditation to deliver specific Training Packages, qualifications or competency standards through the national, or their state's Registering Body to become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The RTO can then train and assess in accordance with their scope of registration in chosen college or enterprise environments.

It is noted that the name, 'Training Package', is a misnomer as it does not prescribe how an individual should be trained. Rather, it is the responsibility of the RTO to develop teaching and assessment strategies and assessment methods, instruments and procedures based on Training Package requirements and compliant with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), to meet the needs, abilities and circumstances of learners.

Increasingly, award levels in the national workplace relations system are being aligned with an industry's Training Package qualifications, and so directly dictating the skills workers require for career progression in occupations.

Training Package Development Handbook
The Training Package Development Handbook site provides National Quality Council (NQC) policy for the development of Training Packages through the NQC development and endorsement processes. View >>

Training Packages are Changing
Reform to simplify and streamline Training Packages to reflect what clients and users want and need has been underway since mid-2009 and should be finished by mid-2014. Read about the changes here >>

NTIS List of Training Packages >>
Training Packages @ Work >>

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