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Assessment – TAE validation
Standards: Clause 1.25
to deliver any AQF qualification or assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package (or its successor), the RTO must have undergone an independent validation of its assessment system, tools, processes and outcomes in accordance with the requirements contained in Schedule 2 (and the definitions of independent validation and validation).
Standards for RTOs – Schedule 2
ASQA Fact sheet – Conducting validation
ASQA website: Validating products from the TAE package
YouTube video: Understanding the TAE validation process
Definition: Independent validation
Independent validation means, for the purposes of Clause 1.25, that the validation is carried out by a validator or validators who:
a) are not employed or subcontracted by the RTO to provide training and assessment; and b) have no other involvement or interest in the operations of the RTO.
From: Standards Glossary
- How does your RTO ensure that TAE assessment validation is conducted independently?
- Does your RTO have a documented schedule for validation of TAE training products?
- How are validation activities documented?
- Where is this documentation kept?
XYZ RTO has a qualification for the TAE training package on scope. They arrange with ABC RTO that has the same TAE qualification on scope, but it is delivered by different personnel. ABC’s qualified trainer/assessors who deliver training and assessment in this qualification will conduct XYZ’s validation and vice versa.
Does this meet the definition of ‘independent validation’?
The personnel who are conducting XYZ’s validation are not employed or subcontracted by XYZ to provide training and assessment and have no other involvement or interest in the operations of XYZ’s operations.
XYZ RTO has a qualification for the TAE training package on scope that requires external validation. XYZ’s manager talks to a colleague who recommends a particular VET consultant. The manager engages this consultant to validate the TAE product because they trust their colleague.
Is this a suitable approach?
Yes, if the manager also does their due diligence to check the VET consultant has:
a) current knowledge and skills in vocational teaching and learning; and
b) the training and assessment qualification or assessor skill set at least to the level being validated.