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Vocational competencies

Standards: Clause 1.13

In addition to the requirements specified in Clause 1.14 and Clause 1.15, the RTO’s training and assessment is delivered only by persons who have:

a)  vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed;
b)  current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided; and
c)  current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment.

Industry experts may also be involved in the assessment judgement, working alongside the trainer and/or assessor to conduct the assessment.

Definition: Vocational competency

Vocational competency in a particular industry consists of broad industry knowledge and experience, usually combined with a relevant industry qualification. A person who has vocational competency will be familiar with the content of the vocation and will have relevant current experience in the industry. Vocational competencies must be considered on an industry-by-industry basis and with reference to the guidance provided in the assessment guidelines of the relevant training package.

VET Glossary NCVER 2020

Definition: Current industry skills

The maintenance of a trainer’s vocational technical skills and knowledge, enabling the trainer to deliver and assess vocational training relevant to current industry practices.

VET Glossary NCVER 2020

Some options:

  • Attendance at industry seminars and workshops
  • Attendance at industry networking events
  • Attendance at industry conferences or exhibitions
  • Membership of professional associations
  • Participation in online events or programs by industry networks
  • Participation in industry projects
  • Subscriptions to industry journals
  • Work shadowing or experience
  • Consultancy work in the industry
Definition: Current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning

This is about the continued development of VET professional skills and knowledge. The delivery of training and assessment does not constitute professional development on its own. Professional development activities require structure and a clear link to how the trainer and assessor’s skills and knowledge have been enhanced through their participation.

ASQA website

Some options

  • Participation in VET-related workshops, seminars, conferences
  • Completion of VET-related courses or formal learning programs
  • Participation in mentoring, professional associations or learning networks
  • Participation in moderation or validation activities

QCI considerations

Vocational competency
Is there a clear description of what your RTO expects a trainer assessor to have in the way of vocational competency for each qualification on scope?

Current industry skills
How does your RTO determine what ‘current’ means?
How does your RTO determine what is acceptable as technical knowledge and skills?

VET professional development

  • Does your RTO have documented requirement about professional development requirements for trainers and assessors?
  • Does this documentation include a list of acceptable activities?
  • How are trainer assessors made aware of these requirements?
  • How are these PD activities recorded?
  • Who keeps these records and where?
  • What are the consequences if a trainer assessor does not meet requirements?

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