AQTF 2007-the essential standards for registration

The Australian Quality Training Framework 2007 (AQTF 2007) will give users of the vocational education and training system increased confidence in the overall quality of training and assessment across the sector. AQTF 2007 updates the previous version of the framework, builds on existing AQTF standards and encourages registered training organisations (RTOs) to focus on their core business of training and assessment.

AQTF 2007 will be introduced from 1 July 2007.

The essential standards for registration

The essential standards for registration in AQTF 2007 will apply to all existing RTOs and organisations seeking to be RTOs. There are three components:

  • conditions of registration
  • standards
  • quality indicators

Conditions of registration

The conditions of registration are based on the existing AQTF standards and address the non-negotiable elements of operating a training organisation, such as having necessary insurance, complying with legislation and obtaining certificates of accounts, as well as areas particular to RTO operation including issuing of qualifications, national recognition and ethical marketing.

Under AQTF 2007, RTO chief executives will be required to sign a contract by 1 July 2007 agreeing to adhere to the conditions of registration.

Standards

There are three standards covering RTO business areas that most impact on the quality of training outcomes - training and assessment, client services and management systems. Each standard contains a number of elements that further describe the expectations of that standard, with the focus being on outcomes.

Rather than prescribing in detail how an RTO should operate, the elements specify the outcomes expected from RTOs for each standard. This gives RTOs greater flexibility to demonstrate how their approach complies with the standards, best meets the needs of their clients, and suits the scope and scale of their operations.

New auditing approaches will strengthen the validity of registration and audit and build industry confidence in the outcomes of vocational education and training. Industry regulators will be invited to directly participate in the registering process for RTOs.

Quality indicators

Quality indicators are a range of data that will be used by RTOs to support continuous improvement and by registering bodies as part of their risk assessment. The three categories of indicator are:

  • employer satisfaction (this includes competency development and training & assessment quality)
  • learner satisfaction (this includes learner engagement and competency development)
  • competency completion rate

Most RTOs already collect data under these categories and use it for a range of purposes including continuous improvement. AQTF 2007 will make this data collection nationally consistent. RTOs will be expected to record data about competency completion rates from 1 July 2007 and to report this to registering bodies in 2008.

Standardised tools are currently being developed for collecting and reporting data on the employer and learner indicators. The new tools will build on some of the high quality forms already in use. Selected RTOs will pilot the tools and the processes for local collection of data during 2007. There will also be a pilot of central collection tools and processes.

 Excellence criteria

RTOs will also have the opportunity to have their performance recognised at a higher standard using the excellence criteria which will be introduced in January 2008. The excellence criteria are a voluntary component of AQTF 2007. More information about excellence criteria will be available in October 2007.

For more information on AQTF 2007, visit www.training.com.au (Select 'AQTF 2007' from the left hand navigation)

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