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Course Development

When your Course concept proposal (doc - 211.5kb) is approved by the VRQA and fee payment is received  the next step is course development. This involves documenting the intended skills and knowledge outcomes and the training and assessment structures.

Developing units of competency

Courses can include units of competency from training packages. If the content of the proposed course cannot be covered with existing training package units of competency, you will need to develop new units. If you wish to develop new units it must be done in close consultation with the relevant technical experts and appropriate industry practitioners.

The VRQA provides a unit of competency template in section C of the Course submission template (doc - 208kb). Codes for units of competency are allocated by the VRQA at the time of accreditation.

You can get information and advice on developing units of competency by:

Steering committee

To ensure that the course meets intended outcomes, industry and other stakeholders with relevant technical expertise take part in the development and design of the course, through a steering committee established by the course developer.

The steering committee is responsible for providing advice to the course developer and for confirming that:

  • the course content and qualification structure meet the needs of industry, enterprise and/or community
  • the intended vocational outcomes are met
  • the course is aligned with the appropriate AQF level
  • the course meets all relevant OH&S regulations and licensing requirements
  • employability skills (doc - 153kb) summaries are validated.

When development of the course is complete, each member of the steering committee is required to sign a course contents endorsement form (doc - 155.5kb). These forms are to be included as an appendix to the course accreditation submission.

The majority of the steering committee must comprise relevant industry representatives. The chair must be an industry representative. The steering committee may include representatives from:

  • the relevant Skills Service Organisations or Industry Advisory Groups
  • employee/practitioner groups (individuals and/or association or union representatives)
  • employers
  • the relevant peak industry body and/or professional association.

If the course features pathways from senior secondary programs or pathways to higher education, the steering committee should also include representatives from the relevant education sector.

For more information and other useful resources for this stage of the accreditation process, see page 16 of AQTF Users' Guide to Standards for Accredited Courses (pdf - 697.04kb)

The next step

The next step in the VET accreditation process is accreditation submission.