Before developing a course for accreditation, you need to research and consult to:
- establish the need for the course
- engage relevant stakeholders with an interest in course outcomes
- ensure the intended course will not duplicate the title or coverage of a training package qualification, unit of competency or accredited Crown copyright course.
The steps to take are:
- Consult with relevant Industry Skills Councils or Industry Training Advisory Boards, industry, enterprise and/or community groups, employee organisations, regulatory or licensing bodies and Curriculum Maintenance Managers about your proposed course.
- Search all Training Packages for qualifications or units of competency that might match your proposed course or unit of competency outcomes.
- Search Crown copyright accredited courses on the State Register and Training Support Network to identify any courses, or units of competency that match your proposed course or unit of competency outcomes.
Alternatives to accreditation
If the course you propose has the same outcomes as that of a training package qualification, or particular units of competency within a qualification it will not be accredited. You should add the qualification or the relevant units of competency to your scope of registration.
If you or your client group have specific training needs, you may be able to tailor existing units of competency or a training package qualification, rather than developing a new course. See Part 2, Section 1, 2.1.7 and Part 2, Section 4, 2.4.13 of the Training Package Development Handbook.
The next step
The next step in the VET accreditation process is course concept proposal.