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 Skills Service Organisations (SSOs), industry, enterprise and/or education, 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 DET Courses to identify any courses, or units of competency that match your proposed course or unit of competency outcomes.
Alternatives to accreditation
Consider whether the outcome of a proposed course is already covered by a training package product.
There are over 60 endorsed training packages. In total, these contain over 14,000 qualifications, 17,000 units of competency and 1200 skill sets. (The national register, Training.gov.au contains a list of all training package products.)
A course cannot be accredited if its outcomes are already covered by a qualification, a skill set, or by units of competency from an endorsed training package.
In this case, an RTO should apply to add the relevant qualification, skill set or units of competency to its scope of registration to meet these outcomes.
The next step
The next step in the VET accreditation process is course concept proposal.