Apprentice/trainee checklist

As an apprentice or trainee, you can use this checklist to see if your apprenticeship or traineeship is on track and meeting the legal requirements for completion.

If you agree with these statements your apprenticeship is likely to be progressing well.

If you disagree with a statement or you are unsure, consider seeking advice from your registered training organisation (RTO), your  Apprenticeship Network Provider or the VRQA.

Please note: The checklist uses the term ‘apprentice’ for both apprentices and trainees.


1. Training contract

  •  I was enrolled with an RTO within three months of commencing the training contract,.

2. Training plan

  • I have signed a training plan agreed to with my employer and the RTO.
  • I have my own copy of my training plan.
  • My training plan says what training I will receive and when (this can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination).

3. Workplace supervision

  • I am supervised by a qualified and/or experienced staff member with relevant knowledge and skills.
  • My supervisor/s checks my progress against the training plan.
  • My level of supervision suits my own skills and knowledge (I am not asked to do things by myself that are dangerous or that I don’t understand).

4. Workplace facilities and equipment

  • The facilities and equipment available are suitable for the type of work required and are helping me to get the skills I need to complete my apprenticeship.

5. Work tasks

  • I am asked to do work that helps me to develop the skills I need to work towards completing my qualification.

6. Competency based completion

  • I know that I can progress through my apprenticeship at a rate reflecting my skills development rather than to a specific timeframe.  See: Competency based completion.

7. Industrial awards

  • I receive the correct pay. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides information about apprentice pay rates and conditions.