The VET sector requires practitioners to be both trainers and assessors as well as industry specialists. This requirement is supported by the VET sector's governing bodies and is intended to ensure that the 'right person' provides quality training and assessment to the learner.
Industry currency is the maintenance of a trainer/assessor's vocational technical skills and knowledge by keeping up to date with current industry knowledge, skills and practice. Industry currency enables trainer/assessors to deliver and assess vocational training relevant to industry making them a dual professional.
At VETiS we hold the highest standards for our trainer/assessors to show evidence they hold the right qualifications and we support them to pursue currency opportunities within their specialist areas.
No one currency period, specific activity or group of activities represent the best way to maintain industry currency
• There are a range of activities that may work for the individual trainer/assessor and RTO
• The activities that the individual provides as evidence needs to suit the kind of knowledge and skill they have to maintain.
Within the VET sector vocational competency in a particular industry consists of broad industry knowledge and experience, usually combined with a relevant industry qualification.
A person who has vocational competency will be familiar with the content of the vocation and will have relevant and current experience in the industry.
In most situations trainers and assessors will hold the qualifications and/or units of competency that they deliver or assess, but where this is not the case, equivalence needs to be demonstrated.
Evidence used to demonstrate equivalence of vocational competency may include relevant past training (including superseded and pre-existing industry qualifications), experience and professional development. Equivalence is most commonly demonstrated by an individual through mapping this evidence against the specific requirements of the unit of competency. This process may or may not identify gaps that need to be addressed. The determination of equivalence is the responsibility of the employing RTO and is subject to audit. Demonstration of equivalence is not the same as RPL.
RPL is defined as “an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and nonformal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit. Demonstration of equivalence, on the other hand, is not a formal assessment process and therefore cannot be used as the basis for the award of a qualification or statement of attainment. As no certification is awarded, this judgement of equivalence can be made by any RTO. It is expected that RTOs making judgements about vocational equivalence will have a documented process for arriving at those judgements that is validated and moderated. Judgements should be made in accordance with the rules of evidence and should be able to be upheld through peer or independent review.
As part of the Standards, an RTO’s training and assessment may only be delivered by trainers and assessors who have:
> the vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed
> current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided, and
> current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment.
In addition, training and assessment may only be delivered by persons who have:
> Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110 or TAE40116), or its successor*, or a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education.
Your RTO must also ensure that all trainers and assessors undertake professional development in the fields of:
> knowledge and practice of vocational training, and
> learning and assessment, including competency-based training and assessment.
At VETiS we develop our qualifications within the AQF national qualifications framwork. The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.
VETiS adheres to the Australian Skills Quality Authority. The Australian Skills Quality Authority promotes quality training so that students, employers, and industry have confidence in Australia's training sector.
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