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Planning the training and assessment

 
 
In Learning Topic 1, you were introduced to the framework in which Training Contracts occur and who is responsible for what.

This Learning Topic looks at the role of the Registered Training and Assessment Organisation – the organisation responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of the Certificate IV training and assessment according to the qualification agreed to by the employer and the apprentice/trainee. This topic looks at the contractual arrangements that the Registered Training and Assessment Organisation has with the state or territory government and then outlines the various activities that should occur before training and assessment commences.
Registered Training and Assessment Organisations

The previous Learning Topic outlined the roles of the Registered Training and Assessment Organisation in the coordination of the Cert IV in training and assessment for apprentices and trainees. Now you need to explore some of these roles in more detail Your Registered Training and Assessment Organisation must be approved by the state to deliver the training to its apprentices/trainees, and have a current funding contract if it is to receive government funding.

Before accepting any apprentice/trainee, you must:

* Check that your Registered Training and Assessment Organisation is registered to deliver training in your state or territory (use the NTIS website);
* Check that your Registered Training and Assessment Organisation has a current contract with the State Training Authority to deliver traineeship or apprenticeship training (check the approved provider list on your state or territory website);
* Check that the qualification in question is listed for that contract. If not, find out if it is possible and how to add the qualification;
* Sight evidence of a Training Contract;
* Check the fees that the apprentice/trainee and employer must pay;
* Check that your Registered Training and Assessment Organisation has installed the required compliant software for recording purposes.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming that requirements in your state or territory are the same as in others!
The qualification

All qualifications offered under the New Apprenticeship Scheme, such as the Certificate IV Training and Assessment, must be approved by the State Training Authority that registers the Training Contract.

Approved qualifications are listed on the State Training Authority’s website, and on the National Training Information Service (NTIS) website at <http://www.ntis.gov.au> (accessed August 2008). The qualifications will usually be part of a Training Package and are part of the Training Contract agreed to by the employer and the apprentice/trainee.

To offer accredited training, a Registered Training and Assessment Organisation must have the qualification listed on their Scope of Registration in the state or territory of registration of the Training Contract.
Learning and assessment strategies

For each Training Package qualification a Registered Training and Assessment Organisation has on its Scope of Registration, the Registered Training and Assessment Organisation must have a learning and assessment strategy to meet the needs of the client. These strategies must be developed by the Registered Training and Assessment Organisation in consultation with industry and enterprises and should identify proposed target groups, delivery and assessment modes and strategies, assessment validation processes and pathways. The strategy should also note how the Certificate IV training and Assessment materials have been customised to suit the proposed audience, including any arrangements for apprentices/trainees with special needs, or language, literacy and numeracy needs.

These learning and assessment strategies determine how the Registered Training and Assessment Organisation plans and delivers a learning and assessment program for specific clients. These strategies are as relevant to apprentices and trainees as they are for any other Registered Training and Assessment Organisation clients.

The AQTF 2007 Standards for Registered Training Organisations are part of the legislative framework you researched in the previous Learning Topic.


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