8 tips to help you navigate the course accreditation process

So you want to get a new course accredited for VET delivery? The process of new course accreditation can be very long and complicated –it’s like putting the pieces of a complex jigsaw puzzle together. So we thought it might be helpful to share some of our learnings on the topic. We hope you find them helpful! 1. Consult with industry Once you have identified the need for the course …
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5 reasons to review your RTO’s compliance management

  Are you being proactive? Is compliance management an integral part of your RTO business? Are you being proactive or reactive in your approach? A good governance system enables management to achieve the vision and goals of the organisation and at the same time ensure that the needs of the many stakeholders are met…….The system should incorporate clear policies and processes, information about your organisational structure, and systems to manage …
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What’s your RTO’s strategy for success?

Are you focusing on strategy or survival? ‘Strategy-making is one of the most important activities undertaken by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), in their pursuit of high- performance. Active, continuous strategy-making is essential for the survival and prosperity of RTOs.’ (Strategy–Making in Turbulent Times, ANTA report, 2003) Most RTO managers tell us that they are just trying to keep their heads above water with compliance requirements and changes to the sector …
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How can history help us to improve the quality training and assessment in VET?

  A reflection on my VET journey Have you read the Quality of assessment in vocational education and training – Discussion Paper? Are you considering answering the questions that sit under each focus area? You can read the paper here. The three areas of focus covered in the paper are: Foundation reforms – competence of trainers and assessors, Reforms to the assessment of VET students – engagement of industry to …
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Are you ready for the Annual Declaration of Compliance?

Compliance – an Ongoing Challenge Those of you who have been around RTOs for a while know that every year brings a new compliance challenge – 2016 is no different. ASQA is now requiring the submission of the Annual Declaration of Compliance (See Clause 8.4 below). This should not be a surprise, although it may feel like it has snuck up on you. In fact, the Standards for RTOs 2015 …
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4 Strategies to ensure technology is embraced in your RTO

Technology: we can’t live without it It is our future, yet we are still unsure about the role technology could have within our vocational education system. Why, after almost 20 years of access to the Internet and the ready availability of devices including computers, tablets, whiteboards and phones, do we still struggle to fully embrace the role of digital technology in our delivery strategies? An article from the Center for …
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Have you worked out Volume of Learning and Amount of Training for your RTO?

Are you adjusting to the new Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015? At the end of last year  we wrote to you about preparing for the New Year and in particular about preparing for the new Standards. By now you will have at the very least: Updated your policies and processes, Aligned your training and assessment practices with the new policies and standards, and Engaged with industry in a variety …
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7 ways to get your RTO ready for the new financial year

Time is flying, are you ready? June 30 is nearly upon us. It is hard not to notice with all those EOFY sales! But focusing on your expenditure, taxation and cleaning up all those loose financial ends is not the only way to make good use of this time of year. Why not take stock of a few other areas of your RTO as well and get ready for bigger …
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How to effectively engage your RTO with industry. Three strategies for success.

Are you stuck between a rock and a hard place? As an RTO owner, you may feel like you are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to effectively engaging with industry. On the one hand you want your courses to be industry relevant, using current technologies and practices to produce learners who are job ready. But on the other hand you have to comply with …
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The 3 essential steps to a Happy New Year in your RTO

Christmas is fast approaching and so are The new Standards for Registered Training Organisations Your social calendar is full, you have a million things to do in your RTO (and at home), but the holidays are nearly here. And you know that the new Standards for RTOs is just around the corner. In fact the new Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 will take effect from January 1 2015 for new RTOs or April 1 …
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