Are you on track to transition to the new RTO Standards by April 2015?

Are you on track? The new Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 have now been endorsed and take effect from 1 January 2015 for new RTOs or 1 April 2015 for existing RTOs. By these dates you must fully comply with the Standards as a condition of your registration. Below is an overview of what has changed and what is no longer required. We know this has created a lot more …
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How to provide effective distance or e-learning programs

Are your distance or e-learning options effective? What makes for an effective distance or e-learning experience? Great question. It is certainly a growth sector with distance and e-learning options popping up all over the place. The technology has certainly improved over the past few years and offers a much richer learning experience, but the education providers seem to be dragging their feet. The good, the bad, and the… Over the last few …
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How to use Assessment Mapping to Diagnose Assessment Non-compliances in RTOs

Responding to Noncompliances in an audit report Have you ever received an audit report that contained areas of noncompliance? It can be a shock to discover that some aspects of your RTO operations are not adequate. Especially when this report follows a stressful period of preparing for the audit and then waiting for the audit report to come. Even though some of these noncompliances may have been evident from the …
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What you need to know about RTO Risk Management that most Registered Training Organisations don’t know.

What does Risk Management mean in an RTO? Risk Management is an area that we often find is misunderstood across the VET sector. Risk Management plans and Risk Registers are rare finds, and if they do exist they are often not up to date or truly reflective of the whole Registered Training Organisation operations. Managing risk is the daily task of every RTO manager regardless of the size of your …
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What are the compliance requirements for my RTO? Could it be good for my business?

What are the compliance requirements for my RTO? The words ‘compliance’ and ‘risk’ can evoke powerful emotions in people. You may be someone who looks forward to the challenge of managing compliance and risk and if you are, these tasks probably don’t cause you stress. If, on the other hand, you are one of the many who find compliance management to be something to be feared then this email may …
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What you need to know about the proposed standards for RTOs

Draft revised RTO and VET Regulator Standards The proposed standards for training providers and VET regulators have now been released. These new standards have been prepared in response to extensive consultation and seek to be responsive to industry, support quality outcomes and be less onerous. Here are some key features that are included in the proposed standards: Clarity about compliance There is an attempt to provide more clarity on what …
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How to navigate the ever changing VET sector. Our top 10 tips to stay calm and compliant.

Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. – John Maxwell Anyone working in the Vocational Education and Training sector in Australia will have experienced this roller coaster of change and know that falling asleep on the job for a minute can quickly lead to trouble with compliance.   Staying on top of the changes can be challenging and if you want your business to grow, you need some clever strategies to keep …
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How do you prepare your RTO for an Audit? Will it be war or peace?

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender – Winston Churchill The audit as a battle ground. Sometimes an audit feels like a battle ground. And the words of Churchill, while we use it in …
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What I Learned About The Power of Restriction from a 50000 Word Novel Without The Letter ‘E”

I just read a novel by Ernest Vincent Wright that did not contain the letter “E”. Why would someone set themselves that kind of challenge? Guy Kawasaki explains in his book APE, According to the book’s introduction, Wright was tired of hearing “it can’t be done; for you cannot say anything at all without using the letter E, and make smooth continuity, with perfectly grammatical construction.” Wright used a typewriter …
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