Q. What do I have to do to show Financial Viability for my Registered training organisation RTO?

You should, in addition to a business plan prepare a financial plan that clearly demonstrates your organisation’s likely business continuity, and its financial capacity to deliver quality outcomes. You will be required to provide information about your current financial position, financial forecasts and alignment of these forecasts with expected enrolments i.e. with information in your business plan. Each of the regulators across Australia have requirements for monitoring your financial viability …
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Q. Will I be audited to be approved as an RTO? Will I be audited once I am approved?

Part of the process of preparing to become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is to undergo a site audit. Once you have completed the application process, been approved for financial viability and submitted the initial required evidence your will be informed about the audit process. The timing and order of these steps will vary according to the regulator you apply to. However, before you can be registered you must undergo …
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Q. How much does it cost to set up an RTO?

There are many costs associated with setting up an RTO. Besides the infrastructure costs of buildings & office equipment and the development of learning and assessment resources, there are a range of fees that are charged by the regulator during the application process. Costs will vary between regulators and be dependant on how many qualifications you wish to deliver, however as a guide (for up to 10 qualifications)  you could …
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Q. Do I need a consultant to help me set up a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)?

No, it is not a requirement. However, people often commence the process on their own and discover that they need to call on the experience of a consultant. Remember that the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is yours, not the consultants so make sure your consultant takes a supportive and  educational approach (coaching and mentoring approach) to supporting you. The consultant’s role is to provide advice, a suite of documents to …
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Q. What do I have to do to start up a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)?

The first thing you should do is ask yourself if you really need to be a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or could you deliver non-accredited training. If you decide to pursue the idea of becoming an RTO, conduct a feasibility study/develop a business case that includes details of your industry, the target group, the courses you would like to develop, the cost of setting up the RTO and the potential …
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Q. What is the difference between accredited and non accredited training?

Accredited training is regulated by a government agency such as ASQA to ensure they meet training and assessment guidelines. These qualifications are nationally recognised by industry for employment purposes and by other training organisations for the purpose of pathways into further study. Non accredited training may still be of a high quality but is not regulated by the government and may not be recognised by employers or other training providers.

Q. What are the benefits of becoming a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)?

If you want to be able to issue a nationally recognised qualification to your students you have to be a registered training organisation. Consider what type of students you are likely to be targeting. If those students are more likely to be interested in training for the skills they gain and the learning experience and are not really interested in a qualification then becoming a registered training organisation may not …
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Q. How can I be confident my RTO is compliant at all times?

You might think that this is a no brainer but there is a tendency in RTOs to only think seriously about compliance when an audit is approaching.  Why is this? Because the day to day pressing issues overshadow the compliance tasks. Many RTOs are reactive in their approach to compliance and quality, they deal with issues as they arise but they may not have systems in place to systematically review …
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