What do I need to do?
Working with Training Packages relates to the AQTF Standards for
Registered Training Organisations: 2.1; 2.2; 6.1; 6.2; 6.3;
8.1; 8.1(vii); 9.1b; 9.3(iv); 9.3(vi).
Training Packages include units of competency, assessment
guidelines and the qualifications and their packaging rules.
RTOs are required to use these endorsed components to develop
delivery and assessment strategies which best meet the needs of
individuals and client target groups. Ensure that your
trainers and assessors are aware of how to optimise flexibility
within the Training Package or accredited course rules.
The most flexible Training Packages allow:
- enterprises to customise units of competency
- substitution of alternative competencies
- modification of assessments within the parameters of the set guidelines.
Checklist for working with a Training Package
In tailoring a Training Package for a particular client group or
enterprise, trainers may consider the following questions.
Do any of the units of competency pose a particular problem for a learner with a disability? If so, can an alternative unit be substituted?
Can appropriate assessment for this learner or group be provided within the Training Package assessment guidelines?
Can the qualifications be packaged in a flexible way? In general, the more flexibility in the packaging of units of competency, the less likely the process will disadvantage learners with a disability. Flexible packaging involves: use of elective units; limited prerequisite units; inclusion of specialist units as electives; a full range of qualification levels; and importation of units from other Training Packages.
Are the qualifications packaged so that elective units can be substituted? Many people with a disability have a high level of knowledge and skill in particular specialty areas, for example, in the human services, arts or communications industries. Specialist units can enable recognition of these currently held competencies.
Are there Certificates I and II as well as higher level qualifications? Training Packages without Certificate I may not be appropriate for some learners, for example some people with an intellectual disability.
Learners who are unable to obtain a full qualification may still be able to complete units of competency and obtain a Statement of Attainment. Under the AQTF RTOs must recognise units already held so don't forget to check whether the client already has achieved some relevant units at another RTO - under the packaging rules you may be able to constitute a whole qualification.
If you have difficulties tailoring the Training Package for your client group, contact the relevant Industry Skills Council.