Your trainer and assessor files (Part 1 of 5)
Compliance of your trainer records is a must for any Registered Training Organisation. If you do not know what you are looking for, you will always have difficulty finding it. The purpose of this article is to provide you with the required information and resources to ensure you can audit and review your trainer and assessor files to be compliant with the current regulatory requirements and standards.
Legislative and regulatory requirements:
Trainers and assessors must comply with the following SRTOs 2015 requirements:
- Clauses 1.13 – 1.16
- Trainers and assessors who deliver any Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification or skill set from the Training and Education Training Package (TAE10, TAE or its successor) are also required to meet additional requirements, outlined in Clauses 1.21 – 1.24.
Requirements for all trainers and assessors:
Trainers and assessors must meet the following criteria and guidelines:
- the vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed
- current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided, and
- current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment.
In addition, training and assessment may only be delivered by persons who have:
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110 or TAE40116), or its successor*, or
- A diploma or higher level qualification in adult education.
Your RTO must also ensure that all trainers and assessors undertake professional development in the fields of:
- knowledge and practice of vocational training, and
- learning and assessment, including competency-based training and assessment.
An RTO must hold valid files for all Trainers and Assessors (this includes files for contractors and employees). A valid file includes the following information:
- A current copy of the trainer/assessor’s CV (usually updated on an annual basis)
- The RTO’s name, the position title and a description of the job-role
- Details about the vocational competencies that the trainer/assessor holds
- Details about the vocational competencies that the trainer/assessor is delivering/assessing.
- Information about industry currency and skills
- List of VET professional development activities
- Confirmation that it is a true and up-to-date copy of the CV (usually means the trainer/assessor initialling each page of the CV to confirm the accuracy of the information provided)
- Signature and date of last update of the CV
It is also recommended that all resumes/CVs are verified for currency and authenticity through the undertaking of reference checks.
Fact sheet—Meeting trainer and assessor requirements, published by ASQA https://www.asqa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net3521/f/FACT_SHEET_Meeting_trainer_and_assessor_requirements.pdf
(To be continued in the upcoming newsletter and blogs)