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ASQA Course Owner and Developer Briefing webcast, 29 May 2018

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Presenters: Robyn Porter – Manager, Course Accreditation; Elise Stapleton – Accreditation Assessor

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ASQA Course Owner and Developer Briefing webcast, 29 May 2018

  1. 1. ASQA Course Owner and Developer Briefing 2018 29 May 2018 Presenters: Robyn Porter – Manager, Course Accreditation Elise Stapleton – Accreditation Assessor
  2. 2. Welcome • Introduction to course accreditation • Course accreditation in review • Regulatory update • Compliance with the VET Accredited Course Design Standards • Q & A About today’s session
  3. 3. Course accreditation in brief • Recognised under the AQF • Must not duplicate training package outcomes • 760 VET accredited courses currently approved • Similar number of initial and renewal applications received each year. 2
  4. 4. Compliance with the Standards Most common non-compliances 3 Design standard Non-compliance VAC 7.1 Insufficient evidence of consultation/validation activities, industry need and/or support for the course Renewal application – dated information Nominal hours VAC 7.2 Development of enterprise units VAC 7.3 Does not meet AQF qualification type and/or level Volume of learning VAC 7.6 Structure not appropriate Non-compliance against other standards a contributing factor VAC 7.10 Course assessment strategy VAC 7.12 Insufficient information on essential equipment and resources
  5. 5. Compliance with the Standards Compliance at initial evaluation 2016-2017 4 77% 44% 33% 41% 91% 77% 35% 85% 53% 61% 46% 59% 38% 75% 23% 56% 67% 58% 8% 23% 64% 15% 47% 39% 53% 41% 62% 25% 6.1 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 7.1 7.11 7.12 7.13 Percent VAC Standard Compliant Not compliant
  6. 6. Compliance with the Standards Compliance at initial evaluation 2017-18* 5 76% 46% 24% 59% 96% 83% 30% 87% 84% 64% 38% 61% 43% 71% 24% 54% 76% 41% 4% 17% 70% 13% 16% 36% 62% 39% 57% 29% 6.1 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 7.1 7.11 7.12 7.13 Percent VAC Standard Compliant Not compliant * 1 July 2017 to 31 March 2018
  7. 7. Regulatory update
  8. 8. Regulatory update ASQA’s aim is to: • apply additional scrutiny of application and veracity of information provided upon submission • focus on course owners obligations and responsibilities with respect to monitoring of accredited course Enhanced scrutiny of applications 7
  9. 9. Regulatory update • replicate regulatory requirements for RTO’s to course owners • rectification opportunities • self assessment tools • educate course owners, course developers and consultants • enhance or develop new tools. Enhanced scrutiny of applications 8
  10. 10. Regulatory update • Consultation undertaken in 2017 • ASQA will update the sector following COAG decision • Proposed changes to fees and charges include: ‒ lodgement fee ‒ structure for initial and renewal application fee ‒ amendment fee (minor and major). ASQA’s fees and charges 9
  11. 11. Regulatory update ASQA’s submission made recommendations on: • ensuring the same standard of quality indicator data for training packages applies to accredited courses • strengthening the threshold for establishing an industry need for a course to be accredited NVR Act Review update 10
  12. 12. Regulatory update ASQA’s submission made recommendations on: • increasing validation requirements • providing a new standard that enables the publication of course objectives and description on the national register NVR Act Review update 11
  13. 13. Regulatory update ASQA’s submission made recommendations on: • reviewing the volume of learning across qualification types across industry sectors • including information on amount of training in accredited courses • reviewing qualification types delivered across sectors • providing clearer guidance on clustered/nested qualifications. AQF review update 12
  14. 14. Regulatory update • Greater transparency of VET accredited course information on national register • Equivalence of VET accredited courses • Strengthening evidence requirements. Review of the alignment between training packages and VET accredited courses 13
  15. 15. Compliance with the Standards for VET Accredited Courses
  16. 16. Introduction Most course applications are non-compliant with: • VAC 7.1 Industry need/support – consultation/validation • VAC 7.2 Development of units of competency • VAC 7.6 Course structure • VAC 7.10 Assessment strategies • VAC 7.13 Course monitoring and evaluation process. Common areas of non-compliance 15
  17. 17. Standard VAC 7.1 Non-compliant practice • Course document does not identify vocational outcomes and/or associated tasks. • The coverage of the units selected/developed do not provide the intended vocational outcome for the course. • Insufficient evidence of industry need and support for a course to be nationally recognised. Industry need/support/consultation validation 16
  18. 18. Standard VAC 7.1 Non-compliant practice (cont) • Insufficient evidence of stakeholder engagement in the development of the course and units of competence • Stakeholder engagement is insufficient. Industry need/support/consultation validation 17
  19. 19. Standard VAC 7.1 For renewal applications: • no current information to support ongoing need and/or support for the course • submission of dated consultation and validation documents • no information on transition arrangements. Industry need/support/consultation validation 18
  20. 20. Standard VAC 7.1 Compliant practice: • Course purpose reflects outcomes of units, lists job titles and may include additional tasks or functions associated with job title • Meaningful consultation with demonstrated evidence Industry need/support/consultation validation 19
  21. 21. Standard VAC 7.1 Compliant practice: • Sufficient stakeholders engaged with necessary skills and experience to provide feedback that course content meets industry needs • industry consultation survey • transition arrangements documented in course Industry need/support/consultation validation 20
  22. 22. Standard VAC 7.2 • Units not developed to meet Standards for Training Package requirements Specifically: • elements • performance criteria • performance evidence Develop units of competency 21 • knowledge evidence • assessment requirements
  23. 23. Standard VAC 7.2 Elements are the building blocks of a unit of competency and describe a major skill required to carry out the work task. Develop units of competency 22
  24. 24. Standard VAC 7.2 Non compliant practice Elements: • duplicate the unit title • do not relate to the performance criteria • are written like performance criteria • specify the learning or assessment activities rather than identifying a work task or function. Develop units of competency 23
  25. 25. Standard VAC 7.2 Performance criteria – express the workplace activity to be undertaken and the level of performance and describe an aspect of the major skill identified in the element. Develop units of competency 24
  26. 26. Standard VAC 7.2 Non compliant practice • do not relate to the element • duplicate each other • are written like assessment tasks • include language that is open to interpretation • do not specify the context for performance • include a range – list. Develop units of competency 25
  27. 27. Standard VAC 7.2 Performance evidence – the evidence that must be collected on the learner’s ability to complete tasks outlined in the elements and performance criteria. Develop units of competency 26
  28. 28. Standard VAC 7.2 Non compliant practice • Duplicate elements and/or performance criteria • Not relevant to the elements and/or performance criteria • Written as a checklist • Frequency and/or volume not specified. Develop units of competency 27
  29. 29. Standard VAC 7.2 Knowledge evidence – specifies what the learner must know to perform the work task described in the unit of competency. Develop units of competency 28
  30. 30. Standard VAC 7.2 Non compliant practice • Knowledge is not relevant to unit outcomes • Knowledge is the same for every unit • Describes skills i.e. communicate • Duplicates elements/performance criteria • Written as a checklist • Written as a task i.e. Use manual to …. Develop units of competency 29
  31. 31. Standard VAC 7.2 Assessment conditions – specify the conditions in which assessment must be undertaken. Develop units of competency 30
  32. 32. Standard VAC 7.2 Non compliant practice • Does not align to assessment strategy in Section B:6.1 of the course document • Inconsistent information on whether assessment methods listed are suggested or mandatory • Inconsistent information regarding the assessment environment. Develop units of competency 31
  33. 33. Standard VAC 7.2 Compliant practice Develop units of competency 32
  34. 34. Standard VAC 7.6 Non compliant practice • Structure is unclear • Includes superseded/deleted training package units • Units not appropriate – application/outcome does not align to course outcomes • Nominal hours • Pre-requisite versus entry requirement. Course structure 33
  35. 35. Standard VAC 7.6 Compliant practice • To achieve the qualification {insert title} the learner must complete 18 units – 8 core and 10 electives. The elective units are grouped into streams and all units in the stream must be completed to meet the course rules. • To achieve the qualification {insert title} the learner must complete all 9 core units. Course structure 34
  36. 36. Standard VAC 7.6 Compliant practice (cont) • To achieve the qualification {insert title} the learner must complete 15 units – 10 core and select 5 elective units from the list below • Nominal hours represent the learning required to achieve competence Course structure 35
  37. 37. Standard VAC 7.6 Compliant practice (cont) • Nominal hours for training package units in accordance with Victorian Purchasing Guide. Course structure 36
  38. 38. Standard VAC 7.10 Non compliant practice • Does not describe the overall course assessment strategy to judge participants’ achievement of the outcomes • Inconsistent information about mandated assessment methods and tools Course assessment strategy 37
  39. 39. Standard VAC 7.10 Non compliant practice (cont) • Is RTO specific • Is inconsistent with training package requirements • Lacks information on workplace delivery and/or workplace simulation requirements. Course assessment strategy 38
  40. 40. Standard VAC 7.10 Compliant practice • Meets the requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 • Information is provided on assessment conditions and assessment methods • Information on mandated assessment requirements Course assessment strategy 39
  41. 41. Standard VAC 7.10 Compliant practice (cont) • Strategy meets training package requirements • Aligns with specific requirements of units of competency • Not mandatory, includes information on amount of training for different learner cohorts • Informs learning and assessment strategies developed by RTOs. Course assessment strategy 40
  42. 42. Standard VAC 7.13 Non compliant practice • No information provided on strategy for monitoring the course • No information provided on ‘who’ will monitor the course • No information provided on process for making amendments to course where required Monitoring of the course 41
  43. 43. Standard VAC 7.13 Non compliant practice (cont) • Information is solely about RTO’s delivery • Reference to training and assessment strategy not appropriate Monitoring of the course 42
  44. 44. Standard VAC 7.13 Compliant practice • Identify key stakeholders to be consulted – industry, students, trainers, assessors • Identify methods/tools – completion surveys, employers • Frequency for monitoring courses • Process for submitting amendments to course. Monitoring of the course 43
  45. 45. Questions? 44
  46. 46. Contact ASQA ASQA Info Line – 1300 701 801 Email – accreditation@asqa.gov.au Website – asqa.gov.au @asqagovau

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