In our news item VET Professional Development  we discussed the first component of Target Area 3 - Capability of Trainers and Assessors - Assessment.

The second component of this target area relates particularly to industry currency and vocational competence. These two areas of compliance must be updated each year to remain current.

What is industry currency?

ASQA state in their fact sheet Meeting Trainer and Assessor Requirements, released 1st April 2015, the current industry skills held by trainers and assessors:

  • Need to be consistent with the requirements of the training packages/accredited courses they are delivering, and
  • Need to be consistent with the required skills for trainers and assessors that your RTO has identified through industry engagement.

Here are some ways you can maintain your industry currency

  • Attend industry meetings and networking events
  • Attend a workplace and complete the relevant activities related to all units you are delivering and assessing
  • Access professional development sessions that are available in your industry 

For further information please visit the ASQA website

Vocational competencies

A trainer’s vocational competency means that they have the particular skills and knowledge relevant to the industry area in which they are delivering. The training product identifies the competencies that the relevant industry requires , as stated by ASQA in their fact sheet Meeting Trainer and Assessor Requirements, released 1st April 2015.

Put more simply this means you must hold the qualification (or higher) that you are delivering and assessing, or show equivalence.

What does this mean for you if you are a Teacher delivering a VET in Schools program?

  • If you are delivering and assessing a Certificate II in Sport and Recreation SIS20115, you are required to hold this qualification or higher. 
  • You may also hold a similar qualification that you can map across to show how it meets the requirements of the Certificate II Sport and Recreation. 

What if I don’t hold the qualification but have extensive experience in this field?

  • You can review the content of each individual unit within the qualification and determine how your current skills and knowledge meet the unit outcomes. 

See the example equivalence document that can be downloaded at the link below.