The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) published the latest update to the UEE – Electrotechonology Training Package. In this round of training updates, ASQA mandated changes to allow leeway for both RTOs and student to adjust with the newest version of the UEE training package. In short, ASQA extended transition periods for superseded UEE units.
ASQA’s Authority Regarding Extended Transition Periods
ASQA, as the regulatory body overseeing vocational education and training in Australia, wields the authority to approve transition periods beyond the standard guidelines outlined in Clause 1.26 (a) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. This authority is crucial in ensuring the smooth adaptation of RTOs to changing training packages while safeguarding learners’ interests.
In line with the Guidance for Providers – Learner Transitions, ASQA does not grant extended transition periods indiscriminately. Rather, they carefully assess each application, considering whether a genuine disadvantage to a group of learners would arise. This emphasis on safeguarding learners’ interests is at the core of ASQA’s mission.
4 October 2023 UEE Training Package Updates
Last 4 October 2023, ASQA approved an extended transition period for superseded qualifications within the Electrotechnology Training Package in Releases 5.0 and 6.0:
Superseded in UEE Electrotechnology Training Package – Release 5.0:
- UEE41920 Certificate IV in Electrical – Renewable Energy
- UEE42020 Certificate IV in Electrical – Photovoltaic Systems
- UEE43120 Certificate IV in Energy Efficiency and Assessment
- UEE50120 Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
- UEE50711 Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering
- UEE60920 Advanced Diploma of Renewable Energy Engineering
- UEE62020 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Renewable Energy
Superseded in UEE Electrotechnology Training Package – Release 6.0:
- UEE41220 Certificate IV in Electrical – Rail Signalling
Extended Transition Period Details
For RTOs and learners affected by these superseded qualifications, the good news is that ASQA has extended the transition period until 31 January 2025. However, this extension applies exclusively to students who began formal training in their respective courses by 19 December 2023 and 7 February 2024 for UEE Training Package Releases 5.0 and 6.0, respectively.
Both RTOs and students must understand that by the new transition end date, all students must either complete and receive certification or transfer to a replacement course.
8 February 2023 Introducing UEE Training Package 6.0!
The latest UEE training package update is now live on training.gov.au! The UEE – Electrotechnology Training Package version 6.0 was released on 8 February 2023 after major changes completed by Australian Industry Standards.
8 February 2023 Training Updates for the UEE Training Package in Australia
The latest UEE training package update includes the addition of one qualification, updates to five others, and the removal of one qualification. Additionally, two skill sets and 18 units were added, while 20 units were removed.
Products Affected by the 8 February 2023 UEE Training Package Update
|New Qualifications||Superseded Qualifications||Equivalency/Action|
|UEE41223 – Certificate IV in Rail Signalling||UEE41220 – Certificate IV in Electrical – Rail Signalling||Not Equivalent|
|UEE30820 – Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician||Updated from release 5 to release 6|
|UEE33020 – Certificate III in Electrical Fitting||Updated from release 4 to release 5|
|UEE40620 – Certificate IV in Electrotechnology – Systems Electrician||Updated from release 5 to release 6|
|UEE43020 – Certificate IV in Electrical Equipment and Systems||Updated from release 3 to release 4|
|UEE53020 – Diploma of Electrical Systems Engineering||Updated from release 2 to release 3|
Units of Competency
|New Units||Superseded Units||Equivalency/Action|
|UEERS0020 – Apply rail signalling principles||Added|
|UEERS0021 – Assemble and wire electrical rail signalling equipment||UEERS0001 – Assemble and wire internal electrical rail signalling equipment||Not Equivalent|
|UEERS0022 – Find and repair rail signalling system faults||UEERS0004 – Find and repair rail signalling system faults||Not Equivalent|
|UEERS0023 – Inspect, test and certify rail power signal equipment||UEERS0018 – Test and commission rail power equipment||Equivalent|
|UEERS0024 – Install and maintain rail track circuit leads and bonds||UEERS0011 – Install and maintain rail track circuit leads and bonds||Equivalent|
|UEERS0025 – Maintain active level crossing equipment||UEERS0005 – Install and maintain active level crossing equipment||Equivalent|
|UEERS0026 – Maintain communications based signalling equipment||Added|
|UEERS0027 – Maintain computer-based interlocking rail systems||UEERS0006 – Install and maintain computer-based interlocking rail systems||Equivalent|
|UEERS0028 – Maintain mechanical rail signalling equipment and infrastructure||UEERS0016 – Maintain mechanical rail signalling equipment and infrastructure||Equivalent|
|UEERS0029 – Maintain non-vital telemetry systems||UEERS0008 – Install and maintain non-vital telemetry systems||Equivalent|
|UEERS0030 – Maintain power-operated point actuating devices||UEERS0009 – Install and maintain power-operated point actuating devices||Equivalent|
|UEERS0031 – Maintain rail signalling power supplies||UEERS0010 – Install and maintain rail signalling power supplies||Equivalent|
|UEERS0032 – Maintain trackside signal and train protection equipment||UEERS0012 – Install and maintain trackside signal and train protection equipment||Equivalent|
|UEERS0033 – Maintain train detection equipment||UEERS0013 – Install and maintain train detection equipment||Equivalent|
|UEERS0034 – Maintain vital relay interlocking systems||UEERS0014 – Install and maintain vital relay interlocking systems||Equivalent|
|UEERS0035 – Maintain wayside asset protection equipment||Added|
|UEERS0036 – Repair rail signalling power and control cables||UEERS0017 – Repair rail signalling power and control cables||Equivalent|
|UEERS0037 – Test copper rail signalling cables||UEERS0019 – Test copper rail signalling cables||Equivalent|
|UEECD0058 – Observe safety practices are followed in the vicinity of isolated electrical cables||Deleted|
|UEERS0002 – Decommission electrical and electromechanical rail signalling from service||Deleted|
|UEERS0003 – Develop rail signalling system maintenance programs||Deleted|
|UEERS0007 – Install and maintain non-vital screen-based control systems||Deleted|
|UEERS0015 – Maintain electronic and microprocessor-based remote control systems||Deleted|
|UEESS00189 – Rail Signalling Constructor Skill Set||Added|
|UEESS00190 – Electrical – Rail Signalling Principles Skill Set||Added|
How Can RTOs Keep Up with the Latest UEE Training Package Updates?
To stay current with the latest UEE training package updates, Registered Training Organizations (RTOs) must take proactive steps to update their training programs. Here are some actions that your RTO should take:
- Apply for an addition to the scope of registration if the training package update does not align with your current program.
- Revisit and secure updated training resources to incorporate any changes outlined in the latest training updates.
- Stay ahead of the curve by incorporating the latest training updates and acquiring relevant resources from developers.
- Ensure that students can complete their courses before the transition period ends, and if necessary, transfer them to the updated program before the deadline.
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