Latest PSP – Public Sector Training Package Updates and Transition Announcements Every RTO Should Know

Transition and Training Updates for the Latest PSP - Public Sector Training Package in Australia
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07 July 2023 Public Sector Training Package Update

Extended Transition Period for PSP50916 – Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) and the PSP60916 – Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

Effective communication across language barriers is crucial. Aspiring interpreters in Australia have long pursued the PSP50916 – Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) and the PSP60916 – Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) to meet this demand. Recognising the importance of these qualifications and the potential impact on learners, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has recently approved extended transition periods for both diplomas.

Understanding the Extended Transition Period

An extended transition period allows Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to continue delivering and assessing the PSP50916 and PSP60916 qualifications beyond the original transition end date. ASQA grants this extension after thorough consideration of the potential disadvantages that learners might face without it. This decision underscores ASQA’s commitment to ensuring a smooth and equitable transition for all students.

Extended Transition for PSP50916 – Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

The extended training, assessment, and certification issuance period for the PSP50916 – Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) is now extended until 31 July 2024. Consequently, RTOs can continue accepting new enrolments and conducting course commencements for this qualification beyond 19 November 2023. It is important to note that all students must either complete the course or transfer to the replacement qualification by the newly designated end date.

In making this decision, ASQA collaborated closely with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Training Accreditation Council Western Australia (TAC WA) to ensure the extension aligns with learners’ best interests and meets the needs of the interpreting industry.

Extended Transition for PSP60916 – Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)

Similarly, the PSP60916 – Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) has also been granted an extended transition period. The training, assessment, and certification issuance for this qualification will now conclude on 31 January 2024. RTOs can continue to offer new enrolments and course commencements for this diploma beyond 19 November 2023. However, all students must complete the course or transition to the replacement qualification within the stipulated period.

ASQA’s consultation with the VRQA and TAC WA reaffirms their dedication to ensuring that this extension aligns with learners’ needs and supports the interpreting industry’s growth.

Benefits of the Extended Transition Periods

  • Empowering Learners: The extended transition periods give students a greater sense of empowerment, knowing they have adequate time to complete their studies and achieve their career goals. This fosters a positive learning environment that encourages dedication and diligence.
  • Industry Adaptability: The interpreting industry is dynamic and ever-evolving. RTOs can align their courses with the latest industry trends and advancements thanks to extended transition periods. Graduates equipped with up-to-date skills contribute to a thriving and adaptable interpreting profession.
  • Inclusivity and Diversity: Learners come from diverse backgrounds with unique circumstances and challenges. The extended transition periods cater to this diversity, accommodating students’ different learning paces and ensuring no one is left behind.
  • Quality Assurance: While the transition period is extended, ASQA maintains its commitment to upholding high standards in training and assessment. This ensures that graduates continue to meet the industry’s rigorous requirements and deliver exceptional interpreting services.

22 February 2023 Public Sector Training Package Update

PSP40522 Transition and Training Update

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has approved an extended transition period for the PSP40516 – Certificate IV in Trade Measurement qualification of the Public Sector Training Package, which will benefit continuing enrolled students.

The extended training, assessment, and certification issuance period for the PSP40516 Certificate IV in Trade Measurement qualification ends on 30 June 2023. During this period, RTOs delivering this qualification can continue offering training and assessment to their continuing students, ensuring they can meet the qualification requirements without undue pressure. The qualification will remain on your RTO’s scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period unless you choose to withdraw it earlier.

PSP40522 – Certificate IV in Trade Measurement, published on training.gov.au, superseded the PSP40516 – Certificate IV in Trade Measurement on 3 April 2022.

When a cohort of learners would be genuinely disadvantaged if an extension were not granted, ASQA can approve transition periods longer than those specified in Clauses 1.26 (a), (b), and (c) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.

Under the Guidance for Providers – Learner Transition, ASQA will only consider applications for a more extended transition period on this basis.

The PSP40516 – Certificate IV in Trade Measurement is a valuable qualification for individuals working in industries that require accurate and reliable measurement of goods, such as agriculture, manufacturing, and trade. The program covers a broad range of skills that enable graduates to work independently in government trade or laboratory measurement inspection environments.

Certificate IV in Trade Measurement Inspection equips operational professionals with the essential competencies to perform trade measurement inspections.

PSP40522 Units of Competency in the PSP Training Package Update

The latest Public Sector Training Package update on the PSP40522 – Certificate IV in Trade Measurement updated seven and deleted three units of competency. Here are the latest changes to the units of competency.

Updated Unit of Competency   Superseded Unit of Competency   Equivalency 
PSPETH007 – Uphold and support the values and principles of public service  PSPETH002 – Uphold and support the values and principles of public service  Non-equivalent 
PSPREG040 – Undertake inspections and monitoring  PSPREG013 – Undertake inspections and monitoring  Non-equivalent   
BSBWHS211 – Contribute to the health and safety of self and others  BSBWHS201 – Contribute to health and safety of self and others  Equivalent 
PSPGEN123 – Provide workplace mentoring  PSPGEN035 – Provide workplace mentoring  Non-equivalent   
PSPGEN140 – Use advanced workplace communication strategies  PSPGEN033 – Use advanced workplace communication strategies  Non-equivalent 
MSMTMREF301 – Use and maintain reference standards  MSATMREF301A – Use and maintain reference standards  Equivalent 
PSPREG034 – Assess compliance  PSPREG005 – Assess compliance  Non-equivalent 

The deleted units of competency included MSMTMINS402 – Inspect liquid measuring instruments using volume measures, MSMTMINS401 – Inspect a range of weighing instruments, and MSMTMINS403 – Inspect a range of trading practices.

What RTOs Must Do with the Public Sector Training Package Updates

By granting an extended transition period for continuing students of PSP40516 – Certificate IV in Trade Measurement qualification of the Public Sector Training Package, ASQA aims to support the ongoing delivery of quality training and assessment in this area.

If you are an RTO delivering the PSP40516 – Certificate IV in Trade Measurement qualification, you must:

  1. Review the details of the extended transition period and any changes to your training and assessment strategies.
  2. Communicate the updated information to your continuing students and ensure they receive the necessary support to complete their qualification requirements.
  3. Develop a comprehensive transition plan that includes details on how and when to roll out the new course and any necessary support or training to ensure a smooth transition for staff and students.
  4. Wait for confirmation of the scope of registration from the relevant regulatory bodies to ensure that your courses meet all necessary standards and requirements.
  5. Ensure that all trainers delivering the new courses are fully qualified and have the necessary skills and experience to help ensure students receive high-quality training and education.
  6. Secure your premium RTO learning resources from Australia’s most trusted publishers.

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