Maintain Compliance with the Latest Changes to Training Packages in 2022

Navigating 2022 Training Package Transitions with Ease
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Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) play a crucial role in providing students with high-quality vocational education and training. To ensure compliance and relevance in the industry, RTOS must stay updated on the latest changes to training packages. These changes, including reviewing and updating nationally recognised standards, qualifications, and guidelines, are made to reflect advancements in industry practices, technologies, and regulations.

Training package transitions are a crucial aspect of this process and come with strict deadlines set by ASQA. By staying informed about the latest changes, including transition periods and deadlines, RTOs can maintain their credibility and deliver training that aligns with the latest industry standards. This ensures compliance and enhances the RTO’s marketing and recruitment efforts, as students will recognise the RTO as offering in-demand courses that prepare them for the workforce.

To assist RTOs in this effort, a list of all the recent changes to training packages in 2022 has been provided below.

Recent Changes to the Training Packages in 2022

Training Package   Version   2022 Latest Release Date  
ACM – Animal Care and Management Training Package   6.0   16 Jul  
AHC – Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package   8.0   31 Jul  
AMP – Australian Meat Processing Training Package   7.1   25 Feb  
AUM – Automotive Manufacturing Training Package   2.2   07 Jul  
AUR – Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package   7.1   23 Jun  
AVI – Aviation Training Package   10.0   20 Oct  
BSB – Business Services Training Package   8.0   25 Jan  
CHC – Community Services Training Package   9.1   31 Dec  
CPC – Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package   9.0   08 Dec  
CPP – Property Services Training Package   17.0   19 Dec  
CSC – Correlational Services Training Package   5.0   05 Dec  
CUA – Creative Arts and Culture Training Package   6.0   19 Oct  
DEF – Defence Training Package   5.1   22 Dec  
FBP – Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Training Package   7.0   20 Apr  
FNS – Financial Services Training Package   8.2   03 Nov  
FWP – Forest and Wood Products Training Package   7.1   23 Feb  
HLT – Health Training Package   9.0   15 Dec  
ICT – Information and Communications Technology Training Package   8.1   21 Jun  
MAR – Maritime Training Package   10.0   20 Dec  
MEA – Aeroskills Training Package   5.0   22 Nov  
MEM – Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package   3.0   19 Dec  
MSF – Furnishing Training Package   8.0   21 Dec  
MSL – Laboratory Operations Training Package   4.0   20 Dec  
MSM – Manufacturing Training Package   7.2   19 Apr  
MSS – Sustainability Training Package  5.0   16 Dec  
MST – Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package   5.0   20 Dec  
NWP – National Water Training Package   5.0   07 Dec  
PMA – Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package  2.3   21 Sep  
PMB – Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training Package   2.1   25 Mar  
POL – Police Training Package   7.0   06 Dec  
PPM – Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package   3.0   10 Feb  
PSP – Public Sector Training Package   4.0   21 Nov  
PUA – Public Safety Training Package   5.0   16 Dec  
RGR – Racing and Breeding Training Package   4.1   25 Feb  
RII – Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package   9.0   19 Oct  
SFI – Seafood Industry Training Package   2.1   25 Feb  
SFL – Floristry Training Package   1.1   04 Apr  
SHB – Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package   4.1   05 Jul  
SIF – Funeral Services Training Package   2.3   04 Apr  
SIS – Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package   6.0   13 Dec  
SIT – Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package   2.1   09 Sep  
TAE – Training and Education Training Package   5.0   08 Dec  
TLI – Transport and Logistics Training Package   14.0   15 Dec  
UEE – Electrotechnology Training Package   5.0   20 Dec  
UEG – Gas Industry Training Package   4.0   09 Dec  
UEP – Electricity Supply Industry – Generation Sector Training Package   3.0   13 Dec  
UET – Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector Training Package   5.0   06 Dec 

Training Package Transitions in 2023

It’s also important to note that 2023 has seen early training package transitions from courses including AHC, AMP, FBP, and FWP. We’ve provided the details below to help you navigate this year’s latest revisions.

Training Package  Version  2023 Latest Release Date 
AHC – Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package  9.0  24 Jan 
AMP – Australian Meat Processing Training Package  8.0  24 Jan 
FBP – Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Training Package  8.0  25 Jan 
FWP – Forest and Wood Products Training Package  8.0  25 Jan 

Important Things Your RTO Can Do to Keep Pace with the Changes to the Training Packages

Here are crucial things to remember to help maintain your RTO’s compliance with training package transitions:

Stay Current with Training Package Transitions

RTOS must stay informed about the changes to training packages to maintain compliance and deliver high-quality vocational education and training. This involves keeping track of transition periods and deadlines via ASQA’s website and staying updated with the recent changes to training packages by visiting training.gov.au.

By staying current with the training package transitions, RTOs can ensure that their courses and assessments align with the latest standards and maintain their credibility in the eyes of students and the industry.

Attend Industry Forums and Workshops

Industry forums and workshops provide an opportunity for RTOs to network with peers and learn about changes in the industry. Attending these events can be particularly helpful in understanding the practical implications of changes to training packages and how they can be implemented in an RTO’s training programs.

Engage with Industry Bodies

RTOs can engage with industry bodies such as employer groups, industry associations, and peak bodies to gain insights into industry trends and developments. Industry bodies can also guide RTOs on how to deliver industry-relevant training aligned with the current needs of the industry.

Consult with Training Package Developers

Training package developers are individuals or organisations responsible for creating and maintaining vocational education and training (VET) packages that outline the skills and knowledge required for a particular industry or occupation.

Some examples of training package developers in Australia include the new Jobs and Skills Councils (JSCs), which have replaced the Skills Service Organisation (SSO) and the Industry Reference Committee (IRC) structures. RTOs can refer to these developers’ websites to obtain information on the latest training package updates, including any changes in training requirements, assessment methods, or licensing conditions.

Review Learning Resources and Assessments

To ensure that courses and assessments meet the new standards, RTOs should review them considering the recent changes to training packages. This includes checking that the materials are current and up to date.

Choose High-Quality Resources

Following training package transitions, RTOs should update their training materials. Choosing compliant and high-quality resources can be challenging, as many training resource providers exist.

The material’s cost, content quality, ability to be easily contextualised, and adaptability to different training modes are important factors RTOs should consider when investing in high-quality training materials. Additionally, RTOs should have a plan if their current resources do not pass an audit.

Ensure Contextualisation

RTOS must adapt their training materials to industry-specific needs to ensure their programs are relevant and effective. To do this, RTOs should evaluate whether their trainers have the right abilities and expertise to contextualise the materials. If they lack the necessary experience, seeking out updated resources or hiring a professional team to assist is recommended. While it may seem cost-effective to let trainers adapt the materials, it can negatively affect the quality of the training and delivery.

Learn how to contextualise training materials by reading our contextualisation guide for RTOs.

Invest in Staff Professional Development

The quality of education and training that RTOs deliver often reflects their trainers and assessors. To maintain compliance and improve credibility, RTOs should invest in upskilling their staff through professional development opportunities such as attending conferences, seminars, and workshops.

There are various professional development trainings that RTO staff can attend to learn about training package transitions. These may include:

  1. Workshops and seminars organised by industry bodies, such as the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
  2. Training and information sessions hosted by training package developers, such as members of the Jobs and Skills Councils (JSC).
  3. Online courses and webinars offered by industry associations, government agencies, and professional development organisations.

It’s recommended that RTO staff attend a mix of these trainings to gain a comprehensive understanding of the training package transitions and the best practices for implementing them effectively.

Adhere to Transition Deadlines

ASQA has strict deadlines for training package transitions (12 months by default) but does extend transition periods where appropriate. RTOs should promptly update their course materials to avoid negative marketing, enrolment, and compliance impacts. An RTO’s failure to meet these deadlines can adversely affect their business.

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