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VAC 6.1

The course must not duplicate, by title or coverage, the outcomes of an endorsed Training Package qualification.

VAC 6.1 requires the course owner to ensure:

  • the course title does not duplicate, either wholly or substantially, that of a training package qualification
  • the course outcomes do not duplicate any existing training package qualification or skill set
  • enterprise units of competency in the course do not duplicate outcomes that can be achieved by an existing training package unit of competency.

Accredited courses are developed to address skill requirements for vocational needs where these are not covered in nationally endorsed training packages. A VET accredited course cannot be accredited or renewed if the outcomes are already covered by a qualification, a skill set, or a unit or units of competency from an endorsed training package. Courses that achieve the same outcomes as existing training package products are considered to ‘duplicate’ outcomes.

Australia currently has 59 endorsed training packages, covering a number of industry areas and contain more than 1430 qualifications, 1390 skill sets and 16,000 units of competency. You need to conduct thorough research into existing training package content to confirm that the course outcomes cannot be achieved through an existing training package qualification, skill set or unit of competency.

To ensure your proposed course does not duplicate training package content, use key words to search for existing training packages, qualifications, skill sets and units of competency on the national register (

An accredited course that meets the same outcome as your proposed course may have already been developed and accredited. If such a course exists, it does not prevent the accreditation of your proposed course; however, you may be able to use the existing course rather than developing and accrediting a new course. Some course owners choose to share or license their course to interested parties. Contact the course owner directly to find out if they are willing to license their course to you. Course owner details are on the national register at

Table 2: List of Skills Service Organisation coverage areas

SSO Training packages Industry Reference Committees (IRCs)
  • CHC Community Services Training Package
  • HLT Health Training Package 
  • LGA04 Local Government Training Package 
  • PSP Public Sector Training Package
  • SFL Floristry Training Package
  • SHB Hairdressing and Beauty Services Training Package
  • SIF Funeral Services Training Package
  • SIR Retail Services Training Package
  • SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package
  • SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package
  • SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Industry
  • Reference Committee
  • Aged Services Industry Reference Committee 
  • Ambulance and Paramedic Industry Review Committee
  • Children’s Education and Care Industry Reference Committee
  • Client Services Industry Reference Committee
  • Community Sector and Development Industry Reference Committee
  • Complementary Health Industry Reference Committee
  • Cross-Sectoral Skills Committee
  • Dental Industry Reference Committee
  • Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee
  • Disability Support Industry Reference Committee
  • Enrolled Nursing Industry Reference Committee
  • First Aid Industry Reference Committee
  • Local Government Industry Reference Committee
  • Personal Services Industry Reference Committee
  • Public Sector Industry Reference Committee
  • Sport and Recreation Industry Reference Committee
  • Technicians Support Services Industry Reference Committee
  • Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Industry Reference Committee
  • Wholesale and Retail Industry Reference Committee
Artibus Innovation
  • CPC Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
  • CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package
  • CPP Property Services Training Package
  • CPP07 Property Services Training Package
  • Construction, Plumbing and Services Industry Reference Committee
  • Property Services Industry Reference Committee
Skills Impact
  • ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package
  • ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package
  • AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package
  • AMP Australian Meat Processing Training Package
  • FBP Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Training Package
  • FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package
  • PPM Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package
  • RGR Racing and Breeding Training Package
  • SFI11 Seafood Industry Training Package
  • Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee
  • Amenity Horticulture, Landscaping, Conservation & Land Management Industry Reference Committee
  • Animal Care and Management Industry Reference Committee
  • Aquaculture and Wild Catch Industry Reference Committee
  • Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee
  • Food Management and Harvesting Industry Reference Committee
  • Forest Management and Harvesting Industry Reference Committee
  • Meat Industry Reference Committee
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry Reference Committee
  • Pulp and Paper Manufacturing Industry Reference Committee
  • Racing Industry Reference Committee
  • Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee
  • Timber Building Solutions Industry Reference Committee
PwC’s Skills for Australia
  • AUM Automotive Manufacturing Training Package
  • AUR Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package
  • BSB Business Services Training Package
  • CUA Live Performance and Entertainment
  • Training Package
  • FNS Financial Services Training Package
  • FSK Foundation Skills Training Package
  • ICP Printing and Graphic Arts Training Package
  • ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package
  • RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package
  • TAE Training and Education Training Package
  • Automotive Allied Industry Reference Committee Automotive Light Vehicle Industry Reference Committee
  • Automotive Heavy Vehicle Industry Reference Committee
  • Automotive Vehicle Body Repair Industry Reference Committee
  • Automotive Industry Reference Committee
  • Business Services Industry Reference Committee
  • Civil Infrastructure Industry Reference Committee
  • Coal Mining Industry Reference Committee
  • Culture and Related Industries Industry Reference Committee 
  • Drilling Industry Reference Committee 
  • Education Industry Reference Committee
  • Extractive Industry Reference Committee
  • Financial Services Industry Reference Committee
  • Information and Communications Technology Industry Reference Committee
  • Metalliferous Mining Industry Reference Committee
  • Naval Shipbuilding Industry Reference Committee
  • Printing and Graphic Arts Industry Reference Committee
Australian Industry Standards
  • AVI Aviation Training Package
  • CSC Correctional Services Training Package
  • DEF Defence Training Package
  • MAR Maritime Training Package
  • NWP National Water Training Package
  • POL Police Training Package
  • PUA12 Public Safety Training Package
  • TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package
  • UEE Electrotechnology Training Package
  • UEE11 Electrotechnology Training Package
  • UEG Gas Industry Training Package
  • UEP Electricity Supply Industry – Generation Sector Training Package
  • UET12 Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector Training Package
  • Aviation Industry Reference Committee
  • Corrections Industry Reference Committee
  • Electricity Supply Industry Generation Industry
  • Reference Committee
  • Electricity Supply Industry Transmission, Distribution and Rail Industry Reference Committee
  • Electrotechnology Industry Reference Committee
  • Gas Industry Reference Committee
  • Maritime Industry Reference Committee
  • Public Safety Industry Reference Committee
  • Rail Industry Reference Committee
  • Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee
  • Water Industry Reference Committee
IBSA Manufacturing
  • LMT07 Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package
  • MEA Aeroskills Training Package
  • MEM Manufacturing and Engineering Training Package
  • MEM05 Metal and Engineering Training Package
  • MSA07 Manufacturing Training Package
  • MSF Furnishing Training Package
  • MSL Laboratory Operations Training Package
  • MSM Manufacturing Training Package
  • MSS Sustainability Training Package
  • MST Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Training Package
  • PMA Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Training Package
  • PMB Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training Package
  • Aerospace Industry Reference Committee
  • Furnishing Industry Reference Committee
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Industry Reference Committee
  • Process Manufacturing, Recreational Vehicles and Laboratory Industry Reference Committee
  • Sustainability Industry Reference Committee
  • Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry Reference Committee

Researching duplication at a qualification level

Training package qualifications often provide learners with flexibility in the units of competency they can choose to gain a qualification. For example, a qualification may allow the learner to choose electives from a large selection listed in the qualification packaging rules or from another training package or accredited course. Note that ASQA will not accredit:

  • a course if its outcomes can be achieved through the packaging rules applicable to a training package qualification
  • a course that is a subset of a single training package qualification that could be recognised through a Statement of Attainment

a course that duplicates a training package qualification and includes additional competencies from a training package or accredited course that could be recognised through Statements of Attainment.

Researching duplication at a unit of competency level

Where a training package unit of competency is available that addresses skill and knowledge outcomes required in your course, the training package unit must be used.

Training package units are often generic enough to allow delivery in a variety of contexts. For example, a communication unit from the BSB Business Services Training Package could be used in a variety of courses. The unit would be contextualised in an RTO’s delivery, whilst still maintaining the integrity of the unit to the relevant workplace or industry sector.

Some training package implementation guides contain specific contextualisation rules that provide advice to RTOs on how they can contextualise training and assessment of units of competency from that training package.

Providing evidence with your application

The application for accreditation (initial or renewal) requires you to describe the process undertaken to ensure the proposed course does not duplicate training package content.

Case study—Avoiding training package duplication for a proposed course

Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited would like to develop a course in Underground Coal Mine Inertisation Team Operations.

The organisation reviews the National Register ( to identify qualifications, skill sets and units of competency that may achieve the same outcome and finds the following products that require further investigation:

  • Qualifications:
    • RII30215 Certificate III in Underground Coal Operations
  • Skill Sets:
    • RIISS00033 Underground coal mine safety skill set
  • Units of competency:
    • PUAEQU001B Prepare, maintain and test response equipment
    • PMAOSH211B Prepare equipment for emergency response
    • Four units from the RII09 Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package.

Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited conducts a thorough investigation into whether the training package qualification and/or skill set are suitable training products to meet its needs, but identifies they do not include the focus on specific machinery that is required by industry.

The organisation determines that two training package units relate to the intended outcomes of the course; however, as the units have similar outcomes only one is required for inclusion in the course structure. Another four units from the RII09 Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package are considered relevant to the intended outcomes and will be considered for inclusion in the packaging rules of the new course.

Once Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited have developed the packaging rules for the course it continues with its consultation and validation activities to confirm that the proposed course it has developed does not duplicate training package outcomes.

Note: This case study is modelled on the current accredited course 10242NAT Certificate III in Underground Coal Mine Inertisation Team Operations. Permission for ASQA to use information from this accredited course was provided from the course owner, Queensland Mines Rescue Service Limited.

Further resources

  •—the register of nationally endorsed training package qualifications, units of competency and accredited courses in Australia.
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