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Accredited courses play an important role in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector. They address the skills requirements for industry, enterprise and the community where these are not covered in nationally endorsed training packages.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) accredits courses that may be offered and/or delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs). Accreditation with ASQA ensures that courses are nationally recognised and meet an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community need.

In 2011, the Standards for VET Accredited Courses were implemented to coincide with ASQA’s establishment as a new national regulator for VET. These Standards were amended in 2012.

ASQA has developed this guide to provide information and guidance that may help course owners to achieve and maintain compliance. This version of the guide also includes information on developing units of competency for inclusion in an accredited course against the Standards for Training Packages.

While this guide is not intended to provide a checklist for course owners, it does provide information about each standard, how each course owner can demonstrate compliance and examples of what compliance may look like. Equipped with this information, each course owner can apply the Standards to their unique course.

I urge all current and prospective course owners to use this guide to its full potential to work to achieve and maintain compliance with the national Standards. This will ensure that Australia’s VET sector continues to offer the highest possible quality training, both now and into the future.


Mark Paterson AO
Chief Commissioner
Australian Skills Quality Authority

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