Trainer and assessor requirements policy and procedure
Purpose of the policy
This policy outlines the processes and procedures employed by Allara to ensure that its Trainers and Assessors meet with the requirements set out in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations, 2015.
Allara – Allara Investments Pty Ltd, trading as Allara learning and is inclusive of; Tactical Training Group Pty Ltd, RTO provider No: 91054 (TTG) and W G learning Pty Ltd, RTO Provider No: 91178 (WGL).
TTG - Tactical Training Group Pty Ltd, RTO provider No: 91054 (TTG).
WGL– W G learning Pty Ltd, RTO Provider No: 91178 (WGL).
Vocational Competence - means having broad industry knowledge, skills and experience, relevant to the industry area in which Assessors are delivering. The training product identifies the competencies that the relevant industry requires.
Current industry skills - means the knowledge, skills and experience required by VET trainers and assessors and those who provide training and assessment under supervision to ensure that their training and assessment is based on current industry practices and meets the needs of industry.
Professional development - means activities that develop and/or maintain an individual’s skills, knowledge, expertise and other characteristics as a trainer or assessor. This includes both formal and informal activities that encompass vocational competencies, currency of industry skills and knowledge and practice of vocational training, learning and assessment, including competency-based training and assessment.
The policy applies to all of Allara Learning’s (Allara’s) operations inclusive of Tactical Training Group Pty Ltd, RTO provider No: 91054 (TTG) and W G learning Pty Ltd, RTO Provider No: 91178 (WGL). It applies to all trainers and assessors involved in training and assessment and covers all aspects of the training and assessment process.
Allara will, in accordance with the Standards for Registered training organisations 2015, Clause 1.13, ensure training and assessment is delivered only by persons who have:
- vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed; and
- current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided; and
- current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment.
Allara will, in accordance with the Standards for Registered training organisations 2015, Clause 1.14, ensure training and assessment is delivered only by persons who hold:
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116 or its successor) or (TAE40110 plus TAELLN401A or TAELLN411 or its successor and TAEASS502 or TAEASS502B or its successor or TAEASS502A or its successor); or
- a diploma or higher-level qualification in adult education.
Trainers and assessors will demonstrate they have vocational competence at least to the level being delivered and assessed by:
- Holding the competency they are delivering, or
- Demonstrating equivalence of competency.
Trainers and assessors will be required to demonstrate evidence of equivalence by completing the Trainer and Assessor Vocational Competency Matrix, by mapping the unit’s requirements and comparing them to their own industry skills and knowledge.
Trainers and assessors will be required to submit a Matrix at commencement of employment and update the matrix in January of each calendar year.
Trainers and assessors will be required to submit an updated CV in January of each calendar year.
Trainers and assessors are requested to provide permission to view their USI transcript for certification issued post January 2015 (for verification purposes) and/or provide original copies to be sited, date/time stamped. The onboarding manager is responsible for the conduct of industry experience reference checks.
Current industry skills
Trainers and assessors will demonstrate they have current industry skills and knowledge:
- Consistent with the requirements of the training package requirements as defined in the elements of the units of competency; and
- Consistent with current industry standards.
Delivering training and assessment in a workplace does not constitute the development of current industry skills. However, attending a workplace to experience the latest techniques, processes and resources could contribute to evidence of currency.
Examples of how trainers and assessors can demonstrate current industry skills include:
- Volunteering or working part-time in the industry area.
- Undertaking accredited training relevant to the industry area.
- Belonging to industry associations.
- Engaging with industry (for example, through discussions with employers or attending industry networking events).
- Reading industry journals and subscriptions.
- Staying informed about changes to technology and legislation.
Trainers and assessors will be required to demonstrate evidence of current industry skills by completing and submitting an Industry Skills Currency Record at the commencment of each quarter (January, April, July, October) each calendar year.
The Quality and Assurance Consultant will review the Log and verify authenticity of evidence.
Professional development in vocational training, learning and assessment
Training and assessment will only be delivered by trainers and assessors who have:
- Current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning; and
- Who demonstrate ongoing professional development in the fields of the knowledge and practice of vocational training, learning and assessment, including competency-based training and assessment.
Delivering training and assessment does not constitute professional development. Professional development activities are planned activities with the primary purpose of developing a trainer and assessor’s own knowledge and skills.
Examples of professional development activities include participation in:
- Courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, or formal learning programs.
- Mentoring, professional associations or other learning networks.
- Moderation or validation activities.
- Industry release schemes.
- Personal development through individual research or reading of publications or other relevant information.
Trainers and assessors will be required to demonstrate evidence of professional development by:
- completing and submitting an Annual Professional Development Plan at the commencment of each calendar year; and
- completing and submitting VET PD Records at the commencment of each quarter (January, April, July, October) each calendar year.
The Quality and Assurance Consultant will review documents and verify authenticity of evidence.