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This free DECD professional development is a combination of keynote speakers, presenters from the field, facilitated workshops and independent activities. You will be required to bring assessment tools to participate in the reasonable adjustment workshop.

Please note that this PD has a professional reading component. This information will be emailed closer to the date. This component is part of the 9 hours professional development allocation mapped against the aitsl Teacher Standards.

Coffee and tea will be made available throughout the day and a complimentary morning tea. Please bring lunch or visit one of the local cafes.

Standards for RTOs 2015 Clauses 1.21 – 1.24

It is an ASQA requirement that all RTO's ensure their trainers undertake professional development in vocational training, learning and assessment. All trainers and assessors undertake professional development in the knowledge and practice of vocational training, learning and assessment and specifically in competency-based training and assessment.

Definition—competency-based training and assessment

Competency based training and assessment means that a person is trained and assessed to meet the performance and knowledge requirements to safely and effectively complete workplace activities in a range of different situations and environments, to an industry standard that is expected in the workplace.

Competency based training and assessment does not compare the training outcomes between learners. Learners are assessed against the requirements of a training product.

Undertaking professional development means a trainer and assessor has participated in activities to maintain, upgrade and/or develop the way in which they train and assess. The professional development activities must be relevant to the provision of training and assessment in a competency-based environment.

Meeting current industry skills requirements

To provide training that reflects current industry practice and valid assessment, RTO’s trainers and assessors must have current skills in their industry area.

The current industry skills held by trainers and assessors:

  • need to be consistent with the requirements of the training packages/accredited courses they are delivering, and
  • need to be consistent with the required skills for trainers and assessors that your RTO has identified through industry engagement.

The implementation guide that accompanies a training package may also include advice on the maintenance of current industry-specific skills.

Currency in skills will depend on the industry area. Some industries operate in an environment where continual changes to technology or societal needs could mean that resources and processes are quickly out of date.

How trainers and assessors demonstrate current industry skills

Trainers/assessors need to show how they have maintained, upgraded or developed new skills relevant to the current industry needs. Evidence relating to trainers and assessors’ industry skills can take many forms.

Trainers and assessors are regularly exposed to industry workplaces and that they have the ability to participate in workplace tasks. The purpose of a trainer/assessor visit to a workplace will determine whether the visit counts towards evidence of current industry skills. 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 the demonstration of current industry skills.

Other activities which a trainer and assessor could participate in to contribute to the demonstration of current industry skills include:

  • Participation in relevant professional development activities: the implementation guide may provide a list of relevant industry associations. A trainer and assessor could consult with these industry associations to identify relevant development activities they could attend.
  • Participation in networks: this could include attendance at industry breakfasts, workplace health and safety meetings and discussions with employers.
  • Personal development: through reading of industry journals, with subscriptions both online and in print.
  • Undertaking accredited training: including single units of competency, skill sets and qualifications and demonstrating recent completion of a VET training product.
  • Returning to work: that is, working in the relevant industry on a part-time or casual basis.
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