Keeping up to date with training package changes

Training packages play a vital part in ensuring the delivery of structured, accredited training by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs.)

Training packages are developed and updated in accordance with the Training Product Development Programme Guidelines. These guidelines explain the development and maintenance of training packages, which is managed/ administered by three entities: Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) and Skills Service Organisations (SSOs).

Australian Industry and Skills Committee is the overarching entity that prioritises, schedules and commissions training package development and other support services for the national training system.

Industry Reference Committees research, review and recommend changes and new developments to training packages. Their primary role is to work with industry to ensure training packages meet the current and future needs of industry.

Skills Service Organisations support IRCs engagement with industries/ employers/ enterprises to identify the skills required for job roles across industry sectors and drive the training package process so that skills standards and competencies align with modern work−practices.

Implementation of continuous improvement procedures often results in the release of a new version of a training package - for an entire training package, as industry sector stages or individual units of competence.

How do you keep up to date with training package changes?

It can seem like an impossible task.

SSOs work with IRCs to develop a four-year review plan. They analyse the new and emerging skills needed to support future jobs and develop plans for updating training packages.

The frequency of updates is at the discretion of SSOs, which work independently of one another. It is possible for a number of package updates to be released at the same time or very close to each other. SSOs produce a monthly newsletter and or email notifications to keep stakeholders informed of current projects.

Updated training package drafts are open for a consultation period before they are put forward for endorsement. This is a helpful way to gain an understanding of upcoming changes and a chance to provide feedback before the final draft is produced.

Once the changes to the training package are endorsed the new package and unit information is available from

A new training package supersedes its previous version and RTOs must transition to the current qualifications and units. One year is usually allowed for transition to the new training package with a two year teach-out period.

Training and training resources for units of competency must reflect the new requirements.

Changes to units of competency can involve a minor change such as an update to a code or title or major changes such as adding a new element and/ or performance criteria; they might involve deletion, introduction of new units or combining a number of different units.

Updating training and assessment resources to meet training package changes requires ongoing maintenance. This is usually done by the RTO staff who manage and review the quality of learning and assessment resources.

How can smallprint help?

We have a team of professional Instructional Designers who monitor training packages and unit updates.

Once they become aware of package requirements they work quickly to implement the changes and be first to market with updated training and assessment resources.

The smallprint version control table in each of our units is used to note the changes made and the date on which the new units are released.

Our catalogue and our online library identify superseded versions so you can clearly see which units are current or superseded.

Maintenance of our resource library to ensure currency is a core responsibility of smallprint.

We will continue to offer the same price per unit of competency for all up-dated units, making the transition to updated training package resources easy for clients.

This is how we can help you and how you can ensure, in a cost effective, stress free manner that the training resources you use you are up to date.

Post updated on 31 January 2020.