Every RTO must have a documented Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS) or Learning and Assessment Strategy (LAS) to aid the delivery of quality and consistent training and assessment.
Integrating learning resources for VET qualifications and individual units of competency into a TAS requires explanation of the learning function and the resources to be used.
The TAS should describe how the RTO will meet the requirements of training packages and accredited courses while being responsive to industry and learner needs as per Standard One of the standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.
It will also include a description of the procedures the RTO will follow to ensure:
- delivery by appropriately qualified trainers and assessors
- provision of the correct educational support services and facilities, regardless of location or mode of delivery
- accessibility of resources and facilities (physical or virtual) that meet the needs of the learner cohort and will enable learners to meet the requirements for each unit of competency facilities,
- appropriate support for the number of learners undertaking the training and assessment
Equipment should also be identified and documented, for all of the RTO's scope of registration, consistent with its TAS.
The current (2015) standards outline the requirements that:
- an RTO’s TAS and training and assessment practices, including the amount of training they provide, will be consistent with the requirements of training packages and VET accredited courses
- the training provided will enable each learner to meet the requirements for each unit of competency or module in which they are enrolled
- RTOs will determine, for a full qualification, or where a number of units and/or modules are being delivered as a proportion of the full qualification, the amount of training they will provide to each learner with regard to:
- the existing skills, knowledge and the experience of the learner
- the mode of delivery
- RTOs will provide
- explanation of the training and assessment materials to be used, supplemented and contextualised
- evidence of industry consultation
- evidence of their own validation of assessment tools
A TAS is a communication tool which summarises the processes, personnel, version control procedures and validation activities for a program that is run regularly for on or off the job learning. It is a reference for trainers, assessors and other interested stakeholders.
The application of the TAS will vary, depending on the type of program, on client needs or possibly on changes to legislation or regulations.
smallprint and Catapult eLearning support resources are commercial products, offering learning content plus a range of assessment and evidence gathering tools. The contents of smallprint resources are developed and maintained in line with the appropriate training packages, according to information provided on training.gov.au. They are not a stand-alone training and assessment product and must be properly incorporated, by the RTO into their TAS. This will enable trainers and assessors to align training, assessment and validation processes with the procedures that should be followed to deliver quality training and assessment.
When integrated into an RTO’s TAS and used correctly, smallprint and Catapult assessment tools provide the basis for comprehensive evidence gathering, to underpin a judgement of competence, in accordance with the Rules of Evidence and the Principles of Assessment and in support of the National VET Regulator’s (NVR) quality standards.
Benefits of integrating smallprint/ Catapult resources are based on the facts that:
- resources are written to training package and AQF requirements
- they offer a pre-assessment tool to assess existing skills, knowledge and experience
- all resources are available in print and online through Catapult eLearning
- the editable assessment tool supports easy contextualisation
To find out more about how smallprint can support RTOs, please call us on 08 8275 9300, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.