Top tips for developing your Training and Assessment Strategy

An RTO's Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS) is a document that outlines and describes the structure of the delivery of a program of training and assessment which will generally result in a nationally recognised qualification.

It describes the qualification, the desired outcomes of the training. Further, it lists the units of competency to be undertaken and describes the structure of the course, the assessments to be undertaken, resources to be used and validation procedures that will be followed.

When developing and documenting your TAS:

  1. Determine the aims and outcomes of any proposed training.
  2. Identify the qualification and the relevant packaging rules.
  3. Select the units of competency to support the desired aims and outcomes.
  4. Identify the characteristics of the clients/ client group/ learners.
  5. Identify and decide on what accommodation can be made for learner needs and any special needs.
  6. Access and assess (for suitability and to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation) the appropriate training environment/ facilities.
  7. Determine the volume and duration of the training (on and off the job).
  8. Nominate relevant entry and exit points for learners.
  9. Identify the learning and assessment pathways, entry requirements/ special entry requirements and recognition procedures to be followed.
  10. Determine the mode and methodologies of delivery.
  11. Develop a training plan to outline the structure and sequence of the intended training and the assessments.
  12. Identify the training and assessment staff, their qualifications and experience; and map trainer/ assessor qualifications against the units of competency.
  13. Assess the required learning support, which includes the resources that will be used to support both training and assessment for suitability, currency and relevance.
  14. Consider strategies for assessing language literacy and numeracy requirements in terms of entry into, and completion of, the training program.
  15. Document the procedures followed with regard to industry consultation when developing the training and assessment strategy.
  16. Map the unit of competency to the assessment tools and validate the assessment tools.
  17. Develop processes for the validation and moderation of the quality of the training and assessment.