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AQTF Framework - Victoria only

Before the introduction of the Standards for RTOs 2015, the AQTF outlined compliance requirements for the registration and operation of RTOs in Australia. Now, the AQTF (in conjunction with the ‘2016 VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers’) is only used by RTOs under the jurisdiction of the VRQA.

Registration and Addition to Scope

Training providers must meet requirements specific to the relevant regulators in order to become registered to deliver VET in Australia.

Training Packages

Designed to be industry and sector skills specific, Training Packages are an integrated set of nationally endorsed Units of Competency, AQF qualifications and assessment guidelines that outline the expected outcomes of training.

Units of Competency

A Unit of Competency is the smallest component of a Training Package that can be assessed and recognised. It gives a description of the skills and knowledge required to perform effectively to a specific standard in a particular workplace role or function.


Assessment validation is a quality review process that should always be conducted against assessment tools prior to, during and after use.


Certification is formal confirmation of a person’s competency, this means there must be steps taken to maintain the integrity of an RTO’s processes for issuing this official documentation.

International Students

There are specific requirements for education and training providers who wish to be registered to deliver to international students.

Delivery Basics

‘Delivery Basics’ gives some short, sharp explanations relating to training, assessment, and associated components – including some of the stipulations of the Standards for RTOs 2015.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)

A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is any training provider listed on the national register to provide specific training delivery and/or assessment services in VET.

Training and Assessment Strategies (TAS)

A TAS is a framework that identifies the structure for the way in which a training product is delivered to learners and the way assessment will occur.

Training Products

Training Products are the items that an RTO lists on its scope of registration. They are what the RTO is registered to deliver, assess and issue AQF documentation for.

Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015

These Standards are the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. These Standards form part of the VET Quality Framework, a system which ensures the integrity of nationally recognised qualifications. RTOs are required to comply with these Standards.

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