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Prospective RTOs

Thinking about becoming an RTO?

Ok, by now you are probably a little confused as to the process of registering, you will have already looked at a number of websites and wondered what it was all about.  To make things simple ask yourself the following questions:

1. Why do I want to be a RTO?  To many people it is to sell training to the wider public, both private and corporate.  OK this works, however recognise that enormous amounts of training is delivered everyday by businesses that are not RTO's.  Some of the biggest training organisations in the world are not RTO's, Microsoft for example, are not a RTO.  Microsoft have sufficient recognition and credibility to create their own standards of training.

If you have not yet attained the status of Microsoft, then Nationally Recognised Training qualifications are an excellent option.  Nationally Recognised Training, is training that has a defined skill and knowledge level that has been nationally established as required for industry.  These training standards have been grouped together into Training Packages organised around industry needs.

Only RTO's can deliver qualifications from Nationally Recognised Training Packages.

2. Now that you have determined that you want to deliver Nationally Recognised Training, you will need to select the required courses.  These can be found at www.training.gov.au. This is the current version of an older website for the National Training Information Service.

Training.gov.au provides details of each qualification available in the individual training packages as well as details on RTO's that already able to deliver qualifications.

As you select a qualification, as yourself "who will buy this course from me?", look for the pre-requisites or preferred pathways into the course, make sure you know who the client is that will meet these needs and will be prepared to pay you enough money to deliver the qualification in a manner consistent with the course requirements and in a "quality" manner.  If need be, you may need/wish to expand your initial course offerings to now include the pre-requisite course.

3. Now that you have determined that you want to be a RTO and what the courses are that you wish to deliver, you now need to determine who you will register with for your RTO.

Australia is in a state of flux at the moment regarding regulators, we have moved from nine regulators to five on the way to three regulators.

If your business is registered and you only intend at time of registration to deliver in Victoria, then you need to register with the Victorian Recognition and Qualification Authority (VRQA), their processes and requirements can be found at www.vrqa.vic.gov.au, and you will need to meet the needs of the AQTF2010 and the VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers.

If your business is registered and you only intend at time of registration to in Western Australia, then you need to register with the Training Recognition Council (TAC), their processes and requirements can be found at www.tac.wa.gov.au, and you will need to meet the needs of the AQTF2010.

Until at least December, 2011, if your business is registered and you only intend at time of registration to in South Australia, then you need to register with the South Australian Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology (DFEEST), their processes and requirements can be found at www.training.sa.gov.au and meet the requirements of the AQTF2010.

Until March 2012, if your business is registered and you only intend at time of registration to in Queensland, then you need to register with the Queensland Department of Education Training and Employment Recognition Council (TERC), their processes and requirements can be found at http://training.qld.gov.au/training-organisations/registration-audit/applying/index.html.

If, you are in any other state or territory in Australia, or intend to deliver  from one of the above states and intend to deliver in another state, or you intend to deliver Nationally Accredited Training to overseas students studying in Australia on Student Visa's (CRICOS) then you will be registering with the newly formed Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

ASQA is the intended future of the state based registering authorities, the vision is for all states to relinquish their authority to a federal authority (ASQA), we are currently in a staggered roll out of this intention, with Queensland and South Australia being stage two, Victoria and Western Australia have at this stage declined to participant in this process.

ASQA's requirements can be found at www.asqa.gov.au and include the Federal Legislative instrument that replaces the AQTF2010, the NVR Standards for Registered Training Organisations.

RTOsupport is experienced at navigating the above paths options and requirements having successfully registered RTO's in all states and territories.

Let us help you, by calling 1300 728 148 or emailing info@rtosupport.com.au