Standards for Training Packages

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is currently transitioning Training Packages to the Standards for Training Packages 2012.

To ensure all Training Packages are of high quality and meet the workforce development needs of industry, enterprises and individuals, the Standards for Training Packages 2012 were developed. The Standards apply to the design and development of Training Packages for endorsement consideration by the Australian and Industry Skills Committee (AISC). It is a requirement that all Training Package components meet the Standards for Training Packages 2012.

Benefits of the Standards for Training Packages include:

  • Supports high quality outcomes for performance standards and assessment
  • Opportunity to review and validate to ensure the units are fit for purpose, accurate and current
  • Strengthens consistency of assessments and assessor requirements
  • Simplifies content and removes duplication
  • Clear separation of performance outcomes and assessment
  • Clarification of licensing and regulatory requirements
  • Transition to Standards is transparent and industry led
  • Consistency across all Training Packages

AIS has responsibility for Training Packages that are yet to be aligned to the requirements of the Standards for Training Packages, including the Defence, Public Safety, Electrotechnology, Gas Industry, Electricity Supply Industry – Generation Sector, and Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector Training Packages.

Australian Industry Standards undertakes this work through five distinct stages. These stages are:

  • Stage 1 – Project commencement and consultation with industry and advisory groups. Information about all Training Package projects is made available on the AIS website, through the IRC Projects page
  • Stage 2 – Endorsed Training Package products are transitioned to the requirements of the Standards for Training Packages in draft form, including qualifications, units of competency, assessment requirements and credit arrangements.
  • Stage 3 – AIS undertakes verification of products by AIS as the Training Package Developer to identify changes or major review issues to be considered by industry stakeholders.
  • Stage 4 – Validation of Training Package products with industry stakeholders, through Industry Reference and Technical Advisory Committees. Validation of the products ensures that the Training Package is ‘fit for purpose’ and commensurate with industry needs.
  • Stage 5 – IRC approval of the Case for Endorsement for AISC consideration and endorsement.

The AISC was established by the COAG Industry and Skills Council in May 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The AISC provides oversight of the organising framework of VET standards including:

  • The Standards for Training Packages 2012
  • The Training Package Products Policy
  • The Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy

Australian Industry Standards welcomes industry feedback on Training Package review and development projects. Stakeholders can also register to stay updated on all stages of the various Training Package projects, or contact AIS for more information.