Selection and / or Development of TAFE Courses / Qualifications

Document Currently Under Review

Current Status: In Collaboration 17 September 2010

Selection and/or Development of TAFE Courses/Qualifications Guidelines

Policy Code: LT1040


A TAFE course may be required for several reasons such as:

  • An enterprise, industry or peak body may approach the University and request its support to provide a course
  • The University may contract with a government agency to provide a course
  • A niche market may be identified that requires a course to be provided
  • An existing course may require changes to be made to its structure and / or content as part of a customisation requirement that falls outside the existing packaging rules allowed within the Training Package.

All courses for which the University will issue a certificate must be developed and approved in accordance with appropriate external or internal procedures and guidelines.

Wherever nationally accredited courses / Training Package qualifications have already been developed (available at these must be delivered where they meet the training needs of any specified group. Contextualisation or customisation allowed within the packaging rules of a Training Package or accredited curriculum should always be the first option considered in targeting any additional training needs of a specific group. These two options can be considered without pursuing internal course approval.

Where contextualisation or customisation within the packaging rules of a Training Package are deemed insufficient for the training needs of a specific group, the following options are available (NB the following options do not encompass Higher Education awards delivered by TAFE).

TAFE Curriculum Officers can provide assistance with the selection or development of courses to meet particular training needs and can be contacted in the TAFE Development Unit.

Option 1 - FedUni VET Training Programs [Programs Consisting of Units of Competency / Nationally Recognised Modules]

Programs or courses of study designed to meet the specific training needs of an industry or enterprise which do not meet full vocational outcomes (AQF qualification), but which are comprised solely of nationally endorsed units of competency or nationally recognised modules, can be constructed without internal course approval. Such arrangements must be approved by the relevant Head of Programs and registered by the Academic Board using the 'FedUni VET Training Program Registration Form'.

Relevant units must fit within the packaging rules for qualifications that appear on the University's Scope of Registration.

Where this option is adopted the group of units / modules should be marketed as a 'Training Program' eg 'Training Program in Header Operations'. These programs should be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure currency.

A client who successfully completes this training option will receive a Statement of Attainment for the nationally endorsed units of competency or nationally recognised modules. The designated title for the Training Program may also be included on the Statement of Attainment.

Refer: FedUni VET Training Program Registration Form.

Option 2 - Internal Course Development and Approval

Specific clients may require a training program that does not lead to a full vocational outcome (AQF qualification) and where national or state accreditation is not required. Where this training need cannot be met through the delivery of available nationally accredited units / modules, a short course can be internally developed and accredited by the Academic Board via the 'Short Course Internal Accreditation Proforma'.

Courses approved under this option must be called 'Course in' and cannot use AQF descriptors, eg Certificate I, II, III. A Statement of Achievement will be issued upon completion of courses approved under this option. A Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally endorsed units of competency and for nationally recognised modules, included as part of such a course.

Refer: Short Course Internal Accreditation Proforma (under review)

Option 3 - Adding Units / Modules

Endorsed units of competency and / or accredited modules can be added to the delivery of courses or Training Package qualifications without seeking accreditation / approval either at the state or local level. These additions are not a requirement of the course or qualification and are optional for student enrolment. Approval for this option must be sought from the Head of School as there will be funding implications. A Statement of Attainment will be issued for any additional endorsed units of competency and / or accredited modules completed.

Option 4 - Customising Outside Packaging Rules

To customise a Training Package qualification outside the packaging rules for that Training Package, the appropriate Industry Skills Council must be contacted for advice and the Head of School notified.

Option 5 - State Accreditation

To develop a full course of study leading to a vocational outcome (AQF qualification), the proponent should first ensure that no accredited course / Training Package is in existence, which meets their requirements (check the NTIS website listed above). If there is no existing course on the National or State Registers of Courses, the process of state accreditation should be considered. ( )

Option 6 - Non-Accredited / Approved Programs

Where a commercial client requires non-assessed training with no formal certification, and where students will not be enrolled onto the University Student Management System, no internal approval process may be needed. These clients must be fully informed of the non-accredited status of such programs, and all marketing must comply with AQTF standards.

Option 7 - Vendor Accredited Courses

This option is applicable where the University has an arrangement with a vendor to deliver courses that are developed, accredited and maintained by the vendor. Examples of vendors where arrangements currently exist include Microsoft, CISCO and Red Hat.

Once the appropriate contractual arrangements are signed and in place (developed in consultation with the University's Legal and Secretariat Section), details of course are to be registered by the Academic Board via the 'Vendor Accredited Course Registration Form'.

Refer: Vendor Accredited Course Registration Form.