VET Teacher Qualifications and Competency

VET Teacher Qualifications and Competency Policy

Policy Code: CG1674

Purpose

The VET Teacher Qualifications and Competency Policy details the training, assessing and vocational qualifications and competency requirements for staff delivering and assessing the University's Vocational Education and Training (VET) Programs.

The University is committed to, and values highly skilled teaching staff. As such the University requires and supports staff to pursue higher levels of teaching, assessing, as well as maintaining currency of vocational competence.

The VET Teacher Qualifications and Competency Policy also ensures compliance with regulatory requirements.

Scope

This Policy applies to all VET Teachers delivering and/or assessing the University's VET Programs or Courses, regardless of the nature of their engagement and where and how delivery and assessment occurs. This includes, but is not limited to: ongoing, contract and sessional staff, staff at Partner Providers and at third party providers both on shore and off shore.

Legislative Context

  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011
  • Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2011

Definitions

Term Definition
Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2011: A legislative instrument describing the minimum standards to be met by RTOs through the VET Quality Framework. These replace the former Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).
Registered Training Organisation (RTO): A training organisation authorised to deliver VET Programs and courses.
VET Teacher: For the purpose of this Policy, a VET Teacher is any person engaged to teach or assess the University VET programs.
Direct Supervision: Means that a person conducting training who does not hold the training competencies determined by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) receives regular guidance, support and direction from a person designated by the RTO who does hold the trainer competencies determined by the NSSC. It is not necessary for the supervising person to be present during all training delivery.
Co-Assessment: If a person does not have the assessment competencies defined by the NSSC or the relevant vocational competencies, one person with the defined assessment competencies and one or more people who hold the relevant vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed may work together to conduct the assessments.
Vocational Competency: Vocational competency is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, usually combined with a relevant industry qualification. A person who has vocational competency will be familiar with the content of the vocation and will have current experience in the industry. Vocational competency must be considered on an industry-by-industry basis and with reference to the guidance provided in the Assessment Guidelines of the relevant Training Package.

Policy Statement

The quality of VET Programs is directly impacted by the qualifications and competence of the staff delivering and assessing the programs and courses. This Policy ensures only appropriately qualified and competent staff deliver and assess programs/courses and is based on legislative requirements.

Staff delivering and assessing the University's VET Programs and Courses must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from the TAE40110 Training and Education Training Package;
  2. Hold relevant vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered or assessed;
  3. Meet any specific Training Package / licensing requirements;
  4. Demonstrate current industry skills directly relevant to the training / assessment being undertaken; and
  5. Through professional development activities, continuously develop and improve their:
    • Vocational Education and Training (VET) knowledge and skills
    • Vocational knowledge and skills relating to their relevant industry, and
    • Trainer/Assessor knowledge and skills

Evidence demonstrating compliance with these requirements must be available for every person delivering and/or assessing the University's VET Programs. This includes, but is not limited to ongoing, contract, and sessional staff, staff at Partner Providers and staff at Third Party Providers both on shore and off shore.

Demonstration of "equivalent competencies" to the TAE40110 for trainers and assessors must occur through a formal Recognition of Prior Learning Process.

Supervision and Co-assessment

If staff do not hold the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Direct Supervision and Co-Assessment arrangements must be in place with the arrangements recorded on the appropriate forms. These arrangements cannot be utilised for more than 12 months.

Staff who do not hold the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assesssment must, as a minimum, hold the "Enterprise trainer Skill Set" or the "Enterprise trainer and assessor Skill Set" from the TAE10 Training and Education Training Package.

If staff do not hold TAESS00001 Assessor Skill Set or be able to demonstrate equivalence of competencies but can demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed then co-assessment arrangements should be implemented.

The Performance Review and Development Program Policy and Procedure should be utilised to identify, plan and record, evidence relating to the maintenance of training, assessing and vocational competencies and VET knowledge.

Arrangements must be established to ensure programs are delivered and assessed by appropriately qualified staff in accordance with this Policy. Evidence of this appropriateness must be maintained as per requirements described in the Record Keeping section of this Policy.

Further Development of VET Teaching Staff

Opportunities for training, industrial release and staff development should be made available to increase the vocational skills and knowledge of VET teachers and broaden the areas in which individual teachers are qualified and competent to teach and assess.

Federation University Australia seeks to upskill it's VET Teachers and encourages the attainment of degrees or higher qualifications either related to relevant vocational areas or in teaching and assessment. All Professional Development should be captured on the Performance Development Form.

Records Management

All VET Teachers must complete / update the Teacher and Assessor Profile Form at least annually.

Its is the responsibility of the Deputy Deans/ Head of Department to ensure all forms are completed and available for collection. It is the responsiblity of the School Business Manager to ensure all appropriate records are collected, collated and stored as required.

Records for ongoing and contract staff are to be forwarded to Human resources. Records for sessional staff are to be retained within the School.

Compliance Requirements Compliance Record Person Responsible Retention Period Location of Records
TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Teacher Assessor Profile Deputy Dean / Head of Department 2 years after cessation of delivery / assessment activities Within Department / HR
Hold relevant vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered or assessed Teacher Assessor Profile Deputy Dean / Head of Department 2 years after cessation of delivery / assessment activities Within Department / HR
Meet any specific Training Package / licensing requirements Teacher Assessor Profile Deputy Dean / Head of Departmentt 2 years after cessation of delivery / assessment activities Within Department / HR
Can demonstrate current industry skills directly relevant to the training / assessment being undertaken Teacher Assessor Profile Deputy Dean / Head of Department 2 years after cessation of delivery / assessment activities Within Department / HR
Professional Development of VET Industry knowledge and skills Professional Development Form (in Work Plan where applicable) Deputy Dean / Head of Department 2 years after cessation of delivery / assessment activities Within Department / HR
Professional Development of Vocational knowledge and skills Professional Development Form (in Work Plan where applicable) Deputy Dean / Head of Department 2 years after cessation of delivery/assessment activities Within Department / HR
Professional Development of Trainer/assessor knowledge and skills Professional Development Form (in Work Plan where applicable) Deputy Dean / Head of Department 2 years after cessation of delivery/assessment activities Within Department / HR
Direct Supervision Arrangements Direct Supervision Record Sheet Deputy Dean / Head of Department 2 years after cessation of delivery/assessment activities Within Department
Copies of Ongoing and Fixed Term Staff Vocational and Education Qualifications Testamur / Statements Deputy Dean / Head of Department 50 years after last contact HR
Copies of Sessional Staff Vocational and Education Qualifications Copies of Ongoing and Fixed Term Staff Vocational and Education Qualifications Deputy Dean / Head of Department 50 years after last contact Within Department

Records Disposal

University records must only be disposed of in accordance with the University’s Records Disposal Process as outlined in the Records Framework Procedure. Authorisation must be obtained from the Head of School/Centre/College, Records Management Services and the Director of Academic Services or their delegate prior to disposal. Records must not be destroyed where it is known that those records may likely be required in evidence, either now or in the future.

Responsibility

The Deans of Schools are responsible for ensuring compliance with the terms and conditions of the VET Teacher Qualifications and Competency Policy.

The DVC - Schools and Programs is responsible for the maintenance and review of the Policy.

Communication

The policy will be communicated throughout the University via:

  • Announcement the University’s News webpage;
  • Inclusion in the University Policy Library;
  • Annual professional development including assessment activities and workshops.

Implementation

The VET Teacher Qualifications and Competency Policy will be implemented throughout the University through completion and collection of appropriate forms as listed in this Policy.

All VET Teaching staff must be compliant with this Policy by 17 June 2012.

Quality Services will meet with key stakeholders to discuss this Policy and its requirements.