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A Training Package is a set of nationally endorsed standards, qualifications and guidelines for recognising and assessing skills and knowledge and they are used extensively in Vocational Education and Training including Australian Apprenticeships, VET in Schools and training courses.

Training Packages are developed by Industry Skills Councils such as Manufacturing Skills Australia to serve the training needs of a particular industry. They also undergo a fairly constant state of revision so that they meet industry’s current and future skills requirements.

Training Packages provide a framework with the flexibility to deliver training that meets the requirements of a particular industry, individual or business enterprise. They are competency based, which means they focus on the competency of people in the workplace, on not only what someone knows but also on what they can actually do.

People may gain recognition of their skills and knowledge competency regardless of how they have developed those skills and knowledge. Skills may be acquired via qualifications and training courses, through on the job training, and even via life / employment experience. Recognition of Skills can lead to Statements of Attainment and in certain circumstances a full Qualification.

See also Skills Recognition

Training Packages can only be delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that have the Qualifications or specific Units of Competency on their scope of registration or one that works in partnership with another RTO as specified in the AQTF Standards for Registered Training Organisations.

Training Packages contain…

  • Qualifications Framework
  • Units of Competency
  • Assessment Guidelines

Qualifications are made up of the Units of Competency (Core, Stream, Elective etc.) that are required for the particular level or occupation within the Industry. The Qualification indicates that the holder is competent in all Units of Competency necessary for that Qualification. A Statement of Attainment is not a Qualification. It indicates that a person has specific skills, and these skills can credit toward a future Qualification if desired.

Units of Competency identify a specific workplace requirement and include the knowledge and skills that underpin the competency. The Units of Competency must be adhered to in training and Assessment to ensure consistency of outcomes.

Assessment Guidelines outline the conditions under which Assessment must take place. They include such things as ‘how’ the Assessment is to be conducted and the qualifications assessors need to hold. The Assessment Guidelines ensure all assessments meet industry needs and nationally agreed standards of the Training Package and the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Standards for Registered Training Organisations . The Assessment Guidelines must be followed to ensure the integrity of Assessment leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

Training Packages also contain Support Materials such as Learning Strategies, Assessment Materials and Professional Development Materials.

See also Support Materials

Scope of Registration
Scope of registration specifies the Qualifications and/or units of competency that the training organisation is registered to issue. It also specifies the industry training and/or Assessment services it is registered to provide.

RTO’s may seek to extend their scope of registration to include more Qualifications and / or Units of Competency.

Training Packages are a ‘framework’ and do not provide a ‘modular’ solution for every training situation. They do describe the essential skills and knowledge but they do not tell you how the training should take place. They therefore provide the flexibility required by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) so that they can offer the training and Assessment ‘packages’ their clients require and they also allow for differences between some States and Territories.

Delivery and Funding information is part of the Training Package Implementation process and is managed by State and Territory authorities.

Implementation covers issues such as…

  • Industrial arrangements for Australian Apprentices
  • User Choice
  • Funding Arrangements
  • Issues of RTO Registration
  • Arrangements around VET in Schools
  • Nominal Hours of Training

N.B. Implementation is not dealt with in Training Packages and is not the responsibility of Industry Skills Councils or Manufacturing Skills Australia (however they may be able to assist).

Implementation Guides are support resources designed to help Registered Training Organisations, teachers/ trainers and assessors implement Training Packages.

For more information regarding Implementation Guides and Purchasing Guides (and other general information on Vocational Education and Training).

Australian Capital Territory
ACT Department of Education and Training

New South Wales
Training Market NSW

Northern Territory
Department of Employment, Education and Training

Department of Education, Training and the Arts

South Australia
Training South Australia

Tasmania Department of Education and Training

Office of Training and Tertiary Education Training Support Network

Western Australia
Western Australia Department of Education and Training VETinfoNet

N.B. Some States and Territories do not publish implementation guides or nominal hours for units of competency. For an indication of Nominal Hours it may find it useful to refer to the Victorian Training Support Network. Please note that those nominal hours are actually the hours funded by that State, and may not accurately represent the time required for delivery and Assessment.

Training Packages can include the following Qualifications…

Certificate I
Certificate II
Certificate III
Certificate IV
Advanced Diploma

Information on Training Packages within the Manufacturing Industry is available at the National Training Information Service (NTIS).