2016 saw an upgrade to the Training and Education (TAE) Training Package. New core units were added: ‘Design and develop assessment tools’ and ‘Address adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills.’

A media release in July 2017 from the (then) Assistant Minister announced these new requirements “to boost the credentials of those providing training and assessments in the VET sector.”

Trainers and assessors not holding the two new core units had until 1 April 2019 to meet the new credential requirements. Now there has been an extension until 1 July this year.

ACPET, the private provider body, for one, welcomed this extension in a media release in late March. Information about this extension can also be found on the Department of Education and Training’s website.

The Department has reported that feedback from the sector “showed that the trainers and assessors at some RTOs may not have met the new requirements … due to the increased number of trainers and assessors accessing gap training.” This resulted in some RTOs being unable to keep up with demand to assess and issue relevant documentation by that date. Thus:

“Skills Ministers agreed to delay the introduction of these requirements to 1 July 2019, so that trainers and assessors can continue to train while undertaking gap training for a further three months.”

What this also means is that “trainers and assessors may use this training to contribute towards meeting professional development requirements outlined in the Standards for RTOs.”