In the last newsletter we discussed the following:
In this part of the series, we will discuss industry currency, vocational education and training currency, licensing requirements and professional development requirements.
Your trainers and assessors must maintain industry currency to work as trainers and assessors in the vocational education and training sector.
The definition of industry currency
Industry currency and professional knowledge refers to the competence of an individual to perform their job role. The knowledge required in an occupation does not remain static, so employees need to continuously update their skills. As vocational education and training (VET) practitioners train the individuals entering these occupations, it is important for them to ensure that their industry knowledge and skills are current.
A clear and verified relationship between the trainer’s and assessor’s current industry skills and knowledge and the qualifications/units they deliver and assess must be established. This is to ensure the trainer and assessor has “current” knowledge and skills in terms of emerging technological innovations, regulatory and legislative changes and shifts in client demands. The industry usually does not use the term “Industry currency”. For them it is either “professional competence” to encompass the concepts of currency, updating and upskilling or “industry relevance”, defining it as a solid grounding in the industry gained from being trained and employed in the industry.
ASQA Guidelines on “industry currency”:
To provide training that reflects current industry practice and valid assessment, your RTO’s trainers and assessors must maintain the currency of their skills and knowledge in both:
It is also acceptable for an appropriately qualified trainer and assessor to work with an industry expert to conduct assessment together.
How to stay up-to-date in terms of “industry currency”
In many situations, trainers and assessors may be working in the industry sector and this can be used as evidence for industry currency. Where this is not the case, currency needs to be established through different mediums such as:
Factors that influence “Industry currency”
What is “industry current or currency period”
Each RTO has to consider the relevant factors, ideally in consultation with industry, to determine an appropriate currency period. A lot will depend on how static the industry is or how fast it is developing and changing. In general anything that is 2 years old, or more will not be considered current.
The definition of vocational education and training currency
VET currency refers to the competence of an individual to work in the vocational education and training sector.
Current VET trainers/assessors must:
How to stay up-to-date in terms of “VET currency”
Licensing requirements for trainers and assessors
If licensing requirements vary from the training package requirements, RTOs must ensure that all aspects of the training package are met. License requirements should be considered in addition to the requirements for the training package. For example, a white card is a mandatory work card required in Australia to be able to train and assess students working on a construction site.
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