AccreditationThe formal recognition of a course by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), in accordance with the Standards for VET Regulators 2015 and the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012.
Activity OrderAn order issued by the Commonwealth to perform the development or review of a training package, qualification or unit or competency.
Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)
A body of individuals set up by the Council of Australian Governments’ Industry and Skills Council comprising members nominated by the Commonwealth and states and territories. The work of this committee will be supported by the Department of Education and Training
Case for Endorsement
The case for endorsement should provide the AISC with a compelling case for approving the relevant
Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG)SSOs are required to publish a Companion Volume Implementation Guide when they revise a training package. It is designed to help providers implement the training package and contains information such as:
- version control and modification history
- mapping information (explaining whether the outcomes of the new products are equivalent or not equivalent to the superseded products
- regulation and licensing implications for implementation
- mandatory entry requirements, pathways advice and access and entry conditions
- resource and equipment lists and if relevant, links to learning strategies, knowledge and assessment guidance.
- This Companion Volume Implementation Guide is uploaded by the SSOs on the national register,, under the heading Mapping of the new training package.
DeletedWhere it is determined that there is no longer sufficient demand for a qualification it may be removed or deleted without being superseded by another.
As there is no replacement qualification for students to transfer to, they must complete all training, assessment and issuance of certification within two years of the date of the qualification being removed. Students must not be enrolled from the date a qualification is removed or deleted from the National Register.
Where a skill set, unit, course or module (not attached to a qualification) is removed or deleted students must complete all training assessment and issuances of certification within one year of deletion from the National Register.
Draft Pack 1Transitioned units of competency, credit arrangements and qualification template
Draft Pack 2Case for endorsement, CVIG, qualification template, units of competency, credit arrangements, project register
Editorial ReportThe editorial report confirms that a draft training package or training package component has been proofread and edited, including against the Standards for Training Packages 2012, the Training Package Products Policy, and the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy.
Equity ReportThe equity report confirms that a draft training package or training package component meets the access and equity requirements including against the Standards for Training Packages 2012, the Training Package Products Policy, and the Training Package Development Endorsement Process Policy.
Entry RequirementsMust be achieved prior to commencing the qualification.
Must be specific to the knowledge, skills or experience required to commence the qualification.
EquivalencyEquivalent: the outcomes of the new and old (superseded) products are equivalent.
Not equivalent: the outcomes of the new and old (superseded) products are not equivalent.
Foundation SkillsFoundation skills must be explicit and recognisable within the Training Package. These requirements are expressed within the Foundation Skills field of the unit of competency template.
Foundation skills in Training Packages must reflect and not exceed the foundation skills required in the workplace.
IndustryThe bodies that have a stake in the training, assessment and client services provided by vocational education providers.
National, the official national register on vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. It is the authoritative source of information on training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency, skill sets and registered training organisations (RTOs).
NewRecently developed and added to the national register for the first time.
Pre-requisiteComponent that should be completed before commencing chosen unit.
QualificationFormal certification issued by a relevant approved body recognising that a person has achieved learning outcomes or competencies relevant to identified individual, professional, industry or community needs.
Quality ReportThe quality report confirms that a draft training package or training package component is consistent with the training package principles set out in the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy, and any other quality requirements set out in the Standards for Training Packages 2012, the Training Package Products Policy, and the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy.
Qualification LifecycleTraining packages exist under a four-year rolling National Schedule of training package development and review work.
SupersededWhen qualifications and units of competency contained in a revised training package replace the previously endorsed qualifications and units of competency, those previously endorsed products are referred to as ‘superseded’.
Skill SetLogical groupings of units of competency which meet an identified need or industry outcome. They are not qualifications and are defined as single units of competency or a combination of units of competency from an endorsed training package which link to a licensing requirement or regulatory requirement, or a defined industry need.

Skill Sets must include:
- advice about logical clustering of units for the Skill Set in meeting industry needs.
- advice about a Skill Set’s relationship with a qualification.
- suggested title for a statement of attainment.
- Skill Sets must not include elective units.
Training PackageTraining packages detail the range of knowledge and skills (known as competencies) required by individuals to successfully operate in different industries and occupations. Training packages also detail how the competencies can be packaged into national recognised qualifications that align to the Australian Qualifications Framework and assist in the development of course curricula. Training packages consist of the following:

Nationally endorsed components:
- units of competency, which specify the standard of performance required in the workplace
- assessment requirements (associated with each unit of competency)
- packaging rules for qualifications that are consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework (Certificate I to Graduate Diploma)
- credit arrangements specifying existing arrangements between training package qualifications and higher education in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework
- one or more quality assured companion volumes.
Transition - teach outWithin one year of the date of a training product being superseded on the national register, all learners’ training and assessment must be completed and the relevant AQF certification documentation issued or learners must have been transferred into its replacement product.
Unit of CompetencyThe specification of the standards of performance required in the workplace as defined in a training package.
ValidationThe quality review of the assessment process. Validation involves checking that the assessment tool/s produce/s valid, reliable, sufficient, current and authentic evidence to enable reasonable judgements to be made as to whether the requirements of the training package or VET accredited courses are met. It includes reviewing a statistically valid sample of the assessments and making recommendations for future improvements to the assessment tool, process and/or outcomes and acting upon such recommendations.