RTO Compliance Tips

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Updating trainer and assessor Professional Development

Why do RTO want their trainers and assessors to continually upgrade their skills and knowledge? I can hear you saying “to meet the compliance requirements!”. Well YES, but seriously, there is a reason it is a requirement.

Updating skills and knowledge within your area of expertise can provide you with some excellent information whilst assisting trainees or students. You may find that if you can demonstrate that the professional learning contributes, either directly or indirectly, to improved student learning outcomes then they may assist you with payment of a workshop.

I work with a assessors, who have a list of qualifications as long as their arm. Most are extremely proud to achieve each qualification and carry torches of achievement. Well done. People like this believe in updating his skills to ensure job continuity.

It need not be a whole qualification, it could just be a professional development opportunity – like networking with fellow trainers and assessors. Updating your skills could be very important to your future. Assess your current educational inventory; consider the industry you’re in and see if it makes sense to add or change.

Proof of Professional Development is always on the minds of RTO management, trainers and assessors and the auditors.

Often it is up to you, the trainer and assessor, to find PD sessions for your own benefit; and that is fair enough as trainers do have a professional responsibility to continue to learn and develop; keeping up to date with new concepts.

RTO Tips. Here are some tips on how you can use a wide range of flexible learning options to provide professional development. These might include, but not limited to:

  • Electronic learning (webinars, teleconferences, reading articles on the internet etc)
  • Conference attendance (relevant to your industry)
  • Mentoring or coaching and tutoring
  • Use an outside consultant to conduct in-house sessions
  • Formal courses
  • Short courses, workshops
  • Seminars
  • Discussion groups
  • Technical meetings
  • Learning activities in the workplace that extend the area of practice competence base.
  • Network meetings
  • Industry networking.
  • Websites relevant to training or your field of expertise

Don’t forget to record anything you attend that is relevant to your training and assessing area. This can be as simple as a spreadsheet, but you need to provide evidence if the questions are asked.



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