Let’s briefly outline the requirements of vocational trainers and assessors regarding the maintenance of:
- vocational competencies,
- industry currency, and
- skills and knowledge in vocational training and learning, as well as…
- legal requirements around working under supervision.
When maintaining your competencies, vocational trainers and assessors are firstly required to regularly update and develop their vocational skills and knowledge to ensure they align with current industry standards and practices. This often involves engaging in continuous professional development activities relevant to the specific vocational education sector they are training in. Because this relates to accredited competencies, one of the most straightforward ways of achieving this is to ensure your qualifications are up to date. This can be done by completing bridging courses, RPL, or new qualifications if the industry requires it.
Secondly, for industry currency, you need to stay informed about current industry trends, technologies, and practices. This can include participating in industry-related events, workshops, or professional development sessions, and maintaining active engagement with industry representatives and organisations. Ideally, If you’re working in the industry, you’ll be able to demonstrate your currency more readily than if you’re not. So look at ways in which you can stay current that best suit your career position at the moment,
Thirdly, we need to maintain our skills and knowledge in vocational training and learning. Your goal is to continuously improve your pedagogical skills, including understanding diverse learning styles, effective teaching strategies, and assessment methods that are relevant and effective in vocational education. Again, you can attend bridging courses where necessary, though there are numerous excellent PD options available.
When working under supervision, vocational trainers and assessors are typically expected to comply with supervision requirements, meaning they must adhere to the guidelines and directives provided by their supervising body or individual. This includes following specified procedures, reporting mechanisms, and seeking guidance or approval as required.
Of course, someone working under supervision will be required to maintain accurate records of their training and assessment activities, including details of their supervision, as part of compliance with regulatory requirements.
They’ll need to engage actively with their supervisor, seeking feedback and guidance to enhance their training and assessment practices. This collaboration can also involve reflective practice, where they evaluate and improve their methods based on the supervisor’s input.
These requirements are generally outlined in the national RTO regulations and quality frameworks governing vocational education and training, such as the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). These standards ensure that vocational education and training is delivered in a consistent, high-quality manner across Australia. So be sure to access the latest version of the standards now, to read through the specific details concerning the maintenance of competency, currency and working under supervision. This will ensure that you can pass on this information to others with clarity and authority.
This content will help you to address question 1 in your knowledge assessment.