Training packages​

A training package is a set of nationally endorsed qualifications and standards.

Training packages are developed closely with industry and provide a framework to recognise and assess the skills and knowledge people need to perform effectively in the workplace.

Training packages underpin many Vocational Education Training (VET) programs, guiding the delivery and assessment of structured and accredited training. 

Training package standards

Training packages are developed to an agreed quality standard and are responsive to industries' existing and future skills needs.

For more information about the standards, visit Standards for Training Packages 2012.

Training product development for Australian industry

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) 
approves training packages for implementation. 

Training package development and endorsement refers to the entire process starting from identifying a training need through to AISC endorsement of the training package.

For more information visit the Training Package Development and Endorsement Process Policy.

Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to develop and review training packages. IRCs are made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their industry sector to ensure that training packages meet the needs of employers.

View a list of SSOs and their respective IRCs and training packages at Skills Service Organisations.

South Australian State Training Authority

Each Australian state and territory government has a State Training Authority (STA) that administers Vocational Education and Training (VET).

One of the key responsibilities of the STA is to engage with stakeholders throughout the training package review and development process.

Employers, training providers and industry representatives can make comment and raise issues and opportunities at three stages: the case for change, drafting of the unit and validation of the unit of competency.

Implementation Guides

Implementation Guides support trainers to implement training packages and provide information on the various components and requirements of a training package, including:

  • qualifications
  • registration processes for training organisations
  • how to correlate information from earlier versions of the training package with the latest endorsed qualifications
  • sample training programs
  • contacts and resources.

Companion volumes to support implementation of training packages can be found at VETNet.

South Australia uses the Victorian Purchasing Guides (VPG) for the nominal hours allocated to a training package.

For more information, visit the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

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