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Unformatted text preview: 37 Guidelines Diploma Guideline 1. Purpose To assist employers; employees; professional associations; unions; Training Package, course and curriculum developers; accrediting bodies; and the wider public, including students, parents, and education and training bodies, to understand factors determining the level of the qualification. Also, to assist developers of Training Packages and courses of training to assign appropriate AQF qualifications within a Training Package, or to a course to be submitted for accreditation. 2. Context These Guidelines replace the RATE Descriptions, which have previously been used to provide guidance on qualification levels. The Diploma qualification is authorised differently in the vocational education and training sector and the higher education sector. However, providers from either sector may offer a Diploma within a Training Package, and this entails meeting the requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework. The Guideline for the Diploma qualification issued in the vocational education and training sector has been revised to take into account developments under the National Skills Framework – the introduction of Training Packages and the implementation of the Australian Quality Training Framework 2007 (AQTF 2007). Training Packages use competency standards to describe the skills and knowledge needed to perform effectively in the workplace. These competency standards are packaged into units of competency. Units of competency are components of AQF qualifications. It is a requirement of the AQTF 2007 that competency standards from relevant Training Packages be used where they exist. Qualifications developed outside Training Packages must not duplicate qualifications contained in Training Packages. Registered Training Organisations and/or State/Territory Course Accrediting Bodies will need to be satisfied that any qualification proposed outside a Training Package cannot be achieved by the customisation and flexibility offered within a Training Package or by the issuance of a Training Package qualification together with one or more Statements of Attainment. The National Quality Council, the body responsible for the endorsement of Training Packages, also has responsibility for the endorsement of national competency standards that are not part of Training Packages. These Guidelines apply equally to qualifications based on these competency standards. In the vocational education and training sector there are a number of useful reference documents, which are listed in the Appendix. 38 AQF Implementation Handbook 2007 3. Learning Outcomes 3.1 Authority In the vocational education and training sector , qualifications are based on nationally endorsed competency standards where they exist or on competency standards developed by relevant industry, enterprise, community or professional groups. The qualifications certify achievement of learning outcomes generally identified as sets of competencies for levels of workplace performance reflected in the...
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- Three '08
- Accounting, Academic degree, Bachelor's degree, Vocational education, Registered Training Organisations