Additional websites, tools and resources

There are many tools and resources available to help in the Skills Recognition process. A small selection of these tools is provided here.

Guide for developing an assessment tool

A practical resource material for assessors and assessor trainers seeking technical guidance on how to develop and/or review assessment tools. Section 1 explains what an assessment tool is; Section 2 identifies a number of ideal characteristics of an assessment tool; and Section 3 provides an overview of three quality assurance processes (i.e. panelling, piloting and trialling) that could be undertaken prior to implementing a new assessment tool.

Skills Recognition – valuing prior learning: Assessor guide to recognition of prior learning

NSW Department of Education and Training 2008

This guide will assist assessors to offer streamlined recognition processes and enable them to help employers and Skills Recognition applicants to be better informed about recognition. The guide is intended for trained assessors who are familiar with key aspects of quality assessment practice, including the principles of assessment and the use of a wide variety of methods of assessment applicable to both groups and individuals. It includes three sections: Understanding recognition, Implementing recognition, and Resources for recognition.

Recognition RPL kits

Western Sydney Institute (TAFE)

A number of comprehensive recognition tools were developed with COAG funding several years ago. Although the Training Packages and UOCs in these tools are now out of date, much of the information for applicants, the structure of the tools and the interview questions and observation tasks are still useful and relatively easy to update.

Making Connections – Skills Recognition Newsletter

This newsletter, which started in October 2009 (Issue 1), offers insights, advice and other news on skills recognition for assessors and RTOs.

Centre for Excellence in Rail Training Pty Ltd (CERT)

CERT delivers training and assessment services to the Australian rail industry. In 2003, CERT was formed in WA, and is now accredited to deliver nationally accredited training in WA and in all states. In 2011 CERT transferred to the National VET Regulator ASQA and has extended its training capabilities in Victoria.


VETASSESS is a fee-for-service VET assessment provider. is a joint initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. This is the national database on vocational education and training in Australia. It contains the authoritative information about Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), recognised training products and the approved scope of each RTO to deliver nationally recognised training as required in national and jurisdictional legislation within Australia. It has been developed for experienced training sector users.

Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC)

This is one of 11 Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) funded by the Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. TLISC is chartered with driving the skills and workforce development agenda across the entire transport and logistics industry which encompasses activities in road transport, warehousing, rail, aviation, maritime, logistics and ports.

Enterprise Registered Training Organisation Association (ERTOA)

ERTOA is a national association that represents and supports business enterprises operating registered training organisations.

National Transport Commission: Rail Safety

South Australian Workplace Assessors Network