What RTOs require from rail organisations

Partnering with an RTO

Not all rail organisations have the required resources to become a registered training organisation (RTO) but would still like to deliver in-house accredited training or assess candidates using Skills Recognition processes. For these organisations, partnering with an RTO makes good sense. The partnership allows them to:

  • deliver nationally recognised training and qualifications to their employees
  • Be assured of the integrity and quality of the assessments.

The basis of RTO partnerships

Under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), RTOs may establish partnerships with non-registered organisations to offer a broad range of training and assessment services.  The basis of RTO partnerships aims to:

  • increase people’s access to nationally recognised qualifications
  • ensure national training and assessment arrangements meet industry requirements
  • facilitate the efficient use of training and assessment resources
  • Promote the exchange of ideas, information and resources between different groups in the national vocational education and training (VET) system.

Establishing a partnership arrangement provides an opportunity to share skills, effort and resources for mutual benefit, thus reducing costs by achieving economies of scale. Non-registered organisations may enter into an agreement with an RTO to deliver nationally recognised training or assessment services on behalf of the RTO, which remains responsible for compliance with the AQF.

 Partner responsibilities

When a non-registered organisation partners with an RTO, the partners have the following responsibilities:

  • The training candidate needs to be enrolled with the RTO.
  • Training and assessment records must be kept and transferred to the RTO.
  • The RTO quality assures the training and assessment throughout the life of the agreement. 
  • The RTO issues the qualification or statement of attainment.

 The RTO can only issue a qualification or statement of attainment for those qualifications that appear on its scope of registration.

Record keeping

It is the RTO’s responsibility to ensure the partner organisation is aware of the training and assessment records that must be kept and transferred to the RTO. At a minimum, the records transferred should include the assessment results and credit transfer outcomes. State and territory registering authorities may require access to these training and assessment records.

A framework for success

Both the RTO and the partner organisation need to establish a very clear picture of their organisations' needs commitment, resources and strategic intent before entering a partnership arrangement. It is important to establish the gaps each organisation is looking to fill by the partnership arrangement.

The sorts of questions that would be helpful to ask include:

  • What is the main reason for entering into an arrangement?
  • How will this arrangement benefit each organisation?
  • Is the current organisational climate favourable towards establishing such an arrangement?
  • What represents a fair and equitable input of resources (personnel, money, materials, space and equipment) from each partner?
  • How will each partner negotiate their expectations in terms of time and deliverables?

The partnering organisations need to be sure they can work together. They need to understand each other’s values, attitudes and culture and ensure a strong basis for mutual respect and teamwork.

The partnership arrangement

Once the organisations have decided to form a partnership arrangement, time is well spent establishing a framework that deals with what and how things will be achieved. It is important all partners state their key interests, intent and needs before developing the details of the partnershiping. This could be a combination of on and off-the-job training.