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RTO Registration Consultants

Setting up your own Registered Training Organisation

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Looking at setting up your own RTO?

I’d love to help you get your application across the line.

If you’re looking for a consultant, then watch the video to see a little bit more about the clients I work with.

Merinda Smith

RTO Review

Maybe you’ve done much of the work, and you want a second opinion before you submit everything to the Regulator – TAC, or ASQA.


Thne I can also help. Book in for a 30 minute call, and we can discuss your situation 

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Registration Consulting Services


If you are looking to become an RTO and are seeking expert advice and guidance in regards to compliance we can help.

We provide a strutured approach so you can apply the process over and over gaining bigger and better results. Our RTO Consultants work with you to understand your business needs to ensure compliance is met.


How we work


We only do RTOs.

Yes that’s right – we cover RTO compliance, and don’t touch CRICOS or have additional IT such as Databases or an LMS. We know about these areas, however recommend experts to assist you. We just do training within your RTO – all day, every day (… and we actually love it). 


We’ve got you covered.

You don’t need to be an RTO compliance expert – that’s our job to help you to be one. To be someone who really has a handle on the requirements. From creating the perfect strategy for your training, to preparing all the supporting evidence, we’ve got you covered every step of the way.


Regular Online connection.

Our support comes in many forms, through  regular online connection, to our online course materials.  Whilst we try to meet face to face, it can be restricted, so we find the best way to connect is online. This means you can be based anywhere around Australia. We work with you. Weekly review of documents, online face to face sessions plus access to all the online training to set up and RTO.



We support you and your journey to set-up your RTO.

If you are looking for someone to guide through the complexities of the initial registration process for your own RTO then speak to RTO Mentor. RTO Mentor has worked with many people who have passed their audit with 100% compliance first up.


Next steps.

When you’re ready, simply click the button below and begin the application process.  you’ll be taken to a view of my calendar, so you can book in 30 minutes to discuss your RTO. We look forward to hearing from you!

RTO Mentoring and Strong Support

With RTO Mentor you have support from people who have experience and know-how, to enable you to make better choices.

We love helping people grow, whether it is with marketing so that you can find more students, create more training and make more money… or whether we are showing someone how to simplify their training systems so they actually work for your business, and help you to implement them daily so you pass audits.

Working with us 

If you...

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I want to work with you if you’re interested in moving the bar, working on your RTO and understanding the requirements to help your business grow. 

Lets look at the 3 Biggest Problems Faced by people considering setting up an RTO….

Merinda explains the real costs, timeframe and what you MUST know. Click the button below to download the content. 


Have a question about your RTO? 

Most frequent questions and answers

There are many factors to consider, including the size of the operation you wish to build. Consider the following factors:

  • Course material
  • Consulting fees
  • Accounting fees
  • Your time
  • Premises (including any fit out costs) 
  • Equipment for delivery and assessment (including training aids)
  • Student management systems 
  • Online learning solutions
  • Trainers / Assessors & recruitment costs 
  • Application fee 

Please take advantage of our complimentary 30 minute RTO Setup session so we can provide an accurate quote on our consulting fees to suit your needs. 

The Regulators (ASQA and TAC) do not set an amount of cash that an RTO is required to hold when commencing. What you do need to do is demonstrate that your company meets the financial viability requirements. This document allows you to show how your operation will be a sustainable business. Therefore it is expected that you have sufficient funds to operate the business and cover costs.

Firstly you need to have the Training and Assessment Strategy, All of your Training and Assessment material, your systems to run the business, your staff files ready and the business plan. This can sometimes take 3-5 months, depending on the training you wish to conduct. This is where we help you, so that you can submit the online application. From that point you could be looking at 6-9 months before gaining RTO status.

You need to demonstrate that you have access to all required resources and equipment to deliver and assess any qualification you are applying for. Your show in your documented strategy how you will do this. The premises you use to deliver training could be online, hired facilities, workplace facilities or you may have your own. Whichever you decide, you need to show you have access at the time of application.  

What others say...

Made it so much easier for me as I now know what is required

I had just recently been introduced to the world of training and assessing when I was tasked to set up our RTO. I only understood the very basics of assessing students and knew nothing about RTO systems and management. Merinda took me through the whole process giving me an abundance of knowledge regarding quality, compliance, requirements, AVETMISS data, policies and procedures, training packages, units of competency, validation and much more. She has made it so much easier for me as I now know what is required for quality training and assessment and also how to keep an RTO compliant which I will have no issues doing now. I have learned so much in the last few months, things I would never have learned if I didn’t have someone like Merinda guiding me through it. Understanding and implementing RTO systems and compliance requirements is a huge job on its own but now I have the confidence of not only understanding what I’m doing but I know I am doing it right. Dean Richter; Wormall Civil

Merinda is supportive and encouraging

“Merinda is supportive and encouraging, displaying a positive, ‘can do’ attitude. She draws upon considerable experience working for and consulting to RTOs, and willingly shares her experience with her clients whilst always maintaining appropriate confidentiality. I recommend Merinda to others seeking quality information.” Following the annual internal audits, this RTO passed their Re-registration audit straight away. Jeremy (ASQA RTO) National RTO – ASQA

Very approachable and found her consultations were very usefu

I was looking for an RTO consultant and found RTO Mentor. Merinda was very approachable and found her consultations were very useful and I gained a lot of knowledge from her. I passed audit following her visits. Thanks Belinda (ASQA RTO)

Well-informed and educated

Our experience working with RTO Mentor was positive, Merinda was well-informed and educated in the VET industry, any updates and developments. Merinda was very thorough when reviewing our policies and procedures, and the material we offered. She offered great advice and pointed us in the right direction towards maintaining compliance. We passed our audit following her visits. Jennifer – RTO Compliance

WA based RTO – Highrisk work

When I met Merinda my RTO was in strife as my RTO Officer had decided to walk away from the industry as it was too difficult to work with the training regulator and Worksafe together. Merinda Smith came to my aid and not only assisted us in passing audit 30 days later, but to completely re-build my RTO from scratch. At my last audit Merinda’s attention to detail, enthusiasm, and due diligence once again shown through. We not only were well prepared and complete we also had an enjoyable audit with both sides happy which is not what I am use to when audit time has come in the past. Merinda thank you you’re a genius.

It’s a pleasure dealing with RTO Mentor

Setting up a fully-compliant best-practice RTO is not an easy undertaking – and as a remote, Indigenous-focused RTO we were expecting our first audit to be a complicated process. Luckily we were refereed to Merinda Smith and RTO Mentor, and thanks to her efforts our first year audit was entirely without any queries. We even received compliments from the Auditor about our process that are a fantastic endorsement to Merinda’s work, especially as we had added new certificates to our scope just weeks before the audit. We highly recommend Merinda Smith and RTO Mentor as the way forward for small RTOs – for her solution-focussed positive approach and the wide range of compliance and process skills she has to offer. Overall, it’s a pleasure dealing with RTO Mentor and we appreciate how much time and effort we have saved by getting things right the first time. John Vos, Remote Regional RTO

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