Training assessment strategy

Training and Assessment strategies – getting them right (Updated Mar2021)

When I am reviewing an RTO and their courseware so often I see the Training and Assessment strategies (TAS) and see they don’t actually say what is happening. Mostly it is a cut and paste from some long forgotten document. Your TAS document that you present says nothing in particular and was put together just to meet  and audit many moons ago. The big thing is, it is NOT compliant now. It hasn’t been updated and this means during your next audit it wont pass.

You need to make changes to it right now. Think about what you do and write it down. 

Here are some tips via a video to get it right

The Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS) is not just a document you will need to present at audit. It is a document you will use (well should use) over and over.

When you develop your TAS provide information on your specific training package requirements. Make sure it shows how you have been responsive to industry and learner needs.  This means you have developed the TAS to meet those needs. Describe the qualification, the desired outcomes of the training. Further, list the units of competency to be undertaken and describes the structure of the course, the assessments to be undertaken, resources to be used and validation procedures that will be followed.

You also need to identify and address the timing of the training, practical application and then the arrangements for assessment.

Tips for creating your Strategy

You must describe:

  • The units of competency to support your and your industries desired aims and course outcomes;
  • The volume and duration of the training (on and off the job);
  • The learners relevant entry and exit points;
  • The characteristics of the clients/ client group/ learners;
  • How the training is delivered by qualified trainers and assessment is conducted by qualified assessors;
  • How learners are offered support during the training and assessment process, relative to their needs;
  • The facilities and educational support services that you provide to students;
  • The mode and methodologies of delivery;
  • The resources and facilities used to meet the learner cohort needs, giving them a fair and even chance of achieving competency;
  • The industry consultation you have considered when developing the training and assessment strategy.

When writing your TAS the above will apply to all kinds of training, whether in person, at a workplace or online/distance learning.

Your consultation with employers and people in the industry, relating to the qualifications/units you are delivering needs to be recorded, to support compliance at audit.

While templates exist for the strategies you develop there is no right or wrong way to design them. The golden rule is that you provide a solution to the training that is relevant to the industry and workplace and addresses relevant workplace needs.

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