Nationally Recognised Training

Plenty Training is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO number 32371) and able to deliver a suite of training courses and issue qualifications under the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. This document provides background information on how nationally accredited training operates within Australia, and the standards to which Plenty Training complies.

Nationally accredited training: The fundamental elements of the system are the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), State/territory and the national registering authorities, and national recognition.  These are summarised below.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF):  The AQF defines all nationally-recognised qualifications. It provides a single framework for all qualifications from senior secondary certification to PhD. The VET sector may issue qualifications in Certificate I through IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Vocational Graduate Certificate, and Vocational Graduate Diploma.  Under the AQF, the achievement of a group of competencies leads to the attainment of a VET qualification. Visit the AQF website for more information regarding AQF qualifications.

The Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework (VQF):  The AQTF and VQF are jointly the national set of standards which assures nationally-consistent, high-quality training and assessment services for the clients of Australia's vocational education and training system. It mandates nationally agreed standards relating to conditions and standards for both initial registration and for continuing registration.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs):  Training organisations must meet all AQTF and/or VQF standards to become registered, and are regularly audited to ensure that standards continue to be met. This ensures that RTOs are providers of quality-assured and nationally-recognised training and qualifications. RTOs can be identified by their use of the 'nationally recognised training' logo. The use of the logo signifies that the training courses are accredited under the AQTF / VQF, and that the issued qualifications are recognised by all other RTOs.  This means students will be confident that the skills they attain are of a high quality and will be accepted and valued throughout Australia. It also allows students to enrol, transfer or complete their training at any other RTO.  A training organisation that is not registered may offer training but cannot issue nationally recognised qualifications.

Training authorities:  RTOs in all states except Western Australia and Victoria operate under the authority of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is the national body responsible for registering and monitoring RTOs to ensure that they comply with VQF standards.  RTOs operating in Western Australia and Victoria operate under the authority of their respective state training authorities and, if also delivering training outrside their state, additionally to ASQA.

National Recognition:  National recognition is the cornerstone of Australia's training framework. All states and territories must recognise RTOs registered by other states and territories and all RTOs must recognise AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other RTOs.