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How can my organisation become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)?

Becoming an RTO involves several key steps to ensure compliance with the standards set by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) or the relevant state regulator. Here’s a brief overview of the process:

  1. Understand the Requirements: Familiarise yourself with the VET Quality Framework, which includes the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and the Fit and Proper Person Requirements.
  2. Develop Your Business Plan: Create a detailed business plan that outlines your training products, target markets, operational strategies, and financial projections. This plan should demonstrate your organisation’s capacity to deliver quality training and assessment services.
  3. Prepare Your Training and Assessment Strategies: Develop comprehensive training and assessment strategies for each qualification you intend to offer. These strategies should align with the requirements of the relevant training packages and units of competency.
  4. Set Up Your Systems: Establish robust systems for student management, quality assurance, and continuous improvement. Ensure you have appropriate policies and procedures in place to support these systems.
  5. Complete the Application: Submit an application for initial registration as an RTO to ASQA or the relevant state regulator. This application will include your business plan, training and assessment strategies, and evidence of your organisation’s capacity to comply with the VET Quality Framework.
  6. Undergo an Audit: ASQA or the state regulator will conduct an initial registration audit to assess your organisation’s compliance with the required standards. Be prepared to provide evidence and demonstrate your systems and processes during this audit.
  7. Receive Your Registration: If your application and audit are successful, your organisation will be granted registration as an RTO. You will receive a certificate of registration and be listed on the national register, training.gov.au.

For a more detailed guide on becoming an RTO, including practical tips and common pitfalls to avoid, check out our comprehensive blog post: How to Become an RTO.

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