What is an RTO? Who is ASQA? What do all of these acronyms mean?

We’ve put together a list of the most common questions we receive about Registered Training Organisations and the VET sector.

 

What is an RTO?
Registered training organisations, also known as RTOs, are training providers registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver vocational education and training (VET) services. RTOs are recognised as providers of quality-assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications.

 

Can any training provider deliver nationally recognised training?

No. Only Registered Training Organisations can:

  • deliver nationally recognised courses and accredited Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) VET qualifications,
  • apply for Australian, state and territory funding to deliver vocational education and training.

 

What type of qualifications can RTOs offer?

RTOs can offer qualifications at the following levels:

  • Certificates I, II, III and IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma.

 

How do I know if a training provider is an RTO?
All RTOs must advertise their RTO number with all nationally recognised courses. For a full list of RTOs or to check a number, take a look at www.training.gov.au  – this is the authoritative national register of the VET sector in Australia.

 

Who is ASQA?
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The role of ASQA is to ensure quality standards are met and is also responsible for accrediting courses that may be offered or provided by registered training organisations.

 

Are all RTOs regulated by ASQA?

ASQA is the regulatory body for RTOs in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.
ASQA also regulates providers in Victoria and/or Western Australia that:

  • offer courses in any of the following states (including by offering courses online): the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, or
  • offer courses to overseas students studying in Australia on student visas.

AVELING is registered ASQA rather than Western Australia’s regulator, the Training Accreditation Council (TAC), because we deliver nationally recognised courses online.

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More information:

  • To see the list of courses that AVELING provides, take a look at our website: www.aveling.com.au
  • If you’d like more information about ASQA: www.asqa.gov.au/
  • For a full list of RTOs, take a look at www.training.gov.au  – this is the authoritative national register of the VET sector in Australia.