Is Accredited (RTO) training better than non-accredited training

Continuing on from some of the thoughts and ideas I posted yesterday an interesting question was posed to around accredited (RTO) and non-accredited training. It was do we simply assume that accredited (RTO) training is better than non-accredited training.

I sometimes think that there is misunderstanding about the importance of Accredited training in Australia and its relationship to what could be called non-accredited training (though I really hate that term, becuse in and of itself it seems to lessen its importance an value). We as an organisation do far more non-accredited training than accredited, why? Well primarily because there are isnt accredited training that provides us with what we require as an organisation and what our staff want as professional development, and unfortunately in a lot of cases it is far better, more engaging and more erelevant than accredited training that we might undertake.

This is not to say that the accredited training isnt good, it is, and it provides us with very specifc outcomes, neither is it to suggest that the trainers are not good. It is just that providers of non-accredited training cant rely on the training being free or almost free as a selling point they have to rely on the fact that their training and trainers are excellent and provide solid tangilble outcomes. If they dont, they go out of business. If your business model relies on being able to sell training becuase it is free, rather than because it is has fantasitc outcomes and learning and produces a significant ROI for participants and organisations then your busniess model sucks in my opinion.

If training is of high quality, delivered by exceptional trainers, with great learning outcomes and is engaging then people will pay money for it. Sometimes I think the only reason the government has to support and fund accredited (RTO) training is because the content and outcomes behind it arent that great and that if people and organisations had to pay for it they simply wouldnt.

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Paul Rasmussen is one of Australia’s most widely read Vocational Education and Training Commentators. He provides deep, unbiased analysis and insights not only on topical issues, but also on the underlying structure and policy which supports the industry. His writing and analysis has been praised for its uncompromising and thought provoking style and its ability to focus on the issues of real importance to the sector. He has advised various government departments and ministers, training providers, public and private organisations, not for profits and small to medium enterprises on the VET sector and the issues and opportunities facing it. He is one of Australia’s most awarded learning professionals and a regular speaker at a range of conventions and forums. His extensive experience in vocational education, and learning and development coupled with formal qualifications in philosophy, ethics, business and education management allow Paul to provide a unique view of the road ahead and how to navigate it.

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