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.


About pauldrasmussen
Paul is the winner of the 2013 Leadership in VET Quality Award and the 2013 LearnX Learning Manager of the year award. A Thought Leader and Speaker on Organisational Learning, Professional Development, Motivation, Leadership, Management and Professional Ethics, he speaks widely and has published work on the areas of Learning and Development, Learning ROI, Business, Management, Leadership and Ethics. With Qualifications in Ethics and Bioethics, Organisational Learning and Development, Training, and Business Management and Leadership, Paul has worked in and with a wide range of public, private, government and not for profit organisations. He is currently the National Training Manager for Spectrum Training and the principal consultant with Rasmussen Learning. Specialties: • Organisational Learning and Development • Ethics (Business, Professional and Theoretical) • Learning Management and ROI • Professional Speaking • RTO Management • E-Learning • Management • Leadership • Learning Management Systems

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