Minimum Qualifications for Trainers
November 21, 2012 8 Comments
What is the minimum qualification a trainer should possess?
One of the things to come out of the recent Issue Paper – Review of the Standards of the Regulation of VET was commentary around quality training and assessment and the need to develop appropriate teacher, trainer and assessor standards and suggested that the standards could address three issues in relation to this;
- maintenance of vocational competency
- professional practice standards
- professional development and competency pathways
Personally I think all of these are vitally important issue that need to be addressed and addressed in terms of the standards and legislation. The reason I say this is we really do need to have some minimum standards which can be enforced, not only by the regulator but by individual RTO’s and organisations as well as a means of ensuring at least the mandatory level of competence.
Anyone training in specialist or vocational areas, should have relevant industry qualifications and should be able to show that they undertake ongoing professional development activities. I would be in support of a formal CPD points system for trainers and assessors, which could work across all three of the issues areas above, with perhaps a minimum number of CPD points required in each of the three areas in order to be able to show continued competency. I am not sure though that a trainer/assessor needs to have the exact qualification that they are delivering (particularly in VET terms). They do however need to have a recognised formal qualification form the field and experience/exposure to the areas they are training/assessing in.
For example; A person with a degree in social work, 5 years recent work experience in child protection and a record of ongoing PD should be considered vocationally competent to deliver say the Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention.
There needs to be professional practice standards to which all trainers/assessors/RTO’s/ training organisations and other organisations can be held accountable against. This to me is simply a no-brainer.
The area where I think the most work needs to be done is that of professional competency around being a trainer/assessor. It needs to be formally stated that the certificate IV in training and assessment is the minimum entry-level qualification, and that depending on interests and vocational pathways VET professional would be expected to continue on to further study around the education sector either at a VET or Tertiary level.
The final thing that needs to be done is to tighten up substantially the provision and delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and in fact the entire TAE package. There needs to be a solid work placement component included as mandatory in the Cert IV and serious scrutiny of providers.