11 November 2022
Death notice: Dodgy short courses eliminated
The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) has issued a ‘death notice” for dodgy RTOs that issue spurious qualifications typically based on inadequate two-day courses and inappropriate reliance on recognition of prior learning (RPL) processes.
ARC chief executive officer Glenn Evans said there had been a focus on these types of courses for a number of years, with the last of the known two-day refrigeration and air conditioning courses which once blighted the industry being been shut down more than two years ago.
“Over the years, ARC has worked in partnership with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to shut down these courses,” he said.
“Significantly, this means you can no longer get a Certificate II RAC qualification by attending a quickie weekend course and going through a meaningless tick-and-flick RPL process.
“Even accounting for RPL, these courses should typically involve a minimum of 360 hours.”
Mr Evans said RPL was not, and was never meant to be, a shortcut to getting a so-called quickie ‘qualification’.
“RPL is a rigorous process to verify which skills people already have,” he said.
“It assesses an individual’s competencies in great detail – competencies which may have been acquired through formal, non-formal and/or informal learning.
“The learner must submit a great deal of evidence, including referee reports, resumes, photographic and documentary evidence and interviews for every competency required.”
Mr Evans said the war against dodgy training organisations would never be over, even if at present the ARC and ASQA were winning the battle.
“It is important to remain vigilant, and we welcome industry reports of any new short courses so that we can investigate and take action,” he said.
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