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Information on Registered Training Organisations

If you want to undertake training to up skill and improve your chances of securing employment you can find information about courses and Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) at: http://www.myskills.gov.au/


Registered Training Organisations

What are registered training organisations?

Registered training organisations, more commonly known as RTOs, are official providers of nationally recognised training. In order for any apprenticeship or traineeship to be eligible for funding from the Australian Federal government, it must first be approved and signed off by an RTO. RTOs are either government-run or independent, but are exclusively paid for by the Australian government.  

What is the role of the RTO?

Under the Australian quality training framework (AQTF), registered training organisations are responsible for all quality assurance requirements in relation to the delivery of training, assessment and certification. In short, they make sure the training available to apprentices is adequate and up to scratch and that it will be of useful when they come to search for future careers.

How RTOs work

The RTO will establish the units of the training programme in consultation with the employer and employee. They will confirm training programmes will be of benefit to both parties and will highlight any potential problems. Usually, this involves arranging a meeting between concerned parties to ensure all criteria have been met and all those concerned are happy with the programme. Of course, this also presents a golden opportunity to complete and sign all the paperwork. Without a formal sign off by the RTO, neither the employer nor the apprentice will receive funding for their programme. 

Types of RTOs

Registered training organisations can include TAFE (Technical and Further Education) colleges, adult and community education providers, private providers, community organisations, schools, higher education institutions, commercial and enterprise training providers, industry bodies, and other organisations meeting registration requirements.
 
All registered training organisations are entered into the National Training Information Service (NTIS) database, allowing them to be properly monitored by the government. It is important to note, that all while the government does demand certain standards to be applied, RTOs differ in terms of the type of training and advice they can offer. It is important to find out which one works best for you. For example, some schools, while technically RTOs, can only really offer advice to their own students. 

Registration criteria for RTOs

The list of requirements for RTOs is both long and exhaustive – as the government representative when it comes to training; they also have a huge responsibility to employees and employers alike. To make sure they perform adequately, RTOs are all required to fulfil stringent criteria known as ‘conditions of registration’.

In general terms, the conditions come under the following categories:
  • Governance
  • How the organisation will interact with registering body
  • Compliance with commonwealth, state and territory legislation
  • Insurance
  • Financial management
  • Qualified to issue certificates and qualifications
  • Recognition of qualifications issued by other RTOs
  • Accuracy and integrity of marketing
  •  Transition to training packages

AMMA – The Resource Industry RTO

AMMA is a Registered Training Organisation specialising in programs tailored to the resource industry. All AMMA courses are structured to provide participants with the opportunity to build on their life experiences and to put new skills into practice in a safe learning environment, as well as embedding learning back in the workplace.
 
The courses range from ½-day workshops, intensive 2-day leadership programs to National Recognised Training delivered over a period of time. The courses are very flexible taking into account the needs of the employer. They can be held on site and are customised to an employer’s policy or process framework.
 
Visit AMMA for more information about their RTO program. 

How to find your local RTO

There are around 5000 registered training organisations in Australia, with all of them providing slightly different services. In order to find out more about local RTOs to suit your needs, search for information relating to your course and then try to match it with your local training provider.

Of course, this will only be a guide; it is important to contact the RTO in question to discuss whether they can help you out. 

Conclusion

Registered training organisations are an essential for all those wishing to pursue further training or embark on an apprenticeship. It is important to properly research which RTO will be best to help you in your career.

Don’t forget to visit our Training and Development page for more information about securing employment in the Resources industry.
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