Two aproned and uniformed senior students adding ingredients to a steamerIndependent Schools Victoria is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and in a recent audit conducted by the Victorian Registration Qualifications Authority (VRQA) was granted reregistration until 2017.

Students in independent schools, may wish to incorporate into their study program some Vocational Education and Training (VET). This is known at Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS), and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has established VCE VET programs which have been tailored specifically for students in schools.

Schools offering, or interested in offering, VETiS subjects will need to either enter into a relationship with an RTO or register as an RTO in their own right.

Only RTOs may issue VET qualifications or statements of attainment under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). RTOs are the providers and assessors of the nationally consistent vocational training and qualifications.

The role of the RTO is to ensure that all quality assurance requirements in relation to training delivery, assessment and certification are carried out in accordance with the AQTF Essential Conditions and Standards for Continuing Registration (Version 2010). It is the responsibility of the RTO to ensure that all units of competency required for a particular VET qualification are achieved to the standards specified by the performance criteria, and are assessed according to the assessment requirements specified in each unit of competency

Those schools not wishing to register as an RTO in their own right often enter into purchasing or auspicing arrangements with external providers. An auspicing arrangement in vocational education and training involves an organisation entering into partnership with an (RTO) in order to have the training and assessment it conducts recognised.

Independent Schools Victoria is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in accordance with the AQTF Standards for RTOs and as such offers auspicing services to schools. It is able to assess and issue qualifications or statements of attainment for VET qualifications specified in its Scope of Registration.

The Independent Schools Victoria RTO has a many courses and units registered on its Scope of Registration, and these can be found on the Australian Government Department of Industry website.

Schools Considering Registering as an RTO?

To become an RTO, an organisation must comply with the nationally agreed standards set out in the Australian Quality Training Framework Standards for registered training organisations. Schools should refer to the VRQA website.

An RTO will have a Scope of Registration, which will consist ofthe list of training package qualifications, units of competency or state accredited courses which their training organisation is registered to provide.