What Does RTO Stand For?
RTO stands for Registered Training Organisation.
What Is a Registered Training Organisation?
Registered training organisations (RTOs) are providers and assessors of nationally recognised training that have been registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Only RTOs can issue nationally recognised qualifications. There are approximately 5000 RTOs that currently exist within Australia.
In order to become registered, training providers must meet the Australian Quality Training Framework 2019 (AQTF 2019) standards. This ensures the quality of Vocational Education and Training (VET) services throughout Australia.
Training organisation register to provide nationally recognised training with its relevant state or territory registration authority.
When registering the RTO must state its scope of registration detailing:
To ensure an RTO continues to deliver quality training or assessment, its registration must be renewed with the relevant state or territory registering authority at least every five years. The registering authority can audit the RTO at any time during its period of registration.
Why Choose To Study With an RTO?
As a student either just entering vocational education, or a mature-age student looking to expand their knowledge in their specific employment area, it is important to thoroughly learn the essential skills and knowledge relevant to the line of work that they wish to enter. RTOs offer accredited VET qualifications. When choosing to study with an RTO in Australia, students are provided with nationally recognised training that provides them with everything that they need to succeed in their chosen industry area. Registered Training Organisations are required to uphold a certain standard that aligns with official guidelines that have been set by the ASQA. This means that all RTO Providers maintain consistent engagement with the industries that they offer courses for, to make sure that the skills and knowledge that are taught are a high quality, and continue to be pertinent to future employers and the relevant industries involved.
Registered Training Organisations can offer students the following qualification levels:
Types of RTOs
RTOs include TAFE colleges and institutes, adult and community education providers, private providers, community organisations, schools, higher education institutions, commercial and enterprise training providers, industry bodies, and other organisations that meet registration requirements.
All registered training organisations are entered into the National Training Information Service (NTIS) database listing their details and scope of registration.
The ASQA is the official regulatory body for all RTOs that are found within the states Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.
The ASQA also looks after providers that are located in the states Victoria and Western Australia, provided that:
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