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Accredited VET Course

An accredited VET (Vocational Education and Training) course is:

Adjustment factors

Bonus points—

Equity schemes, such as QTAC's Educational Access Scheme, distribute bonus points to OP scores or ranks, depending on the severity of an applicant's financial or educational disadvantage.

Bonus ranks—

Subject-based bonus schemes, such as the UQ Bonus Rank Scheme, distribute bonus ranks to a student's entry rank if they have studied certain Year 12 subjects: Languages other than English (LOTE), Mathematics C and university enrichment subjects.

Admission pathway

Alternative pathways—

A way of showing preparedness for tertiary study. Applicants apply on the basis of life skills and employment experience instead of previous academic achievement.

Alternative pathways include sitting the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) and applying on the basis of paid employment experience, bridging programs and/or a tertiary study pathway.

Admission schemes

Special entry schemes—

UQ has a range of admission schemes to encourage students from specified backgrounds. They can also encourage students to apply for specific programs.



The person who has lodged an application For example - The person who has lodged an application for a UQ College program or the person who has lodged an application with a Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) or UQ's online application service.


The Australian Qualifications Framework specifies the standards for educational qualifications in Australia. It is administered nationally by the Australian Government's Department of Industry, with oversight from the States and Territories, through the Standing Council of Tertiary Education Skills and Employment.

AQF levels:


The Australian Qualifications Framework specifies the standards for educational qualifications in Australia. It is administered nationally by the Australian Government's Department of Industry, with oversight from the States and Territories, through the Standing Council of Tertiary Education Skills and Employment.


ASQA is the national regulator for the VET sector in Australia. ASQA maintains quality in the sector through the regulation of:

ASQA’s purpose is to provide nationally consistent, risk-based regulation of VET that contributes to an informed, quality VET sector that meets Australia’s needs.

Bridging program

A study program specifically to build academic and discipline skills and knowledge and create an academic profile to apply for degree entry.


Certificate in Adult Tertiary Preparation. Available at UQ College as a whole VET qualification or individual VET units within specialisations (eg – Mathematics, Chemistry )


The consistent application of knowledge and skill to the standard of performance required in the workplace. It embodies the ability to transfer and apply skills and knowledge to new situations and environments.

Credit (Academic)

Recognition of a complete qualification or discrete courses/units within the qualification that are deemed to be the equivalent of a course/unit in another qualification

Delivery Site

training site, owned or leased by a provider.


The bodies that have a stake in the training, assessment and client services provided by vocational education providers.

Industry Organisation

An organisation representing an industry, including peak business and employer organisations and industry advisory bodies, such as industry skills councils.

Industry Skills Council

National bodies formerly recognised and funded by the Australian Government to develop and maintain training packages specific to particular industry areas; this role is now performed by Skills Service Organisations


A person being trained and/or assessed by the RTO for the purpose of issuing AQF certification documentation.


Moderation is a quality control process aimed at bringing assessment judgements into alignment. Moderation is generally conducted before the finalisation of student results as it ensures the same decisions are applied to all assessment results within the same unit of competency.

The requirement in the Standards for RTOs 2015 to undertake validation of assessment judgements does not prohibit your RTO from undertaking moderation activities, or any other process aimed at increasing the quality of assessment.

National register

training.gov.au, the official national register on vocational education and training (VET) in Australia. It is the authoritative source of information on training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency, skill sets and registered training organisations (RTOs).

training.gov.au helps people to find information about RTOs that are registered to deliver a particular nationally recognised training (NRT) product.

National VET Regulator

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the national body responsible for registering training providers and accrediting courses in Australia.

Nominal Hours

Nominal (supervised) hours represent the supervised structured learning and assessment activity required to sufficiently address the content of each unit (acknowledging that progress can vary between learners).

Non Award Program

A program that provides an outcome other than a specific qualification. For example – a program that enables a student to gain an entry rank and /or prerequisites to apply for degree entry


Non-compliance occurs when the requirements of the VET Quality Framework or other relevant standards or registration conditions have not been met.


National VET Regulator

Prospective student

Future student—

A person who is considering attending a university or UQ College and/or lodging an application.


‘Provider’ may refer to:


Formal certification, issued by a relevant approved body, in recognition that a person has achieved learning outcomes or competencies relevant to identified individual, professional, industry or community needs.

Quality indicator reporting

All registered training organisations (RTOs) registered with ASQA are required to provide an annual summary report to ASQA of their performance against three quality indicators:

Quality indicator data is used by registering bodies to inform each RTO’s risk assessment.

Recognition of Prior Learning

An assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit.

Registered training organisation (RTO)

Registered Training Organisation


ASQA registers vocational education and training (VET) providers as ‘registered training organisations’. VET registration is confirmation that a training organisation can deliver, assess and issue the qualifications it is registered to provide, or statements of attainment to a nationally agreed standard.

ASQA also registers providers seeking to enrol overseas students who are on student visas as Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) providers.

Scope of registration

The particular services and products that a provider is registered to provide.

Standards for Registered training organisations (RTOs) 2015

The national standards against which applicants for registration as a VET (vocational education and training) provider, and existing VET providers, are assessed.

Statement of Attainment

A statement given to a person confirming that the person has satisfied the requirements of units of competency or modules specified in the statement.


A person being trained and/or assessed by the RTO for the purpose of issuing AQF certification documentation.

Student centred audit approach

An approach to audit that focuses on the practices and behaviours of RTOs, as well as checking on the compliance of RTOs’ systems and processes.

Tertiary study pathway

Upgrading pathways—

The process of undertaking further study to meet eligibility requirements to apply for a desired program.


An official certification document that confirms that a qualification has been awarded to an individual

Transition period

Transition period means, where a training product has been superseded, removed or deleted from the National Register, the allowable timeframe within which the learner’s training, assessment, and AQF certification documentation issuance must be completed or, in the case of a superseded training product, within which the learner is transitioned into the replacement training product.


An academic year that is divided into 3 sub-periods of study. For example 3 x 14 week study periods.


UQ College’s Tertiaty Preparation Program

Unit of competency

The specification of the standards of performance required in the workplace as defined in a training package.

Unsupervised Hours

Spending additional (unsupervised hours) self-paced study, review, and research.


The quality review of the assessment process. Validation involves checking that the assessment tool/s produce/s valid, reliable, sufficient, current and authentic evidence to enable reasonable judgements to be made as to whether the requirements of the training package or VET accredited courses are met. It includes reviewing a statistically valid sample of the assessments and making recommendations for future improvements to the assessment tool, process and/or outcomes and acting upon such recommendations


vocational education and training

VET quality framework

A set of standards and conditions used by ASQA to assess whether a registered training organisation meets the requirements for registration.

The VET Quality Framework comprises:

Volume of Learning

The notional duration of all activities required for achieving learning outcomes. Volume of learning includes nominal (supervised) hours and unsupervised hours