14 September 2023 HLT Training Update: Extended Transition Period Granted to Two Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care HLT Qualifications
In another round of HLT training updates, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) granted extended transition periods for critical qualifications within the HLT training package. With the extra leeway, ASQA aims to eliminate any disadvantages for students already enrolled in the current qualifications.
The qualifications affected by the extended transition periods include:
- HLT30113 – Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
- HLT40213 – Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
RTOs and Learners to Benefit From Extended Transition Period
Initially, ASQA set the period for training, assessment, and certification issuance of the two affected qualifications to end on 31 December 2024. But thanks to the addendum, learners can complete their qualifications by 31 July 2025. However, there’s an important thing to keep in mind about the HLT training update. Students who enrolled to the affected qualifications after 13 December 2023 won’t be eligible for the extended transition period.
RTOs offering these qualifications can leverage the extra time to adjust training materials to accommodate the changes — leading to a smooth transition and streamlined curriculum.
- To ensure all training organisations like yours and students have ample time to adjust to the latest qualifications changes, ASQA collaborated with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia regarding this extended transition period. The two affected training packages will remain in all RTOs’ scope of registration for the duration of the extended transition period.
1 August 2023 Training Update – Extended Transition Period Approved for Critical Health Qualifications
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has made an unprecedented move by granting an extended transition period for four critical qualifications in the healthcare sector.
The extended transition period, which concludes on 31 July 2024, provides learners with much-needed reprieve. Those currently enrolled or planning to enrol in the affected courses can complete their studies and obtain their certifications during this extended period. However, it’s important to note that all students must finish their courses or transfer to replacement qualifications by the transition end date.
HLT Training Package Qualifications with Extended Transition Period
The qualifications granted an extended transition period are:
- HLT23215 – Certificate II in Health Support Services
- HLT37115 – Certificate III in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support
- HLT47115 – Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support
- HLT47315 – Certificate IV in Health Administration
These qualifications are of paramount to the healthcare industry, providing essential skills and knowledge for aspiring professionals to effectively contribute to various healthcare settings.
ASQA’s Commitment to Vocational Education and Training
ASQA’s decision to grant an extended transition period for these critical Health qualifications demonstrates its commitment to facilitating accessible and effective vocational education and training.
ASQA aims to alleviate potential disadvantages and support a well-trained and competent healthcare workforce by providing learners extra time to complete their courses.
Ensuring a Seamless Transition with the Latest HLT Training Update
For registered training organisations (RTOs), the extended transition period means that the specified qualifications will remain on their scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period.
As an RTO, you now can ensure a smooth transition process for your learners, accommodating their needs and delivering the highest standard of training.
Your learners can focus on their studies without undue pressure, contributing to a well-equipped and competent healthcare workforce.
03 July 2023 Update
HLT Training Update: Enhanced Qualifications and Skill Sets for the Health Training Package
Changes have been implemented to the HLT: Health training package on training.gov.au, aimed at improving the quality and relevance of qualifications and skill sets in the healthcare sector. As RTOs play a crucial role in delivering healthcare education, it’s important to stay informed about these updates to ensure training programs align with the latest industry standards.
Updated Qualifications and Skill Sets
The recent updates encompass a wide range of qualifications and skill sets within the health training package. These updates reflect the evolving demands of the healthcare industry and provide learners with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their respective roles. Notable updates include:
|Qualification Code||Qualification Name|
|HLT21020||Certificate II in Medical Service First Response|
|HLT31120||Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport|
|HLT31220||Certificate III in Basic Health Care|
|HLT33115||Certificate III in Health Services Assistance|
|HLT35021||Certificate III in Dental Assisting|
|HLT35115||Certificate III in Dental Laboratory Assisting|
|HLT37015||Certificate III in Sterilisation Services|
|HLT37215||Certificate III in Pathology Collection|
|HLT37315||Certificate III in Health Administration|
|HLT37415||Certificate III in Pathology Assistance|
|HLT41020||Certificate IV in Ambulance Communications (Dispatch)|
|HLT41120||Certificate IV in Health Care|
|HLT47015||Certificate IV in Sterilisation Services|
|HLT47415||Certificate IV in Audiometry|
|HLT47515||Certificate IV in Operating Theatre Technical Support|
|HLT47715||Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting|
|HLT47815||Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing|
|HLT51020||Diploma of Emergency Health Care|
|HLT54121||Diploma of Nursing|
|HLT55118||Diploma of Dental Technology|
|HLT57415||Diploma of Audiometry|
|HLT57715||Diploma of Practice Management|
|HLT57821||Diploma of Orthopaedic Technology|
|HLT57921||Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology and Practice|
|HLT64121||Advanced Diploma of Nursing|
Moreover, the HLTSS00059 Venous Blood Collection Skill Set was also updated to give learners enhanced and relevant skills knowledge and skills in the area.
What RTOs Can Do About This
To ensure RTOs stay up to date with the latest updates and changes to the Health training package, here are some proactive steps they can take:
- Review the updates: RTOs should thoroughly review the changes made to the qualifications and skill sets relevant to their training programs. Understanding the modifications will allow them to align their training delivery with the updated standards.
- Access detailed information: RTOs can access comprehensive details of the updates by visiting the training.gov.au website. The website provides in-depth information on each updated qualification and skill set, enabling RTOs to make informed decisions about their training programs.
- Compare changes: Utilise the “compare text” feature on training.gov.au to compare the previous and updated qualifications and skill sets. This allows RTOs to identify specific changes and their impact on training programs.
- Update training materials: If necessary, RTOs should update their training materials, resources, and assessments to reflect the latest requirements and industry standards. This ensures that learners receive the most relevant and up-to-date education.
- Attend professional development workshops: Stay informed about industry updates by attending professional development workshops, webinars, and conferences focused on healthcare education. These events provide valuable insights and networking opportunities with other RTOs and industry professionals.
- Engage with industry associations: Establish connections with industry associations, such as healthcare professional bodies and advisory committees. These associations often provide updates, resources, and support to RTOs, helping them stay ahead in delivering quality healthcare training.
- Seek expert guidance: If RTOs have any questions or concerns regarding the updates, they should seek expert guidance from industry experts or consultants specialising in healthcare education. Their insights can help navigate the changes effectively.
By actively engaging with the updates and taking proactive measures, RTOs can ensure their healthcare training programs remain relevant, up-to-date, and in line with industry requirements. Staying informed is essential to provide learners with the best possible education and support their success in the healthcare sector.
For more information on the recent updates and to access additional resources about the Health training package, visit training.gov.au.
16 June 2023 Update
ASQA Approves Extended Training and Certification Period for HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy & HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage
To accommodate the needs of learners and prevent any potential disadvantages, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has recently announced an extended transition period for the HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage. This decision allows for a longer training, assessment, and certification issuance period for these qualifications.
ASQA’s Consideration for Extended Transition Period
ASQA, following the Guidance for Providers – Learner Transition, considers applications for an extended transition period only when it is demonstrated that a specific group of learners would experience a genuine disadvantage if the extension were not granted. This thorough evaluation process ensures fairness and equal opportunities for all students.
Extended Transition Period Details
The extended transition period for HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage will conclude on 14 December 2024. This extension permits new enrolments and commencements in these qualifications beyond 13 December 2023. However, it is crucial for all students to either complete or transfer to the replacement qualification by 14 December 2024.
Supporting Associations and RTO Networks
The decision to extend the transition end date for these qualifications received support from various prominent organisations. The Association of Massage Therapists, Australian Natural Therapists Association, Massage & Myotherapy Australia, Hapi Physiotherapy, Massage Philosophy, Chi-Link, and Victorian Massage and Myotherapy RTO Network have all endorsed this transition period extension. Their collaboration and expertise ensure the smooth implementation of the updated qualifications.
Collaboration and Consultation
ASQA, as part of the decision-making process, consulted with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Training Accreditation Council Western Australia (TAC WA). This collaborative approach allows for comprehensive assessments and informed decisions to best serve the interests of learners and the massage therapy industry as a whole.
Continued Scope of Registration
During the extended transition period, the HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage will remain on the scope of registration for the registered training organisations (RTOs) offering these qualifications. This ensures students can access and complete the courses with the necessary support and resources from the authorised institutions.
The approval of an extended transition period for the HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage demonstrates ASQA’s commitment to facilitating a smooth transition for learners in the massage therapy sector. By working closely with supporting associations and relevant authorities, ASQA aims to ensure that students have ample time to complete their qualifications without experiencing any disadvantages. This extended transition period acknowledges the evolving needs of the industry and the importance of maintaining high standards in massage therapy education.
29 May 2023 Update
ASQA Approves Extension for HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has recently announced approved an extended transition period for the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing qualification. This decision applies to all registered training organisations (RTOs) offering this qualification.
Consideration for Learner Disadvantage
ASQA possesses the power to grant extended transition periods beyond the standard duration stated in Clauses 1.26 (a), (b), and (c) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. This flexibility allows ASQA to carefully evaluate applications for an extended transition period, considering situations where a particular group of learners would encounter significant disadvantages without such an extension. Considering these circumstances, ASQA aims to ensure fair and equitable opportunities for all learners during the transition.
Extended Timeline for Training and Certification
The extended transition period for the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing qualification will now conclude on 12 March 2024. This extension provides sufficient time for learners to complete their training, assessment, and certification requirements.
The decision to extend the transition end date for this qualification and its cohorts has received support from the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council. This collaboration underscores the commitment to ensuring that learners are not disadvantaged and upholding the quality and standards of nursing education.
Throughout the extended transition period, the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing qualification will remain in the provider’s scope of registration. Registered Training Organisations will continue to offer and deliver this qualification until the extended transition period concludes.
ASQA’s Dedication to Learners and Ensuring Quality Education
ASQA’s approval of the extended transition period for the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing reflects its dedication to supporting learners and facilitating a smooth transition for educational qualifications. This decision aligns with ASQA’s goal of promoting high-quality vocational education and training in Australia.
25 May 23 HLT Update: ASQA Extends Transition Period for Several HLT Training Package Qualification Units
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has granted an extended transition period for several HLT (Health) training package qualifications. This decision allows providers with scope for delivery to continue offering these qualifications. It also aims to prevent any potential disadvantages to learners. The extended transition period for the listed qualifications will conclude on 31 December 2024.
The qualifications included in the extended transition period of this training update are as follows:
- HLT20113 Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
- HLT30113 Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
- HLT33015 – Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
- HLT43015 – Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
- HLT40113 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
- HLT40213 Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
- HLT50113 Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
- HLT50213 Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
- HLT60113 Advanced Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Care
According to the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015, ASQA can approve transition periods longer than those initially specified. In this case, the decision to extend the transition period was made after carefully considering potential genuine disadvantages that could affect learners if the extension was not approved.
The extended transition request was supported by prominent organisations such as the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, the National Aboriginal Community Health Organisation, and the Australian Industry and Skills Commission. Their endorsement reflects the importance of providing sufficient time for learners to complete their qualifications without undue pressure or disadvantage.
ASQA collaborated with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Training Accreditation Council Western Australia (TAC WA) during the consultation process for this extended transition request. These regulatory bodies played a crucial role in ensuring a comprehensive and informed decision.
What to Expect Out of this Training Update
During the extended transition period, the listed HLT training package qualifications will remain on the provider’s scope of registration. This means that learners will continue accessing these qualifications and the associated training, assessment, and certification until December 31, 2024.
ASQA’s commitment to fostering a fair and supportive learning environment is evident in the approval of this extended transition period. By providing additional time for learners to complete their studies, ASQA and its collaborating partners aim to facilitate the acquisition of essential skills and knowledge within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare sector.