25 July 2023 Update: ASQA Grants Extended Transition Period for Agribusiness Qualifications
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has recently granted an extended transition period for several crucial agricultural and horticulture qualifications.
The move is a relief for learners and training providers concerned about the impact of the standard transition deadlines on specific cohorts of students.
ASQA, in line with the Guidance for Providers – Learner Transition, considers requests for extended transition periods if there is a genuine risk of disadvantage to learners.
Duration of the Extended Transition Period
The extended training, assessment, and certification issuance period for the approved qualifications will conclude on 22 January 2025. While new enrolments can occur throughout this period, all students must fulfill the requirements and receive their qualifications or statements of attainment by the transition end date.
This stipulation ensures learners and training providers work diligently to maximise the extended period and achieve the desired outcomes.
AHC Training Package Qualifications Eligible for Extended Transition
The qualifications that have received approval for an extended transition period include various levels of certificates and diplomas in agriculture, horticulture, and community coordination. This diverse range of qualifications is vital in nurturing skilled professionals in the agribusiness sector.
The qualifications covered under this extended transition period include the following:
- AHC10216 Certificate I in Agri-food Operations
- AHC10316 Certificate I in Horticulture
- AHC20116 Certificate II in Agriculture
- AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture
- AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture
- AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture
- AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations
- AHC33719 Certificate III in Protected Horticulture
- AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture
- AHC40416 Certificate IV in Horticulture
- AHC50116 Diploma of Agriculture
- AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture
- AHC51216 Diploma of Community Coordination and Facilitation
Why ASQA Grants Extended Transition Period
ASQA, in collaboration with Skills Impact as the Agribusiness Jobs and Skills Council, carefully evaluated the necessity for an extended transition period. The primary consideration was to prevent any potential disadvantage to learners who might face challenges completing their qualifications within the standard transition timelines. By granting the extension, learners have more time to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge without undue pressure, fostering a conducive learning environment.
Impact on Learners and Training Providers
The extended transition period brings significant benefits for both learners and training providers. Learners can now enroll and commence studies in the mentioned qualifications throughout the extended period. This flexibility ensures that more individuals can access quality education and training, thus contributing to a skilled workforce in the agricultural and horticultural sectors. Training providers can also maintain these qualifications on their scope of registration until the end of the approved extended transition period, allowing them to continue delivering valuable educational services to students.
16 May 2023 AHC Training Package Qualification Update: ASQA Grants Extended Transition Period for AHC20616 Certificate II in Parks and Gardens
Stay up to date with the latest developments in the training and education sector as the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) announces an extended transition period for the AHC20616 Certificate II in Parks and Gardens. In a bid to ensure that learners are not at a genuine disadvantage, ASQA has exercised its authority to approve transition periods longer than those specified in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.
Foundation Training Australia Pty Ltd (RTO 31972) is the proud recipient of ASQA’s approval for the extended transition period for the AHC20616 Certificate II in Parks and Gardens. This decision will have a significant impact on learners pursuing this qualification.
The extended training, assessment, and certification issuance period for the AHC20616 Certificate II in Parks and Gardens will conclude on 31 May 2023. This means that learners now have additional time to complete their studies and obtain their certification.
Next Steps for Registered Training Organisations
To stay up to date with the latest advancements in the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management (Release 9.0), it is imperative for RTOs to take proactive measures. Here are important actions to consider providing students access to the new training update on AHC resources:
- Update Scope: Incorporate the updated version of the qualification into your scope of registration. This ensures alignment with the latest industry standards and requirements.
- Monitor Transition Period: Keep a close eye on the transition period. During this timeframe, it is crucial to transfer all students to the new version of the qualification. This guarantees that they receive the most relevant and updated training.
- Complete Studies on Time: For students enrolled in deleted products, supporting and guiding them to finish their studies within specific timelines is essential. Students pursuing deleted units and skill sets should complete their studies within one year, while those seeking deleted qualifications should aim to finish within two years.
- Expand Scope: Stay ahead of the curve by submitting an application to include new, non-equivalent qualifications and units of competency in your scope. This ensures your RTO remains competitive and can offer a diverse range of courses.
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