What is Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally recognised training is developed through the vocational education and training (VET) sector. It provides skills and knowledge to prepare people for work. Nationally recognised training includes:

  • Training packages - define the knowledge and skills required for different job roles and industries and, in some cases, the circumstances under which competency can be assessed. They also describe how these competencies can be packaged into nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Accredited courses - are developed where there is a need for training to be nationally recognised and portable, where no training package qualification exists. These courses are accredited by a VET regulator or its delegate and are approved for five years before an extension is required.

About VET

Australia's VET system is one of the world's best. It provides people with the skills and knowledge they need to:

  • enter the workforce for the first time
  • train or re-train for a new job
  • upgrade their skills
  • move into further study in VET or at university.

VET promotes quality and national consistency in terms of qualifications and the delivery of training. Key elements of the system are the:

  • Australian Qualifications Framework
  • Australian Quality Training Framework
  • State and territory training authorities
  • Industry skills councils
  • Registered training organisations
  • VET regulators

For more information visit the Department of Education and Training's website.

Benefits of nationally recognised training

Developing an employee’s skills can increase the productivity and profits of an individual business. As such, training and skills development is also good for the economy.

Training can help businesses and organisations retain people, because employees and volunteers who take part in training feel valued, contribute more to the workplace and are more likely to stay in their roles for longer.

Nationally recognised training is developed in consultation with industry, including large and small businesses and those in regional areas. This helps ensure it meets employer needs and graduates have the same skills and knowledge regardless of where they do their training.

 The skills and knowledge gained through nationally recognised training are also transferrable—they are recognised across businesses and in all states and territories.

And finally, nationally recognised training is designed to be practical for business and can be combined with day-to-day work activities.