Validation & Moderation Services
Validation & Moderation Services
We offer both independent assessment validations services and Independent assessment moderation services to TAFE, community colleges, enterprise RTOs and private RTOs.
Independent assessment validation will save you a lot of time, and allow you to access expert Industry consultants, resource validators and subject matter experts.
As per ASQA’s Standards for RTOs 2015, your RTO’s validation plan must ensure:
Every training product on your RTO’s scope of registration undergoes validation at least once every five years.
You validate at least 50 per cent of the training products in the first three years of that cycle.
You may need to validate certain training products more often where specific risks have been identified, for example, if your RTO’s industry consultation identifies areas of particular risk. ASQA may from time to time determine specific training products that must have particular attention paid to them and this advice would be published to www.asqa.gov.au.
Did you know?
ASQA reported the following in their 2015 – 2016 annual report:
“compliance with standards 1 Responsive to Industry and learners needs and 2 Quality assurance is noticeably lower than that for the other six standards. This is an area of concern for ASQA as these two standards relate to meeting the needs of industry and learners and ensuring the quality of training and assessment”
Only 20.7% met compliance standards initially while only 71.2 passed at finalisation stage in Standard 1 Responsive to Industry and learners needs
Only 20.1% met compliance standards initially while only 72.6 passed at finalisation stage in Standard 2 Quality assurance
Source - ASQA Annual Report 2015-16, Page 55, Figure 8 Levels of compliance by standard, 1 July 2015 – 30 June 2016
Ref: Adapted from “A Code of Professional Practice for Validation and Moderation”, 2009, NQC, “Implementation Guide – Validation and Moderation”; NQC; 2009; p.8 and ASQA FAQs 2017
Issues that may negatively affect your audit:
Your assessment does not address all requirements of the packaging rules
You do not gather sufficient valid evidence for competency assessment
inappropriate or lack of simulated environments
The authenticity of assessment, particularly in distance and online delivery.
It is vital that RTOs undertake their validation and moderation process as it is a crucial part of meeting learner’s needs and quality assurance requirements of Standard 1 and 2 of the Standards for RTOs 2015.
In meeting student’s needs and the quality assurance, RTOs are to bound by Clauses 1.9 – 1.11 of the Standards for RTOs 2015:
Clause 1.9 (Validation)
‘RTO implements a plan for ongoing systematic validation of assessment practices and judgements that includes for each training product on the RTO’s scope of registration
when assessment validation will occur;
which training products will be the focus of the validation;
who will lead and participate in validation activities;
how the outcomes of these activities will be documented and acted upon.’
Validation is a quality assurance process.
Moderation is a quality control process where assessors “moderate” their assessment decisions and come to an agreed position about competence of a candidate.
The outcome of Validation is improvement recommendations future improvements.
The outcome of moderation may be adjustments to the assessor’s decision.
Clause 1.10 requires:
Each training product is validated at least once every five years,
At least 50% of products validated within the first three years of each five year cycle.
Clause 1.11 requires:
Validation is undertaken by one or more persons who are not directly involved in the delivery and assessment of the training product being validated,
who collectively have:
current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
vocational competencies and current industry skills relevant to the assessment being validated;
current knowledge and skills in vocational teaching and learning; and
Industry experts may be involved to ensure there is the combination of expertise set out in (a) to (c) above.
Why you need us to conduct independent validation?
We provide this service to RTO’s, TAFE’s and other educational institutions. In some cases, we have found that the validations process is non-compliant. Our experience has shown that RTOs do not comply because they do not address all requirements of the packaging rules, do not gather sufficient valid evidence for competency assessment, they do not have complaint learning and assessment resources and lack authentic assessment, particularly in distance and online delivery.
Important information if you deliver any AQF qualification or assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package:
From 1 January 2016, to deliver any AQF qualification or assessor skill set from the Training and Education Training Package (or its successor), your RTO must have undergone an independent validation of its assessment system, tools, processes and outcomes in accordance with the requirements contained in Schedule 2 (and the definitions of independent validation and validation).
What we will provide / do for you
Meet with you to discuss your specific requirements and needs
Scope what you need to do and recommend a path forward
Provide qualified industry specific validation and moderation experts
Work with you to ensure your assessment system, processes, materials and practices produce valid assessment judgements
Develop or assist you in writing and implementing your quality policies and procedures
Develop a timetable for validating all your training products
Lead or participate in your validation team OR undertake your assessment validation on our own (depending on your requirements)
Work out a statistically valid sample size for your Post-Assessment Validation
Recommend future improvements for your training products, systems and procedures.
Provide a report for you detailing the above.
If you would like us to administer and manage the process for you, we will:
Ensure compliance in every aspect of your validation and moderation process
Assess your registered qualifications and the associated assessments for validation and moderation purposes
Develop a five (5) year validations and moderation timetable
Recommend a sample size
Prepare all documentation for distribution to participants
Prepare all record keeping documentation
Hold and moderate the meeting/s
Provide a report for you detailing the above
*Only available in some industries where we have access to qualified and experienced trainers/assessors in the relevant industry.