What are the standards for an rto? What are the standards for an rto

What are the Standards for an RTO?

It is not generally known but a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), has to adhere to a set of Standards and further, is audited for Compliance against those standards.

These Standards are known as, Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. These are a legislative instrument under subsection 185(1) and subsection 186(1) of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.

A national RTO like HBA Learning Centres (we are registered to deliver training and assessment in every state and Territory on the mainland) falls under the control of the Australian Quality Skills Authority (ASQA) and it is the Federal Legislation we must adopt. There are 8 standards and they in turn have many clauses for example let’s look at the first standard which is:

Standard 1.     The RTO’s training and assessment strategies and practices are responsive to industry and learner needs and meet the requirements of training packages and VET accredited courses

To the untrained eye that might not seem like a huge commitment to comply with however, if you now consider there are 27 clauses to that standard and many sub clauses off those.

Let us look at part of just the first clause:

To be compliant with Standard 1 the RTO must meet the following:

1.1.  The RTO’s training and assessment strategies and practices, including the amount of training they provide, are consistent with the requirements of training packages and VET accredited courses and enable each learner to meet the requirements for each unit of competency or module in which they are enrolled.

1.2.  For the purposes of Clause 1.1, the RTO determines the amount of training they provide to each learner with regard to:

  1. a)       the existing skills, knowledge and the experience of the learner;
  2. b)       the mode of delivery; and
  3. c)       where a full qualification is not being delivered, the number of units and/or modules being delivered as a proportion of the full qualification.

1.3.  The RTO has, for all of its scope of registration, and consistent with its training and assessment strategies, sufficient:

  1. a)       trainers and assessors to deliver the training and assessment;
  2. b)       educational and support services to meet the needs of the learner cohort/s undertaking the training and assessment;
  3. c)       learning resources to enable learners to meet the requirements for each unit of competency, and which are accessible to the learner regardless of location or mode of delivery; and
  4. d)       facilities, whether physical or virtual, and equipment to accommodate and support the number of learners undertaking the training and assessment.

As you can easily see there is much for the regulator to audit and for an RTO to be Compliant, each Standard and Clause must be met at all times. Failure to do so can easily lead to loss of registration as an RTO.

If you want some interesting reading have a read of some of ASQA’s published regulatory decisions:

ASQUA Decisions

The standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 can be found at:



At HBA Learning Centres we work very hard with a dedicated Compliance team to meet these requirements.