RTO

What is RTO? 

RTO is a Registered Training Organisation meaning it can issue nationally recognised training qualifications. This means it doesn't matter what state/territory from which you receive your qualification, certificate or diploma it is recognised nationally. 
 
RTO Compliance
 
There are certain standards that RTO's need to comply with to continue or become an RTO. These standards are set by AQTF (Australian Quality Training Framework) complying with these standards require close and continuous attention, as dropping below the set standards will result in the organisation losing its RTO status, or preventing an organisation becoming a RTO. 
 
RTO Registration
 
There are several steps an organisation needs to take to register to become a Registered Training Organisation. 
 
First you need to go to your state/territory website for an appropriate application form. The application process will differ depending on what state you intend to apply to. 
 
Refer to the Australian Skills Quality Authority website for more information http://www.asqa.gov.au/ 
 
RTO Audits
 
Audits of Registered training organisations are carried out to ensure compliance with AQTF essential standards. RTO audits vary depending on the state/territory in which your organisation is based, their websites contain specific details on audit practices.
 
The standard routine for RTO audits comprise of several steps
 
1. The Opening Meeting – The opening meeting will consist of an explanation of the audit, methods of information gathering and how they will decide if AQTF standards are being met. 
 
2. Evidence Gathering – Evidence gathering can be in many different forms and from different sources. These including gathering information from RTO staff, Learners and learners employees. Examining documents, records and files to gain more information on how the organisation is run. Observing the practice of the RTO and reviewing all resources and facilities provided by the RTO. A member staff of the RTO must accompany the Audit team at all times and are given opportunities to provide additional evidence. If the RTO is not applying with AQTF guidelines they are given a further opportunity to provide evidence that proves otherwise.  
 
3. The Exit Meeting – During the exit meeting the RTO is provided with the Auditors findings in written and verbal feed back. This then gives the RTO an opportunity to respond to the findings presented to them with question and provide more evidence. The chief auditors, executive officers of the RTO and staff member appointed to accompany the audit team must attend the meeting. This then allows them to discuss the findings and explore strategies to be taken next.
It is important that the RTO pass these audits by ensuring they meet the required standards set out by AQTF if this does not happen the RTO takes the risk of being shut down. 
 
The steps that have been outlined in creating and running a RTO must be followed to allow for a successfully run Registered training Organisation. If the steps are not followed it could result in the organisation not becoming or continue to be a registered training organisation.