In some cases, ASQA is empowered to approve transition periods longer than those detailed in Clauses 1.26 (a), (b) and (c) of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.
In accordance with the General Direction – Learner transition, ASQA will only consider applications for a longer transition period where it can be demonstrated that there would be genuine disadvantage to a cohort of learners if such an extension was not approved.
Where ASQA has approved an extended transition period, that arrangement applies to all RTOs delivering the specific training product to the identified learner cohort (e.g. plumbing apprentices in a specific jurisdiction where the qualification has been superseded), regardless of who made the application.
ASQA has recently approved an extended transition period for FNS42115 Certificate IV in Personal Injury Management. The extended training, assessment and certification issuance period for this qualification ends on 1 August 2022.
It was demonstrated to ASQA that learners were genuinely disadvantaged due to the implications of the pandemic, including lockdowns and an increase in workload due to more workplace injuries, particularly psychological injuries. Without the extension, students would need to repeat certain UoCs that are currently being superseded further disadvantaging individuals.
The FNS42115 Certificate IV in Personal Injury Management will remain on RTOs scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period unless the RTO chooses to withdraw it from scope prior.