Vocational Education and Training
Validation, Industry engagement, and Moderation
Industry engagement - TAS development - before delivery - to ensure the practices are relevant to the need of industry
Moderation - during delivery and before finalisation of assessment - checks that students are assessed equally
Validation - post assessment - checks that the assessment is fair, flexible, valid, reliable, sufficient authentic and current
Moderation is a quality control process aimed at bringing assessment judgements into alignment.
Moderation is generally conducted before the finalisation of student results as it ensures the same decisions are applied to all assessment results within the same unit of competency.
The requirement in the Standards to undertake validation of assessment judgements does not affect your RTO’s ability to undertake moderation activities, or any other process aimed at increasing the quality of assessment
Validation is a quality review process that confirms your RTO’s assessment system can consistently produce valid assessment judgements.
A valid assessment judgement is one that confirms a learner holds all of the knowledge and skills described in a training product.
Validation activities are generally conducted after assessment is complete—so that an RTO can consider the validity of both assessment practices and judgements.
Validation involves checking that your assessment tools have produced valid, reliable, sufficient, current and authentic evidence—evidence that allows your RTO to make reasonable judgements about whether training product requirements have been met.
FACTSHEET - Conducting Validation
Industry means the bodies that have a stake in the services provided by RTOs. These can include, but are not limited to:
a) enterprise/industry clients, e.g. employers
b) group training organisations
c) industry organisations
d) industry regulators
e) industry skills councils or similar bodies
f) industry training advisory bodies, and
Policies Procedures and Forms groups
when assessment validation will occur, and
Who conducts validation?
Validation can be undertaken by one person or by a team of people. Your RTO must ensure the review process is completed by people who collectively hold:
vocational competencies and current industry skills relevant to the assessment being validated
current knowledge and skills in vocational teaching and learning, and
the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (or its successor) or the TAESS00001 Assessor Skills Set (or its successor).
Validators can be employees of your RTO, or you can seek external validators.
Industry engagement is undertaken to demonstrate that the RTO’s training and assessment practices are relevant to the needs of industry and informed by industry engagement.
The RTO implements a range of strategies for industry engagement and systematically uses the outcome of that industry engagement to ensure the industry relevance of:
Industry engagement occurs when industry is consulted on the development of the Training and Assessment Strategy and allocation of suitable resources, trainers and assessors.
Stakeholder feedback must be incorporated into the development and review of strategies
Strategies can include:
a) partnering with local employers, regional/national businesses, relevant industry bodies and/or enterprise RTOs
b) involving employer nominees in industry advisory committees and/or reference groups
c) embedding staff within enterprises
d) networking in an ongoing way with industry networks, peak bodies and/or employers
e) developing networks of relevant employers and industry representatives to participate in assessment validation, and
f) exchanging knowledge, staff, and/or resources with employers, networks and industry bodies.