First Aid Training and First Aid Courses

Tuesday 11 November 12:03 PM

 How are assessments determined

Recently, I have had a few discussions about assessments with trainers and how Allens Training assessments are developed. I thought I would give you a brief understanding of the processes.

Previously RTO’s developed assessment tools based on what they thought would be applicable to a course/industry.  Now the method of determining assessments in the Vocational Educating and Training environment is based on the Training Package.  The RTO has the responsibility to prove that all aspects of the Training Package has been delivered and assessed, which is usually proven by the RTO creating a matrix of the assessment tasks against the requirements of the Training Package.

Training Packages provide RTO’s with a comprehensive guide to not only what aspects need to be assessed, but also how they are to be assessed.  As well as the Training Package, assessments must meet the ‘Principles of Assessment’ criteria and follow the ‘Rules of Evidence’ as described in the new Standards for RTO’s.

Knowledge evidence can be contained in a practical skill. As an example, having knowledge of ringing medical emergency services could be contained within the CPR scenario and therefore the written question for that specific evidence can be avoided as it is embedded within a practical scenario.

However, there is lot of knowledge evidence that you can’t fulfil in a scenario or task and they are best assessed using written questions. In the first aid course, I have been asked why not delete all of the knowledge questions and have the course entirely practical. The simple answer would be that you would need a huge amount of scenarios to cover all of the knowledge evidence. There are approximately 70 knowledge items in the HLTAID003 course alone.

RTO’s must be able to substantiate to an auditor that their assessments comply with the requirements of the Training Package. So far this year 65 RTO’s have either been shut down or the RTO has decided to cease training. AQSA states that the majority of non-compliances centre around the Training Package requirements not been adequately assessed. This is why RTO’s require robust assessment tools and a matrix against those requirements.

The other question I am often asked by trainers who deliver training for other RTOs who state that the assessments are very basic and simple and just require ticks and flicks. One comment that often is raised is that xxxxxxxx just had an audit and they passed so their simple assessment has been approved by ASQA. This is not necessarily correct. If the auditor does not select that particular course to look at, and all the other courses and systems where correct, the RTO would pass audit. Later if there was a complaint lodged by a student and ASQA asked for a copy of that assessment tool, and it was not compliant against the Training package, then the RTO would be in hot water and maybe closed.

The bottom line is that the assessment tools have to justify the assessment itself, which is why they are often quite detailed and have both written and practical tasks in them. We work very hard to ensure our assessment tools are not only compliant, but also provide quality training and assessment.

If you are interested in learning more about developing assessments, some links you may find useful are as follows:

VELG Training –


There are also accredited units available from the Diploma of Training Design and Development which can be viewed on the National Register: