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 ASQA registered 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the identified learner cohort (e.g., plumbing apprentices in a specific jurisdiction where the qualification has been superseded), regardless of who made the application.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 the extended transition request for FBP30117 Certificate III in Food Processing qualification to 31 December 2022 for ASQA registered RTOs.
The extended training, assessment, and certification issuance period for FBP30117 Certificate III in Food Processing qualification will end on 31 December 2022.
It was demonstrated to ASQA that learners would be genuinely disadvantage if they were required to transition to the replacement qualification as the significance of changes would not provide the expected outcomes for existing learners.
ASQA consulted Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority (VRQA) and Training Accreditation Council Western Australia (TAC WA) for this extended transition request and noted that there are currently no TAC registered RTOs scoped to deliver this qualification.
The decision was made with support from VRQA, Skills Impact in their role as the Skills Service Organisation, Queensland Department of Regional Development Manufacturing and Water and Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and feedback received from ASQA registered RTOs currently delivering the FBP30117 Certificate III in Food processing.
The FBP30117 Certificate III in Food Processing qualification will remain on ASQA registered RTOs scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period unless the RTO chooses to withdraw it from scope prior.