In Australia, Vocational Educational Training (VET) workplace training is highly regulated in order to ensure consistency across training outcomes. Training packages determine what should be delivered in each course and qualifications are recognised by industry sectors throughout the country, hence the term "nationally recognised training". Nationally recognised training will allow you to apply your skills and use your certifications no matter what state or territory you may be currently living and working in. All nationally recognised training programs must be delivered by an Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
What Is an RTO?
RTO stands for Registered Training Organisation and it refers to any company that has been properly registered to train in Australia through the Australian Skills Quality Authority.(ASQA) The National Maritime College has been an RTO for over 15 years, RTO Number:90984. Our registration details are publicly available through www.training.gov.au. While we are a Registered Training Organisation our boat and PWC licence courses and other boat training are classified as non-accredited courses and programs.
Non-accredited or non-formal learning differs from formal learning in that it does not lead to a qualification within the AQF or Certificate Attainment under a recognised unit of training. Non-accredited training is great for learning a new skill set or building on existing skills. What's more, they are shorter in duration and often delivered in more flexible formats. Non-accredited programs will not attract credit towards a qualification but may provide an increase in skills, knowledge and application in the work place or recreational environment. Statements of attendance/completions are available for participants who complete non-accredited courses and programs with the National Maritime College.