Vocational education and training, or VET, is education and training for work and is part of an educational network that includes Australian schools, universities and adult and community education. Work-based qualifications and academic qualifications are part of a single system. Vocational qualifications are industry-based, with specific units of competency required for industry qualifications.

Designed as an industry-led system where employers, unions and professional associations of an industry define the outcomes that are required from training, the Australian VET system is jointly-managed by state, territory and Australian governments, in partnership with industry and training providers.

Elements of the VET system

The Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) is a set of nationally agreed standards that ensure high quality VET services throughout Australia. Only Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) can issue the nationally recognised Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and deliver training and assessment services.

National recognition is the cornerstone of the AQTF. All states and territories must recognise RTOs registered by other states and territories and all RTOs must recognise AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other RTOs.

VET qualifications range from Certificate I to Diploma level:

  • Certificate I
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate
  • Vocational Graduate Diploma

Qualifications provide a career pathway to advancement in the industry.

Training Package is a nationally endorsed and recognised set of integrated components for training and assessment for a specific industry, industry sector or enterprise that can be used for developing and recognising people’s competencies.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is learning that has occurred outside formal education and training. RPL allows a person to receive recognition and credit for the knowledge and skills they have, no matter how and where they were attained, including overseas.

There are a range of subsidies available for employers, employees and people who would like to enter the poultry industry. The Australian Government’s GrantsLINK directory has information about federal, state and local government funding programs in the agricultural sector.

Australian Apprenticeships are one of the best ways to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications. You can be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or simply wishing to change careers. As an employer, investing in training through an Australian Apprenticeship can provide your business with real benefits and contribute to your bottom line.

The Industry Training Strategies Programme (ITSP) funds projects that help employers to more fully understand nationally endorsed training packages. It has a particular emphasis on increasing pathways for Australian apprentices.

Why undertake VET training?

 There are many benefits in undertaking training. For people that already work in the industry, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can provide them with part or all of a qualification, through formal recognition of their previously acquired knowledge and skills. Staff who are undertaking training have been shown to have higher morale, increased motivation and increased job satisfaction. Training is also linked to improved safety in the workplace, increased productivity and reduced employee turnover. Trained staff are often more innovative and more open to adopting new technologies.

Agrifood Skills Australia is the Industry Skills Council that is responsible for overseeing the content of Vocational Education and Training (VET)  courses relevant to the poultry industry in Australia.

Agrifood advises the  Australian Government about national skills shortages and training needs, and makes recommendations regarding development and improvement of VET training packages.

In 2006, Agrifood conducted a review of the training packages and recommended that 3 of them should be merged together into one. Subsequently,

  • RTE03 Rural Production
  • RTF03 Amenity Horticulture
  • ZZZ00 RTC common Units
  • RTD02 Conservation and Land Management
were replaced in October, 2011 with a new training package called Agriculture, Horticulture & Conservation (AHC) Training Package. General training in Agriculture, or specific training in poultry production, now takes place as part of the AHC package.

Information on the AHC training package can be found here.
Agrifood Skills Australia encourages feedback, and provides an opportunity for interested stakeholders to provide feedback about the training packages via the maintenance of a continuous improvement register. Information about this program can be found on the Agrifood website. If you wish to provide feedback out one of the packages or units of competancy, you can access their continuous improvement register by clicking on the image on the right.

Information about the AHC training package can be found on the government website http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/AHC10

You can search this website to find a specific qualification, and then search further to find the list of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that supply that training in your State.

Current courses:

AHC20210 – Certificate II in Poultry Production Operations
AHC30110 – Certificate III in Agriculture
AHC30510 – Certificate III in Poultry Production
AHC40110 – Certificate IV in Agriculture
AHC40210 – Certificate IV in Poultry Production
AHC50110 – Diploma of Agriculture

The Poultry CRC has produced some books and a DVD suitable for use in the Certificate III program. You can find more details on our Resources page.

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