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RTO Assessment Tools

One of the most common noncompliance areas for an RTO at audit is with assessment tools.

RTO’s are required to develop certain materials that focus on quality learning and assessment in order to meet the standards for RTO’s. These include learning materials, processes, and assessment strategies. Materials like learning and assessment strategies are seen as a blueprint for how qualifications are received so should outline clearly how learning and assessment will be delivered to the learner. Assessment tools contain both the instrument and the directions for collecting and understanding evidence in an assessment process. They should comprise the following elements: • context and conditions for assessment; • the tasks to be assigned to the learner; • an outline of the evidence to be gathered from the learner; • the evidence criteria used to judge the quality of performance, for example, the decision‑making rules; and • the administration, recording, and reporting requirements.

Assessment tools are one of the main areas where an RTO might be non-compliant at audit, with the 2 pain problem areas being: 1. Assessment tools design 2. Poor implementation of assessment tools


The most common area of non-compliance on the review of RTO’s assessment tools is that they don’t address all of the training package requirements. This can be seen in instances where assessment is deemed unfair due to insufficient information provided. The other main issue is that the assessment tools have been designed in a way that they don’t allow for enough validation or evidence of students’ full competency or skill level. This can be seen in the use of simulated tests that are not realistic, so evidence can’t be 100% relied on. 2. IMPLEMENTATION OF ASSESSMENT TOOLS At audit, it is often found that assessment tasks have not been fully completed, which means individuals have been thought to have all of the required skills and knowledge without full completion of assessments. Students quite often are not assessed for consistent levels of performance over time in a full range of contexts. Clear instructions for both the assessor and student are also an issue. For instance, the observation checklist employed by RTO’s during assessment quite often does not provide enough information for the assessor to ensure student competence at the task. And lastly, a lack of systems to authenticate a learner's work, to avoid plagiarism, is another common non-compliance seen during an audit. Here at RTO Intelligence, we can conduct an assessment validation to ensure the quality and compliance of your assessment process. You will receive a full report of our findings on completion. Get in touch to arrange your Assessment validation today on 1300 833 424 or email

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