top of page

The difference between the Amount of Training (AOT) and Volume of learning (VOL)

Let's examine the Importance of Training Duration. According to ASQA, the duration of training should allow learners to meet the requirements of each training product and acquire the specific skills and knowledge outlined in the relevant training product.

What is The Amount of training made up of?

The amount of training essentially comprises the formal learning activities you provide to a learner. These formal activities can include:

  • classes

  • lectures

  • tutorials

  • online or self-paced study

  • as well as workplace learning

What can determine the Amount of Training?

  • the training product, your learner cohort, and

  • the mode of delivery.

The number of units in a course and the prior skills of a student can significantly affect the AOT. For instance, a course with ten units of competency will have a different AOT compared to a course with 20 units. Similarly, students with previous skills will have a different AOT compared to those who are new to the industry.

The delivery method significantly impacts the Achievement of Objectives and Time (AOT). Self-paced learning allows cohorts to have more time due to the need for self-motivation, while class-based learning promotes interaction and focus. These are just a few examples of factors that can affect your AOT.

To accurately determine the Amount of Training (AOT), it is crucial to analyse the training program and consider the mode of instruction and the group of learners. This analysis will help establish the appropriate length of time required for learners to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for each unit. If the learner group is more experienced, a shorter AOT may be sufficient. In such cases, a tailored Training and Assessment Strategy (TAS) should be created, accompanied by a justification for the reduced time frames.

Volume of Learning (VOL)

The volume of learning describes how long a student who does not hold any of the competencies identified in the relevant units of competency or modules would take to develop all the required skills and knowledge. ‘Volume of learning’ includes all teaching, learning and assessment activities a typical student must undertake to achieve the learning outcomes. 

This includes self-paced, distant, online, and face-to-face learning methods and assessment time.

The difference between the VOL and the AOT is that the VOL includes the AOT whereas the AOT is just what time is taken to train cohorts and can change based on the above factors.

For help building your TAS and getting the AOT and VOL right, call us on 1300 833 424 or email or you can download a TAS template from our shop by clicking here

137 views0 comments


bottom of page