Valid evidence must relate directly to the requirements of the unit of competency. In ensuring evidence is valid, assessors must ensure that the evidence collected supports demonstration of the outcomes and performance requirements of the unit of competency together with the knowledge and skills necessary for competent performance. Valid evidence must encapsulate the breadth and depth of the unit of competency, which will necessitate using a number of different assessment methods.


Sufficiency relates to the quality and quantity of evidence assessed. It requires collection of enough appropriate evidence to ensure that all aspects of competency have been satisfied and that competency can be demonstrated repeatedly. Supplementary sources of evidence may be necessary. The specific evidence requirements of each unit of competency provide advice on sufficiency.


In assessment, currency relates to the age of the evidence presented by a learner to demonstrate they are still competent. Competency requires demonstration of current performance, so the evidence collected must be from either the present or the very recent past.


To accept evidence as authentic an assessor must be assured that any evidence presented for assessment is the learner's own work.  This is an Assessment Requirement of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). Assessment leading to a nationally recognised AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment in the vocational education and training sector must meet the requirements of the AQTF.

Registration of Training Organisations (RTO)

Assessment must be conducted by or on behalf of an registered training organisation (RTO) formally registered by a State or Territory Registering Body in accordance with the AQTF. The RTO must have the specific units of competency and/or AQF qualifications on its scope of registration.

Quality Training and Assessment

Each RTO must provide quality training and assessment across all its operations.

Assessor Competency Requirements

Each person involved in training, assessment or learner service must be competent for the functions in which they perform.

Assessment Requirements

RTOs assessments, including recognition of prior learning (RPL) must meet the requirements of the relevant endorsed Training Package.

Assessment Strategies

All registered training organisations (RTO) must have strategies for training and assessment that meet the requirements of the relevant Training Package or accredited course and developed in consultation with industry stakeholders.

National Recognition

Each RTO must recognise the AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other RTO.

Access and Equity and Learner Outcomes

Each RTO must adhere to the principles of access and equity and maximise outcomes for learners / course participants .

Monitoring Assessments

Training and /or assessment provided on behalf of the RTO must be monitored to ensure that it is in accordance with all aspects of the AQTF.

Recording Assessment Outcomes

Each RTO must manage records to ensure their accuracy and integrity.

Issuing AQF Qualifications and Statements of Attainment

Each RTO must issue AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment that meet the requirements of the current AQF Implementation Handbook and the endorsed training packages within the scope of its registration. An AQF qualification is issued once the full requirements for a qualification, as specified in the nationally endorsed training package are met. A Statement of Attainment is issued when a learner has completed one or more units of competency from nationally recognised qualification(s) / courses(s).

Created  by the ETAS Team