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Registered training organisations (supervising)

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July 2015
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A registered training organisation (RTO) is a training provider registered to deliver vocational education and training/assessment services. A supervising registered training organisation (SRTO) is an RTO who accepts the role to deliver specified services in regard to an apprenticeship or traineeship and to monitor delivery of training and assessment services required under a training plan. There must be an SRTO for each apprenticeship and traineeship.

Choosing an SRTO

The employer and apprentice or trainee will select a registered training organisation (their SRTO), as part of the signing and registration of the training contract.

As RTOs offer different ways of training, the employer and apprentice or trainee should 'shop around' for the appropriate training organisation for their needs. The employer and apprentice or trainee may consider needs such as where and how the trianing is delivered (e.g. in the workplace, online, via correspondence).

Some RTOs are funded by the Department of Education and Training to provide training for most apprenticeships, and some traineeships, at a reduced cost, under the User Choice program. These RTOs are listed with the information about the individual apprenticeships and traineeships on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.

The employer and apprentice or trainee have the option to use one of these RTOs or to choose another RTO. The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider can assist them to make an appropriate choice. The website also provides details of RTOs in your area.

Responsibilities of the SRTO

The SRTO at the start and during the term of a training contract, including when a registered training contract is either permanently or temporarily transferred to a new employer and/or on return from an agreed suspension period, will:

Further information for SRTOs can be found on the Training website.

Changing the SRTO during the term of the training contract

A change of SRTO may occur at various stages during an apprenticeship or traineeship, provided both the employer and apprentice or trainee and parent/guardian (if applicable) agree.

When an SRTO is replaced, the employer must notify them in writing at least 14 days before the replacement takes effect, and the replaced SRTO must:

The ATIS-007 Changing the training contract information sheet has further information about changing the SRTO.

When the new RTO agrees to become the replacement provider and becomes the SRTO, that organisation must meet all the responsibilities mentioned in this information sheet, including developing a new training plan within 28 days after the replacement.

SRTO has ceased training operations

An SRTO may cease their training operations for reasons such as closure of business, voluntarily withdrawing their scope of registration or as a result of action taken by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

If an SRTO is ceasing operations, they should inform the department and:

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