Providers must adequately verify student prerequisite requirements

ASQA has become aware of certain providers not meeting their obligations under the Standards for RTOs 2015 by awarding units of competency to students without adequately verifying the student’s compulsory prerequisite units were completed.

As a training provider, you cannot:

  • accept a student’s claim to have met a prerequisite without proper evidence
  • state or imply in your marketing material that other forms of evidence will be acceptable
  • ask students to provide additional forms of evidence beyond what is required by the Standards

Under clause 3.5 of the Standards, there are only two forms of acceptable evidence that allow training providers to grant credits to students for the completion of prerequisites. These are: 

  • AQF certification documentation issued by an RTO or other AQF-authorised issuing organisation, or
  • an authenticated VET transcript issued by the Registrar

All other forms of evidence – including non-AQF certification document and a non-authenticated VET transcript – are not accepted. Without citing the required evidence, providers cannot grant recognition for prerequisites to students. It is imperative that training providers verify the correct documentation of completed prerequisites before issuing units. 


For example, CPCCOHS1001A: Work safely in the construction industry, and CPCCWHS1001: Prepare to work safely in the construction industry are prerequisites required in order to complete other units, such as CPCCDE3014A: Remove non-friable asbestos.

A provider cannot accept or make claims in their marketing materials that a student’s general construction ‘white card’ is sufficient evidence for completion of CPCCOHS1001A or CPCCWHS1001. A license or similar document such as a General Construction ‘white card’ is not an acceptable form of evidence. 

Please also note that enrolling a student in a prerequisite unit of competency without proper evidence is not an offence, but awarding that unit without evidence is.

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