31 October 2023 Update: Extended Transition for 9 MEM Qualifications
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has granted an extension to the transition period for nine qualifications within the manufacturing and engineering (MEM) training package.
The qualifications affected by this extension are:
- MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
- MEM30319 Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
- MEM30405 Certificate III in Engineering – Electrical/Electronic Trade
- MEM30505 Certificate III in Engineering – Technical
- MEM40412 Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting
- MEM50212 Diploma of Engineering – Technical
- MEM50311 Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design
- MEM60112 Advanced Diploma of Engineering
- MEM60211 Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design
ASQA has adjusted the transition periods, extending MEM20413 to 31 January 2024 and the remaining eight qualifications to 31 January 2025.
This extension applies exclusively to students who commenced training and assessment on or before 17 December 2023.
For registered training organizations (RTOs), it is imperative to ensure that all students complete their training and obtain their qualifications by the stipulated end date of the transition period. Alternatively, students may transition to a replacement qualification before the conclusion of the extended transition period.
ASQA’s decision to extend the transition period for these nine MEM training products results from thorough consultations with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia (TAC WA).
Moreover, ASQA sought counsel from the Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance Jobs and Skills Council, ensuring a well-informed approach to these transition extensions.
What Do These Changes Mean to Your RTO?
In response to the recent development in the MEM training package, your RTO should take the necessary steps to align your scope of registration and training delivery with up-to-date standards for the manufacturing and engineering training package. These actions may include:
- Informing students of the changes, especially for extended transition periods.
- Providing flexibility for students to transition to replacement qualification if desired.
- Collaborating with relevant regulatory bodies for guidance and clarification on any adjustments required.
- Staying informed about any additional updates or guidance from relevant authorities regarding changes to the MEM training package.
- Updating your scope of registration to current qualifications and units of competency.
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