General student information

Vocational Education and Training

The Australian Qualifications Framework

The The Australian Qualifications Frameworks (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework. The AQF was first introduced in 1995 to underpin the national system of qualifications in Australia encompassing higher education, vocational education and training and schools.  You can find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework here:

What does Competency Based Training Mean?

Competency based training and completion is an approach to vocational education and training that places emphasis on what a person can do in the workplace as a result of completing a program of training. Competency based training programs are comprised of competency standards set by industry that each student is assessed against to ensure all the outcomes required have been achieved.  Progression through a competency based training program is determined by the student demonstrating that they have met the competency standards through the training program and related work, not by time spent in training. This way, students may be able to complete a program of learning much faster.

Registered training organisations (RTOs) have the prime responsibility for assessment of competency, consistent with the provisions of the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF). However meaningful and on-going consultation is required with the employer and the apprentice around the development, delivery and monitoring of a training plan and the attaining of competencies within the relevant qualification.

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Being a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL stands for Recognition of Prior Learning. It is a process through which the experience, skills and knowledge that you already have can be converted to nationally recognised qualifications.  Getting qualifications through RPL means that you don’t have to sit in a classroom and learn about things that you already know. You can just show evidence that you’ve covered it in your job.  You may also need official qualifications (that piece of paper!) to meet government regulations for certain jobs, or to progress into higher-paying roles.

Here is a flowchart that explains the process: RPL Flow Chart

Rights and Responsibilities

GlobalNet Academy has a range of policies and procedures that govern how and why we do what we do.  Many explain our mutual obligations towards each other.  The govern, for example

  • your rights in appealing assessment decisions that we make
  • your rights in relation to obtaining a refund for monies paid
  • the process for obtaining recognition for skills you may currently have
  • what we will do if we determine that you have been cheating or plagiarising;  and
  • a range of other things.

You can find our policies and procedures here:

If you are unsure of any of our policies, please post your question in the forum so we can answer it.  If you would prefer to keep the question private, please email us at

Scope of Registration

GlobalNet Academy can only deliver qualifications that are on it’s scope of registration.  You can find out more about GlobalNet’s scope of registration at