Continuing Education and Training (CET)
Training Packages

Australian Institute of Skills Development (AISD) is a subsidiary of VETEA.

What are CET training packages?

The Continuing Education and Training (CET) training packages are a key feature of Australian national Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. Training package qualifications are occupational skills standards against which training delivery and assessment of competency can take place. They are developed through a process of national consultation with industry.

What is the purpose of a training package?

A training package is a set of nationally endorsed standards and qualifications for recognising and assessing people’s skills in a specific industry, industry sector or enterprise. They are developed by Skills Service Organisations (SSOs).

What are the aims of a training package?

The aims of training packages are to:

  • Help the VET system achieve a better match between skills demand and supply.
  • Encourage flexible and relevant workforce development and learning.
  • Provide for the national recognition of the vocational outcomes of learning.
  • Guide and support individuals in their choice of training and career.

What are the benefits of a training package?

The benefits of training packages include:

  • Training meets the needs and requirements of industry and standards set by industry.
  • Qualifications are consistent and nationally recognised, making it easier for learners to move between states and territories and for employers to hire people who have worked for other companies or moved from interstate.
  • Learners and employees have the flexibility to choose how, when and where the training is undertaken.
  • Individuals and businesses are assured of the quality of training and qualifications in areas that specifically suit the needs of the enterprise.

What is meant by competency standards?

Competency standards are a set of benchmarks used to assess the skills and knowledge that a person must demonstrate in the workplace to be deemed as competent. These benchmarks are packaged into combinations to form units of competency.

What is meant by the term competency-based training?

Competency-based learning or competency-based education and training is an approach to teaching and learning more often used in learning concrete skills rather than abstract learning. It differs from other non-related approaches in that the unit of learning is extremely detailed and compact, meaning completing the course in less time.

What is the definition of competency based education?

Competency-based learning refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading and academic reporting that are based on learners demonstrating that they have learned the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.

What is a unit of competency?

A unit of competency is the specification of knowledge and skill, and the application of that knowledge and skill, to the standard of performance expected in the workplace. A unit of competency is the smallest single unit that can be assessed and recognised.

How competency-based training and assessment works?

Competency-based assessment is a process where an assessor works with a trainee to collect evidence of competence, using the benchmarks provided by the unit standards that comprise the national qualifications. It is not about passing or failing a candidate as evidence collection is more than just setting a test, it is about being competent in that qualification.

What are the components of training packages?

Each Training Package has three types of compulsory training endorsed components:

Units of competency (UoCs): consist of skills and knowledge requirements aimed at meeting an identified learning outcome, to be applied in the workplace.

Qualifications: specified groups of units of competency which make up formal certifications, ranging from Certificate I to Graduate Diploma levels.

Skill sets: specified, small groups of units of competency which form recognised skills or knowledge areas required by industry, regulation or licensing purposes.

What are employability skills?

Employability Skills are skills that apply across a variety of job and life contexts. They may be defined as the skills required, not only to obtain employment, but also to enable an individual to grow and progress within an enterprise, to achieve their personal potential and to contribute to their employer’s strategic directions.

The Employability Skills included in Training Packages are:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning
  • Technology

Some Training Packages provide Employability Skills Summaries. These summaries broadly identify the application of each Employability Skill in the context of the job role(s) covered by the qualification. The summaries have been designed to identify and assist the inclusion of relevant industry applications of the Employability Skills into learning and assessment strategies.

Australian Institute of Skills Development (AISD) is accredited by the Australian Association for Continuing Education and Training (AACET).

List of CET Training Packages by Industry

Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management
Animal Care and Management
Australian Meat Processing
Automotive Manufacturing
Automotive Retail, Service and Repair
Business Services
Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining
Community Services
Construction, Plumbing and Services
Correctional Services
Creative Arts and Culture

Electricity Supply Industry – Generation Sector
Financial Services
Food Processing
Forest and Wood Products
Foundation Skills
Funeral Services
Gas Industry
Hairdressing and Beauty Services
Information and Communications Technology
Integrated Telecommunications
Laboratory Operations

Library, Information and Cultural Services
Local Government
Manufactured Mineral Products
Manufacturing and Engineering
Metal and Engineering
National Water
P & O Ports
Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking
Printing and Graphic Arts
Property Services
Public Safety

Public Sector
Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry
Resources and Infrastructure Industry
Retail Services
Screen and Media
Seafood Industry
Sport, Fitness and Recreation
Sugar Milling
Textiles, Clothing and Footwear
Tourism, Travel and Hospitality
Training and Education
Transmission, Distribution and Rail Sector
Transport and Logistics

All CET courses and programs accredited and recognised by: