What is an RTO?
A Registered Training Organization (RTO) is an organization where they provide vocational level courses and qualifications to job seekers to help them find pathways to employment or to provide qualifications for people in employment to perform certain roles. To become an RTO you need to pass a long and rigorous assessment process (up to 9 months costing over $50,000) to ensure you have met the rigorous requirements of the Australia Skill Quality Authority (ASQA), the national regulator for vocational education and training.
The system as described seems sound and fairly provides education, pathways and government assistance for those students who fall outside of tertiary education system. The reality has been different.
The Reality of the RTO
- Increased course fees
- RTO accreditation has seen fees increase up to 400% for the same course provided pre-RTO accreditation in some cases. The students are not price sensitive as their tuition fees are being funded by a loan that they consider unlikely to ever need to pay back. However, once your income reaches a certain threshold, you will have to start paying back the loan.
- Sales Focused
- Unscrupulous RTOs selling students government funded courses that are unsuitable and at times the student is unaware they will be left carrying a debt.
- Candidates reliance on diplomas instead of achievements
- Job candidates listing diploma courses that everyone seems to have as opposed to achievements and experience (either workplace or extra-curricular) that employers value.
Why we are better than an RTO
- We focus on providing courses for reasonable value.
- We focus on providing courses for reasonable value that provide the participants the tools to enhance their workplace productivity and achievements.
- We want to train people who are engaged and interested in what we teach.
- We rely on building our own credibility through running courses that are reviewed positively.