Who delivers the training?
Formal training is conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), organisations which go through an endorsement process and regular audits. There are public and private RTOs.
Public RTOs are usually TAFE colleges or other state funded organisations such as community education centres and even some schools.
Private RTOs can be for profit or not-for-profit organisations. Some large companies set up their own enterprise RTO focused on training within the organisation. Some Group Training Organisations are also private RTOs.
Whatever the type of RTO, they are all subject to the same quality standards and audit process.
RTOs may focus on a single industry or a range of industries. They can develop and offer a variety of training delivery methods.
If an RTO is accredited to deliver a qualification, its training and assessment will be recognised by every other RTO in Australia as they are delivering qualifications that are endorsed Australia-wide.
Additionally, each state and territory government registers RTOs that can train apprentices and trainees in specific qualifications.
States and territories also determine the qualifications that will receive public funding support when delivered as Australian Apprenticeships.