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Competency-based assessment included within VET subjects


Assessment for the VET components of your course will be competency-based.

What does it mean to be competent?

People are considered to be competent when they are able to apply their knowledge and skills to successfully complete work activities in a range of situations and environments, in accordance with the standard of performance expected in the workplace. You are assessed on whether or not you can demonstrate the required skills, rather than on how well you perform them. Sometimes this type of assessment requires someone to observe you while you complete tasks. Your teacher will advise you about how to organise this, but at BSDE, this vital evidence is most commonly gathered during the twice weekly, mandatory scheduled webconference lessons.
You are given more than one chance to demonstrate your competency – if you are not able to demonstrate a skill on the first attempt you will have additional opportunities to reattempt to demonstrate competency.
In order to gather further evidence of your competency, you maybe required to complete work placement. This will enable you to demonstrate your competency at tasks that require specific equipment which you may not have at home, or complete tasks which involve activities that can only be experienced in a workplace, such as banking, mailing, dealing with customers, laboratory work with liquids etc.
Note: the amount of work placement required depends on the level of the certificate course - some courses require mandatory work placement, eg. 120 hours.
There are only three possible results given in competency based assessment – competent, working towards competency or not yet competent. Before you begin work on a particular Unit of competency you are not yet competent. As you work on the tasks required, you are working towards competency. A result of competent is only given when a full Unit of Competency has been attained.

RTO Code of Practice

As a registered training organisation (RTO), BSDE has agreed to operate within the Principles and Standards of the Australian Qualifications Framework. This agreement includes a commitment to recognise the training qualifications issued by other RTOs.

Our school:

Recognises the importance of students receiving a broad-based education, comprising of both general and vocational education ​ecognises the importance of students receiving a broad-based education, comprising of both general and vocational education ​
​Is registered with the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) to provide the relevant units of competence
​Has in place an assignment/assessment policy that applies to all subjects offered at this school
​Has a process for addressing any concerns, and offers access to a range of people who can provide advice and guidance about the vocational elements in the subjects offered (for example, teachers, Heads of Department, guidance officers and administrators)

Legislative requirements

BSDE strives to meet all legislative requirements of the national regulator, The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). In particular, Workplace Health and Safety, Workplace Relations and Vocational Placement Standards will be met at all times.