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The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority as delegate for the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

All schools that wish to offer vocational education must comply with the VET Quality Framework including the Standards for National VET Regulator (NVR) Registered Training Organisations and apply for registration as Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

The QCAA is not accepting application for initial registration at this time due to the new Standards being implemented from 1 January 2015 for prospective training providers. Contact if you have any queries regarding this.

How to apply to become an RTO

Ensure you comply with all requirements (see below), then complete the application form as well as the Self-assessment Tool. See the guide for advice. Application deadline is generally early August (see the senior education profile calendar) for start-up in the following year.

  • New application information coming in 2015

You must send the application form, the Self-assessment Tool and the Fit and proper person declaration as electronic copies to the QCAA.

If planning to become an RTO for the following calendar year, it is recommended that the application be received by the VET Branch by the end of Term 2.

Compliance requirements

Your school must comply with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework including the Standards for National VET Regulator (NVR) Registered Training Organisations.

QCAA registration and approval processes

The QCAA will conduct an audit (usually a site audit). If the result confirms your school is compliant with the current standards, the registration will be submitted for approval at the next QCAA Governing Body meeting.

The application can take three to six months to complete.

Once registration is complete, you will be issued with registration documents, including a scope of registration that lists the qualifications, accredited courses and units of competency that you have been registered to deliver.

Once you have received your registration documents, you can begin offering the qualification/s or accredited course/s listed.

Period of registration

Initial registration is for 5 years. Renewals are for further periods of 5 years, as long as your school RTO continues to comply with the VET Quality Framework.


School RTOs who are not satisfied with a decision made by QCAA as delegate for Australian Skills Quality Authority should refer to the following section of the ASQA website: Contest an ASQA decision.

More information

Email or telephone (07) 3864 0381.


Last updated: 18 November 2014

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