Establishment and variation of apprenticeships

The establishment and variation of apprenticeships process

The process for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships (Class A and B qualifications) is overseen and endorsed by the State Training Board. Apprenticeship in this context means any employment based training scheme, whether termed an apprenticeship, traineeship, cadetship or internship.

Section 60C of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 allows the Minister to establish or vary apprenticeships and traineeships based on the advice from the State Training Board. The Board, the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Minister for Education and Training and the Western Australian industry training councils all play key roles in the establishment and variation of apprenticeships.

To establish an apprenticeship or vary an existing apprenticeship in WA, a proponent will need to submit a Notice of intent to the Board. The proponent may be an individual business/employer, employer or industry group, union, registered training organisation, industry training council, the Board, the Minister, or other stakeholder.

Class A – This qualification can only be achieved by entering into an employment-based training contract with an employer; ie the qualification is delivered predominantly through employment based training undertaken with an employer. A training plan is drawn up between the employer, registered training organisation and the apprentice/trainee that sets out the ratio of on and off the job training.

Class B – This allows a qualification to be achieved either by entering into an employment-based training contract with an employer or through institutional delivery; ie the qualification is delivery predominantly through classroom/online training with some practical experience in a workplace or in a simulated environment that reflects workplace conditions.

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Guidelines

The State Training Board endorsed new guidelines for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships on 16 February 2017.

These new guidelines are effective for all new applications from 1 January 2014.

For full details on the process, or assistance with lodging your proposal, please look through the guidelines document. 

View or download the Guidelines for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships, version 2.3.

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Register of Class A and B qualifications

Under the VET Act, the Department of Training and Workforce Development must keep and make available to the public a register of Class A and B qualifications. The register includes:

  • the Class A and Class B qualifications;
  • any conditions applicable to those qualifications; and
  • any requirement applicable to training contracts for those qualifications.

The Register of Class and B qualifications is available from the Department of Training and Workforce Development website.

Penalties

Penalties may apply to a registered training provider or an employer who does not comply with the classification of a qualification.

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Overview of the process

This flowchart outlines the steps in the process for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships (Class A and Class B qualifications).

Select each of the steps to find out more.

Proposal created

A new apprenticeship* or change/s to an existing apprenticeship is proposed.

*Apprenticeship means any employment based training scheme whether termed an apprenticeship, traineeship, cadetship or internship.

Proposal lodged

The proposal is lodged with the State Training Board.

ITC consultation

The relevant training council/s must consult with employers, unions, and other stakeholders in accordance with the State Training Board’s Guidelines for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships.

STB consideration

(Delegated to the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee)

The Board considers the proposal and may consult with other stakeholders, including the Department, as required. The Board makes recommendation/s to the Minister. Matters considered include:

1. Qualification to be classified (Class A or B – whether a training contract only, or not)

2. Type of apprenticeship (whether the person will be called apprentice, trainee, cadet or intern)

3. Occupation/title of apprenticeship

4. Nominal duration

5. Part-time arrangements (if applicable)

6. School-based arrangements (if applicable)

7. Any special conditions (eg pre-entry requirements) 

Minister seeks advice

The Minister seeks the advice of the State Training Board.

Recommendations to Minister

Recommendations are made to the Minister.

Minister consideration and decision

The Minister considers the Board’s recommendation and approves or rejects the proposal. The Minister may use his/her initiative to establish or vary an apprenticeship; however, must seek the advice of the Board who will make a recommendation following consultation with industry in the prescribed manner.

Decision published

The Minister’s decision is published in the Government Gazette.

Listing and notifications

The apprenticeship is listed on the public register and the State Training Board website, and affected parties are notified of the outcome.

Please note: If a proposal is rejected at any stage, the proponent will be notified. Otherwise, notification will occur at the end of the process.

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Lodging a Notice of intent

To establish a new classification or vary an existing one, a proponent must lodge a Notice of intent with the Office of the State Training Board using one of our four online forms. Please use a separate form for each establishment or variation request.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require assistance with this process.

To propose a new classification, use the Notice of intent – Establishment form.

To propose a variation to an existing qualification, use the Notice of intent – Variation (vary) form.

To propose the transfer of an existing qualification, use the Notice of intent – Variation (transfer) form.

To propose the removal of an existing qualification, use the Notice of intent – Variation (remove) form.

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Current proposals

The following proposals are currently being considered by the State Training Board. If you have questions about a proposal, please contact us by email or telephone.

A proposal goes through several stages, as indicated in the status column of the table. These stages are explained at the end of the table.

Qualification / Type of apprenticeship Proponent Relevant training council Notice of intent Reason Date lodged Status Comments
RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Traffic Management) Mr Shane Kelly, Traffic Management Association of Australia Construction Training Council Establishment Class B traineeship Industry need identified 24/2/2017 Department report Department report due 18 August 2017
RII20115 Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation Ron Myers, Australian Global Training Pty Ltd Resources Industry Training Council Establish Class B traineeship Provide qualification for trades asisstants 22/6/17 Consultation underway Training council submission due 1 September 2017
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Proposal status

Consultation underway

The proponent and the relevant industry training council(s) are consulting with industry on the proposal and developing their submission for lodgement with the Board.

Department response

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is preparing its response/report on the implications and risks relating to the proponent's proposal.

Review by Office of the State Training Board

The OSTB is reviewing the written submission(s) to ensure that they comply with the guidelines and that all relevant information is available for the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee to consider.

Consideration by EVAC 

The reports from the industry training council, the proponent and the Department are currently being considered by the Establishment and Variations of Apprenticeships Committee.

Awaiting decision by Minister 

The proposal is currently with the Minister for Education and Training in accordance with section 60C of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996.

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Completed proposals

Proposals that have been completed since 2009 are listed here, the most recent first.

Completed since January 2017

The following proposals (establishments and variations) have been considered by the State Training Board to date in 2017.

Establishments

Apprenticeship name Qualification Proponent/ Training council Submission  Date lodged Outcome
MEAT PROCESSING (QUALITY ASSURANCE) AMP30716 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance) Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council 17/10/16 Minister APPROVED 25/1/17 GG No. 29 of 2017 - 31/1/17
MEAT PROCESSING (PACKING OPERATIONS) AMP31216 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Packing Operations) Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council 17/10/16 Minister APPROVED 25/1/17 GG No. 29 of 2017 - 31/1/17
MEAT PROCESSING (LIVESTOCK HANDLING) AMP31116 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Livestock Handling) Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council 17/10/16 Minister APPROVED 25/1/17 GG No. 29 of 2017 - 31/1/17
CHEF DE PARTIE SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery Restaurant and Catering Australia FutureNow: Creative and Leisure Industries 25/7/16 Minister APPROVED 29/1/17 GG No. 34 of 2017 - 7/2/17
GENERAL FRONT OF HOUSE SIT30716 Certificate III in Hospitality (Restaurant Front of House) Restaurant and Catering Australia FutureNow: Creative and Leisure Industries 25/7/16 Minister APPROVED 29/1/17 GG No. 34 of 2017- 7/2/17
STRATA MANAGER CPP40516 Certificate IV in Strata Community Management Strata Community Australia Financial, Administrative and Professional Services Training Council 16/12/16 Minister APPROVED 10/5/17 GG No. 95 of 2017 - 19/5/17

Variations

Apprenticeship name Qualification Proponent/ Training council Variation type  Date lodged Outcome
ELECTRICAL FITTING UEE33011 Certificate III in Electrical Fitting Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council Remove school based delivery 1/9/16 Minister APPROVED
29/1/17
ELECTRICAL MECHANICS UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council Remove school based delivery 1/9/16 Minister APPROVED
29/1/17
ENGINEERING TRADESPERSON (ELECTRICAL) MEM31215 Certificate III in Engineering - Industrial Electrician Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council Remove school based delivery 1/9/16 Minister APPROVED
29/1/17

Completed proposals 2009 to 2016

For a consolidated list of all proposals that have been considered by the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee between 2009 and 2016, please view EVAC completed proposals 2009 to 2016 . If you need to view industry training council submissions received by EVAC for 2014 to 2016, please contact us.

Bulk gazettals of prescribed VET qualifications can be found in the Classification of prescribed VET qualifications document.

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Applications resulting from training package updates

A streamlined process has been developed to simplify EVAC applications for replacement Class A or B apprenticeships and traineeships that result from national training package updates. Qualifications deemed equivalent and qualifications that are deemed to be non-equivalent but still having the same occupation outcome can undergo this expedited process. This process is considered to meet the legislative requirements under the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 and associated Regulations.

The same occupational outcome is defined as “where any of the national or state ANZSCO or secondary ANZSCO codes assigned to the replacement qualification are the same as for the original qualification.”

Completed expedited replacement applications

Application batch no. Qualifications/Training package Staging and key dates
Batch 1 CHC Qualifications HLT Qualifications Approved by Minister - 14/6/16 Published GG - 21/6/16
Batch 2 Various qualifications (AMP, RII, CHC, SIS, TLI, HLT, MSM) Approved by Minister - 28/7/16 Published GG - 9/8/16
Batch 3 Various qualifications (AUR, SHB, AVI, CPP, SIR, TLI, PSP, MAR, BSB, ICT, RII) Approved by Minister - 20/9/16 Published GG - 4/10/16
Batch 4 Various qualifications (CPP, ICP, FPI, MSA, PMA) Approved by Minister - 20/9/16 Published GG - 4/10/16
Batch 5 Various qualifications (AHC, AMP, AVI, FWP, MSL, MSS, MST, PMB, PMC, SIT and TLI) Approved by Minister - 1/12/16 Published GG - 13/12/16

Removed qualifications

As a result of training package updates, the industry training councils have requested the following qualifications be removed from the public register. They will no longer be available through training contract arrangements.

Apprenticeship name Qualification Date removed
AGRICULTURE (BEEF CATTLE PRODUCTION) (LEVEL 3) AHC30110 Certificate III in Agriculture Minister approved 28 July 2016 Published GG No. 145 9/8/16
AGRICULTURE (GOAT PRODUCTION) (LEVEL 3) AHC30110 Certificate III in Agriculture Minister approved 28 July 2016 Published GG No. 145 9/8/16
AGRICULTURE (SHEEP AND WOOL) (LEVEL 3) AHC30110 Certificate III in Agriculture Minister approved 28 July 2016 Published GG No. 145 9/8/16
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY PROGRAMS (LEVEL 3) SIS30213 Certificate III in Community Activity Programs Minister approved 28 July 2016 Published GG No. 145 9/8/16
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES (LEVEL 3) CHC30912 Certificate III in Employment Services Minister approved 28 July 2016 Published GG No. 145 9/8/16
HORTICULTURE (FLORICULTURE) (LEVEL 2) AHC21510 Certificate II in Floriculture Minister approved 28 July 2016 Published GG No. 145 9/8/16
HORTICULTURE (FLORICULTURE) (LEVEL 3) AHC33210 Certificate III in Floriculture Minister approved 28 July 2016 Published GG No. 145 9/8/16
NAIL TECHNOLOGY (LEVEL 2) SIB20210 Certificate II in Nail Technology Minister approved 28 July 2016 Published GG No. 145 9/8/16
OPTICAL MECHANICS HLT43712 Certificate IV in Optical Technology Minister approved 20 Sept 2016 Published GG No. 180 4/10/16
COMMUNITY SERVICES SUPPORT WORK (LEVEL 2) CHC20112 Certificate II in Community Services Minister approved 20 Sept 2016 Published GG No. 180 4/10/16
SUPERANNUATION (LEVEL 4) FNS40915 Certificate IV in Superannuation Minister approved 20 Sept 2016 Published GG No. 180 4/10/16
RESIDENTIAL DRAFTING (LEVEL 4) 52515WA Certificate IV in Residential Drafting Minister approved 20 Sept 2016 Published GG No. 180 4/10/16
COMMUNITY RECREATION (LEVEL 2) SIS20113 Certificate II in Community Activities Minister approved 20 Sept 2016 Published GG No. 180 4/10/16
SPATIAL SERVICES TECHNICIAN (LEVEL 5) CPP50212 Diploma of Spatial Information Services Minister approved 20 Sept 2016 Published GG No. 180 4/10/16
AGRICULTURE (GRAIN PRODUCTION) (LEVEL 3) AHC30110 Certificate III in Agriculture Minister approved 1 Dec 2016 Published GG No. 224 13/12/16
AGRICULTURE (PIG PRODUCTION) (LEVEL 3) ACH30410 Certificate III in Pork Production Minister approved 1 Dec 2016 Published GG No. 224 13/12/16
HORTICULTURE (FLORICULTURE) (LEVEL 4) AHC40410 Certificate IV in Horticulture Minister approved 1 Dec 2016 Published GG No. 224 13/12/16
NURSERY TRADESPERSON (PRODUCTION) AHC31110 Certificate III in Production Nursery Minister approved 1 Dec 2016 Published GG No. 224 13/12/16
NURERY TRADESPERSON (RETAIL) AHC31210 Certificate III in Retail Nursery Minister approved 1 Dec 2016 Published GG No. 224 13/12/16
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