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 Stream 8 Traffic Management Ms Erin Studsor, Traffic Force Construction Training Council Establish Class B Traineeship Development of skills and knowledge in high risk work environments 21/05/2018 Training council submission due on 2 July 2018 Extension granted till 16 July 2018
CPC32912 Certificate III in Construction Crane Operations
Mrs Heidi Biuwale, Crane Industry Council of Australia
Construction Training Council Establish Class A traineeship Skill shortage area 28/8/2017 On hold until 16 July 2018 as requested by the proponent  
UEE40411 Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation
Ms Marie Anderson, ATC Business College Bunbury AND
Mr Rob Berryman North Metro TAFE
Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council Establish Class B traineeship Industry need identified 5/9/2017 OSTB to seek SSO advice  
BSB30115 Certificate III in Business & BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration
Mr Allan Jones, Financial, Administrative and Professonal Services Training Council Financial, Administrative and Professional Services Training Council Review EVAC Decision  Remove condition restricting school based delivery to "Year 12 only" 15/12/2017 Awaiting DTWD advice  
MST30216 Certificate III in Manufactured Textile Products Ms Kay Gerard, Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Variation of classification, nominal duration and allow school-based delivery Industry need identified 9/1/2018 Awaiting DTWD advice. DTWD seeking legal advice on IR issues. 
MAR30813 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) Ms Jillian Dielsen, Logistics Training Council Logistics Training Council Variation - Add school based pathway Ferry operator wanting to take on school based trainee 17/4/2018 Training council submission due on 30 May 2018 Extension provided till 15 June 2018 
CPC32413 Certificate III in Plumbing Mr Alan Davies, Construction Training Fund Construction Training Fund Establish a Class A apprenticeship Establish stand alone Plumbing apprenticeship 7/5/2018 Training council submisison due on 19 June 2018  Extension till 13 July 2018
BSB20215 Certificate II in Customer Engagement Ms Margaret Lawlor, Executive Officer, Down Syndrome WA Financial, Administrative and Professional Services Training Council Establish Class B Traineeship Industry need identified 9/5/2018 DTWD report due on 20 July 2018  
HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
 
Dr David Hallett, Australian Dental Association WA
Community Services, Health and Education Training Council
 
Vary Class B Traineeship; Increase nominal duration
Industry need identified 
17/5/2018
Training council submission due on 28 June 2018
 
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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 2018

The following proposals (establishments and variations) have been considered by the State Training Board to date in 2018.

Establishments

Apprenticeship name Qualification Proponent/ Training council Submission  Date lodged Minister decision Gazette Notice
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Traffic Management) Construction Training Council Construction Training Council 24/02/2017 Not Approved  N/A
PET GROOMING ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council written submission  23/11/17 Approved 11/3/18 GG No. 37 of 2018 - 16/3/18 
BEEKEEPING ACM32016 Certificate III in Beekeeping Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council written submission  23/11/17 Approved 4/3/18

Variations

Apprenticeship name Qualification Proponent/ Training council Variation type  Date lodged Outcome

 

         

Completed proposals 2009 to 2017

For a consolidated list of all proposals that have been considered by the Establishment and Variation of Apprenticeships Committee between 2009 and 2017, please view EVAC completed proposals 2009 to 2017 . 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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