VET reform projects

Block credit recognition review

The VCAA surveyed schools (government, independent and Catholic), TAFEs and private RTOs as part of the "Driving quality and appropriateness of VET" project, which includes the block credit recognition review. This survey took place in July 2017. 85% of respondents agreed that greater clarity is required around the VCAA different course types (VES/NAP/VFE).

Key issues identified through this survey were:

  • Schools, teachers, students and parents do not understand how block credit works and even what it really means.
  • Clarity around credit is required – credit aligned to units of competency is not transparent and 'provides the opportunity for abuse'.
  • Guidelines are not clear with no clear advice about selecting electives.

Survey respondents asked for greater clarity with simpler rules, transparency, checklists and simpler language around block credit recognition.

Discussion paper

Four alternative block credit recognition models have been developed and are contained in the discussion paper Block Credit Recognition Review – Discussion Paper (docx - 69kb). VET workshops will be conducted by the VCAA in November and explore the models further. Interested parties are encouraged to attend the workshops.

Updates about the block credit recognition review will be provided through the VCAA Bulletin and this VET reform projects webpage.

Principals, CEOs, Directors, VET Coordinators, Pathway Coordinators, VCE Coordinators, VCAL Coordinators, careers teachers, VET teachers, structured workplace learning (SWL) Coordinators, VET Cluster Coordinators, Placement Coordinators, RTO staff, parents and students are all encouraged to provide feedback.

An online survey is available and will close 8 December.