What is competency based training?
Competency based training (CBT) is a style of education that focuses on what you can achieve in the workplace after completing a course, or because of your workplace training and experience.
Competency based training, also known as competency based learning, is the recognised training method for vocational training in Australia. It was introduced to Australia in the late 1980s.
When you complete a competency based training course, you will have the skills and knowledge you need to complete specific workplace activities at an industry standard of performance, in a range of work environments and situations.
Competency based training is ideally not “time based”. In CBT, as soon as you show you have the required competency, you can move on to the next one. This means you can complete the training at your own pace. It also allows you to complete your study much more quickly than in a time-based learning system.
Why is competency based learning so effective and valuable?
Consultation with industry to design qualifications is one of the major advantages of competency based learning in vocational education in Australia. This means the skills you learn in your training are sure to be desirable in the industry in which you plan to work.
Focused Learning Outcomes
The learning materials in CBT are designed to ensure you learn the exact outcomes (ie skills and knowledge) required to complete each unit. You do not get grades and you don’t fail if you don’t get things right the first time; instead you are deemed either “competent” or “not yet competent”. You can resubmit or retake assessments until you achieve a “competent” standard.
Hands-on & Book-based Training
Training can take place on or off the job using a wide range of learning and assessment methods. Many competencies are learnt and assessed in a hands-on way; you will actually do the skill or action being assessed, often in a simulated or real workplace. You may also work on projects, case studies, gather and create documents, complete written activities, research or write answers to questions.
How does competency based training relate to industry?
Competency based vocational training is designed with consultation with industry. As a result, qualifications are designed so that you can do a specific job and have become legally required or highly desirable for many roles.
Required to Get Specific Jobs
Some competency based training is linked to rules, regulations and laws in Australia. For example, the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is the minimum standard to train and assess students in the vocational training system. Likewise, the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is the minimum standard to work as a childcare professional in long day care centres or operate a family day care service.
Desirable in Many Jobs
Other qualifications are not specifically required to hold specific positions, but they are highly desirable. The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety isn’t mandatory, but it is commonly recognised as the minimum formal training standard for most people seeking work in the health and safety sector. Likewise, the Certificate III in Aged Care teaches skills highly desired in the aged care sector, as has become the de-facto minimum education standard to work in most facilities.
Try competency based training today
There are many competency based vocational training courses available, with qualifications relevant to every industry. If you need real skills you can use in the workforce, give competency based training a go.