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Changes to Training Packages
The major revision of BSB Business Services Training Package last October has been very disruptive.
For me personally, it means a complete revision of all my resources which is a major and time-consuming project. That’s why I haven’t been near my website for so long. I’ve been flat out and am still nowhere near finished.
In my other role as a lead trainer/assessor for International Teacher Training Academy (ITTA) I have well over 100 remote TAE students current at any one time and supporting them takes up most of my time.
In between, I have to find the time somehow to do a complete review and revision of all of my resources. This includes TAE40116 because I have used BSB qualifications, units of competency in quite a few of the assessment tasks and as examples in some of the learning resources.
It was most frustrating that PwC decided to revise the Diploma of Leadership and Management only one year after they had previously revised it.
BSB50420 – Diploma of Leadership and Management was my first priority. It is stated as equivalent to BSB51918 – Diploma of Leadership and Management. I don’t quite know why it’s stated as equivalent, because there is a brand-new unit added to the core: BSBCRT511 Develop critical thinking in others.
Most of the units are stated as equivalent, so it should have been a simple process to re-map the existing resources to the current units. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out like that, because PwC, in their wisdom, also re-worded the unit content. In some cases, the re-wording actually affected the context and focus of the unit – even though it was stated as equivalent. I still don’t know whether the re-wording was deliberate or just a cosmetic exercise, as I have found the new wording quite vague in many places.
Anyway, I am happy to say that I have completed the development of 12 units for BSB50420. I still need to update the resources for BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace to BSBWHS521 Ensure a safe workplace for a work area.
This has also impacted on the resources for BSB41419 – Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, because although the WHS coded units have not changed, the electives have. To add insult to injury, some of the WHS coded units refer to the AS/NZS Standards and they have changed since I wrote these resources. This means I need to review and make the necessary revisions to all of the units in the qualification.
I will try and keep you all up-to-date on my progress.
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Resources for BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
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I wasn’t going to update my BSB41415 resources to this new qualification because I was concerned about the selection of Group A units.
The packaging rules require a minimum of 3 units from Group A, and only two of these were sufficiently generic and appropriate for the role of a WHS Coordinator.
This is a BSB Business Services qualification and should be generic, but the unit selection leads me to think PwC must have consulted only with representatives of mining and high-risk industries. I tried to get PwC to change this, but was not successful.
Nevertheless, for some of my RTO clients, BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is core business for them, so they have to find a way to make it work. After discussion with my clients we came to a decision as follows:
• BSBRES411 Analyse and present research information – generic
• BSBWHS417 Assist with managing WHS implications of return to work – generic
• BSBWHS418 Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors – not generic but possible
• BSBWHS419 Contribute to implementing WHS monitoring processes – not generic – very specific and high-risk
• BSBWHS431 Develop processes and procedures for controlling hazardous chemicals in the workplace – not generic – very specific and high-risk
• BSBWRT401 Write complex documents – generic but far too academic for the work role and target group
Therefore, I have undertaken a review, and in most cases a complete re-write of my previous resources. I have also created resources for BSBWHS418 Assist with managing WHS compliance of contractors.
The resources still use the same structure, which has proved very successful. The course is based upon the candidate being one of the WHS Coordinators for a civil construction company called Australia-Wide Construction. Since most people at least know what construction looks like, this gives me sufficient scope to design simulated workplace tasks.
The course is still best delivered and assessed in face-to-face workshops, but will work well with a blended approach, incorporating on-line learning and assessment.
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BSB Training Package Changes
PwC has made changes to a number of qualifications in the BSB Business Services Training Package. These have come out of the blue. I know that PwC asked for submissions and consultation earlier in the year but in the past the ISCs used to release the draft qualification and units prior to actually putting them up for endorsement, so that RTOs had time to prepare for the change.
This didn’t happen. The first I knew was today when I received the notification from training.gov.au. So now it will be a mad scramble to revise everything.
My concern is with 2 qualifications in particular:
BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management – now BSB51918 (Release 1). An equivalent qualification and the main changes are to:
- Develop and use emotional intelligence (now BSBLDR511) and
- Communicate with influence (now BSBLDR513).
These 2 units will be my priority to update. There is also a Release 2.0 of BSBCUS501 but it’s just a minor change to the assessment conditions. With the other units, PwC still has the old assessment conditions which is probably an oversight.
BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (Release 3). Again equivalent to the previous release.
- Analyse and present research information (now BSBRES411) has been changed, so that will be my next step.
The only other change is to update the codes for TAEASS301 and TAEDEL301 so that they are current. I already have these 2 units.
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Back in February and March of this year, I started developing resources for BSB50615.
This was in response to a client request and also because so many of the units cross over with units I have already developed for BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management.
I had to put this development on hold when the new TAE40116 and TAE50116 was released, so as to concentrate on developing the resources many of my clients needed in order to apply for scope for these qualifications.
In fact, it’s taking ASQA so long to approve scope that I managed to complete all the other units needed for a full qualification in TAE40116 and TAE50116. So far, none of my clients who have applied have been refused scope, so I’m taking this as “no news is good news”. We do know that ASQA has refused scope to a number of applicants. About a month ago I was told 28 applicants were refused, but this is only hearsay.
So now I am ready to continue with development of the BSB50615 resources. I have developed:
• BSBHRM501 Manage human resource services
• BSBHRM506 Manage recruitment selection and induction processes
• BSBHRM512 Develop and manage performance management processes
I have still to develop:
• BSBHRM513 Manage workforce planning
• BSBWRK510 Manage employee relations
Then I will have a full set of units for BSB50615 because of the cross-over with BSB51915.
Trouble is, I’m not that motivated. To date I have two of my existing RTO clients who will definitely purchase these resources but these two alone won’t cover the costs of my time.
So if anyone would like to email me an expression of interest, you will help kick me back into gear.
Well the AISC didn’t endorse TAE40116 in February and it’s anybody’s guess when it will be endorsed.
I’ve not bothered to update my web page for TAE resources because it’s been so much in flux there was no point. However, I have been receiving a number of requests, and have supplied the resources half price.
Why half price TAE40110 resources? Well, because it’s a bit of a risk buying them at all when we don’t know what’s happening. Also, the VET system changes so fast that as soon as you buy them they need revision!
I have revised the two DES units. I did this in December so they are reasonably up-to-date, apart from the fact that we now have SSO’s instead of ISC’s. I also reviewed and improved TAEDEL401A, TAEDEL402A and TAEDEL301A. The ASS units don’t really need revision, TAELLN411 is OK and so is TAEDEL404A. The RPL tools have not been revised but they should be OK. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t feel happy actively marketing these resources at full price.
BSB50615 Diploma of HR Management
This is my next project. I have only completed BSBHRM512 Develop and manage performance management processes so far and am now working on BSBHRM506 Manage recruitment selection and induction processes.
They won’t appear on the web site until I have developed all of the core, but it’s gratifying that so many of my existing clients say that they want to buy it when completed. Most of the electives for BSB50615 overlap with BSB51915 Diploma of leadership and management, so once I have the core completed, there will be a full set of resources that meets the packaging rules.
It’s taken me a bit out of my comfort zone and entailed a lot of research. I’m amazed to discover how “fluffy” most of the textbooks are. To my way of thinking, trainees need cut and dried clarity. Development of the assessment tasks is particularly difficult and requires a lot of simulated workplace activities. Of course, if the trainee is in the workplace and can demonstrate performance with real work, then I expect the trainer to substitute the task. That’s one of the reasons they are Word documents in the first place.
I wasn’t going to develop RPL tools for the Certificate IV level units because I didn’t think there was much demand. Naturally, as soon as I made this decision I started to receive requests for RPL tools for the Cert IV in WHS. Typical!
So, now I have completed these in the same format that I used for the BSB51915 Diploma of leadership and management RPL tools – namely:
• One assessor guide and candidate guide for the qualification as a whole – to start the process. This contains the candidate application and guidance for both the assessor and candidate on the RPL process.
• One assessor guide and candidate guide for each unit of competency.
I have put full samples on my web site (at the bottom of the BSB41415 page).
There are two more RPL tools to develop for BSB41415. They are BSBWHS408 and BSBWHS409. I should have these finished in the next couple of days. These units will be RPL tools only – no learning and assessment resources.
These two units must be assessed in the workplace and need to be highly contextualised to the workplace. Monitoring processes and contractor management depend on the type of workplace. For instance, a laboratory, construction site, manufacturing, mining, power generation require quite different air monitoring and contractor management.
Next project: RPL tools for BSB42015 Certificate IV in leadership and management.
Following on from my last blog, I’ve now completed all the RPL tools for BSB51915 Diploma of leadership and management.
The units done are:
1. BSBLDR501 Develop and use emotional intelligence
2. BSBMGT517 Manage operational plan
3. BSBLDR502 Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
4. BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
5. BSBCUS501 Manage quality customer service
6. BSBHRM405 Support the recruitment, selection and induction staff
7. BSBLDR503 Communicate with influence
8. BSBMGT502 Manage people performance
9. BSBMGT516 Facilitate continuous improvement
10. BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
11. BSBRSK501 Manage risk
12. BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
13. BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
14. BSBADM502 Manage meetings
There’s a preliminary RPL Assessor Guide and Candidate Guide and Application that applies to the qualification as a whole.
Then there are separate RPL Assessor Guides and Candidate Guides for each unit.
The charge for these is $125 plus GST per unit. There are now samples on the BSB51915 web page, at the bottom of the page.
I mentioned in my last blog that this unit was the next cab off the rank and I’ve just completed the resources for this unit.
It’s a Group A unit, and you must have a minimum of 4 from Group A in BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. Now my clients have a choice. Some of them don’t want to use TAEDEL404 Mentor in the workplace so that’s why this unit needed to be developed.
Now I need to start on the RPL tools for all of the units. I’ll be starting with the RPL tools for BSB51915 Diploma of leadership and management.
They will be slightly different from the way I’ve developed them in the past. I plan to put the application form as a separate document, rather than include it in each unit.
Also, practical activities are optional in RPL, and because of the way I’ve mapped the assessments in the learning and assessment pathway, any gaps that the assessor identifies can be filled by selecting assessments from them.
This will speed up development greatly and I’m hoping to do one per day (cross fingers).
On the home front, I’m about to call builders and organise to renovate the bathrooms. One at a time of course. I may work alone but I still need to shower!
I have had quite a few requests to develop this unit and I’ve just finished it. This one was really challenging. I discussed it with my wonderful colleagues before jumping into it, because honestly, you could interpret the unit in various ways.
I’ve also written to Steven Deer at IBSA to point out a couple of mistakes in the unit.
It won’t change what I’ve written but when the next version is released Steven says he will fix them.
“PC 3.5 Outcomes of meetings are promptly summarised for action and distributed to stakeholders, as required”
It’s written in the passive tense and will be changed to active.
KE: “demonstrate principles of cross-cultural communication”
The word “demonstrate” is out of place in knowledge evidence. These days they are using “outline”, “explain” etc.
Anyway, I’ve made sure that the resource requires the candidate to not only explain but also demonstrate cross-cultural communication so it should be OK.
BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities
This is the next resource that I will be developing in response to demand from existing clients.
Continuing with nose to the grindstone …
It’s been full on since March but I now have resources for all three of the qualifications I was working on.
They were developed in this order:
1. BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management
2. BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
3. BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
There’s a complete list of all units developed, in order of code, on this website as a separate document that can be downloaded and easily printed.
BSB42015 Cert IV Leadership and Management and BSB41415 Cert IV WHS have quite a few overlaps in the electives. There’s even an overlap with the Diploma, since BSBPMG522 Undertake project work is common to all three qualifications.
The work is not over yet. In response to requests from existing clients I will be developing resources for:
· BSBLDR503 Communicate with influence; and
· BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities
Because of the rush, I haven’t developed RPL tools so I will also be going back and developing RPL tools for each of the units.
Those of you who have been following my comments and those of Chemene on Linkedln will know that TAE40110 new qualification is still not endorsed. It was supposed to go to AISC September meeting but didn’t. There is an October and December meeting but Robert Bluer at IBSA doesn’t seem confident about whether it will be endorsed at all this year.
As a result, those of us who develop TAE resources don’t quite know what to do. Chemene Sinson (Blackwater Projects) is holding fire apart from TAELLN411 which is already endorsed. I have already developed TAELLN411 but am not actively marketing it, except to make it available to my existing clients. (You will notice it’s not on the list of units developed.)
The last few months have severely reduced the time I could devote to actual training and hopefully I can spend a bit more time with “real people” now that the worst of the development is done. However, this may be a vain hope as I can see TAE rearing its ugly head soon.