Our new Graduate Diploma – why we wrote it and the process of getting it accredited

In this article, we wanted to share with you the reasons why we wrote this course and a little bit about the journey we went on to get it accredited.

After years of working as consultants, RTO owners, and auditors for regulatory bodies, our course development team, started talking amongst each other about the inadequacies of professional training available for what is such a highly regulated and professional sector. Really, there was only the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and the Diploma level courses from the TAE Training Package, and the Diploma of Quality Auditing, that were at all relevant to meeting the needs of quality and compliance staff. However, these courses were really only make-shift choices as there was nothing else around and they didn’t cover the range of skills needed by compliance staff such as policy development, preparing for audits, course design and documentation, considering the needs of students and ensuring marketing compliance. So, out of these discussions over a few months, an idea was born to develop our very own professional and accredited course for VET quality and compliance management.

From there we set up an industry consultation panel with a range of professionals from the sector and held numerous meetings to gather information about what they thought the sector needed from a professional qualification perspective. Numerous conversations were had about the appropriate level for the course – should it be an Advanced Diploma, Diploma, or Graduate Diploma? Considering the complex level of a lot of the work that our target audience complete, we settled on the Graduate Diploma level and then began to map out all the job requirements of someone working at this level.

Over the next two years we then went about writing our course. We looked for units of competency from existing Training Packages to identify any units we could use that were relevant. We originally chose to write our own compliance focused units for the VET sector, however ASQA advise us in our first submission that we needed to use the BSBCOM units that are now included in our course.  We held numerous consultations with our industry engagement panel to make sure what we were writing was endorsed by industry and reflected a wide range of needs across the sector. We drafted, revised and rewrote units until they were perfect – a very time-consuming process! After perfecting the units and our qualification structure, we were then ready to prepare all the other documentation that goes into the course accreditation document and get a final endorsement from our panel, as well as a few other leading industry organisations. We were ready to submit!

After a seven-month process with ASQA, our course, the 10615NAT Graduate Diploma of VET Quality and Compliance Management was accredited in March 2017.

The Graduate Diploma includes the following units:


Core units
BSBCOM503 Develop processes for the management of breaches in compliance requirements
BSBCOM501 Identify and interpret compliance requirements
BSBCOM603 Plan and establish compliance management systems
BSBMGT608 Manage innovation and continuous improvement
CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy
VQMHRM001 Lead and manage human resource development strategies for an RTO*
VQMDEV001 Lead and manage new RTO programs and changes to scope
VQMAUD001 Manage and participate in audits conducted by the VET regulator
VQMSTU001 Manage the student experience
Elective units
VQMFND001 Manage government funding contracts for an RTO
VQMVSL001 Manage student loan schemes
BSBAUD501 Initiate a quality audit


BSBAUD503 Lead a quality audit


BSBAUD504 Report on a quality audit
VQMACC001 Develop and manage course accreditation


TAEDES504 Research and develop units of competency
BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and financial plans
BSBFIM801 Manage financial resources
BSBINN801 Lead innovative thinking and practice
BSBLDR803 Develop and cultivate collaborative partnerships and relationships
PSPMGT012 Facilitate knowledge management
BSBLDR805 Lead and influence change


Since our initial offering of this course, we have made some changes to the way it will be delivered. We are now offering the course as a dual qualification combined with the Diploma of Quality Auditing meaning that students will be able to complete our 18-month program with two industry relevant qualifications.

We’re now getting ready to start our first group of students on the 30th August. Enquire with us at courses@rtoleadership.com.au if you’re interested in hearing more.