If you are interested in launching a registered training organisation, then the chances are that you’ve already read the requirements on www.asqa.gov.au. The page on the subject covers the basics of how an RTO can register with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. As it notes, becoming registered as an RTO “is a complicated process.” From completing the application to paying application fees to facing a thorough assessment of your organisation, there are a series of lengthy steps to get from one end of this process to the other.

However, the application and evaluation measures are just the final stages of a much longer process. If you are wondering how to set up an RTO, the first thing to know is that you will not start with the ASQA. On the contrary, the first steps of the process need to be much more internal. Specifically, you need to ask yourself why you want to launch an RTO. You need to determine what types of subjects and courses you want your RTO to offer. You need to think about where you are going to offer the courses, whether your RTO will include online training opportunities, who will train and assess your students and how you will obtain the materials necessary for the training and assessment process.

In short, if you want to learn how to set up an RTO, you need to sketch out a detailed business plan for your organisation. RTOs frequently miss out on ASQA registration because they don’t have the appropriate assessment tools, they don’t have qualified trainers, or they don’t have planned procedures and policies for students. Trying to plan out your organisation from every angle will help you to avoid these pitfalls.

Before you try to register with the ASQA or your state’s training and skills authority, you might also consider bringing in a third-party organisation for an RTO audit. Such an assessment can tell you whether or not your organisation is ready to face the scrutiny of the ASQA. To schedule your RTO audit, call Vivacity RTO Coaching & Consulting on 1300 729 455.