Q: What is competency based training?
Competency based training (CBT) is the nationally recognised method of vocational learning in training courses that encompasses a more flexible style of training that adapts to each learner.
Unlike traditional methods, competency-based learning around individual workplace skills prepares learners in a targeted way to meet the specific needs of many Australian industries.
What are the benefits of competency based training programs?
CBT has many benefits. Here are just a few:
Flexible learning timelines
In a more modern learning approach, CBT allows learners to complete studies and be assessed on units of competency at their own pace. This flexible learning structure helps people to achieve their qualifications in a way that suits them.
Competency based learning programs focus on usable skills for the workplace, and each industry has its own standards to be achieved. Because learners only study what is needed for the job and are assessed directly based on those skills, less time is spent on areas of study they don’t necessarily need.
The tangible skills acquired by learning in a CBT method are aimed at preparing learners for the workforce. CBT competencies are focused on hands-on, real-life training and skills development and often involve an element of industry work experience.
How is competency based training assessed?
A competency based assessment is based on national benchmarks, called competency standards. These standards confirm that an individual can successfully perform tasks expected in the workplace.
What is a benchmark in terms of competency based training?
A benchmark is a level of knowledge and skill required by an industry or sector that must be reached to achieve competency.
To complete the VET qualification, all units of competency for that course must be achieved.
Work-focused assessments may be conducted in many methods, including:
- Written work
- Oral presentations
- Practical tasks
- Portfolio presentations