Does competency have to be the only way VET is delivered? – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

In a competency system the standards that industry requires to be demonstrated are set out. That is, the outcomes are defined but not the process to get there. However, in a curriculum-based environment the learning outcomes are defined. That is, the process through which the learner undergoes capability development to achieve the outcomes is defined.

Why has vocational education and training in Australia decided that competency standards must be the only utility for determining outcomes? Why, could we not develop vocational education and training so that there can be a mix of qualifications built on competency standards and qualifications based on curriculum development?

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