The regulation for delivering elective units and standalone units has been very inconsistent among different regulators. In the past, RTOs wishing to deliver elective units within a qualification as a standalone unit were required to formally apply to add the unit to its own scope of registration.
The above approach was one of those regulatory measures that represented an administrative cost without adding value to the quality of the education provided (red tape). If the RTO demonstrates it has adequate strategies and resources to deliver the unit within the qualification, why does the RTO need to demonstrate this again when it is a standalone unit?
Well, the good news is that ASQA has taken a flexible approach here, and for RTOs that want to offer/deliver units of competency that are either a core unit, or a named elective unit, within the packaging rules of a qualification the RTO has on its scope of registration; they can do it, and issue a statement of attainment for the unit(s) without first applying to ASQA to have the unit explicitly listed on its scope of registration.
It is expected that the RTO’s training and assessment practices for this training product, are supported by a specific Training and Assessment Strategy, and meets all requirements under Standard 1, as any other training product.