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Program Development and Closure Policy - VET

1. Purpose

To ensure that the development and closure of CIT programs is conducted in accordance with industry needs and the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 including the Standards for Registered Training Organisation (RTOs) 2015 and the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012, and the ACT Quality Framework.

2. Scope

The development and closure of all accredited and non-accredited programs.

3. Principles

3.1 CIT will develop programs under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. CIT will develop qualifications from AQF level 1 to 6 and AQF 8 as well as short course Statements of Attainment.

3.2 CIT will also develop non-accredited short programs to meet specific market, student and industry needs or for a specific client. Non-accredited programs may be either assessed or non-assessed. Assessment in these programs is outside the Nationally Recognised Training Framework and no award is issued. Students in assessed programs may receive a Record of Results. It must be clear in all advertising that these programs are non-accredited training.

3.3 All program development and closure must follow the accepted processes as endorsed by the CIT Academic Council and be consistent with CIT’s strategic directions, education and training profile, and education philosophy and aims.

3.4 CIT will follow the accepted processes for consultation with external stakeholders such as Skills Canberra, licensing bodies and industry partners or third party deliverers when ceasing to deliver a program.

3.5 VET programs will be added to CIT's scope of registration under delegation by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to the CIT Chief Executive Officer. CIT's scope changes will be managed by CIT Program Services according to the ASQA Delegation Agreement Policy and associated procedure.

3.6 All VET-accredited programs will be developed according to the requirements of the AQF and the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012.

3.7 Any recommendations to close an accredited program must follow the process as approved by the CIT Academic Council. Non-accredited programs can be closed at the discretion of the College Director.

3.8 If an accredited program is identified to be closed without replacement, the College must.

  1. immediately arrange to turn the program off for new enrolments
  2. investigate any possible effects that the change may have on students currently enrolled in the program
  3. ensure staff consultation occurs in line with the requirements of the relevant Enterprise Agreement
  4. consider the needs of industry requirements, alternative providers, community needs and CIT resources
  5. consult with the International Student Unit regrading requirements of offers made to international students.

3.9 All affected students and relevant stakeholders (for example, the employers of Australian Apprentice students) must be advised as soon as possible and assisted to complete the program of study within a designated period and/or be advised of options to transfer to an alternative program (either within CIT or another institute).

4. Documentation

5. Definitions

All terminology used in this policy is consistent with definitions in the CIT Definitions of Terms.

6. Policy Contact Officer

For more information about this policy contact Director, Education Services.

Contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

7. Procedures

This policy is implemented through the CIT Academic Council.

Policy No: 2016/2382
Approved: September 2019
Next Review: September 2023
Category: Training Policies
Policy Owner: Executive Director, Education and Training Services

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