Checklist: What to look for when choosing a training provider

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Deciding on a career working with children is exciting, and it’s important to take the right steps to get to where you want to be. Choosing a training provider is a vital part of this journey. Once you’ve discovered the qualifications you need for your desired job outcome, it’s time to choose a registered training provider (RTO).

Figuring out which RTOs are good and not so good, and which is best for you, can be trickier than first thought, but our five tips will help you make the right choice.

1. Is the training provider registered?

It may sound simple, but it’s always best to check. A nationally recognised training organisation will have a registration number. This signifies that the training provider is accredited and audited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

2. Does the training provider have a good reputation?

Definitely ask around and chat to others who have undertaken similar training to find out who the reputable training providers are and who to avoid. Take it one step further and check whether the RTO has a 2017 Skills First Contract. This means they are among the highest quality training providers in Victoria.

Skills First is a system that ensures students are guaranteed to receive exceptional training giving them the best start in the early childhood industry. We are proud to have been offered a contract following a rigorous selection process based on assessing our training quality.

3. What outcome does the training provider emphasise?

There are often many RTOs to choose for any given course – but not all qualifications are created equal.

At the end of your course, you want more than just a piece of paper. You want practical skills, knowledge, understanding and confidence. You want to be job ready.

Practical Outcomes delivers competency-based training, with an emphasis on practical skills. We strive to deliver the highest quality childcare education and training so our graduates can flourish and put their best foot forward in the early childhood industry.

4. What are the trainers like?

To get the best training, you need the best trainers. Look for an RTO with trainers who have industry experience and plenty to share from on-the-job. Expert trainers can also be mentors, ready to guide you as well as prepare you to be the next industry leader.

5. What support will you have along the way?

Support is essential for success. Whether it’s assistance with securing work placement for your course, helpful advice when you need it most or even just a hand with some printing, support and guidance can change the way you feel about your training. When choosing a training provider, look for the support they offer their students.


Do your research, ask the right questions and ensure you’re choosing a training provider wisely when it comes to enrolling.

Chat with the Practical Outcomes team about your career goals and find out the best way for you to achieve them.

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