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ACER is a recognised international leader in the development and provision of high quality assessment and reporting tools and services for schools, universities, TAFE institutes and Registered Training Organisations, health professionals, employers and governments in Australia and internationally.

Vocational, adult and workplace education assessments

ACER’s vocational, adult and workplace education (VAWE) services promote and design evidence-based educational tools and services that support vocational learners and workplace professionals, with a focus on lifelong learning.

ACER works with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), educators and trainers to gather a range of evidence that is the basis for implementing effective policies and practices to improve the quality of vocational education and training (VET) outcomes for learners. ACER’s work and programs are targeted at enhancing the learner’s journey and their engagement with the important educational aspects of VET.

ACER offers customised advice, support, professional development, curriculum and standards development, policy and program evaluation, survey and benchmarking services and psychometric and statistical analysis.

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One of the crucial steps required for ensuring continuous improvement in RTOs, which in turn maximises learner outcomes, involves the identification of learner’s foundation skill levels and performance outcomes.

ACER develops assessments against the two key Australian standards for foundation and employability skills – the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) and the Core Skills for Work developmental framework (CSfW).

ACER designs assessments using a range of empirical processes, including moderation and validation, pilot testing (including interviews with learners), client consultations and trials with psychometric analysis. ACER’s rigorous quality assurance processes guarantee assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and fit for purpose.

ACER offers support and a set of instruments, reporting tools and benchmarking options to support a data-driven and outcomes-focused approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in the vocational, adult and workplace education sector.

The AQTF Quality Indicator Service (AQIS) provides evidence about the quality of delivery of training programs based on the AQTF Learner Engagement and Employer Satisfaction Questionnaires. This service offers flexible survey options along with basic and customisable benchmark reports to assist RTOs in meeting their compliance requirements whilst addressing ongoing quality assurance and continuous improvement strategies.

John Mitchell and Associates (JMA) and ACER have joined forces in the operation and ongoing development of a suite of workforce capability measures known as the Capability Assessment Tools (CATs). The CATs provide a systematic, whole-of-organisation approach to measuring and growing staff capability and organisational potential. 

Register to attend a complimentary COMPLETIONCAT seminar in either Melbourne or Brisbane

ACER can provide pre-recruitment solutions and services to assist corporate or recruitment partners with the selection of candidates for employer-based programs via high-stakes, secure testing.

The Vocational Selection Test (VST) is designed to provide comparative information on candidates’ abilities and is particularly useful for screening large groups of candidates in the initial round of a selection process. The VST has high reliability and has been used since 2002 to screen more than 18 000 candidates.

ACER also offers a range of research-based ability, work skills and personality assessments for recruitment and selection purposes.

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Connecting maths with the real world
01 May 2015

New Vocational Update e-newsletter
14 April 2015

Foundation skills assessment trials
26 September 2014

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Improving our understanding of learner choice in VET
30 March 2016

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COMPLETIONCAT™ is the capability analysis tool that assists all staff. From teachers to managers to administrators, it contributes to improving student retention and increasing course completions. Perfect for Higher Education and RTO’s. 
Learn more at a complimentary seminar in Melbourne or Brisbane.

The National Adult Training and Assessment Conference

The ACER National Adult Training and Assessment Conference (NATAC) will be held in Melbourne on October 13 and 14, 2016. NATAC represents an expansion of ACER’s annual NALLNAC Conference. NATAC 2016 will address evidence based approaches to issues such as quality systems in VET, assessment and links with industry, quality trainers and quality teaching and learning practices.

The proposed theme for 2016 is: 'Improving quality, reducing risks'. Please save the date in your calendar.

VAWE workshop: Engaging all students in maths and numeracy                                                               
In order to engage students successfully in mathematics and numeracy learning, mathematics teaching needs to move beyond the textbook, worksheets and ‘chalk and talk’ to offer an alternative approach and a chance for all students to succeed in and enjoy mathematics learning. Hands-on activities will demonstrate that mathematics can be made relevant and engaging through the use of real-life materials and contexts. This one-day workshop will be held on two dates (18 January or 10 March 2016), and is suitable for graduate teachers, anyone new to teaching mathematics – especially in the middle years – literacy and ESL teachers, and anyone working with disengaged youth and adult learners. Register here

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