The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) agreed to extend the transition period of CPC31511 – Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework until 31 December 2023.
The move follows extensive campaigning from the Formwork Industry Association (FIA).
The decision was made on 24 May 2022 with support from the following:
- State Regulators – Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and Training Accreditation Council Western Australia
- Artibus Innovation in their role as the Skills Service Organisation
- Construction Industry Reference Committee
- Feedback from RTOs delivering these qualifications
This allows the formwork industry to continue to employ apprentices and access relevant funding to assist with wages.
It also enabled the industry to access training and demonstrate education and learning targets now required for most government projects to secure projects and work.
It also allows the FIA to continue to campaign for improved safety within the industry, access to Australian wide standardised and consistent formwork safety training to enable workers to return safely home to their families at the end of the working day.
This extension is granted to all ASQA registered training organisations (RTOs) delivering the CPC31511 – Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework until 31 December 2023.
The Training Accreditation Council and Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority will consider extending the transition period for the same training product for TAC or VRQA registered RTOs, where ASQA has approved an extension to transition of training products, to provide consistency across the sector.
It was demonstrated to ASQA that learners would be genuinely disadvantage if they were required to transition to the replacement qualification as the significance of changes would not provide the expected learning outcomes for existing learners.
The decision extends the transition period for ASQA registered RTOs to continue training assessment and issue Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certification.
CPC31511 – Certificate III in Formwork/Falsework will remain on relevant ASQA registered RTOs scope of registration until the end of the extended transition period, unless withdrawn from scope prior.