Join us for our online RTO Forums via Zoom

  • 05 Apr 2021

´╗┐Discussion will centre on:
• an update of training across your industry sector
• feedback on the implementation and uptake of the latest release of the qualifications
• the impact of COVID on staff retention and ongoing professional development
• accessing Smart and Skilled funding for full and part qualifications
• feedback on industry needs for new training products

Choose your forum:
15 April — Information and Communications Technology
22 April — Financial Services training package
6 May — TAE and FSK training packages
13 May — Arts and CUA training packages
20 May — CPP training package in Cleaning & Waste Management
28 May — CPP training package in Building Design, Building Surveying and Surveying

Contact if you’re interested.

There are more than 100 infrastructure traineeships available for school leavers. Apply now for a February start

  • 17 Dec 2020

The NSW Government has designed a new traineeship program for 2020 school leavers in the infrastructure industry, with more than 100 places available across NSW. This two-year traineeship program combines TAFE studies with practical experience working for NSW Government agencies and private sector industry employers. Trainees will have the opportunity to complete a Cert III or Cert IV in either Business, Project Management, Procurement, Surveying or Conservation. Here are some important points to help you make up your mind:
• two years full-time paid work, while studying 1-2 days per week.
• Nationally recognised Certificate III or IV qualification from TAFE.
• Vital workplace experience you can take anywhere.
• Nothing to pay for your qualification, and no debt!
• February 2021 start – so you can enjoy your summer first!
• Available in metro and regional areas.
• No prior experience is required. We are after people who have finished school and are keen to start a career.
Visit right now.

FREE infection and control training

  • 15 Sep 2020

This training will provide you and your workers with the skills you need to better identify and respond to COVID-19 risks in your workplace. It will support implementation of your business’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.

It will give you the skills you need to follow organisational infection prevention and control policies and procedures, including implementing precautions and responding to infection risks in the workplace.

Training places will be available across a variety of industries. However, workers in retail, tourism, transport & logistics, hospitality, cleaning & security services, and aged & disability care will be given priority.

Training is available across NSW and will be delivered by approved Smart & Skilled training providers. Click here to find a provider in your region. Visit the Training Services NSW website for more information on infection prevention and control training. Please note that delivery of training is subject to the availability of places.

This initiative by the NSW and Commonwealth governments will enable you and your employees to better respond to COVID-19 risks in your workplace and reduce transmission risk. It will also give your customers the confidence to re-engage with your business.


Serious Financial Services training package questions ...

  • 27 Aug 2020

PWC’s Skills for Australia (SfA) has released the draft training products in the Financial Services (FNS) training package for review and public validation, the projects include: Customer Service; Insurance Services, Agency and Broking; Mortgage Broking; Mercantile Agents; Personal Injury; and Core Financial Multi-disciplinary Skills. More detail can be obtained from SfA via the link:

There are nine updated qualifications being considered:

FNS10120 CI in Financial Services

FNS20120 CII in Financial Services

FNS30220 CIII in Personal Injury Management

FNS30420 CIII in Mercantile Agents

FNS40820 CIV in Finance and Mortgage Broking

FNS42120 CIV in Personal Injury Management

FNS50320 Dip of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management

FNS51420 Dip of Loss Adjusting

FNS51920 Dip of Personal Injury and Disability Insurance Management

ACFIPs is also interested in hearing from in the Financial Services sector on any concerns industry or RTOs may have with the proposed qualifications.
You can contact me directly by email, or phone on 0409618136
We encourage you to engage with PWC Skills for Australia to ensure industry receives the best possible training for its workforce.  


Almost out now: new Business Services Training Package

  • 10 Jul 2020

The final draft of Business Services (BSB) Training Package (business enterprise skills and technical skills projects) has been submitted to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and will be considered for endorsement by the AISC on Wednesday 12 August 2020. Following successful endorsement, it is expected that the training products will be available on in mid-October. The documents are now available for downloaded from this link; BSB Training Product V6
PWC’s Skills for Australia has been asked to apply for an 18-month teach-out period to ease in transition between new and old Training Packages. In the latest version there are 
• 16 Business Enterprise qualifications from Certificate I in Workplace Skills to Graduate Diploma in leadership and management.
• 14 Technical Skills qualifications from the Certificate III level to Advanced Diplomas in library, legal, HR, auditing and marketing specialisations.
• 4 qualifications in Work Health and Safety from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level.  

New news from the Cyber Security world

  • 06 Jul 2020

The NSW government has announced plans for a Cyber Security NSW’s Vulnerability Management Centre (VMC) to be set up in Bathurst. The centre will be responsible for detecting, scanning, and managing online vulnerabilities and data across NSW departments and agencies. Critical to its establishment will be support for skills and workforce development in the region and expanding cyber security knowledge and capability across all regional areas.  

The NSW government also wants to consult with the Cyber Security Industry and other interested parties on the development of an updated NSW Government Cyber Security Strategy. You need to register your interest by emailing Once you register your interest you will be sent the relevant documents. Take the opportunity to influence change and promote the Cyber Security Industry strategic directions  

Get your cogs whirring, please

  • 22 Jun 2020

The Financial Services draft training products have been released for public consultation for the following projects:
1. Customer Service
2. Mortgage Broking
3. Employability, Leadership and Multidisciplinary Skills
4. Insurance Services: Loss Adjusting, Underwriting and Claims
ACFIPS Industry Training Advisory Body is happy to collect any feedback from any Industry organisation, association, employee or financial services students and forward that onto PwC Skills for Australia or contact ACFIPS via our website:
To review the training products, please click visit the PWC Skills For Australia website and download the documents. If you would like to provide feedback direct to PWC, email the documents with your comments or tracked changes to 
Please note that feedback will be accepted until COB, 17 July, 2020.

Especially if you're an RTO involved with the BSB Training Package

  • 25 Mar 2020

PWC Skills for Australia recently released the Case for Endorsement for the proposed BSB 7.0 Training Package. Its currently scheduled to be put forward to the Australian Industry Skills Council in August 2020. The changes significantly simplify the package. Access the details at:

The key challenges for implementing the revised Training Package are primarily for RTOs to address and include:
• Changes to scope of registration for RTOs
• Ensuring ASQA Standards for RTOs compliance, especially around:

  • teacher qualifications and currency
  • product integrity, quality and compliance
  • Teach out requirements are met
  • Marketing material changes

The changes are not expected to impact traineeship and apprenticeship arrangements. However, the current traineeships in Business Administration (Education, Medical), Customer Engagement and Library and Information Services will need to be amended.

Seeking your input for the ICT Training Package changes

  • 24 Mar 2020

PWC Skills for Australia recently released the draft training products for Telecommunications in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training Package. These proposed changes relate to the Advanced Diploma and Diploma in Information Technology with each qualification having  different specialisations, including network engineering.
You can download a copy of the draft documents at PWC SFA Draft ICT Training products for review
The PWC Skills for Australia ICT project team is seeking industry and RTO feedback on the proposed changes. 
The official feedback close-off date is COB Friday, 17 April 2020. However, the ACFIPS ITAB will continue to accept feedback after this date and ensure it is heard in the right channels. Email ACFIPS will be organising an online forum to discuss these changes in April. Please keep an eye out for the invitation.

Read, rate and add constructive thoughts

  • 27 Feb 2020

PwC Skills for Australia has recently released its second Draft Training Product in Business Services for review. The updated drafts are for Business Enterprises and Technical Skills areas. The revised qualifications have a simplified structure and while maintaining flexibility by including specialisations in each qualification area In enterprise skills, they have included subject matter on:
• financial literacy
• entrepreneurship
• critical thinking
• leadership and data literacy

In the Technical Skills area, they have included specialisations such as:
• conveyancing and legal services
• audit and compliance
• information services 

You can download the products from BSB Draft Training Products (V 2.0)   or Skills for Australia - Business Services (look for current projects). Feedback ends at COB 6 March, 2020. If you want to provide feedback, please use this Google Form. ACFIPS will accept feedback after this date, email