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Modification and Contextualisation Overview 

If during the pre-training review or subsequently during a structured training program it is identified that modification (Contextualtion) is required then a recommendation shall be made to the student

Contextualisation means that we can create learning/assessment opportunities that are more relevant to our learner. When we do this, we link the Unit of Competency to the client’s needs using language that they understand.

How to Contextualise 

Contextualisation is achieved by including, modifying or substituting text within units of competency and usually within the range statement or evidence guide. It is about providing training and assessment that is specific to an enterprise or individual learner.

Any modifications to a unit of competency must maintain the integrity of the industry skill and portability requirements, including all legislative, licensing and any other regulatory requirements.

The following are some suggestions for contextualising units of competency to make them more relevant for specific industries or workplaces:

Refer to the guidelines in the relevant training package. Usually, it will be possible to replace generic terms and general descriptions of equipment or processes and procedures with specific examples. The wording of range statements and the evidence guide can also be altered to make it more specific.

Analyse the generalised statements about the range of work and job tasks specified in the units of competency. These may need to be aligned to a particular job profile and translated to highlight particular tasks and levels of performance that are relevant to a particular workplace.

Identify the kinds of evidence that candidates may be able to provide in their job roles to satisfy the requirements of a particular unit of competency.

Prepare evidence plans for the candidates, showing how they might collect the identified kinds of evidence.

Let’s have a look at some examples:

If the Competency mentions Machinery, then we could use the exact name of the machine used.

If the Competency mentions Equipment, then we could use the names of each item of equipment

If the Competency mentions Location, then we could use the exact location, eg, Shed 1, kitchen bench, etc

If the Competency mentions Relevant Procedures, then we could use the exact title of the procedure manual

If the Competency mentions Relevant Personnel, then we could use the names of the people and their positions

Contextualise, but Follow the Rules 

When it comes to contextualisation, we can be very creative. But, we need to make sure that we do not change the standards required of us. Remember: we must always follow Qualification Packaging Rules of the Training Package.

When contextualising units of competency, teachers and trainers: 

must not remove the number and content of elements and performance criteria

may add specific industry terminology to performance criteria where this does not distort or narrow the competency outcomes

may make amendments and additions to the range statement, as long as such changes do not diminish the breadth of application of the competency and reduce its portability

may add detail to the evidence guide in areas such as the critical aspects of evidence or resources and infrastructure required, where these expand the breadth of the competency but do not limit its use.

To make sure that we still follow the Training Package rules, we can read the Training Package itself, or we can get the advice of others, including:

The Industry Skills Council responsible

Our colleagues within the training industry or within the industry for whom we are delivering the training

Accessing the Support Resources available for each Training Package at TGA can also give us some great ideas of what is appropriate.

When we are contextualising, it is a good idea to speak with our client to make sure that we really are going to link the Unit of Competency to the participants’ actual work.

When we are contextualising, it is a good idea to speak with others to make sure that we really are going to be delivering the Unit of Competency in accordance with the Training Package rules.