About training packages

Training packages are sets of nationally endorsed competency standards, for assessment requirements and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications for a specific industry, industry sector or enterprise; developed by industry through national Industry Skill Councils or enterprises that require specific qualifications and training.

Training packages are not static documents; they are developed and reviewed under a continuous improvement process to ensure they meet the existing and emerging skill needs of industry.

Go to the Northern Territory Government website to find out more about registered training organisations.

Changes to training packages

In November 2012, the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment endorsed new Standards for Training Packages. The standards replace the Training Package Development Handbook.

The Standards for Training Packages will ensure training packages are of high quality and meet the workforce skills development needs of industry, enterprises and individuals.

The standards apply to the design and development of training packages by Industry Skills Councils (ISCs), which are then endorsed by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC).

Under the new standards training packages will contain the following components:

  • NSSC endorsed components:
    • units of competency
    • assessment requirements (associated with each unit of competency)
    • qualifications, and
    • credit arrangements.
  • one or more quality assured companion volumes.

Go to the National Skills Standards Council website for more about new standards.

Go to the training.gov.au website for nationally endorsed training packages, qualifications and units of competency.

Go to the Industry Skills Advisory Council NT website to read its continuous improvement plan.

Northern Territory implementation

Arrangement for the public funding of training package qualification and units of competency, the declaration of apprenticeships and traineeships, and the allocation of nominal hours are determined by each state and territory training authority.

The Northern Territory uses the Victorian Purchasing Guides for the allocation of nominal hours, for both qualifications and units of competency.


To implement a training package contact:

Training Operations
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
Phone: 08 8935 7736

To comment on training packages development or improvement contact:

Strategic Priorities and Co-ordination
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation
Phone: 08 8935 7752

Last updated: 09 April 2019