What Is The Difference Between A Statement Of Attainment And A Statement Of Attendance?

    By Kevin Gawada Trainer at Ausinet – 9 March 2021 – Australian Institute of Electrotechnology

What Is A Statement Of Attainment?

A statement of attainment is a formal qualification that is Nationally recognised and comes with the unit code. This states that you have attained the required competencies and you have completed the prerequisite units for a certain competency
Some employers would accept a statement of attendance and others would require the Statement of attainment.

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What Is A Statement Of Attendance?

A statement of attendance states that you have attended the course and completed the training but does not give you the Nationally recognised unit code like UEENEEE101A it only describes the name of the unit without the code.


One could do a unit called ‘UEENEEE104A – Solve problem in DC circuits’ to achieve knowledge without doing any pre requisite. The prerequisite unit stipulated by ASQA which is the authority for all RTOs (Registered training organisations) in Australia is UEENEEE101A – Apply occupational health and safety regulations codes and practices in the workplace.

If you wish to achieve a statement of attainment for UEENEEE104A you must complete UEENEEE101A first. If you wish to learn “Solve problems in DC circuits” and do not want to complete the prerequisite unit UEENEEE101A then you could still complete the course but only receive a statement of attendance.

It is the same training but does not fit the rules of ASQA who have decided on the course codes. You will receive the same training but will not receive the course codes on the Certificate. This system of statement of attendance was specifically designed by RTOs for Employers who want to send their employees to do a specific training unit and do not want to pay for the prerequisite units as they deem it is not necessary. The RTO will only deliver training without prerequisite units if it is safe to do so.

On some occasions, students might want to do a certain unit but it is not possible for the RTO to deliver it regardless of what the student or employer wishes. For example, one cannot do Advanced PLC without completing the prerequisite unit Basic PLC. In this case, the RTO will deny admission to the student for Advanced PLC as the trainer cannot teach the student unless the student has enough knowledge of Basic PLC.

There are ASQA compliant LMS (learning management systems) like Etutor LMS that will automatically detect prerequisite units. This is done so that student does not get admission into a course without the required prerequisite unit. It is important to have a foolproof system to avoid unnecessary work that is caused by incorrect enrolments and refund processes.

ASQA Guidelines for Certificates

Click here to check out the ASQA Guidelines for Certificates.

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