Staff are encouraged to develop skills in training. As most of the instructors, examiners, lecturers and assistant instructors are volunteers, there is a strong need to rehearse scenarios and develop clear sets of training materials to ensure consistency and standards.

The Course Director is the on-site Standards Manager for any course and may provide coaching or direction to ensure standards are maintained. All instructors need to be aware that collegiate support is welcomed and experts in there fields (Guest Lecturers) should be drawn upon to maintain currency in instructors and examiners areas of interest.

ASPA conducts an equipment familiarisation for students who have not done ASPA Advanced Emergency Care before on the first day of its programs. Instructors are encouraged to use this time to develop and refresh their skills. Often, if staff ask, this time can be used for staff development.

ASPA has a one day instructor familiarisation program. It also conducts a program of Units in:

The Learning Environment

  • Work effectively in vocational education and training
  • Foster and promote an inclusive learning culture
  • Ensure a healthy and safe learning environment

Learning Design

  • Use training packages to meet client needs
  • Design and develop learning programs

Delivery and Facilitation

  • Plan and organise group-based delivery
  • Facilitate work-base learning
  • Facilitate individual learning


  • Plan and organise assessment
  • Assess competence
  • Develop assessment tools
  • Participate in assessment validation

And three additional units (only two of which are required for the Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment:

  • Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills
  • Facilitate group based learning
  • Maintain information requirements of training and/or assessment organisations

Personal Development Plans

All staff are encouraged to prepare a Development Plan and discuss this with the Course Director to ensure a breadth of experience is developed over a course, or over successive courses. ASPA uses Bernice McCarthy’s 4-Mat model to involve our adult learners and ensure that their knowledge and experience is incorporated. Staff are able to create development plans in each of these roles; as a motivator, teacher, coach and colleague.

ASPA staff are also encouraged to use Online Professional Development


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