Competency-Based Training in Australia: What Happened and Where Might We ‘Capably‘ Go?

  • Lewis HughesEmail author
  • Len Cairns
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 18)


The early 1990s introduction of competency-based training (CBT) in Australia was a turning away from rich learning prevalent in previous approaches to VET to a narrow behaviourist approach; however, the outcome in the vocational education and training (VET) field has not been as retrograde as was then feared. There has been flexibility and innovation in the approach to apprenticeships and other pathways to qualifying for a career over the past 20 years. Much more entwining of CBT with rich learning or process learning approaches could have occurred as a lifelong learning foundation upon which apprentices (and other CBT graduates) may capably – and with commitment – build their careers in the changing workplace. This chapter looks to a near future in which ‘capability’ outcomes are strengthened by embracing an expanded view of ‘competency’ beyond what has been typically understood in Australia to this time.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Enviro-sysMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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