Registred training organisation is the type of organisation that provides Vocational Education and Training (VET) to students. It results in statements of skill and qualifications that are accepted and recognised by other educational institutions and industries in Australia.

However, not everyone can become a registered training organisation. Whether you're looking for a highly profitable business or you're an expert in your industry and you want an organisation that will train others, an RTO is a great solution for a successful business. It achieves its profit by helping individuals reach their goals. Even though the whole process of registration seems complicated and hard, with thorough research, careful decisions, right finances and plan, starting a successful RTO is at your fingertips.

1. Research the VET industry and National Standards

Submitting an RTO application without proper research and plan can be dreadful for your business. You’ll waste huge amounts of money and invest a lot of time in the business that’s not going to achieve anything. That’s why, to become an ROT, you need to learn as much as possible about VET sector and national standards. In addition to that, you should research any other codes, standards, and regulations that can be applied to your new business.
To qualify for a registered training organisation, you must fulfil some requirements and compliances in the areas of marketing and recruitment, training and assessment, enrollment, support and progression, and so on, and comply with some requirements regarding finances, data provision, etc.

2. Financial viability

Like any other business, you need initial capital to start your RTO, which means that you need to meet financial viability requirements. This step is essential to prove to the Government that you are financially stable and have the funds for running cost and startup of your new business.
To prove that you're financially stable, you must provide your detailed business plan, realistic financial forecast and complete an assessment of financial viability. This documentation is necessary so you could prove you can purchase equipment and stock to start your business, hire qualified staff, provide support for students, meet the cost of venues, training and other necessities. In the beginning, you might need to find ways to save money. But as your business takes off, you'll start making a profit.

3. Make a business plan

If you want to have guaranteed success, you should make an RTO business plan. Such a plan provides an in-detail overview of your RTO's goals, and ways and strategies you will use to get there. A carefully thought out plan shows that you have properly considered and planned your goals and know how to achieve them. The plan should include short-term and long-term goals for the few first years of your RTO. It should contain enrollment targets, course goals, expansion strategies and goals. Don’t forget to determine your target market, courses you’ll offer, key clients, equipment, facilities and locations.
Remember that besides being one of the VET's requirements, a business plan is important for you too. You can use it as guidance for your next big step and investment. Without a plan, you may be in a situation to spend money on things that currently aren't necessary. For example, you still haven't bought computers for training, but you hired high-quality experts to teach the course.

4. Get Assessment and Training Resources

If you want your RTO to be successful, you have to carefully plan every detail, and that includes getting material for the courses. Getting assessment and training material is a crucial step to becoming a registered training organisation, and your application's success mostly depends on it. This means that you must have training resources for every course you plan to deliver before actually submitting your application for registration.
Many people find it hard to get good RTO material. For all courses and training, you should get good digital and printed RTO training resources for a wide range of courses that are reliable and high-quality. This raises your chances of getting registered and being successful in your field. Besides these learning materials, you shouldn't neglect your venues and places where the courses will be held. Don't forget to buy all the necessary equipment and hire professionals to teach your courses.

5. Apply for the registration

The final, long-awaited step is applying for the registration. Keep in mind that the whole process, including planning the RTO, getting the resources and applying takes a lot of time. Initial registration takes around 6 mounts and two years of close monitoring after that.
Assuming your RTO is well-planned, provides high-quality courses for the students, and meets the requirements, the first audit should come right after the registration. Just as you wouldn't advise students to study only one night before the big exam, you shouldn't prepare for the audit only a day before. If your RTO meets all the standards regarding courses, behaviour and quality, you have nothing to worry about.


It takes a lot of time and careful planning to become a registered training organisation. Thoroughly researching the requirements and standards is a key process for the beginning. If you're familiar with regulations, you should have no problem making a good plan and achieving your goals. The only thing you need is patience and registration will come in no time.

Author's Bio: 

Neil is a lifestyle journalist from Sydney, Australia. He likes writing about a lot of stuff but the most about traveling and cars. Huge soccer fan.