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Glossary of terms

Key definitions, common terms and abbreviations

Use this page to find plain language explanations for words, abbreviations and phrases that are common with vocational education (training related to careers) and TAFE SA (a vocational training provider).

Common terms and abbreviations

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI)

  • Advanced Standing

  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships (Contracts of Training)

  • Articulation arrangements

  • Assessment

  • Assessor

  • Authenticity

  • Award Courses - SATAC application process

  • Census date

  • Competency (also Competence)

  • Course

  • Course credit

  • Course packaging

  • Credit arrangements

  • Credit Transfer

  • Currency (of skills and knowledge)

  • Customised Training

  • Direct Evidence - also referred to as Primary Evidence

  • Element of Competency

  • Evidence

  • Indirect Evidence - also referred to as Secondary Evidence

  • Inherent Requirements

  • International Students

  • Module

  • National Recognition

  • Outcome

  • Pathways

  • Performance Criteria

  • Portfolio

  • Recognition

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

  • Result Transfer

  • Self Assessment

  • Short Course

  • Sufficiency

  • Trade Tests

  • Transferability

  • Unit of Competency

  • Validity

  • Vocational Preparation

  • Workplace Assessment