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), higher education, and TAFE SA (a vocational training and higher education provider).

 

Common terms and abbreviations

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI)

  • Advanced Standing

  • Assessment

  • Assessor

  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships (Contracts of Training)

  • Authenticity

  • Award Courses - SATAC application process

  • Competency (also Competence)

  • Course

  • Course packaging

  • 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

  • International Students

  • Module

  • National Recognition

  • Outcome

  • Performance Criteria

  • Portfolio

  • Recognition

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

  • Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

  • Inherent Requirements

  • Articulation Arrangements

  • Pathways

  • Census date

  • Credit arrangements

  • Course credit

  • Result Transfer

  • Self Assessment

  • Short Course

  • Sufficiency

  • Transferability

  • Trade Tests

  • Unit of Competency

  • Validity

  • Vocational Preparation

  • Workplace Assessment