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Nominating a person for training and/or assessment

There are two pathways towards an ATDP qualification; Training or Recogntion of Prior Learning (RPL).

To nominate a person for training or RPL please click here.

Prior to nominating a person your ESO must be registered with ATDP. To register a new ESO click here.

Lists of registered ESOs ATDP currently has 351 ESOs on its database

View a video on ATDP RPL process

Self assessment tools

These tools assist a person to determine whether they might meet the pre-requistes for Recognition of Prior Learning in each of the Units of Competency.

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There are now 652 Units of Competency awarded through the Advocacy Training & Development Program to 509 advocates.

The Advocacy Training and Development Program provides training in Military Advocacy, for members of Ex-Service Organisations (ESO) which offer advocacy services to serving and ex-serving members of the armed forces and their dependants. The program is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The 10620NAT Course in Military Advocacy is a nationally accredited, Competency Based Training (CBT) program and places a heavy reliance on experiences gained in a working environment. ATDP offers this course as a single course in Military Advocacy.

The course contains six elective Units of Competency; some units have pre-requisite Units of Competency. Completing one or more Units of Competency leads to a Statement of Attainment issued by our partnering Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Major Training Services Pty Ltd (RTO Code 90748).

Trainees are to be selected by their ESO using the Guidelines for the Selection of Advocacy Trainees. Ideally new entrants will have been exposed to the role in the workplace prior to enrolment to ensure their ability and willingness to carry out the role. The ESO must then nominate the person using the online nomination form. Once that has been done, the nominee must then complete an online application form to finalise the enrolment.

Preference to training places is based on the best possible return to the ex-service community, so workload of an ESO, Veteran Centre or Community of Practise is taken into account.

Training is conducted primarily in the workplace and guided by a mentor appointed by the ESO. The workplace experiences are supplemented by formal training which included online study units and face-to-face consolidation training.

Pension and welfare officers trained under the TIP system will be able to undertake a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in order to transition to an ATDP qualification. This process initially takes former TIP practitioners to level 2 in their chosen stream. Level 3 and 4 compensation advocates must gain a level 2 qualification first, as this is a pre-requisite for 3. Level 3 is also a pre-requisite for level 4.

ATDP attendance programs by invitation
22/08/2018 - MUDGEE - RPL levels 1 and 2
22/08/2018 - Brisbane - RPL levels 1 and 2
28/08/2018 - Geelong - RPL levels 1 and 2
04/09/2018 - Melbourne - Compensation RPL Level 3
11/09/2018 - Sydney - Compensation RPL Level 3
12/09/2018 - Maroochydore - RPL levels 1 and 2
19/09/2018 - Wodonga - RPL levels 1 and 2
01/10/2018 - Melbourne - RPL levels 1 and 2
09/10/2018 - Frankston - RPL levels 1 and 2
10/10/2018 - Brisbane - RPL levels 1 and 2
10/10/2018 - Bendigo - RPL levels 1 and 2
15/10/2018 - Perth - Welfare L1 Consolidation
18/10/2018 - Perth - RPL levels 1 and 2
01/11/2018 - Redcliffe - RPL levels 1 and 2
26/11/2018 - Adelaide - RPL levels 1 and 2
10/12/2018 - Melbourne - RPL levels 1 and 2
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