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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).

View a video on ATDP RPL process

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

Applications for RPL received up to 30th June 2019 will extend the VITA professional indeminity coverage.

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.

Level 3 Compensation

There are now 881 Units of Competency awarded through the Advocacy Training & Development Program to 667 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 for 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
24/07/2019 - Brisbane - Compensation RPL Level 3 - Closed
06/08/2019 - Melbourne - RPL levels 1 and 2 - Closed
07/08/2019 - Melbourne - Compensation RPL Level 4 - Closed
13/08/2019 - Sydney - RPL levels 1 and 2 - Closed
14/08/2019 - Sydney - Compensation RPL Level 4 - Closed
20/08/2019 - Adelaide - Compensation L1 Consolidation - Closed
27/08/2019 - Sunshine Coast - Welfare L2 Consolidation - Open
03/09/2019 - Sydney - RPL levels 1 and 2 - Open
10/09/2019 - Fish Creek - RPL 2 and mentoring - Open
17/09/2019 - Penrith - Compensation L1 Consolidation - Open
02/10/2019 - Brisbane - RPL levels 1 and 2 - Closed
07/10/2019 - Perth - Welfare L1 Consolidation - Open
09/10/2019 - Perth - Compensation L1 Consolidation - Open
10/10/2019 - Perth - RPL level 2 - Open
16/10/2019 - Sydney - RIG2 meeting - Cancelled
21/11/2019 - Brisbane - RIG1 meeting - Open
10/12/2019 - Brisbane - RPL levels 1 and 2 - Open
17/12/2019 - Brisbane - Compensation L1 Consolidation - Open
21/01/2020 - Brisbane - RPL levels 1 and 2 - Open

Contact us
ATDP Code of Ethics
Compensation Advocate Handbook
Wellbeing Advocate Handbook
Welbeing Support Officer Handbook
Accredicted course documents
Guidelines for the selection of trainee advocates
What is Recognition of Prior Learning?
Our partner RTO (MTS) candidate handbook
Standards for Registered Training Organisations
VITA brochure
VITA constitution
Open letter from VITA
Suggested ESO Authority for an Advocate

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