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RTO Manager vs RTO Consultant

When it comes to choosing the professional to help your RTO business you have two options — an RTO manager or an RTO consultant. While both professions are important to RTO businesses, you may find that one is more relevant to you than the other.

As with any other business, your RTO business has to be compliant with all the standards and regulations so that when an audit is in order, you will have everything in check. This is why having an industry expert guiding you, informing you about new enforcements and every other aspect that keeps your RTO in check is important.

When it comes to choosing the professional to help your RTO business you have two options — an RTO manager or an RTO consultant. While both professions are important to RTO businesses, you may find that one is more relevant to you than the other. With this said, here is a list of duties managers and consultants do, so you can make the right choice for your business.


The RTO manager job description is a long one. Some of the key responsibilities here include the “management of RTO scope of registration resources ensuring currency with accredited training reporting and auditing requirements,” as well as ensuring compliance of the business with external bodies — dealing with contacts, quality assurance and legislative requirements among other things.

A manager will also “manage risk through coordination of internal audits.” The person will partake in the business of new tenders and seek out opportunities for your business and even “roll out non accredited and accredited training courses.”

If you go for a manager, you will also have someone who will seek and maintain relationships with funding bodies and “with ITAB’s and ISC’s to remain current with industry developments and training package updates.”

Moreover, a manager will be responsible in continuing to improve your RTO programs, activities and services to ensure that your business is always of high quality and provides the best service.

RTO Consultant

Although some of the duties of an RTO consultant are the same as that of a manager, there are other areas an RTO consultant can help you in. Providing tailored consultation, specific to your niche to improve and keep the level of your RTO business up to standard, an RTO consultant can be described as a “mastermind” coming up with strategies for your business. 

An RTO consultant will ensure VET Quality Framework Compliance in your RTO and compliance of AQTF and CRICOS. You will find someone who will help you set up your RTO and prepare it for audits as well as review audit reports and give you the support you need with critical non-compliance.

With an RTO consultant you will have someone who can help with in-house staff development, workshops and seminars. You can also choose an RTO consultant who is an expert in a specific area to provide CRICOS consultation and AQTF consultation or someone who can give you RTO renewal advice.

RTO Advance Consulting Services

Here at RTO Advance, our consultants have more than 30 years of industry experience working in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector with a high degree of expertise in governance, compliance and the management of Registered Training Organisations. Our services range from guiding start-up RTOs to achieve their place in the market, to working with well-established RTOs to attain award-winning status.

We offer a number of consulting services for set-up, operations management, registration scope as well as RTO process and function. Our primary aim in working on any organisational project is to achieve the best outcome for you and your business. We understand that effective RTO consultation involves a robust process that provides all groups with a voice and the opportunity to work through issues. We work to an agreed project brief with established timelines and a transparent 'who does what list', which provides all stakeholders with relevant, timelyFeature Articles, credible and reliable information.

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Sean has over three decades of expertise in organisational policy and development management, as well as compliance, audit and evaluation services. Prior to joining RTO Advance, Sean held the position of Director of Performance Audit with the NSW Audit Office for ten years, and as such he brings his wealth of knowledge and in-depth expertise in compliance and audit to the RTO Advance consultancy team.

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