Training providers must assess reading, numeracy and writing capabilities using the online ACER Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) assessment tool, in accordance with the requirements established by Skills SA for the learner’s subsidised qualification of choice.
To determine these requirements, training providers must refer to the UAN foundation skills assessment requirements, which identifies the reading, numeracy and writing assessment/s required and the Australian Core Skills Framework Level (ACSF) exit level/s that must be met for entry into each subsidised qualification.
UAN foundation skills assessment
UAN foundation skills assessment requirements list each subsidised course and identifies what reading, writing and numeracy capabilities must be assessed and the minimum Australian Core Skills Framework exit level for each.
These requirements have been identified through mapping that details the inherent reading, numeracy and writing requirements for each subsidised course. Mapping provides practical descriptions of how these capabilities are applied in the context of the course itself and in the training and assessment activities.
Understanding and using the CSPA assessment tool
Training providers must use the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) to assess reading, numeracy and writing in accordance with the UAN foundation skills assessment requirements and the UAN Guidelines.
Access to the CSPA is provided at no expense under the Department’s licence to training providers:
- with an FAA
- who have completed training in the use of the CSPA with a UAN mentor.
Complete CSPA training
Before training providers receive access to ACER's CSPA assessment tool, they will need to receive CSPA training.
Simply contact a UAN mentor who will kick-start this process.
Get access to the CSPA assessment tool
Training providers must use the CSPA assessment tool under Skill SA’s license to undertake the reading, numeracy and writing assessment in the UAN. Skills SA will not accept CSPA assessment results completed under another license.
Training providers will be issued a unique login for the tool under Skill SA’s license once they have completed training on the ACER platform with a UAN mentor.
See UAN Guidelines for more information.
Conduct a CSPA assessment
Once training providers have access to the CSPA assessment tool, they can conduct an assessment.
All reading, numeracy and writing assessments conducted must be supervised and must not be emailed to an individual to complete on their own.
Learners will benefit from completing a practice assessment before starting their official assessment.
See UAN Guidelines for more information, including information on supervision.
Interpret the CSPA assessment
Learners whose CSPA assessment results demonstrate they have met the Skills SA minimum ACSF exit level for reading, numeracy and writing for their qualification may proceed in the UAN process.
Where a prospective learner did not meet the minimum levels for their course of choice, training providers must ensure their CSPA results are interpreted by a literacy and numeracy specialist.
If you do not have access to a literacy and numeracy specialist, Skills SA provide a service at no cost. See Step 5 for more information.
CSPA interpretation service
To access CSPA interpretation services at no cost, contact any of the following providers:
A practice assessment is available for adults or school students to download themselves so they can experience and complete a mini assessment of their reading and numeracy skills.
The link will enable them to register their own unique email address and be sent a link to access it. If they do not receive the link within 15 minutes they should check their ‘junk’ folders in their email inbox.
At the end of the 6 reading and 6 numeracy questions they will be able to see online what they answered correctly or incorrectly and can go back and re-read the question.