Canberra man fined for issuing fake VET qualifications

A man who issued seven vocational education and training (VET) statements of attainment despite not being authorised to do so has been convicted and fined $3000 in the ACT Magistrates Court, following an investigation by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

In November 2015 Paul Purcell delivered a housekeeping training course as a pre-employment program to jobseekers in Canberra. He later signed seven documents which purported to be VET statements of attainment.

The Chief Commissioner of ASQA, Mark Paterson said the organisation conducted an investigation about the statements of attainment following a complaint.

Mr Purcell pleaded guilty to all seven offences and was convicted and fined.

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