How to apply for the 2022 South Australian Training Awards

Our tips

The key to success is making your application memorable. Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself and what makes you unique.

Local and national judges are experienced at identifying individuals and organisations that stand out from the crowd - but they don’t know you, so a quality application that is clear and concise and addresses all selection criteria is essential.

Don’t wait until the last minute to begin your application. Give yourself enough time to research, write and reflect.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 9 May, so determine how much time you need to allocate to each criterion to complete your application in time.

Carefully review the eligibility requirements for your category, as well as the conditions of entry. Ensure you meet them before applying.

All questions in the application form have been crafted to encourage you to tell the story of your training success. What have you done? How have you achieved it? Use practical examples and provide evidence of your achievements.

After you have read the conditions of entry and selection criteria, consider some of the points you might want to raise and draft a dot point outline of what you want to cover under each criterion. Once you have done that, go through each criterion one by one and expand on the dot points.

Before you fill in the gaps in your dot point outline or finalise your application, show a draft to your employer, Registered Training Organisation (RTO), a family member or a friend - and ask for honest feedback.

Check the category guidelines to find out how many words you are permitted to use for each criterion and the number of supporting documents you are permitted to attach. Remember to use all your words, as Judges during independent judging will be giving a score out of five for each criterion.

Avoid using slang, jargon or too many acronyms. Use plain English and keep your language simple, clear, and concise.

And remember - always write in the first person!

Check your application to make sure you have answered all the questions. Don’t repeat the same information in more than one of your responses - don’t cut, and paste the exact wording you have used elsewhere.

Don’t refer to previous criteria (e.g., don’t say ‘as mentioned in Criterion 2’ when answering Criterion 3).

A letter, certificate, qualification, written reference from your employer and/or lecturer, testimonial, photograph etc can add real value to your application and support you to evidence your success. Attach documents that provide evidence and support the statements you have made and reference the attachments in your application.

Ask someone to proof-read your application - in particular, to check for spelling and grammatical errors. Once that has been completed, make sure you personally review the final draft before submitting it.

The application you submit for the 2022 South Australian Training Awards will be the same one that is used for judging for the 2022 Australian Training Awards, should you progress to become a finalist in the national awards program.

You won’t be able to make any changes or amendments to your original application, so when you prepare it, remember it will compete with applications from other states and territories.

Key steps in your application

  1. Review the eligibility criteria
  2. Ensure you are applying in the correct category
  3. Read and agree to the conditions of entry
  4. Register at SA Training Awards platform to create an account
  5. Gather relevant details and start building your application
  6. Address the selection criteria:
  7. Prepare your application addressing Section A, Section B, and all criteria; and
  8. Submit an overview and respond to each element of the criteria - within the word limit. You have the option to include attachments.

Complete and submit your application via SA Training Awards platform before 5pm on Monday 9 May


Attachments can be included with applications for both individual and organisation award categories, provided they are referenced in the application. Please ensure copies of your training and education certificates, certificates of completion, certificates and awards that support your application, and/or letters of reference are also included.

Please note some categories have additional attachment requirements, please refer to the award category guides for more information.

No multimedia items or discs will be accepted, and any material exceeding the maximum number of attachments will not be provided to the judges.

  • Up to five (5) single A4 page attachments.
  • Each attachment to be provided at a 100 per cent ratio, with one document per page.
  • Attachments should be referenced in the application.
  • Up to ten (10) single A4 page attachments.
  • Each attachment to be provided at a 100 per cent ratio, with one document per page.
  • Attachments should be referenced in the application.

Completing and submitting your application

All applications must be completed and submitted online via SA Training Awards platform. To start the process, you must first register on the site’s home page to create a personalised account.

Once your account has been created, you will receive a confirmation email with a link allowing you to commence your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, first check your spam/junk email folder, then get in touch via

Once your account has been created you can begin preparing your application. Remember to save any draft content you prepare - that way, you can go back to review and edit it at any time during the application period. It is important you complete all sections before submitting your application. Once submitted, you cannot make any further changes. You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of your application.