Description of the qualification
This qualification reflects the roles of individuals delivering training and assessment services in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
This qualification (or the skill sets derived from units of competency within it) is also suitable preparation for those engaged in the delivery of training and assessment of competence in a workplace context, as a component of a structured VET program.
The volume of learning of a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is typically six months to two years.
Achievement of this qualification by trainers is a requirement of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.
Those entering this program must be able to demonstrate vocational competency in their proposed teaching and assessing area. Vocational competency is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, and may include, but is not limited to, holding a relevant unit of competency or qualification.
TAE40116 – Units of competency in the qualification
Total number of units = 10
9 core units plus
1 elective unit
The elective unit may be:
- from the electives listed at Training.gov.au
- from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course at Certificate IV or above.
The elective unit chosen must be relevant to the work outcome and meet local industry needs.
You need to complete 10 units of competency in order to be issued the full Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Nine of these are “core” (mandatory). They are:
1. TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
2. TAEASS402 Assess competence
3. TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
4. TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
5. TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
6. TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
7. TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
8. TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
9. TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
The final unit is an “elective” and this unit will be agreed upon between the candidate and the training organisation offering the qualification.
Notice that the codes of the units are unique and help to identify what they cover.
- TAE stands for Training and Education. It is the code of a Training Package.
- The next three letters identify the unit sector:
- DES: learning design
- ASS: assessment
- DEL: delivery
- LLN: language, literacy and numeracy
Notice that there are more ASS units than any other sector. This is because accurate assessment of competency is so important. When you assess a person as “competent”, an employer needs to rely on the fact that they actually are competent, so you need in-depth knowledge of how to conduct assessment accurately.
This doesn’t mean that training is unimportant.
Please post your comments or share your experience as a learner on why accurate assessment of competency is so important.