Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


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NRT logoThe Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (TAE40110) suits those who are wanting to enter the training industry, or those who are responsible for delivering accredited training and assessing the skill levels of a trainee or apprentice within the workplace.

How We Do It

Our Three Options

Our Standard Program

  • The Certificate IV in Training & Assessment qualifies you to deliver nationally-accredited vocational training in TAFEs and private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) as well as in secondary schools with vocational programs.
  • This qualification is fast becoming the required standard for Human Resource Professionals, especially those working in learning and development roles.
  • The Certificate IV in Training & Assessment program helps you to develop your skills, knowledge and experience to plan, design, organise and deliver training and assessment across a variety of business contexts.

Fortress Learning understand that continually upgrading your qualification is bothersome; for that reason our standard program includes the TAELLN411 and TAEASS502B units that will be Core units in the next version of the Cert IV TAE.

  • The Certificate IV in Training & Assessment can be really valuable to team leaders or those pursuing a career in Management as it teaches ways to further develop the skills and performance of teams.
  • In many businesses, the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment is mandatory for Frontline Managers and others responsible for ensuring operational and Occupational Health and Safety guidelines are adhered to in a safe and competent manner.

The Certificate IV in Training & Assessment is a valuable qualification for:

  • Those wanting to enter the Training Industry;
  • Workplace Trainers and Training Assessors;
  • Supervisors with apprentices or trainees;
  • Managers leading staff and teams;
  • Team Leaders in high OHS risk workforces;
  • Human Resource Professionals;
  • Vocational Education & Training and Secondary School teachers;
  • Consultants.

The central focus of the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment is the learner and the learning process. You will learn how to:

  • Create a meaningful learning environment which includes the application of inclusive work practices, responsiveness to diversity, developing a culture that supports learning, ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment, developing and maintaining knowledge of the Vocational Education and Training system, maintaining currency.
  • Design learning processes and learning products that enable the learner to learn.
  • Manage, guide, facilitate and monitor the learning process and provide meaningful learning experiences.
  • Measure progress in learning and judging whether competence has been demonstrated.

You may select from a 6 or 12 month enrolment period, depending on how you believe you can best manage your studies among the many other demands that no doubt fill your days (and nights!).

We encourage students to enrol for 6 months, and then if necessary extend their enrolment.  Experience tells us that doing it this way leads to more motivation, and progress.

How long will it take me?

Experience tells us that the following three factors affect the time it takes a student:

  1. Experience – if you have experience in training/assessing, then you will likely not need as long as people without experience
  2. Dedication – if you have a good reason to do the course, and can hold yourself accountable, then you will likely not need as long as people who are less committed
  3. Other commitments – if you have a busy life with many competing professional and personal demands, then you will likely need longer than those people with less demands.

To further help you, we offer a range of extension and deferment options.

No conversation about fees can be separated from conversation about service.  If you missed the following graphic from our Home Page then it shows the level of service we offer.

We think it is worth considering when thinking about fees.

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Standard Program

Six month enrolment

Upfront Payment:  $850

Payment Plan:  2 x $475 payments, payable upon commencement and then at 3 months.

Twelve month enrolment

Upfront Payment:  $990

Payment Plan:  4 x $275 payments, payable upon commencement and then each 3 months.

Individual units

        $150 per unit.

Mostly-RPL Program (see below for details)

Upfront payment:  $500

In all cases:

  1. Initial payment is to be received within 7 days of enrolment.  Payment Plans are only available via the Westpac PayWay facility – we will provide details of that when you enrol.
  2. The period of enrolment commences on the first day of your nominated start month. For example, if you enrol August and indicate that you wish to start in September, then your time will start on the first of September.
  3. If an extension beyond your nominated duration is required, this can be attained for a fee of $150 per month, or part thereof, or a fee of $375 for a 6 month extension.

You may select your preferred payment option on the Enrolment Form.

It’s one thing to think about taking the next step to secure your future. It is another to actually go and do it.

When you are ready to take control of the direction your life takes, then we invite you to join us.

Our enrolment process involves four steps, as shown below.

You can get your online enrolment started here.

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Would you like some more information?

If you would like to receive all the relevant information in one go, complete the following form.

Also, because experience tells us that people like to know what they are in for, we’ll also show you how we assess the TAE Units of Competency so that you have a good idea of what you are likely to be “in for”.

 

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The Mostly-RPL Program

This is a mostly RPL option for the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment that is developed especially for people who possess extensive relevant experience and are comfortable with their competence.

This Mostly-RPL option is the logical program for those who require the Cert IV TAE and who possess sufficient experience and knowledge to attain most of the entire program via Recognition and with little support.

This course enables the competent practitioner to have their skills recognised, without needing to pay an additional fee that presumes a level of support that is not needed.

Not everyone who needs to do the Cert IV TAE is a blank slate. Experience tells us that there are still some people out there who have sufficient experience to be able to gain Recognition for most of the course.  Experience also tells us that there are very few people are are able to gain Recognition for the entire course.

That’s why we offer a “Mostly-RPL” option.

In this course, you don’t have to be able to get RPL for the whole thing, but most of it.

We consider “mostly” to be 3 out of the 4 fields of study:

Field A – Design (TAEDES401 & TAEDES402)

Field B – Deliver (BSBCMN401, TAEDEL301, TAEDEL401 & TAEDEL402)

Field C – Assess (TAEASS301, TAEASS401, TAEASS402 & TAEASS403)

Field D – LLN (TAELLN411)

If you can demonstrate competency in at least three out of the four fields above, then the “mostly-RPL” program is suitable for you.

People completing this program will likely have been operating as a trainer and/or assessor in the past couple of years, and preferably within an accredited training environment.  They will be highly organised and self-motivated professionals who understand how Rules of Evidence are applied to determine competence.

The Mostly-RPL is most suited to people with experience related to all facets of at least three of the four Fields of Study:

Field A – Design

  • Design and develop a competency based learning program.
  • Design and develop a learning program, that may or may not be based on an accredited Unit of Competency.

Field B – Deliver

  • Plan, deliver and review a training session of at least 20 minutes.
  • Plan, organise, deliver and review 2 consecutive training sessions, each of which must be 40-60 minutes in length.
  • On two occasions, plan, organise, and facilitate workplace learning for an individual. One occasion is to include a learning program of multiple sessions over at least 2 days, with the second occasion being at least a single session of 60 minutes, or two sessions of at least 30 minutes’ duration.

Field C – Assess

  • Plan and conduct an assessment for one Unit of Competency using a Training & Assessment Pathway.
  • Plan and conduct an assessment for one Unit of Competency using an RPL Pathway.
  • Participate in two assessment validation meetings.

Field D – Language, Literacy & Numeracy

Using the ACSF, identify the LLN requirements of a learner and of some training, and then develop strategies to address any gaps between the two.

Is this for me?

The first step in answering this question is to complete the Mostly-RPL Cert IV TAE Checklist.

Interested?

Complete the following form and we will send the Mostly-RPL Cert IV TAE Checklist, and from there you will be able to satisfy yourself that you can provide the required evidence.

 

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People who are not certain that they are competent in at least three of the four fields are advised to select the Standard program, above.  That program allows us to work with you to create a program that draws from RPL, RCC and coursework as required for you to meet course requirements.

If you have not gained a broad range of experience across all facets of training and assessment, and/or you are not terribly organised, then the Mostly RPL Cert IV TAE is not likely to be a suitable program for you.

In the event that you do not demonstrate competency across three fields of study via RPL, you will be able to complete those units through targetted gap training.  This will incur an additional fee of $350, and you will be provided an additional 6 months to complete this.

Can you give me an example of how that works?

Elaine was pretty sure she could gain the whole course by RPL, except the LLN unit. She submitted her portfolio and completed the LLN unit by Coursework. It was found that she did not have the relevant experience in all aspects of the Assessment Field.

Elaine paid $350 to complete the Assessment Field through some targeted coursework.  She had an extra 6 months to complete those studies.

When that was completed, Elaine graduated with the Cert IV TAE.  Alternatively, she may have chosen to exit with a Statement of Attainment showing the units that she had completed.

If you wish to explore the suitability of the Mostly-RPL Cert IV TAE program, then we invite you to:

Step 1. check out the “Who should choose this option” tab above, and satisfy yourself that you can provide the required evidence for at least three of the four Fields of Study.

Step 2. enrol online, which you can do by CLICKING HERE

Step 3.  arrange payment of your fees

Step 4.  we will provide you with access to your online Dashboard, from where we will commence the Personal Learning Plan process for you.  This will provide clear advice on evidence and coursework to provide.

Step 5. you submit that material

Step 6. we provide advice on any areas requiring attention

Step 8. once you have fulfilled course requirements, you graduate.

The Mostly-RPL Cert IV TAE is a single upfront payment of $500.

This covers the review of 3 submissions of evidence and completion of a maximum of one Field of Study via Coursework.

Gap training for each additional Field, or part thereof, is $350.

(This works out to then be the same fee as our Standard Cert IV TAE program)

We allow 3 months for our Mostly-RPL Cert IV TAE program, although experience tells us that experienced professionals usually take 3-4 weeks to compile and submit their portfolio and then another couple of weeks to complete any Coursework.

The Teachers' Program

Qualified secondary school teachers have already gained the knowledge and skills that form much of the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

This program is a streamlined version of the full Cert IV TAE, where your teaching qualifications and experience will likely allow recognition of your experience for about half  to two-thirds of the course.

While there are some common expectations, your own situation may vary.  At the commencement of your program, we will work with you to identify exactly where you are likely to gain Recognition of Prior Learning and what evidence to provide for that.

Our experience is that most Teachers will gain recognition for the entire Delivery Field, parts of the Design and Assess Fields, and possibly the Language, Literacy & Numeracy Field (depending on your individual circumstances).

People completing this program will likely have been working as a high school teacher in the past couple of years.  They will be highly organised and self-motivated professionals who understand how Rules of Evidence are applied to determine competence.

Do you have…

  • Experience in designing competency based learning programs
  • A current Teachers Registration or equivalent to acknowledge delivery and teaching experience.
  • Experience and Evidence of assessing students using Vocational Education Pathways.
  • Evidence of participation in assessment validations
  • Experience in addressing adult, language literacy and numeracy skills using a framework such as the ACSF.

Sound like you?

If this sounds like you and you believe you can provide evidence for most of these requirements, simply click HERE to get started.

Not quite sure?

If you would like to make extra sure that this is the right path to follow, then feel free to tell us a little more about you and we tell you exactly what you will be in for.

Enter your details below to access the Personal Learning Plan Survey – it’s free and we won’t hassle you.

Once completed simply send it back to us and work out exactly what you will need to do to gain your Cert IV TAE with the least fuss.

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Teachers who have been out of the classroom for more than 18 months are unlikely to meet the requirements of currency.

Likewise, teachers who are qualified and/or teach only early childhood or primary education will be more suited to the standard Cert IV program, in which they would be likely to gain some, but not as much RPL.

If that sounds like you, but you would still like to know where you ‘are at’, just click on the link in the tab above to complete the Personal Learning Plan Survey and we can help you make an informed decision about the best way to go.

In the event that you do not demonstrate competency across the above, you will be able to complete those units through targeted gap training.  This will incur an additional fee, which will be between $100 and $350 depending on what you need to do, and you will be provided an additional 6 months to complete this.  Whatever happens, you won’t end up paying more than the cost of our standard Cert IV TAE program.

Can you give me an example of how that works?

Steve had been teaching high school for a year.  He was pretty sure he could gain the required sections by RPL. He submitted his portfolio and it was found that he was missing some evidence related to design of learning programs.

Steve paid an extra $100 to complete the missing component of the Design Field through some targeted coursework.  He had an extra 6 months to complete those studies, along with the other Coursework required as part of the Teachers’ Cert IV TAE program.

When that was completed, Steve graduated with the Cert IV TAE.

If you wish to explore the suitability of the Teachers’ Cert IV TAE program, then we invite you to:

Step 1. check out the “Who should choose this option” tab above, and satisfy yourself that you meet the requirements.

Step 2. enrol online, which you can do by CLICKING HERE

Step 3.  arrange payment of your fees

Step 4.  we will provide you with access to your online Dashboard, from where we will commence the Personal Learning Plan process for you.  This will provide clear advice on evidence and coursework to provide.

Step 5. you submit that material and any Coursework required

Step 6. we provide advice on any areas requiring attention

Step 8. once you have fulfilled course requirements, you graduate.

The Teachers’ Cert IV TAE is a single upfront payment of $500.

This covers the review of 3 submissions of evidence and completion of the required Coursework.

We allow 6 months for our Teachers’ Cert IV TAE program, although experience tells us that experienced professionals usually take 3-4 weeks to compile and submit their portfolio and then another couple of weeks to complete any Coursework.

The Units of Study

The Certificate IV in Training & Assessment involves ten Units of Competency, of which there are three Elective units. However, the Fortress Learning Cert IV TAE integrates 11 units into four Fields of Study that experience tells us produce well-rounded and capable practitioners.

This combination also ‘future proofs’ your qualification by including both TAELLN411 and TAEASS502B, since both of these units will be Core units in the next version of the Cert IV TAE.

The Fortress Learning Certificate IV in Training & Assessment is designed around four Fields of Study:

Field A: Design – this will enable you to:

Develop competencies that will enable you to use training packages and accredited courses in the context of a range of organisational needs.

Learn how to conceptualise, design, develop and evaluate learning programs to meet the needs of identified learners.

Field B: Deliver – this will enable you to:

Develop competencies that will allow you to deliver training in a range of workplace contexts. This includes individual and group instruction, planning the presentation and reviewing the presentation.

Field C: Assess – this will enable you to:

Develop competencies that will enable you to contribute to the assessment process, plan and organise assessment activities and processes including Recognition of Prior Learning.

Assess the competence of a candidate.

Participate in the assessment validation process.

These competencies are completed in the context of a competency-based assessment system.

Field D: Language, Literacy & Numeracy – this will enable you to:

Develop skills that help you to better meet the needs of the growing number of Australians who lack the desired levels of literacy and numeracy.

Identify the particular needs of a learner, the demands of some training, and devise strategies to enable the learner to bridge the gap between the two.

CodeTitleSummary of Requirements
TAEASS401BPlan assessment activities and processes
1. plan and organise the assessment process on a minimum of two occasions
2. collect evidence that demonstrates:
- documented assessment plans
- having covered a range of assessment events
- catering for a number of candidates
- different competency standards or accredited curricula
- an RPL assessment
- contextualisation of competency standards and the selected assessment tools, where required
- incorporation of reasonable adjustment strategies
- development of simple Assessment Instruments for use in the process
- organisational arrangements.
TAEASS402BAssess competence1. assess competence of a number of candidates within the Vocational Education and Training context against different Units of Competency or accredited curricula, following the relevant assessment plan
2. assess at least one candidate for RPL
3. consider reasonable adjustment and the reasons for decisions in at least one assessment
4. cover an entire Unit of Competency and show:
- the application of different assessment methods and tools involving a range of assessment activities and events
- two-way communication and feedback
- how judgement was exercised in making the assessment decision
- how and when assessment outcomes were recorded and reported
- assessment records and reports completed in accordance with assessment system and organisational, legal and ethical requirements
- how the assessment process was reviewed.
TAEASS403BParticipate in assessment validation1. actively participate in a minimum of two validation sessions or meetings which, in combination, address the Critical Aspects of Validation using different validation approaches and activities
2. clearly explain purposes of validation and the legal and ethical responsibilities of assessors
3. collate documentation relating to validation process in a logical manner
4. demonstrate communication and liaison with relevant people
5. provide feedback and interpret documentation in validation sessions
6. record contribution to validation findings.
TAEDEL401APlan, organise and deliver group-based learning1. facilitate group-based learning by preparing and delivering a series of training sessions, including:
- at least two consecutive sessions, of a duration commensurate with a substantive training session (e.g. 40-60 minutes), that follow one of the learning program designs
- at least one session delivered to a different learner group, with evidence of how the characteristics and needs of this group were addressed
2. identify and respond to diversity and individual needs
3. access and use documented resources and support personnel to guide inclusive practices.
TAEDEL402APlan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace1. prepare and facilitate work-based learning
2. provide evidence of a minimum of two examples of developing work-based learning pathways, that include:
- identifying needs for learning
- analysing work practices, work environment and work activities
- organising and allocating work in a way that reflects learning needs and provides effective learning opportunities through work processes
3. provide a minimum of two examples of a learning facilitation relationship being conducted:
- with different individuals
- demonstrating communication skills and flexibility
- demonstrating one or more of the processes or techniques identified.
TAEDES401ADesign and develop learning programs1. design, develop and review learning programs within the VET context
2. prepare and develop a minimum of two learning programs:
- that contain differentiated learning program designs to reflect particular needs, contexts and timelines
- at least one of which must be based on competency standards or accredited courses and must cover at least one entire Unit of Competency or accredited course module.
TAEDES402AUse training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs1. analyse a Training Package and or accredited course to examine its component parts, identify relevant Units of Competency or modules, and contextualise those to meet a specific client need
2. demonstrate a minimum of two examples of analysing training specifications, including at least one Training Package; the other may be another Training Package or an accredited course that meets a specific client need.
CodeTitleSummary of Requirements
TAEASS502BDesign & develop assessment tools1. design three assessment tools that address the requirements of 3 units of competency at 3 AQF levels
2. review these tools to ensure that they meet the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence
TAEDEL301AProvide work skill instruction1. carry out a minimum of three training sessions, involving demonstrating and instructing particular work skills for different groups; with each session addressing:
- different learning objectives
- a range of techniques and effective communication skills appropriate to the audience.
TAELLN411Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills1. use tools to identify the LLN skill requirements (reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy) of the training specification and/or assessment process relevant to vocational delivery
2. use various sources to gather information on the current LLN skills of a learner group
3. identify available sources of support to address at least two of the identified LLN skill needs of the learner group
4. customise and use at least two learning resources to address LLN requirements
5. select, use and review at least two instructional strategies that directly address the identified LLN needs of the learner group
6. use advice from specialist LLN practitioners to inform practice
7. select, use and review at least two assessment strategies that cater for the identified LLN needs of the learner group
8. determine areas for improvement of own practice.
BSBCMM401AMake a presentation1. preparation, delivery and evaluation of the effectiveness of at least two presentations related to the candidate’s occupation or area of interest
2. knowledge of the principles of effective communication.
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