Reflecting on your TAE Cert IV Upgrade: A research project by Fortress Learning

There are lots of strong opinions about the Upgrade to the Cert IV TAE.  We have undertaken some preliminary investigations with people who graduated with Fortress Learning’s own Upgrade, and would like to expand that further to include people who completed their program with other RTOs.

We invite you to complete this 6 item/2 minute survey to share your opinion on the Cert IV TAE Upgrade program that you undertook.   Read more…

What can I research in TAERES501?

TAERES501 IdeasOf all the things that can freak people out, having too many choices has to be up there.

It is no different when we start to think about what sort of research we can undertake as part of TAERES501.  It is not surprising that many of the people who are thinking about this unit ask:  what can I research?   Read more…

Who was Boyer and what has he got to do with me?

Boyer TAERES501

The name Boyer (and, no, that is not him above!) is probably unfamiliar to most professional trainers and assessors in Australia, but his model of scholarship is bound to be affecting the work that they do.  This article will explore that a little more, and share just why research among VET professionals is so important. Read more…

Why is research – and TAERES501 – so important for VET Professionals?

TAERES501 for Trainers


We will talk about research and TAERES501 in a moment.

First, let’s look at how things happen in most places on most days:

  1. Person sees something silly. Wonders why that happened.
  2. Person sees something silly again. Wonders why it still happens.
  3. Person sees something silly again. Doesn’t notice it because it is what always happens.

This or something like it is pretty close the reality of what happens in the VET sector.  Read more…

When it comes to upgrading the Cert IV TAE, meeting the April 1 deadline might be the most risky approach.

Running late for the TAE Upgrade

As the deadline for the change in Standards draws ever nearer, so the emotions surrounding the TAE Upgrade situation continue to rise.  Amid those emotions is the question of what will happen to people who have not upgraded?

Before launching into what we think, it is safe to say that the sky will likely not fall in and, to our minds, this means it is better to take a bit more time to get the Upgrade done properly, than try to shortcut it just to meet the deadline. Read more…