I was talking to a client yesterday about learning resources. He is happy to write his own assessment resources (and prefers to do so because he can tailor them to the learner groups). On the other hand, he says he doesn’t have time to write the learning material. He has tried several approaches, and the last approach was to provide a textbook. That didn’t work either. It was a good textbook but the learners were resistant to reading so much information.
Then there is the dilemma Read more…
As a trainer and assessor for some 15 years in government and private training organisations and the last 18 months actually training the TAE40116, I have some anecdotal evidence to share that dovetails nicely with Sandy Welton’s research report mentioned in her “Rethinking the role of trainers and assessors” article. Read more…
I ‘joined’ the VET sector back in 1999 in a local not-for-profit VET provider (remember Skillshares?).
We were running primarily ‘jobseeker’ style courses.
We had three key focus – get people skills; get people a job; get a contract in the next tender round. I’m pleased to say that they were almost always in that order.
I didn’t have much experience in VET at the time. My only exposure had been a wholly poor previous experience as a student at my local TAFE (Don’t fret – I have had many wonderful experiences with TAFE over the years since as both student and teacher – I am reliably informed that in my teenage years [at least] I was not a great student to teach). Read more…
I train First Aid ⛑ specifically. I find that there is an expectation that students will be deemed competent just by attending a course. We train a one day course with E-Learning and whilst not mandatory many students consider it an imposition on their time. Workplaces often say their employees won’t do it. Read more…
Challenges facing VET is a response to what has become a difficult landscape for all training professionals. There is much to discuss, digest and directions to determine.
As an industry, it is critical that we do this together. Our strength lies in our ability to take the best ideas from each other and nurture from those ideas greater ideas. Read more…
There’s probably no surprise that sooner or later someone would bring up assessment as a challenge in VET.
Audit results show it as a number one issue, anecdotal evidence shows it as a number one issue, and the number of forums, webinars and other PD offerings available and dedicated to explaining assessment-related concepts, show it as a number one issue.
Why is this the case? A number of reasons, I’m sure. However, I’m not entirely sure that I agree assessment per se is the issue. Read more…
Over the years the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment has been revised several times:
- 1998: BSZ40918 Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
- 2004: TAA40104 Cert IV in Training and Assessment
- 2010: TAE40110 Cert IV in Training and Assessment
- 2016: TAE40116 Cert IV in Training and Assessment
The purpose (or justification) of each change was to improve the overall quality and reliability of training and assessment by improving the competencies of trainer/assessors. Read more…
A common complaint among TAE Cert IV students is that it has far too much jargon and terminology. Many of those students find the qualification somewhat impenetrable because of that language, and this reduced the qualification’s effectiveness.
That is not new to anyone.
But what if the language used more broadly in VET was also reducing the effectiveness of qualifications?
I am referring here to one term in particular: Training Product. Read more…
The following Abstract is based on research conducted by Fortress Learning’s Nik Bogduk and Bryan West. It has been accepted for presentation at the Australian Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG), 2019, Conference, to be held at Charles Sturt University in December. The Conference website is here.
Access to “quality and capable VET teachers” is a global concern (Rasmusssen, 2016) Recent changes in Vocational Education and Training have required Trainers to upgrade their Certificate IV. While the intention was an effort to improve standards (Australian Skills Quality Authority, 2015), relying on upgrading the Certificate IV is dissonant with the recommendations of earlier (Simons & Smith, 2008; Smith & Grace, 2011; Smith & Yasukawa, 2017) and subsequent researchers (Rasmussen, 2016; Smith & Yasukawa, 2017). Read more…
There is no such thing as a quality Cert IV TAE. And that is quite simply because:
- not all people who want to do the Cert IV want the same thing from it
- not one training organisation can be all things to all people
Asking how long it takes to complete the Cert 4 in Training & Assessment (TAE40116) is very much like asking how long is a piece of string. But, there is one thing more than others that has an incredible impact on how long it is going to take you to graduate.
And it is something that is entirely out of your control and which may cause you to pull your hair out if you are not aware of it.
What is it? Read more…
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…
On the surface, it would seem that the majority opinion is that TAEASS502 does not belong in the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. We do not need to look far to find some very assertive – and often very aggressive – comments that lambast the decision to include it as a Core in the new Cert IV TAE.
We disagree. And it is not because of the effect on people doing the whole TAE40116 qualification, who are starting from scratch. Rather, it is because it of the effect on people who have done the old one. It is quite possible that this effect will help the VET sector as a whole regain some confidence. Read more…
I get it. Study is not the only thing on your plate right now. And assessments can sometimes take a long time, so it is tempting to take shortcuts. Your assessor probably won’t read everything anyway, right? Read more…
Okay, so the new TAE40116 includes two units that are not equivalent to their TAE40110 predecessors: TAEASS401 and TAEASS403.
The old TAEASS401b required people to plan 2 assessments. The new one requires people to plan 5 assessments.
The old TAEASS403b required people to participate in 2 validations. The new requires people to participate in 3 validations.
On the face of it, it would seem then that all you should need to do is show the planning of 3 more assessments and participation in one more validation. But there is more to it. Read more…
To be brutally frank, the Cert IV TAE may well be Australia’s most resented qualification. For many people, it is something that they would rather have done than something that they want to do. For many people, it is something that they have to do to satisfy someone else’s requirements rather than something that they want to do to satisfy their own requirements.
Regardless of the reasons for doing it, there are some realities about the Cert IV TAE that we believe prospective students should be aware of. Why? Because it is not in the interests of our students or ourselves to enrol in something that ends up being something that they did not expect. And, thinking bigger picture, it is not in the interests of our nation for people to walk around thinking that they are competent after completing a program that was not sufficiently robust to ensure that they were competent.
So, here it is….
The painful truths. All 10 of them.
“Unlearning is not about forgetting. It’s about the ability to choose an alternative mental model or paradigm. When we learn, we add new skills or knowledge to what we already know. When we unlearn, we step outside the mental model in order to choose a different one.” – Harvard Business Review.
Unlearning what we already know can be tricky. It’s like going to a new country and learning how to drive on the opposite side of the road. Your cognitive memory has to unlearn the old in order to make way for the new.
Every now and then, a Cert IV TAE student writes a Review that we believe deserves to be featured and discussed. Instead of them ending up hidden among the others, we will share them with you, and let you know our thoughts about them.
This is what Denise said:
“I found this RTO extremely user-friendly, my trainer Emma was fantastic and was always extremely kind and helpful throughout the course. She encouraged me and motivated me to pursue my studies in a very difficult time and made me feel on top of the world once I achieved the tasks at hand. Hands down the best RTO I have dealt with. Thank you Fortress Learning I look forward to my future studies with your organisation.”
The Cert IV TAE has changed over the years. While the qualification has been transforming and evolving over a period of decades, public perception of what the course involves has remained largely the same.
In an effort to clear up any myths and misconceptions associated with the Cert IV TAE, I interviewed Fortress Learning’s very own Cert IV TAE Trainer, Emma Siebuhr.
Here is what Emma had to say:
I believe that the CERT IV TAE is a great Qualification to support people already really knowledgeable about their own industries.
It lets you develop a lot more understanding of exactly what it means to design and create your own training and assessment materials – not just work off of someone else’s designs.
It gives you back the ownership for what you can do as a trainer and assessor and provides you with skills to be able to actually write your own sessions and design the perfect assessment tool for assessing the units that you deliver. Read more…
What do all successful Fortress Learning students have in common? Discipline.
“Discipline is the ability to give yourself a command and then follow it.” – Bob Proctor.
“My only issues in completing the course were due to procrastination given the flexible study pattern.” – Jacob, Fortress Learning Cert IV TAE Graduate.
Jacob is not alone. When you have 6 months or a whole year to complete a qualification, it is very easy to think, “I’ve got heaps of time, I’ll just start it tomorrow”.