TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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NRT logoThe TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment 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.

The Fortress Learning Online TAE Cert IV Program

  • The TAE40116 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 TAE40116 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.

We know from experience that we cannot be all things to all people.

What we do know is that we work best with people who:

  • Want a training provider who walks the walk, has runs on the board in the VET sector, and is not driven just by short term profits
  • Are horrified by the prospect of being delayed for weeks or months each time they submit an assessment, send an email or make a call to ask a simple question
  • Want to reflect on their own knowledge and skills, and make improvements to both
  • Are open to being assessed fully, and in accordance with the requirements of the qualification in which they are enrolled
  • Appreciate a training provider who can balance a rigorous program with dedicated support
  • Value the windows of opportunity that open for them
  • Are polite and courteous, and who choose to overcome challenges with grace and communication rather than with rude words and a big stick
  • Have a sense of humour and an appreciation for others
  • Strive to be true professionals in their chosen field
  • Want to know that their qualification is more than just a piece of paper.

We won’t leave you in the dark.  We know that once you are underway, making you wait for weeks or months for an email or a phone call for your marking to be reviewed is not just going to lower your motivation and disrupt your learning, it is probably going to make you very frustrated and delay your progress.

Our students are very busy people with narrow windows of opportunity to study.  If you are like them, then when one of those windows opens, you’ll want to make the most of it and you’ll rely on us to help with that.  That’s why you can expect:

  • emails: response within 8 business hours
  • missed calls:  response within 4 business hours
  • marking your submissions:  feedback provided within 4 business days

Actually, these are what we call ‘external measures’.  Our ‘internal measures’ are even stricter (eg, 80% of marking is done within 2 business days…) and when we have trouble meeting our internal measures, we know it is time to slow new enrolments to make sure we maintain our promise to current students.  That’s because we are not driven by the pursuit of more students at the expense of lower standards.

There’s a few others, but these seem to be the main ones that keep our students motivated rather than waiting and wondering.

What avenues for support are there?

There are essentially five components to the Fortress Learning program:

  1.  your Dashboard – where all of your assessment materials will be uploaded and feedback recorded
  2.  your Resource Space – where all of the learning materials are provided
  3.  the Facebook Discussion Group – where students engage with each other and their Trainer/s
  4.  the Virtual Classroom – webinars that target the practical skills of designing, delivering and assessing training.
  5.  Online Chat – where you can seek assistance from directly within your Dashboard


There are Virtual Classroom sessions scheduled for most weeks, depending on demand.

Each Virtual Classroom session will run for about 90 minutes and will specifically target the practical skills of designing, delivering and assessing training.  You can expect that each class will include a combination of TellShow and Do activities that will assist you in gaining the skills required to complete each of your Cert IV TAE Assignments.

The sessions are repeated  – which means that you can participate in the same session as many times as you like.

Sessions will be recorded, and made available through your TAE Cert IV Resource Space. 

The combination of high-rotation and recorded sessions means you can access, through an online face-to-face platform, the support you need to develop your practical skills as a Trainer/Assessor.

Fortress Learning students can register for sessions from within their TAE Cert IV Resource Space.  All sessions are run using Zoom.

The central focus of the TAE40116 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, including to those with language, literacy and numeracy support needs.
  • Measure progress in learning and judging whether competence has been demonstrated.

Unlike previous Certificate IV in Training & Assessment qualifications, the latest TAE40116 requires people entering the program to 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.

How do I do that?

For most people, it will simply be a matter of providing a copy of some other qualification, skill set, or statement of attainment.  If you do not possess another qualification, then we would require you to provide a CV that shows your broad industry knowledge and experience, combined with a Position Description and Third Party Report from someone who can attest to your experience.

You can choose between a 6 and 12 month enrolment period.


Experience tells us that most experienced professionals usually take about 6 months to complete their personal program of blended RPL/Coursework Assessment.   These people are usually working full-time and juggling families, pets, holidays and all the other things that seem to complicate our lives; they would usually take a night or two each week to work on their program, and the occasional Saturday or Sunday….the lucky ones also get some time to do it at work!

Our quick response times also helps to reduce the total time that it might otherwise take and make 6 months achievable; after all, getting your marking done in less than 4 days is going to make the whole thing a lot quicker than if it took weeks or months.  (If you want to look more closely at this, then have a read of this:  How long your Cert IV TAE takes depends on marking times.   It will show you how much time you could end up wasting just sitting around if your chosen RTO takes not just 4 days but 4 weeks to get your marking done.).

This graph shows the percentage of our graduates who took different lengths of time to complete.  The median duration sits between 5 and 6 months.

How long does it take to do a Cert IV TAE?

Because of that, we set the initial enrolment duration at 6 months, and then if you need to extend beyond that there are options to extend.

How long is it meant to take?

The Australian Qualifications Framework publishes what they believe is a good indication of how long different courses should take.  These are called the Volume of Learning Indicators, and they suggest that a Certificate 4 level qualification should take 600-1200 hours.

What does that mean per week?

If you enrol in a 12 month program,  then using the above you could expect to take 10-45 hours a week.  Obviously, for a 6 month program, it would be more.

Does it really take that long?

Experience tells us that people entering our programs are not blank slates.  They bring a range of knowledge and experience, and that includes the ability and desire to learn.  Even for those who are not seeking any Recognition of Prior Learning, the above graph shows that the time it takes is closer to the lower end of the range.

While it differs for different people, we find that successful students usually dedicate a night or two a week to their studies, and then a Saturday or Sunday every 2-3 weeks.

The fee will depend on duration of enrolment.  Most people will start with a 6 month enrolment and then extend on that time if required – there is a fee to extend, but it generally works out less costly than paying for time that you may not end up needing.  (The ‘How long will it take’ tab above shows how long most people take.)

Some people ask why we have shorter enrolment durations than other training organisations.  There are two reasons:

  1. Our students are motivated and are keen to get the job done
  2. Because of our quick turnaround times, you won’t find your enrolment period being eaten up waiting for weeks/months every time you need us to mark something, reply to an email or answer the phone.  (Consider this:  we’ll take less than a week to mark your work.  Imagine how much longer your enrolment period would need to be if we kept you waiting for weeks/months to get stuff done…).

You will find the current fees are on our Course Fees page, including payment plan options.

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


Experience tells us that students seeking the TAE Cert IV with us will possess a range of relevant experience and qualifications.  That is why we develop a Personal Learning Plan based on your particular needs.

Because no two people are the same, making you jump through the same hoops as everyone else just doesn’t make sense.

That’s why our process often begins with a conversation, which you can make happen by calling us on 1300 141 994, or scheduling directly with one of our Trainers, Chris (HERE) or Emma (HERE).  It’s not a sales pitch; just us having a conversation so we can both discover if we are a good fit.

Enrollment Process Infographic

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 give you a Free Personal Learning Plan Survey that you can fill in and send back so we can tell you precisely what you will need to do.


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The Units of Study

The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment involves ten Units of Competency, of which there is one Elective unit.

The Fortress Learning Cert IV TAE integrates the 10 units into three Fields of Study that experience tells us produce well-rounded and capable practitioners.

The Fortress Learning TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment is designed around three Fields of Study:

Field 1: 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 2: 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.

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.

Field 3: 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.

CodeTitleSummary of Requirements
TAEASS401Plan assessment activities and processes
1. plan and organise the assessment process on a minimum of five 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.
TAEASS402Assess 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.
TAEASS403Participate in assessment validation1. actively participate in a minimum of three 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.
TAEASS502Design & develop assessment tools1. design three assessment tools that address the requirements of 3 units of competency
2. review these tools to ensure that they meet the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence
TAEDEL401Plan, 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.
TAEDEL402Plan, 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.
TAEDES401Design 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.
TAEDES402Use 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.
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.
BSBCMM401Make a presentationpresentation 1. 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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22 thoughts on “TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

  1. what is the best price you can give me for TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, for two persons?

    • Good morning, Gergess

      I have sent you an email in reply to your query.

      Hope this helps. Please let me know if there’s anything I can assist you with.

      Best regards,

    • Good morning, Shruti

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      Hope this helps. Please let me know if there’s anything I can assist you with.

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  2. I would like to upgrade TAA40104 to TAE40116.
    TAAENV401B,402B,403B included in it.
    I have some industry experience of teaching and assessing.
    Please help me with how to go about doing it.

    • Good morning, Chris

      I have sent you an email in reply to your query.

      Hope this helps. Please let me know if there’s anything I can assist you with.

      Best regards,

    • Good morning, David

      I have sent you an email in reply to your query.

      Hope this helps. Please let me know if there’s anything I can assist you with.

      Best regards,

  3. Hi

    I wish to upgrade my TAA40104 online but I cant find any information about that pathway and the RPL required. I would appreciate your assistance. The TAAE modules I completed are below.


    Thank you for your time

    • Thank you for your inquiry, Mujahid

      I have sent you an email in reply to your query.

      Hope this helps. Please let me know if there’s anything I can assist you with.

      Best regards,

  4. hi i am looking into which place to go to do my cert Iv in trainging and assessment, i am working in an organisation already what will i have to do


  5. Hi
    Wishing to update my current TAE40110. I have also completed the TAELLN411 and previously completed the Graduate Diploma in VET. I was told that most likely with these previous studies, I should be issued an PL for the new TAE 40116.
    Would this be right?
    Thank you

  6. Do you offer TAEASS502 as a stand alone unit? If so how would that be completed and what would the fee be?

  7. I understand there is 10 units int his course, however I have noticed other institutions have a UNIT called TAEDEL301 (Provide work skill instruction), whilst yours is called BSBCMM401 (Make a presentation), are these both the same and give me the industry qualification of a CERT IV in Training and Assessment if I go ahead with fortress?


    • Hello Sylvia. The different unit comes from the Cert IV having 9 core units and 1 elective unit. Both TAEDEL301 and BSBCMM401 are electives, so either way will be okay and you will end up with the qualification provided the correct 9 core units are also included. Hope that helps!

  8. Wishing to update current TAE40110 certificate IV Training and Assessment
    Current workplace position is evidence to RPL. Wish to discuss possibility with organisation. Thank You

    • Hello Linda. Thanks for dropping by. If your current workplace position involves work in an RTO, then you will be well-placed for RPL against much of the qualification’s units. What I will do is have a Free Personal Learning Plan Survey sent through you – I invite you to complete and return it, and with that we will have a great idea of what your particular course will need to involve. That will help make some informed decisions. Look out for it in your inbox.

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