Diploma of Vocational Education and Training


NRT logoThe Diploma of Vocational Education & Training is now the minimum qualification required to train and assess others in Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (TAE40110) and is perfect for those who want to continue their professional development to become better leaders and educators.

About the Program

The Diploma of Vocational Education & Training is now the minimum qualification you must hold in order to train and assess others in the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (TAE40110) and is perfect for those who want to continue their professional development to become better leaders and educators.

  • The Diploma of Vocational Education & Training is the logical next step for those who have already completed the latest Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and want to continue their professional development to become better leaders and educators.
  • This course focuses on further developing your existing facilitation and assessment skills and teaching practices with the aim of helping you achieve enhanced learning outcomes for your students.
  • The Diploma of Vocational Education & Training is most suited to people already delivering training and assessment services usually within a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
  • Experienced practitioners delivering training and assessment services usually within Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
  • Individuals who may have a role in leading other trainers and assessors and in providing mentoring and advice to new trainers or assessors.
  • Individuals who may be designing approaches to learning and assessment strategies across a significant area within an RTO.

We offer the Diploma of Vocational Education & Training through a blended pathway of RPL and Coursework.  Experience tells us that students seeking this qualification possess a range of relevant experience and qualifications.

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 begins with a conversation.


We allow until Sept 30, 2017 for our Diploma of Vocational Education & Training program, although experience tells us that experienced professionals usually take 3-6 months to complete a program of blended RPL/Coursework.

Those without substantial prior experience in delivery and assessment will likely require longer to fulfill all course requirements.

Since we are in a transition between the TAE10 and TAE16 Training Packages, Fortress Learning will:

  1. allow you to enrol in the TAE50111 Dip VET
  2. for no extra charge enrol also in the TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development.  The enrolment period for the Dip VET will be until September 30, but your enrolment for the Dip TDD will be for 12 months from the date you commenced.

Why is this important?

It means you don’t have to keep waiting for the new Dip VET to begin, since you can be certain that what you do will be relevant.

Being enrolled in the very latest TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development, you will also receive also a record of results that includes the latest version of the units that you completed as part of your Dip VET.  (You do not have to complete the Dip TDD fully to gain this, but you are welcome to if you wish.)

What happens when you get the new TAE50116 Dip VET?  What will it cost?

Yes, we have applied, but we still do not know the outcome.  Any student who enrolled with us after the introduction of the new Training Package on April 1, 2016, will be able to upgrade to the new Dip VET at such time we get it on Scope, and we guarantee the fee for that will not be greater than the difference between what they paid for their Dip VET and the fee for the new Dip VET.   That way, you won’t be paying twice.

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.

Infographic showing Fortress Learning response times and student feedback on assessment tasks

We have an upfront and deferred payment option.

Upfront: The full fee for the Dip VET program is $1500, however we require only an upfront payment of $1000, with a balance of $500 payable in 90 days or when you are ready to graduate (whichever is earlier).  (Remember, as part of this you will also be able to attain the TAE50216 Dip TDD for no additional fee.)

Payment Plan: Ten monthly payments of $170 each. This is a total of $1700.

This option requires the use of our PayWay Direct Debit facility, and your enrolment will commence following receipt of the first payment.

Single Unit Studies: For students seeking less than the full qualification, individual units are available at a fee of $200 each.

Extensions are available for a fee of $200 per month, or $500 for 6 months.

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

Hidden Costs?

If your program requires the textbook, Professional Training & Assessment, then you may need to purchase this.  This will be determined once the Personal Learning Plan process has been completed.

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.


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 most people don’t actually know what the Diploma units will involve, we’ll give you a printable checklist that will show what you are likely to be “in for”.


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The RPL-Only Option (only for the Highly Experienced and Competent)

This is an entirely RPL option for the Diploma of Vocational Education & Training that is developed especially for people who possess extensive relevant experience and are comfortable with their competence.

This RPL-only option is the logical program for those who require the Diploma of Vocational Education & Training and who possess sufficient experience and knowledge to attain 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.

The RPL-Only Diploma of Vocational Education & Training is most suited to people with experience related to all facets of the Diploma’s units of competency:

  • delivering training to groups and reflecting on your own delivery
  • conducting assessment of students in accredited programs
  • leading others in assessment processes
  • developing assessment tools
  • conducting moderation and validation activities
  • designing learning programs for individual units, skill sets and/or qualifications.
  • addressing LLN issues

People gaining full RPL for the Dip VET will likely have been operating at least within the middle management level, such as Head Teachers, Training Managers, etc. They will be highly organised and self-motivated professionals who understand how Rules of Evidence are applied to determine competence.

People who are not certain that they are competent 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 RPL-Only Dip VET is not likely to be a suitable program for you.

Is this for me?

The first step in answering this question is to complete the RPL-Only Dip VET Checklist.


Complete the following form and we will send the RPL-Only Dip VET Checklist, and from there you will be able to satisfy yourself that you can provide the required evidence.

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In the event that you do not demonstrate competency, you will be able to complete those units through targetted gap training.  This will incur a fee of $150 per unit, for a maximum of $600.

If this means you need to complete Coursework and that requires the textbook, then that is available for an additional $120.

Can you give me an example of how that works?

Trevor was pretty sure he could gain the whole course by RPL. He submitted his portfolio, and it was found that there were gaps in 6 units.  He resubmitted his second round of evidence, and there were gaps in one unit.

Trevor paid $150 to complete the remainder of that unit through some targeted coursework.

When that was completed, Trevor graduated with the Dip VET.

We ordinarily invite prospective students to have a conversation prior to enrolling.  That allows us to identify a likely ‘fit’ between what we offer and what you are seeking.

However, if you wish to explore the suitability of the RPL-Dip VET program, then we invite you to:

Step 1. check out the RPL-Only Dip VET Checklist, and satisfy yourself that you can provide the required evidence.

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 you will obtain all that you need to guide the collection and organisation of your evidence portfolio

Step 5. you submit that portfolio

Step 6. we revise and provide advice on any gaps.

Step 7. you have 2 more attempts at filling any gaps, with the option to complete further gap training as required

Step 8. you graduate.


The total fee for the RPL-Only Dip VET is $1175.

However, we require an upfront payment of only $1000, with the balance payable in 90 days or upon graduation (whichever comes earlier).

This covers the review of 3 submissions of evidence.

Gap Training:

Should gap training be required following those 3 submissions, this will incur a fee of $150 per unit, for a maximum of $600.   You are provided an additional 6 months to complete this.


We allow until September 30 of this year for our RPL-Only Dip VET program, although experience tells us that experienced professionals usually take 4-6 weeks to compile and submit their portfolio.

If you require additional work to complete any units, then you will need to also have that completed by September 30, 2017.

The Units of Study

The Diploma of Vocational Education & Training  includes 10 Units of Competency, which are made up of:

6 Core units, plus
4 Elective units

At least 2 Elective units must be selected from the Elective Units tab located on the left.  We strongly recommend including LLN501 since it will be a Core unit of the next version of the Dip VET.

The remaining 2 Elective units may be selected from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

We will work out the best combination of units as part of the Personal Learning Plan process once you have started, and can change the combination of units through the course to reflect changes in your circumstance.

Some points to remember:

  • There are no prerequisite requirements for individual Units of Competency.
  • Where a unit is chosen from another currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course, it must be from a qualification or course at Diploma level or above.
  • Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.
  • All units are available via RPL. Some units are not available by Coursework – these are noted as “RPL Only” in the Elective Units tab located on the left.
CodeTitleSummary of Requirements
TAEASS501AProvide advanced assessment practiceAssess at least 20 individual candidates from a total of at least 50 units of competency from training packages or accredited courses

Lead assessment processes with and for at least 5 assessors
TAEASS502BDesign and develop assessment toolsDevelop three assessment tools to assess at least three units of competency packaged at different Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) levels

Ensure your tools reflect the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence
TAEDEL502AProvide advanced facilitation practiceConduct a minimum of 100 hours of group facilitation
TAEDES501ADesign and develop learning strategiesDevelop two learning programs and explain how they reflect the needs of your client and the training package.

Review a learning strategy that you or someone else has implemented to make sure that it is improved
TAELLN401AAddress adult language, literacy and numeracy skillsAddress core LLN issues in training and assessment practice on at least two different occasions

Cater for the LLN needs of a particular student

Use the ACSF to determine the level of a student and training demand
TAEPDD501AMaintain and enhance professional practiceReviewing with your peers the feedback received from at least 10 hours of training that you have conducted

Reviewing with your peers the assessment of 10 candidates

Maintain your professional currency in your chosen field
CodeTitleSummary of Requirements
TAEASS503ALead assessment validation processesProvide support to other assessors, including modelling good assessment and validation practice

Contribute positively to the work of assessors and others involved in carrying out assessments and validation

Initiate, organise and facilitate assessment validation on at least three occasions

Use outcomes of validation and appeals to improve assessment practice.
(RPL only)
Facilitate e-learningDevelop an e-learning program

Describe at least two e-learning activities that you have organized and facilitated, and explain how each catered for the needs of client and learner.
TAEDES502ADesign and develop learning resourcesResearch, design and develop two print resources to meet client needs

Explain how your resources reflect learner and industry needs
(RPL only)
Design and develop e-learning resourcesResearch, design and develop e-learning resources to meet client needs?

Explain how your resources reflect learner and industry needs
TAEDES505AEvaluate a training programEvaluate a training program against workforce performance needs and capability requirements

Produce an evaluation report that addresses all phases of the evaluation process including recommendations on areas for improvement

Critically review the evaluation process and approaches taken and propose changes to improve the process.
TAELLN501BSupport the development of adult language literacy and numeracy skillsList at least 10 learners whose LLN levels you have determined using tools based on the ACSF,

Select, apply and review the effectiveness of language, literacy and numeracy support strategies relevant to each 10 learners’ context
TAETAS501BUndertake organisational training needs analysisConduct at least two organisational training needs analyse, outlining the processes you followed, the outcomes and recommendations.
(RPL only)
Identify and apply current sustainability education principles and practice to learning programsFrom a wide range of sources, explain how you identified, analysed and documented effective learning and teaching principles and practices

Explain how you identified and evaluated best practice sustainability education principles, practices strategies from a wide range of sources (nationally and internationally) and documented links with effective learning and teaching

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