TAE50116/TAE50216 Dual Diploma of VET/TDD

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NRT logoThe Dual TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training and TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development makes the most of the overlap between the two TAE Diplomas and is designed for trainers already working in the Vocational Education & Training sector who are looking for a professional development opportunity.

About the Program

The Dual Diploma of VET/TDD makes the most of the overlap between the Diploma of Vocational Education & Training (TAE50116) and latest Training Design & Development (TAE50216).

This dual qualification is designed for trainers already working in the Vocational Education and Training sector who recognise that these Diplomas are quickly replacing the Cert IV TAE as the minimum standard required to be taken seriously as a professional trainer/assessor.

You will graduate with two qualifications and two records of results:

TAE50116 – Diploma of Vocational Education & Training, with a Record of Results showing its units

TAE50216 – Diploma of Training Design & Development, with a Record of Results showing the latest TAE diploma units.

You should consider enrolling in the Dual Diploma of VET/TDD if you already do, or if you aspire to:

  • lead other trainers and assessors,
  • provide mentoring or advice to new trainers or assessors,
  • design innovative approaches to learning and assessment strategies within an RTO.
  • getting ahead of the pack and being taken seriously as a trainer/assessor within Australia’s VET sector

The Dual Diploma of VET/TDD program reflects the role of experienced practitioners responsible for:

  • analysing training needs,
  • designing training solutions, and
  • delivering training and assessment services.

We are noticing more and more people saying that they have to have the Dual Diploma to be taken seriously as a training professional, and many others who find that they are unable to progress without them.

We offer the Dual Diploma of VET/TDD through a blended pathway of RPL and Coursework Assessment.  Experience tells us that students seeking this Dual Diploma 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 often begins with a conversation.

Diploma, VET and TDD Process Infographic

We allow 12 months from your Start Date to complete the program, although experience tells us that experienced professionals usually take 3-6 months to complete a program of blended RPL/Coursework Assessment.

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

As part of the Personal Learning Plan process, we will ask how long you would ideally like to take to complete and provide guidance about what you would need to do and when in order to complete the course in that timeframe.

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

Upfront: The fee for the Dual Dip VET/TDD program is $2400, comprising $1500 upfront and the balance due in 60 days.

Payment Plan: Ten monthly payments of $275 each. This is a total of $2750.

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 $300 each.

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

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

Credit Transfer

These full qualification fees include up to 2 units via credit transfer.  If you are able to gain more than 2 units via credit transfer, then units 3 onwards are rebated at $150 per unit.  In the case of upfront payment, the rebated amount is deducted from the second payment.  In the case of payment plan, the rebated amount is deducted from the final payments.

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.

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 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 RPL-only option is the logical program for those who require the TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training and TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development 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 option 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
  • evaluating training programs
  • conducting organisational training needs analyses

People gaining full RPL 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, and are sufficiently committed to engage fully in a rigourous assessment of their knowledge and skills.

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 program is not likely to be a suitable program for you.

People who are unable to fully engage with a rigorous assessment of their skills and knowledge, in line with the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence, are unlikely to find satisfaction within this program.

Is this for me?

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


Complete the following form and we will send the RPL-Only 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 $200 per unit, for a maximum of $800.

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 $200 to complete the remainder of that unit through some targeted coursework.

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-Only program, then we invite you to:

Step 1. check out the RPL-Only Diploma 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 TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training and TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development program is $1975. (A payment plan is also available, involving 6 monthly payments of $365 each).

However, we require an upfront payment of only $1500, with the balance payable in 60 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 $200 per unit, for a maximum of $800.


The enrolment has a duration of 6 months.  Experience tells us that experienced professionals usually take 4-6 weeks to compile and submit their portfolio.

The Units of Study

The Dual Diploma program makes the most of the overlap between the two individual qualifications.  When we combine the Packaging Rules for the two qualifications, we discover there are:

9 Core units, plus

1 Elective unit

While we encourage the committed professional to draw the Elective unit from the Elective Units tab on the left, the Elective unit may be selected from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.  Many students will choose to use TAELLN411 that they have completed as part of their Certificate IV studies; this can be awarded via credit transfer once evidence of completion is provided.

While there are limitations on the units that can be included in this Dual Diploma program, we will work out the best combination of units as part of the Personal Learning Plan process once you have started.  You can change the combination of units through the course to reflect changes in your circumstance.

Important 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.
  • The Elective unit 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
TAEASS501Provide 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 3 assessors
TAEASS502Design and develop assessment toolsDevelop three assessment tools to assess at least three units of competency.

Ensure your tools reflect the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence
TAEDEL502Provide advanced facilitation practiceConduct a minimum of 100 hours of group facilitation
TAEDES501Design 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
TAEDES502Design and develop learning resourcesResearch, design and develop two print resources to meet client needs

Explain how your resources reflect learner and industry needs
TAELLN501Support the development of adult language literacy and numeracy skillsUse tools to identify the LLN skill requirements of the training specification and/or assessment process relevant to vocational delivery

Use various sources to gather information on the current LLN skills of a group of learners, and list at least 5 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 5 learners’ context

Determine areas for improvement of own practice

Demonstrate your own continued learning in the topic, and support for other trainers/assessors in relation to LLN practice
TAEPDD501Maintain 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
TAEDES505Evaluate 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.
TAETAS501Undertake organisational training needs analysisConduct at least two organisational training needs analyses, outlining the processes you followed, the outcomes and recommendations.
CodeTitleSummary of Requirements
TAEASS503Lead 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.
(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
TAELLN411Address 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
Select, apply and review the effectiveness of language, literacy and numeracy support strategies relevant to each 10 learners’ context
TAERES501Apply research to training & assessment practiceFind something in your RTO about training/assessment you think could be better understood
Plan and then conduct some research to help to improve that understanding
Report on and review everything you did

Note:  The Qualification Packaging Rules also allow for the import of Diploma or higher units:

  • for a Single TAE Diploma, you can import 2 of them
  • for a Dual TAE Diploma, you can import 1 of them

We will factor this in when we develop your Personal Learning Plan

 You can call us on 1300 141 994 or fill out the Contact Form.