How and When to Upgrade your Cert IV TAE

Cert IV TAE Upgrade

The new TAE Training Package that came out in April 2016 had a few changes. Understanding those changes is key to understanding how best to upgrade your Cert IV TAE, and when to do it. This article will introduce what has changed and what you can be doing to prepare yourself so you can hit the ground running as soon as it becomes available.  

Note: this page was edited in August 2020.

What changed?

At the Qualification level:

The new TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment is not equivalent to the TAE40110 Cert IV in Training & Assessment.   Instead of 7 core and 3 elective units, we now have 9 core units (TAELLN411 and TAEASS502 are the new kids on the block) and only one elective.

At the unit level:

While the DEL, DES and LLN units have remained equivalent, there are some important changes to some of the ASS units that are worth knowing about.

TAEASS401 – Plan assessment activities and processes and TAEASS403 – Participate in assessment validation will require the provision of additional evidence to be able to demonstrate competency in these units.

What do I need to do to show competency?

In addition to providing evidence of completing the TAE40110, you will provide the following:

TAEASS401 – Performance Evidence

Evidence that you have planned and organised 3 further assessment processes (one of them an RPL assessment) against three units of competency. These will need to be different units of competency to those used as the basis for your assessment plans in your TAE40110.

This is a little different from a whole assessment tool as you do not need to conduct the assessment, or record or report assessment decisions. You will, however, need to show the following evidence as part of your RPL application:

Your documenting an assessment plan using a different endorsed or accredited unit of competency (or clusters of units of competency) for each of the three occasions.  One of these must be for an RPL Assessment pathway.

Your contextualising of the unit(s) of competency and the selected assessment instruments.

Your incorporation of reasonable adjustment strategies.

Your development of suitable assessment instruments.

 TAEASS403 – Performance Evidence

Evidence of participating in 3 validations of Assessment Tools against the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence.

For BOTH ASS401/ASS403 – Knowledge Evidence

Evidence of your current competency across the Knowledge Evidence of the two units.

What else could change?

The price.

There is general agreement in the industry that the prices of the newer TAE units and qualifications will rise. For more about why TAE fees will go up, READ THIS(At the time of first writing this, we were conducting some research into the expectations of new TAE fees by industry professionals.  Since then, we have identified the fees for our Dip VET and Dip TDD programs, and THIS POST tells you how we did that.  A few thousand dollars seems pretty standard among the RTOs who have the new TAE Cert IV on scope.

What does this mean for Upgrading?

What should you be doing?

If you do not already possess LLN411 or ASS502, then you may wish to complete those as Standalone units.  Fortress Learning is able to offer both of these units as Standalone, and via Coursework or RPL.  Click here for details.

If you are working as a Trainer/Assessor, then you may wish to commence collecting the evidence for the non-equivalent ASS units.

When should you Upgrade?

Confusion and uncertainty are clearly influencing people’s decisions.  It is not surprising that many folk are simply paralysed and are choosing to do nothing.

For more and more people, however, they are getting things moving.

An increasing number of people are completing the TAELLN411 and TAEASS502 units, and collating the evidence listed above.  They are doing this ahead of pursuing the Upgrade so that when the new Cert IV is available, it will be a straight Credit Transfer RPL process to have their skills recognized and get ahead of the pack.

Why are other people doing this now?

When asked why they are choosing to do these things now, they tell us:

  • they see the paralysis of others as an opportunity (so many people are busy talking about it – I just want to get on with it while they are wasting their time talking)
  • they want to get the new Cert IV TAE as soon as it becomes available so that they can sever the association with the previous Cert IV TAE and its inconsistent standards and poor reputation  (the sooner I get rid of the old Cert IV, the better I can show that I do really know my stuff)
  • they also see that it is probably cheaper to get those standalone units finalised now than to wait for the inevitable price rise when the new Cert IV TAE also becomes available (everyone knows that RTOs are gonna put the prices up – I mean they have to)

What should you do?

We get this question a lot.  It really depends on what matters to you.  There will be lots of people with vested interests trying to convince you to do this or to do that.

There’s a lot of noise out there, and we think it is important for people to make informed decisions to ensure that they make good choices for themselves. Our advice is to ask yourself some questions and be guided by your own answers:

  1. Do I even care about the new Cert IV TAE?
  2. Does it matter to me that I get it sooner or later?
  3. Does it matter to me that it might cost a bit more later?
  4. What would I have to do to get things started?


ASQA has provided some clarification about the future requirements for Trainers/Assessors.  In summary, the Standards for RTOs (2015) require that by April of 2019, all Trainers/Assessors possess either:

  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, which includes TAELLN411 and TAEASS502, OR
  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, plus TAELLN411 and TAEASS502, or their equivalent predecessors.

What this means is that you do not absolutely have to have the TAE40116 Cert IV TAE.  We can assist you to complete just the TAELLN411 and TAEASS502 units if that is all you are looking to gain.

If you would like to talk it through, then be in touch by filling in the Contact Form – there’s one here.

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