Three ways to do your Cert IV TAE with us

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NRT logoOur TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment programs are delivered in ways that reflect the needs of learners in the current COVID-19 environment, and without compromising the service standards and rigour that Fortress is known for.

Let's start with a few words about doing your TAE during COVID-19

We prefer to work with our students, and experience tells us that even in the best of worlds our students are very much caught between a world of competing demands, being pulled this way and that.  Their circumstances change rapidly and frequently, and we have learned how to bend and adjust with them, and for them.

In the current situation, we know that our students are experiencing additional demands, and additional uncertainties.  We asked them what they need. The response was surprisingly simple, and is perhaps best captured in this comment from a current student who is facing redundancy if this situation does not improve quickly:

Don’t change.  Actually, the best thing you can do is just keep doing what you do.

There’s already enough things changing.  We just need to know you will be there when we need you to be.  We always knew you cared, so just keep doing that.

So, that is what we will keep doing, and it is what we will continue doing with you when you decide that we are a good fit.

You see, no matter what is happening ‘out there’ our focus is always going to be with you.  We believe that amid the horrible things that are happening at the moment, there are also opportunities for people who wish to take them.  Thinking bigger, more nationally, I actually believe it is a responsibility.  This will end, and at that time there will be so many opportunities awaiting those who are prepared.  Thinking bigger, I actually believe it is a responsibility for us to use this time to prepare ourselves (we wrote about that HERE).  This will end, and when it does our nation will depend on people being equipped with the skills needed to get things moving, and get things moving quickly. For many of us, that means getting equipped with new skills.  The ability to equip others with new skills is going to be very much a key to our nation’s recovery.

The next few tabs will share some information about our particular way of delivering the program.

If you do not find the answer you are looking for, or if you just want to talk to a real person, then you are welcome to give us a call. 1300 141 994 is the number, or you can book an appointment HERE.

We wish you well.

Yes please!

If you would like to just talk to a real live human who is living through the same things you are, then give us a call on 1300 141 994, or click here to make an appointment.  It’s the same link our Fortress Learning students use, and is part of the way we keep ourselves available to them when they – and you – need it.

We look forward to it.

One Qualification - Three Pathways

We offer our students three different ways to undertake the Cert IV TAE.


First, think of QANTAS and Jetstar (although probably not the best example given the COVID situation).  QANTAS offers a premium product, with its subsidiary Jetstar offering a budget product.  Both airlines share the same owner, and domestically, they share many of the same flight paths.  If I want to travel from one Australian capital to another, either one will get me there.  But, whereas one will have more flexible ticketing options, a bit more room, additional luggage allowance, better meals, the other will not.

Just like QANTAS knew that not all travellers would be needing the same routes or wanting the same luggage allowance we know that not all of our students will be needing the same pathway or wanting the same level of service to complete their TAE Cert IV.

That’s why we have Fortress LearningFortress Lite and Zoom 2 U


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Where Fortress Learning’s online Cert IV TAE is founded on lots of support, Fortress Lite provides a way for people who do not want or need much support to complete their Cert IV TAE online, with more independence and lower fees.  For those more interested in a Face to Face alternative, then Zoom 2 U is the way to go.

The following tab outlines their similarities and differences.

The following table will help you choose the best option for you.

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Zoom 2 U TAE Alternative

We start by developing a Personal Learning Plan for you, and based on your own experience and current position. We will work with you, and be with you from the beginning to end. We will assist you via rapid email and phone support. We will initiate contact with you, and you will be working in a supported environment through the entire program.

We start by providing you with access to all of the learning and assessment resources that Fortress Learning students receive. You then work independently through the program, and as you complete the assessable tasks for each of the 3 Fields of Study (Design, Deliver, Assess), you submit that work for assessment. Email support is provided, and contact is initiated by you when you need it.

You attend 10 days of virtual face to face sessions, delivered via Zoom and structured over either:
3 Blocks: 4 days, 4 days and 2 days, over 3 months
1 Block: 10 days over 2 weeks.
You engage in a range of learning activities, and complete many of the practical assessment components, including the delivery of training to a group of 8 people.

What's Included?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)




Personal Learning Plan




Webinars/Virtual Classroom

Attendance & Recordings

Recordings Only

Attendance at Zoom 2 U sessions
Access to Virtual Classroom Recordings Only

Service Standards

Marking Time

Within 4 business days

Within 7 business days

Within 4 business days

Phone Support




Email Support

Yes, within 8 business hours

Yes, within 2 business days

Yes, within 2 business days

Assessment & Feedback

You submit assessments progressively as you complete them

You submit assessments as you complete each Field of Study (Design, Deliver, Assess)

You submit assessments progressively as you complete them

Time & Costs


Initial enrolment duration of 6 or 12 months

Max. 12 months

3 Block program: 6 months

1 Block program: 6 months

When to Pay

$1500 payment on enrolment, balance in 90 days
Monthly payment plan available

Initial payment on enrolment provides access to all learning & assessment resources
When you complete a Field of Study (Design, Deliver or Assess), you pay for it to be assessed.
After the initial payment, you do not pay anything unless/until you wish to be assessed. No monthly payment plan.

Total cost is $2950. This is payable as follows:

$1500 on enrolment, and prior to course commencement
$1000 after 90 days
The balance after a further 90 days, or on exit if you are ready to graduate earlier

Switch Program





6 month enrolment: $2400
12 month enrolment: $3600

$500 payment on commencement
$200 payable for assessment of each Field of Study
Max total fee: $1100

3 Block program: $2950

1 Block program: $2950

Cooling Off Period

30 Days

7 Days

7 Days


Refunds based on Daily Rate

No refunds after Cooling off period

Refunds based on Daily Rate

Extensions & Deferment


None apply

After attending Block sessions. May require switching to Online Program

Credit Transfer Rebate

Refer Course Fees page for details

Learn more about our online programs

Learn more about 3 block program

Learn more about 1 block 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 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 timely responses, no matter which program you are part of.  You may have noticed from the information above that our marking, email and phone response times are pretty good – and certainly something that our students appreciate.

Actually, the figures above 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.

If you want some proof, then check out our response rates so far for 2020.

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 programs, with the precise combination depending on which particular program you choose:

  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.   Fortress Lite students will have access to the recordings, but cannot attend live sessions.

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.

Experience tells us that most experienced professionals usually take about 6 months to complete their program.   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 a few 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, most people entering the Fortress Learning program will start with an enrolment duration of 6 months, and then if you need to extend beyond that there are options to extend.  Fortress Lite students can expect to take 3-4 months for each of the three Fields of Study.

Regardless of which program you choose, it is your rate of progress that will ultimately determine how long it will take you.

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 above graph shows that about 20% of all students complete in 3 months or less.

Over 45? You might be eligible for 50% funding.

If you are over 45, you might have half of your course fees paid by the government’s Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (SCOW) program.  More information on this page.

The fee will depend on which program you choose.

Fortress Lite students will automatically be provided 12 months within which to complete the entire program.

Fortress Learning students will usually 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 where relevant.

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 for our Fortress Learning program, we develop a Personal Learning Plan based on your particular needs.

For Fortress Lite, you can jump straight in.

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, HERE.  It’s not a sales pitch; just us having a conversation so we can both discover if we are a good fit.

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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.

Both the Fortress Learning and Fortress Lite TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment programs 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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