As we move away from the TAE40110 Cert IV TAE, more and more people are questioning the value of the qualification: Do I even need a Cert IV TAE anymore? Should I just do the Dip VET?
It is a great question, but one that is not so easily answered. There certainly is a shift toward the Dip VET being the qualification held by people who want to be taken seriously as training professionals, and there are more and more jobs that have it as an essential requirement.
But, there are still lots of people – and employers – who want to see the Cert IV TAE as well. Rightly or wrongly, there is an assumption that people who have the Dip VET but not the Cert IV have somehow jumped too far ahead – they might have learned to run, but they cannot be trusted to walk….
It’s a vexed situation, and one that complicates the decision about whether to upgrade the Cert IV or just go for the Dip VET.
Have you considered both the Cert IV TAE Upgrade and Dip VET?
It doesn’t have to be one or the other.
If you believe that holding the new TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment will help you, then we would encourage you to pursue that one. It will not take as long as doing the entire TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training. But, what it will do is provide a stepping stone toward the Dip VET.
It will be like a try-out, if you like.
You can do the TAE Cert IV Upgrade, and then when you have done that, you can choose to do the Dip VET. Or, if you get to the end of your Cert IV Upgrade, you can exit there.
You’ll be able to come back to the Dip VET later, when you need it more.
How does that work?
It is quite simple. There are two main features of the new Cert IV that align well with the Dip VET. If we understand them, then we can understand how it can work for you.
That’s one thing. The other is that the new Cert IV TAE has two units that are not equivalent to their counterparts in the old TAE40110 Cert IV TAE: TAEASS401 and TAEASS403. The extra bits within these units can align quite well with work that is needed for some of the Dip VET units, especially TAEASS501 and TAEASS503.
What does that mean in simple terms? What does that cost me?
Most, if not all, of what you do for your TAE Cert IV Upgrade can also be used for your Dip VET.
There are just three steps to follow:
Step 1. You do the TAE40116 Cert IV Upgrade Option that suits your needs.
Step 2. When you finish, you enrol in the Dip VET program. You get TAELLN411 and TAEASS502 via credit transfer, and the other work you did for the non-equivalent units can be used as part of RPL for TAEASS501 and TAEASS503.
Step 3. We rebate all but $300 of your Upgrade fee against your Dip VET fees. At the time of writing, the Dip VET by itself is $2100. Using this amount, the fee for both the Cert IV Upgrade + Dip VET would equal $2400. (In case the fees have changed since writing this on 28 Sept 2017, it would be best to confirm those.)
What does Upgrading to TAE40116 involve?
Other than completing the two additional units, you will need to fill in some other gaps in the non-equivalent units. This article will give you the details of what will be required: https://fortresslearning.com.au/upgrading-tae40110-tae40116-fortress-learning-look-like/