Why Upgrading the TAE40116 has to include more than we would like.

Okay, so the new TAE40116 includes two units that are not equivalent to their TAE40110 predecessors:  TAEASS401 and TAEASS403.

The old TAEASS401b required people to plan 2 assessments.  The new one requires people to plan 5 assessments.

The old TAEASS403b required people to participate in 2 validations.  The new requires people to participate in 3 validations.

On the face of it, it would seem then that all you should need to do is show the planning of 3 more assessments and participation in one more validation.  But there is more to it.

Why it is more complicated – Reason 1

The Rules of Evidence require that assessments be sufficient, valid and authentic.

For TAEASS401, since the 5 assessments being planned need to be for 5 separate units of competency, then we need to see not just the three extra ones, but the first two that were completed as part of the TAE40110.  Why?  If we don’t see all 5, then we cannot be certain that you have planned for the assessment of 5 separate units. If we don’t do that, then we are not getting sufficient information, nor validly assessing the unit.

Similarly, for TAEASS403, as assessors we need to be certain that you have participated in 3 assessment validations.  So, we will need to see evidence of all three, not just one.  Why?  Because if we don’t see all three, then how can we be certain that the third one that you provided is not just one of the two you completed as part of the TAE40110?

Why it is more complicated – Reason 2

It is not just the number of assessments planned or validation in which you participate. The new TAEASS401 and TAEASS403 units have additional differences.  There are changes to other parts of the unit.

Since there are changes to other parts of the unit, those things will also need to be assessed in order to meet the Principle of Assessment: Validity.  If the parts of the new unit that are not in the superseded unit are not being assessed, then the unit cannot be being assessed validly.

What to do?

Some people will just want to get their qualification upgraded in the easiest way possible, whereas others will wish to ensure that they do it thoroughly so that they can trust their qualification.   To learn more about the gaps and how we assess them, read THIS.


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