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TAE40116 Course Update | Cert IV in Training and Assessment

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TAE40116 Course Update

Here’s what you need to know about the new and latest Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course.

1. What is the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment?

The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is the latest nationally accredited qualification for workplace trainers and vocational trainers or assessors. This 2016 Cert IV TAE course supersedes the TAE40110, but the TAE40110 is still the national standard when it comes to delivering nationally accredited courses in TAFEs and registered training organisations (RTOs) in Australia.

If you have been working in the training industry for some time now, you know that this isn’t the first time this course was revised. This is actually the 4th ‘train the trainer’ course. The first 3 were the:

• BSZ40198 – Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (released in October 1998)

• TAA40104 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (released in October 2004)

• TAE40110 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (released in May 2010)

For a quick summary of the changes between these 3, view TAE, TAA and BSZ: Changes in Training and Assessment Qualifications.

Note that the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is not part of the Inspire Education scope.

2. When was this new Cert IV TAE course update released?

The TAE40116 was officially released on 6th April 2016 on the official Government Training website.

It was expected by many to be released last year under the code TAE40115, but it took another year of discussions to finalise and accept the proposed changes for this training package. This process involved industry bodies and other stakeholders, including Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA), the former Industry Skills Council, and the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.

3. What changed in the new TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment?

Big changes were made to the overall Training and Assessment Training Package and its individual certificate and diploma qualifications, including the Cert IV TAE.

Here is a list of the updates for the Cert IV TAE and how it upgrades the course for future learners:

1. Two new core units were added to the new TAE40116 Cert IV TAE course.

• TAELLN411 – Addressing Adult Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Skills; and

• TAEASS502 – Design and Develop Assessment Tools

The TAELLN411 unit is designed to develop skills and knowledge required of a vocational trainer or assessor to identify language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skill requirements of training and the work environment; and to use resources and strategies that meet the needs of the learner group. It is currently available as an optional elective unit in the TAE40110 course, to help you prepare if you wish to look for a TAE40116 upgrade in the future.

The TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools is a Diploma level unit aimed at developing skills and knowledge required to design and to develop assessment tools used to guide the collection of quality evidence, including their application in formative, summative recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment.

2. Two existing units were updated and are no longer equivalent to the previous version.

• TAEASS401 – Plan Assessment Activities and Processes; and

• TAEASS403 – Participate in Assessment Validation

3. The course structure and qualification rules were revised.

• New structure: 9 core units and 1 elective unit

• Old structure: 7 core units and 3 elective units

4. How can I prepare for the TAE40116 update?

The new TAE40116 qualification is still not yet widely available in Australia, either as an online course or a Face to Face course. However, you do not need to hold off from gaining a formal training qualification since there is no telling when RTOs will start delivering the new Cert IV TAE course.

To prepare for it, you can:

• Study the existing TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

• Take up the new core units (TAELLN411 and TAEASS502)

By doing these 2 things, you can:

• Get qualified today and not miss out on training-related career opportunities

• Be in a good position to update your certificate in the future by doing gap training with your chosen provider instead of starting the entire course from scratch

Please see the TAE40110 course page or the TAELLN411 page for more details. For the TAEASS502 unit, please see the Diploma TAE course page here.

5. Can I still enrol in or study the TAE40110 today?

Yes. The TAE40110 is still a valid qualification, and is still the standard for becoming a workplace trainer, a TAFE or Vocational Teacher, or an RTO Trainer and Assessor.

RTOs can continue to offer the TAE40110 course until October this year because the TAE40116 has a longer transition period instead of the usual 12 months. RTOs will have to deliver the new course by the end of this period.

It is recommended that you start this course today rather than waiting for the TAE40116. The credits you will gain from the TAE40110 will reduce the amount of units you have to study if you decide to study the TAE40116 in the future.

Studying the Cert IV TAE now means you will gain your qualification sooner. You can advance your career right away instead of missing out on job opportunities just because you decided to start the course from scratch several months from now.

6. I already have the TAE40110 qualification. How does this affect me?

Your Cert IV TAE is still valid and you are still a qualified trainer and assessor, but you will need to add new units to your certificate to gain the latest qualification.

You can continue delivering training in your workplace or organisation, or in TAFEs and RTOs since the 2015 Standards for RTOs state that the required qualification is the “TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, or its successor.”

If your employer specifically requires you to hold the latest course, you can upgrade to the TAE40116 in the future with your chosen provider. To prepare for this, you should consider adding the 2 new core units: the TAELLN411 and the TAEASS502.

7. Why was the Cert IV TAE course changed and revised?

All vocational education and training certificates, diplomas, and other courses are constantly updated or upgraded to meet the current needs of the industry.

In the case of the Cert IV TAE, there has been no major review in 6 years so it was critical that the course was updated to make sure its graduates have the skills and knowledge they need to work as trainers and assessors.

8. What will you learn in the new TAE course?

The 2016 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course will upgrade your  training skills and knowledge for the Australian vocational education and training industry.

This includes how to develop learning programs, deliver training for both groups and individuals, and properly assess your learners. The latest Cert IV TAE course was improved to ensure that you can support the language, literacy, and numeracy needs of your students and more effectively determine their competency.

9. What are the new TAE Course Units?

The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment has a total of 10 course units. This is made up of 9 core units and 1 elective unit.

Core Units:

• TAEASS401 – Plan assessment activities and processes

• TAEASS402 – Assess competence

• TAEASS403 – Participate in assessment validation

• TAEASS502 – Design and develop assessment tools

• TAEDEL401 – Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

• TAEDEL402 – Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

• TAEDES401 – Design and develop learning programs

• TAEDES402 – Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

• TAELLN411 – Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

Choose an Elective Unit from the list below:

• TAEASS301 – Contribute to assessment

• TAEDEL301 – Provide work skill instruction

• TAEDEL403 – Coordinate and facilitate distance-based learning

• TAEDEL404 – Mentor in the workplace

• TAEDEL501 – Facilitate e-learning

• TAELLN412 – Access resources and support to address foundation skills

• TAELLN413 – Integrate foundation skills into vocational training delivery

• TAETAS401 – Maintain training and assessment information

• BSBAUD402 – Participate in a quality audit

• BSBCMM401 – Make a presentation

• BSBLED401 – Develop teams and individuals

• BSBMKG413 – Promote products and services

• BSBREL402 – Build client relationships and business networks

• BSBRES401 – Analyse and present research information

10. Are there new Entry Requirements?

The new TAE40116 requires students to demonstrate vocational competency in their proposed teaching and assessing area.

They may show this through having broad industry knowledge and experience, including holding a relevant qualification or unit of competency related to your industry. Other means of proving vocational competency can be accepted.

11. Licensing and Regulatory Information

Achievement of this qualification by trainers is a requirement of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. The TAE40110 is also still a valid qualification for working as a trainer and assessor, in accordance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015, Clause 1.14-1.15.



The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment has finally been released after years of waiting.  This training course is one of Australia’s most in demand and important qualifications in vocational education, so ensuring its timely update is critical.

Here’s what you should know about it:

• Released on 6th April 2016

• Features 2 new core units, the TAELLN411 and the TAEASS502

• New and existing trainers can prepare to update their certificates by taking up the TAE40110 and the 2 new individual units

• You can enrol in the TAE40110 during the transition period until October 2017

• TAE40110 is still valid and is still the standard qualification for workplace, TAFE, and RTO trainers and assessors

These updates may take some time to get used to, but they are needed to make trainers like you continue to have skills that meet industry needs and can grow your career in your chosen field.

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  • Henry Chia says:

    Hi, understand that RTOs can continue to offer the TAE40110 course until October this year & that RTOs will have to deliver the new course by the end of this period. What will happen to me if i were to take up the TAE40110 & I still have not completed the course after Oct 2017? Thank you.

    • Joshua says:

      Hi Henry. If you aren’t able to complete the TAE40110 by October, you will be given a Statement of Attainment for the units you have completed. You will then be transitioned to the new TAE40116 course. You may send us an enquiry using this link so our Enrolment Coordinator can get in touch.

  • Rachael says:

    For the others that completed the courses last year and have been waiting for the new course to be released, What will be offered and how long will they need to wait for the new course?
    already have both the TAE40110 and LLN411 so waiting on the updated course…
    are you going to run the course as a one off face to face or how will RPL work?
    Thanks in advance

    • Joshua says:

      Hi Rachael. We will send an update to people who’ve enquired about the Cert IV TAE once we have our application results. If you want to get notified ASAP, kindly enquire here.

  • John Mitchell says:

    I presently have a TA40110 and wish to upgrade to TAE 40116, (LL&N), I have also previously achieved a cert 4 TESOL.
    What do I need to do and can I achieve this on-line please?

    Thank you

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