Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Tips
Are you starting or currently taking up the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment? Here’s what your trainer has to say about how you can make it easier to manage and complete.
As you probably already know, the Cert IV TAE (TAE40110) is the national standard for Australia’s training industry. This means that anyone who wants to start or enhance their career as a trainer needs this qualification.
In this course you’ll be taught how to design, deliver and assess your own training programs by answering workbooks and submitting projects. Each submission brings you closer to your qualification, but that depends on the assessment you receive from your trainer.
Now it’s hard to get everything right the first time around, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. With the help of these 5 tips from Cert IV TAE trainers, you can make your course a more manageable and even enjoyable learning experience.
1. Reach out to your friends and colleagues
It should be no surprise that you have to actually train and assess learners as part of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course!
To do this, you need to have access to at least 4 people with learning needs so you can deliver practical training sessions. Learners can be friends, family, colleagues, students or anyone else with learning needs. Finding learners can be easier said than done, particularly when you’re relying on friends and family who have busy schedules!
You can reduce the chance of running into difficulties (like getting delayed) by reaching out to your personal network ahead of time and booking in many more people than you actually need so if one or two people can’t make it on the day you still have enough learners there. Offering incentives to turn up, for example hosting a BBQ after the training session, can help too!
If you are aiming to complete the course as soon as possible or don’t like messing about with technology, get a friend or colleague who is a Cert IV TAE qualified to supervise your practical training deliver sessions saves a lot of time. This means your competency can be assessed by the supervisor straight away, rather than having to record and upload a video for assessment.
2. Study Face-to-Face instead of online
The online course allows you to work on and finish the course at the pace you want. It’s ideal if you want maximum control over when and where you study so you can fit the course around your other life commitments. Online training isn’t for everyone though; you may learn best when you are in the classroom working face to face with a trainer.
Studying face to face offers you additional benefits like getting to socialise and interact in person with your trainer and fellow students. Like many others, you may find the focused study atmosphere, immediate trainer support and camaraderie of fellow learners a big help when working towards your Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification.
Face to face training makes it especially easy to complete your practical delivery assessments. Your face to face classmates will serve as your learners, saving you the hassle of recruiting learners of your own. The trainer will supervise and assess your training delivery on the spot, so provided you demonstrate the required competencies you can knock over the practical assessments during your workshops (only if attending the full 2 weeks of face to face delivery).
Graduates of face to face workshops typically finish the course several months faster than online students.
3. Get to know www.training.gov.au
Training.gov.au is the official National Register on VET in Australia. This database is the authoritative source of information in a huge range of areas, including training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency, skill sets and Registered Training Organisations.
If you encounter questions about training packages or need to research units of competency, just visit this official government database and look them up. It’s easy to do a simple search for courses, qualification levels, specific units and training providers and get the answer you’re looking for right away. As a qualified Australian vocational trainer, you will be expected to know how to use this resource.
4. Projects can be linked, but they don’t have to be
The Cert IV TAE course units are clustered into three topics: Design, Delivery, and Assessment. Each cluster has its own workbook and projects and when you study online you decide how you want to complete them. You can treat each cluster as a fresh start, or you can build on the projects and case studies you completed in the first cluster to to give you a head start on assessments in the next cluster. Provided the assessment requirements are met, it’s up to you.
For example, the learning program you create in the design cluster can also be the one you facilitate in the delivery cluster. Finally, in the assessment cluster, you can assess your learners using this learning program. Check with your trainer first to make sure you will fulfil the specific conditions for each assessment task before going ahead.
It’s not necessary to link your projects together this way, and you are free to treat each project as a new challenge and start from scratch every time. It all depends on what works best for you.
5. Take advantage of the student portal
Once you get access to the student portal, take time to learn your way around. There are heaps of helpful resources in the portal that give you a head start on your course.
Besides the actual workbooks and learner guides, there are pre recorded webinars for each cluster which you can watch anytime. Live webinars are run each week, plus Q&A sessions every fortnight.
The portal also includes the student messaging system which is the easiest way to directly contact your trainer with questions.
Your completed assessments are uploaded through the student portal. When your workbooks are assessed, trainers will commonly leave detailed advice and suggestions for improvements in your student portal. If you only check the general comments in your email instead of checking your submissions in the portal, you’ll miss this valuable advice. In the end, you may end up having to complete extra resubmissions because you missed this important feedback.
The TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is the national standard for trainers and assessors in Australia and it’s a very manageable course if you plan ahead and put in the time required.
Follow these tips to save time and start your training career sooner:
- Use your network of friends and colleagues
- Look into face to face courses in your city
- Know where to find answers on www.training.gov.au and other websites
- Work on clusters and projects your own way
- Explore your student portal
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