Cert IV TAE: Should I study Online or Face to Face?

Cert IV TAE: Should I study Online or Face to Face?

The Pros and Cons of Online and Face to Face

August 24, 2017 Update! The new TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course is now open for enrolments! Please click here to get complete course information. If you already hold the TAE40110, click here to upgrade to the TAE40116.

One of the best things about studying the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is that you can choose the study method that best suits you.

You can study the course Online (also known as distance learning) or in a Face to Face course. There’s even a Blended option where you can combine both delivery methods. Whichever study method you choose, you will still gain this nationally recognised qualification and enhance your career once you successfully complete these assessment requirements.

But what’s the difference between Online and Face to Face? And which one is better?

1. Online: For time rich, self-motivated students


The biggest advantage of the online Cert IV TAE is that you are completely in charge of your own study schedule.

As an online student, you have heaps of freedom when it comes to when you want to study, complete practical delivery and conduct projects. You aren’t limited by location either, you can complete this course from just about anywhere across Australia and even overseas.

All the assessment workbooks and learner guides you need to complete the course are available online. There are suggested deadlines to let you know when you should complete each workbook, but your actual study plan is entirely up to you. Just remember that you need to complete and submit all assessments before your 6 or 12 month study period is up.

You can contact your trainer by simply sending a message through the student portal. Your trainer will provide feedback on your assessments

don’t have to worry about talking with your trainer since it’s easy to send them a message through your student portal. All their feedback and assessments are collected here too so you know how to improve your answers until you are marked as competent. You can also book a call with your trainer if you prefer.


Students tend to take longer on the online course because it’s easy to get distracted along the way. You have the freedom to study when you want, but you should also be motivated to actually get work done during your own time.

There’s actually nothing stopping you from doing the course as fast as you want. It’s up to you to follow the pace that you prefer.

2. Face to Face and Blended: For the time conscious


Face to Face is studying in a classroom-based setting. This means you are in the same room as your trainer and attend classes with other students who are also on their way to becoming qualified trainers and assessors.

The full Face to Face course is made up of 2 sets of 5 day workshops in major cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Blended courses are similar, but they have a smaller coverage spread out over 1 set of 5 day workshops.

Face to Face is typically the fastest way to complete the TAE40110 because you have the opportunity to complete all major projects in class. This includes projects where you are required to deliver training to actual learners. Instead of going through the trouble of finding learners and a qualified assessor for feedback, your classmates and trainer can be the ones to participate.


Both Face to Face and Blended courses require a lot of time. Not everyone can dedicate 1-2 weeks to just study, particularly when you already have a full-time job. They normally cost more than online courses because they require more training resources.

Face to Face and Blended also have limited schedules and locations. Cert IV TAE courses are currently available in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide.


The best way to gain the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment depends entirely on you.

If you’d like to study at your own pace and time, you can take the Online option and create your own schedule. This is ideal for students who have other responsibilities.

If you learn better with others and want extra guidance, then the Face to Face or Blended option may be the right one for you. This saves you significant time and makes projects more convenient.

If you have other questions about the qualification, you can ask us by signing up for an info pack at the Cert IV TAE course page. You may also visit the TAE40116 blog to know more about the latest training and assessment qualification.

Whichever path you choose, Inspire Education uses quality TAE40116 RTO training resources designed to support both face to face and online training options.

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