Changes in the New Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
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.
The new TAE Training and Education Training Package is finally coming! Do you know how it affects you and what you can do to not be left behind?
After a protracted wait, the Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA) has officially announced the new TAE Training and Education Training Package will be submitted to the newly formed Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for approval in June 2015. This package includes the latest version of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification, TAE40115.
If you’ve been a trainer and assessor for a while, then this update to the VET industry’s flagship qualification is probably no surprise to you. It has already evolved through several versions including the BSZ40198, TAA40104 and the current TAE40110.
These constant updates are designed to create a qualification that best suits the evolving needs of Australia’s training industry. So what’s changing this time around?
All the TAE package qualifications will be updated to reflect the new Standards for Training Packages. Other major changes in the new TAE40115 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment include:
1. Addition of the LLN411 Unit
TAELLN411 – Address Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy is finally becoming a core unit in the Cert IV TAE. The LLN unit is an elective in the current TAE40110 course. The new TAE40115 qualification will still have 10 course units, but the number of core units is being increased from 7 to 8. The number of electives is being cut from 3 to 2.
This change was originally expected to take effect in July 2014 but did not eventuate and has been a source of confusion ever since. Many trainers have already completed the LLN unit in preparation for the change. There are a number of reasons for the delay, including the disbanding of the National Skills Standards Council which meant there was no longer an authority to approve the new TAE package. The newly formed Australian Industry and Skills Committee has taken on this responsibility.
The intention to add the LLN unit to the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment was first announced back in 2012 with the then-current TAELLN401A unit. This unit has since be superseded by and is equivalent to the TAELLN411 unit. If you already hold the TAELLN401A you do not need to update to the TAELLN411.
2. Higher qualifications for assessors
If you are a TAE trainer and plan to deliver and assess the new TAE40115 qualification, you may need to upgrade your own qualifications first!
IBSA has announced you will now need to hold either the TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or the TAE50115 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, or be able to demonstrate equivalent competencies in order to assess the 8 core units in the TAE40115.
3. Higher entry requirements for students
The Cert IV TAE still has no prerequisite qualifications, but candidates must have a vocational background to be accepted into the course. IBSA’s defines this as “holding a unit or qualification or vocational experience”.
The definition of “vocational experience” is not yet clear. Does it include studying the vocational sector? Working in a non-training related role in the vocational sector? It’s likely this requirement will create additional administrative responsibilities for RTOs who will need to verify the qualifications, units or experience of TAE40115 students.
4. More learners needed to demonstrate group-based learning
The requirements of the unit TAEDEL401 – Plan, Organise and Deliver Group-Based Learning are changing. TAE40115 students will now need to deliver training to 8 learners (increased from 4 in the current TAE40110 course).
How can you prepare for the TAE40115?
The new training package has not yet been approved, but you can start preparing for the expected changes now:
The TAELLN411 unit is already widely available as a single unit of competency. Check the units of your current training qualification and see if this was included in your course. If it wasn’t, you can study this unit online or in a one day workshop now to obtain a statement of attainment.
If you are currently working (or wish to be employed) as a TAE40115 trainer and assessor, then you can start working on gaining your TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or the TAE50115 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (or work out if you can demonstrate equivalent competencies). The higher level qualification may help you open up additional employment opportunities in the training industry beyond assessing the TAE40115 qualification too.
If you are a trainer and assessor, RTO owner or TAE40110 student, then you will be affected by the latest changes to the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The table below recaps the major changes in the new qualification:
The new TAE training package containing the new TAE40115 qualification has not yet been officially approved so there is still time to prepare for the upcoming changes.
Give yourself a head start by equipping yourself with the new competencies required to stay current in the training and assessment industry:
- • If you do not have a relevant LLN qualification, add the new TAELLN411 unit to your list of competencies.
- • If you are training with an old BSZ40198 or TAA40104 Certificate IV, it’s important to update your qualifications to maintain currency in the industry. We are not yet sure of the upgrade path to the new TAE40115 qualification, but it may be easier to update to the TAE40110 before gaining the latest TAE40115 qualification.
- • If you are a TAE40115 assessor (or planning to get work assessing the new TAE40115 qualification), it is essential to gain your TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or the TAE50115 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training qualification (or work out if you can demonstrate equivalent competencies).
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