TAE40116 Course: Updates on the New 2016 Cert IV TAE

The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course update has finally been released!

If you are involved in the training industry, then this critical 2016 update to the existing TAE40110 Cert IV TAE likely affects you too.

As a current trainer and assessor, there’s likely a dozen questions running through your mind right now about this new 2016 training qualification.

After all, this ‘train the trainer’ course has been one of Australia’s most in demand qualifications for more than a decade.

Workplace trainers, training managers, RTO assessors, and anyone interested in a training-related career all need the Cert IV TAE, whether by industry regulations or employer preference.

So what do we know about the new Cert IV TAE right now? And what does the TAE40116 update mean for you?

Here are the answers to the most common questions we’ve heard:

1. What is the TAE40116 Cert IV TAE?
2. When was the TAE40116 released?
3. What are the changes in the new course?
4. Should I upgrade to the TAE40116?
5. How do I enrol or upgrade to the TAE40116?
6. I need a training qualification today. Should I study the TAE40110?
7. I already have the TAE40110 qualification. How does this affect me?
8. Can I upgrade my TAE40110 to the TAE40116?
9. Why was the course changed and revised?

1. What is the TAE40116 Cert IV TAE?

What is the TAE40116 Cert IV TAE course for 2016??

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

Click here for more details about the new TAE40116 course including  course units and entry requirements.

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 on October 1998)
  • TAA40104 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (released on October 2004)
  • TAE40110 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (released on May 2010)

For a quick summary of the updates and changes between the BSZ, TAA, and TAE, click here.

2. When was the new Cert IV TAE course released?

The TAE40116 was officially released last 6th April 2016 on the official Training Government 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 are the updates and changes in the 2016 course?

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’s a quick summary table of the TAE40116 updates:

TAE40116 Cert IV TAE: What's changed from the TAE40110?

After years of discussions, 2 new core units have been introduced to the Cert IV TAE course itself:

  • TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • • TAEASS502 – Design and develop assessment tools

2 existing core units were updated and are no longer equivalent to their previous version:

  • • TAEASS401 – Plan assessment activities and processes
  • • TAEASS403 – Participate in assessment validation

The actual course outline and structure was revised:

  • •  New structure: 9 core units and 1 elective unit
  • •  Old structure: 7 core units and 3 elective units

View the complete course units here.

4. Should I upgrade to the TAE40116?

If you want to hold the latest Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and maintain your currency, then you will need the TAE40116.

Take note that the existing TAE40110 is still the accepted standard among workplace trainers and to become a TAFE or RTO Trainer and Assessor, according to the 2015 Standards for RTOs. If your employer or industry does not require the new course, then you can simply take up the TAE40110 right now.

The full TAE40116 course is not yet available since no RTOs have been approved to add this to their scope yet (as of 20 April 2016).  There are no details on how long this will take because of the more robust requirements the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the RTO regulator, has set for all RTOs.

This means that completing the TAE40110 is still the best option if you need a training qualification today. You may then simply update your certificate by taking up gap training for the new course changes or start the course from scratch later in the year.

5. How do I prepare to upgrade to the TAE40116?

Not that the TAE40116 upgrade is not available today. The best way to prepare is to study the existing TAE40110 course along with the 2 new core units above.

To prepare for the TAE40116, you will likely need the :

  1. TAE40110 qualification
  2. New TAELLN411 and TAEASS502 core units
  3. Gap Training for superseded units

Students who are currently taking up the TAE40110, or will enrol in this course in the coming months may be able to upgrade from the TAE40110 to TAE40116 when RTOs begin delivering this course. You may be credited for the units you complete and can take additional gap training in the future.

This means you can start studying today and prepare for latest qualification when it becomes available. Click here for more details about the TAE40116.

Although the new workplace training course has been approved, it will take some time before you can enrol in it. RTOs still need approval from ASQA to deliver the 2016 Cert IV TAE course, and ASQA has promised to give these applications “enhanced scrutiny”. There aren’t any exact details on how long this will take, so you may not be able to enrol in the full course until later in the year as a result, but you can be prepared to go through the TAE40116 upgrade.

6. I need a training qualification today. Should I still study the TAE40110?

Yes. The TAE40110 is still valid to become a workplace trainer, a TAFE or Vocational Teacher, or an RTO Trainer and Assessor (see below for the 2015 RTO Standards for RTOs).

Due to changes in the course requirements, the TAE40110 may be an easier qualification to complete, allowing you to finish your training sooner. You will also be able to gain direct credit for equivalent units, and simply complete some additional gap training to get the new certification instead of doing the entire new course from scratch.

It is recommended that you start this course today rather than wait for RTOs to open enrolments for the TAE40116. The credit you can gain from the TAE40110 may reduce the amount of units you have to study when you enter the TAE40110 to TAE40116 upgrade in the future.

Studying the TAE40110 course now means you will gain your qualification sooner. You can advance your career right away instead of missing out on job opportunities because you decided to start the course from scratch a year and a half from now.

RTOs can continue to offer the TAE40110 course for 18 months 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.

7. I already have the TAE40110. 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 2 new units to your certificate and complete additional gap training to gain the latest qualification.

You can continue delivering training in your workplace or organisation, or in TAFEs and RTOs since clauses 1.14-1.15 of the 2015 Standards for RTOs state that the required qualification is the “TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, or its successor.”

8. Can I upgrade my TAE40110 to the TAE40116?

To ensure that you maintain your industry currency, you may be able to upgrade from the TAE40110 to the TAE40116 when it becomes available to RTOs.

To prepare for this, you should consider adding the 2 new core units today to make your future upgrade simpler: the TAELLN411 and the TAEASS502. You will also need to complete gap training for 2 superseded units in the future.

If you have an older training qualification, such as the BSZ40198 or the TAA40104, then you can update your certificate to the TAE40110 to put yourself in a better position for the TAE40116 upgrade. Visit the BSZ Upgrade page or the TAA Upgrade page here for complete instructions.

9. Why was the course updated and revised?

All vocational education and training certificates and diplomas are constantly updated 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.


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
  • • 2 other core units have been superseded
  • • Trainers can prepare by taking up the TAE40110 along with the 2 new units and enter gap training in the future
  • • You can enrol in the TAE40110 during the 18-month transition period
  • • TAE40110 is still valid and the standard for 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.

For any questions about the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, simply enquire on the TAE40110 page here.



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