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Course Description

The TAEASS502 is the latest “Design and Develop Assessment Tools” unit. It is also the newest addition to the core components of the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

The TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools will help you take that next, inspiring career move and enable you to take on the ability on designing and developing assessment tools used to guide the collection of quality evidence. This is one of the critical course units all qualified Trainers and Assessors in Australia must hold.

After it became a core unit of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, qualified trainers now need to add the TAEASS502 to their set of training accreditations. This unit supersedes and is equivalent to the TAEASS502B.

Where Can the TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools Take Your Career?

This skill set is ideal for individuals who are looking to pursue careers as a/an:

  • Resource Developer
  • Assessment Tool Designer/Developer

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Course Details

Course Code:

Course Name:

TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools

Course Duration:

Expected Study Hours:

3 Months Up to 110 study hours

Delivery Methods:


  • Online Self-Paced Course
  • 1-Day Face-to-Face Workshop

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What Will You Learn in the TAEASS502 Unit?

The TAEASS502 unit teaches the 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 and recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment.

This unit will use a mixture of practical and knowledge-based assessments to establish competence in abilities such as:

  • Determine the focus of the assessment tool
  • Design the assessment tool
  • Develop the assessment tool
  • Review and trial of the assessment tool

Unit Delivery

Inspire Education (RTO# 32067) delivers the TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools course online, and through Mixed Mode Delivery.  This means students complete their course at their own pace, using Inspire’s online student portal.  Delivery includes face-to-face webinars, self-paced study, directed research, and online learning and assessment materials and activities.

Online study is ideal if you want to learn according to your own schedule, and gain your qualification as fast as you can.  You can study at your own pace with full trainer support throughout your studies.  Your course materials are accessed online, so you are free to work on your course in your own time, from anywhere in Australia.

This online Design and Development Assessment Tools course can be studied from anywhere in Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth – as well as other cities, remote communities, or anywhere with internet access.

Being online, this TAEASS502 course has a rolling intake throughout the year.  This means you can enrol and start your course straight away, or on your preferred start date.

Please read our policies and procedures in the Inspire student handbook before enrolling by clicking here.

Course Duration: You will have up to 3 months starting from your commencement date to complete the Self-Paced Online course.  Students can enrol anytime during the year under this delivery method.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is conducted using a combination of Questioning (e.g. written/oral questions, interviews, self-evaluation, and questionnaires), Product-based Methods (e.g. reports, displays, work samples, role plays, presentations, and outputs), Direct Observation (e.g. assessments in real-time in the workplace or in a simulated off-the-job situation that reflects the workplace), and Third-Party Evidence* (e.g. observation, skills workbook, workplace assessment workbook, logbook, and third-party reports)

*Students have the option to undertake assessments for certain subjects in the workplace or using the simulation environment

Unit Structure and Outline

The amount of training and support required for each learner will vary according to their existing experience, knowledge and skills in this area.

Inspire Education (RTO #32067) has identified three student cohorts:

  • Beginner Cohort (Full Study Model) – includes learners who are interested in becoming an assessor without any previously completed formal skill sets or qualifications; also those who coordinate and evaluate training in their workplace (non-RTO, may be private or self-owned company); also includes teachers in universities or colleges; study hours is up to 110 hours
  • Advanced Cohort (Partial Recognition Pathway) – includes learners who are new trainers and assessors in a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for less than a year; also those who have assessment experience in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector; includes those who hold the old BSZ40198 Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, or the TAA40104 or TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and seeking credit transfer; study hours is up to 90 hours
  • Expert Cohort (Assessment only) – includes learners who have worked in an RTO setting as a trainer and assessor for 2 to 5 years and continues to work in this industry; also those who have designed assessment tools in the VET sector; also those who conduct competency-based assessments in the VET sector using units of competency, including recognition of prior learning assessment; also those who participate in and/or lead assessment validations; these candidates are recommended to undertake a full recognition pathway; study hours is up to 95 hours

Expected Study Hours: Up to 110 study hours are expected from learners with limited training experience; the number of hours can vary depending on your training experience

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the TAEASS502 unit. However, it is preferable that you:

  • Are aged 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English or equivalent)
  • Have basic computer skills

Students are required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Provide a valid ID with picture and signature
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation
  • Undertake a Personal Training Plan evaluation before accessing the course materials and commencing studies to determine vocational competency and volume of learning requirements

All students considering a self-paced online course should give consideration to the following prior to enrolment:

  • Ability to access any required technologies
  • Information technology skills in accessing and using online programs
  • Experience and self-motivation to learn on their own
  • Competing pressures, such as work and family commitments, that may impact self-paced study time

Take our “Online Study Readiness Survey” to do a self-assessment! Visit the Inspire FAQ page for more info.

Training Resources

To support you in your studies, Inspire will provide:

  • Access to a student account in the Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Learning Materials and Assessment Workbooks
  • Simulations, where applicable
  • Templates for completing Project Documents
  • Qualified trainer to deliver face to face content (for workshop delivery)

During your course you will need to have access to:

  • Where possible, access to a workplace where you can complete your assessments under a supervisor (Note: Inspire Education will provide a simulated environment for students unable to secure a workplace for their assessments – for units applicable under simulated pathway only)
  • Headset and camera
  • A computer with:
    • Internet access through Google Chrome
    • MS Word, MS PowerPoint, or equivalent applications
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader

Recognition of Prior Learning

RPL is offered to any Learner who can provide evidence of competency for the units offered within this qualification.  This can include an individual’s prior learning, achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experiences. Learners will use Inspire Education’s TAEASS502 RPL Evidence Guide to gather the necessary evidence and assess their competence. To apply for RPL, simply tick the box on your enrolment form. See the RPL Guide for more information on this process and how to apply.

Qualification Pathways

Students enrolled in this unit may wish to study other courses that will support them in developing their training and assessment skills.

Options available include:

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