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TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment information

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After almost 2 years of delay, we now have a definitive announcement about the future of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. As a cornerstone of the VET sector this qualification represents an important step in ensuring quality in training delivery, program design and assessment development. As such, it was important to ensure that the updated qualification reflected the needs of our industry and was robust enough to meet the expectations of all stakeholders; government, employers, students and end-user clients. These updates also specifically responded to the quality issues identified by the Australian Skills Quality Authority through its strategic reviews.

MRWED have been actively involved in the review process leading up to this announcement and have enthusiastically contributed to the development process through multiple consultations with IBSA, the former Industry Skills Council, and through the submission of a formal response to the recent discussion paper on VET reform championed by the Minister of Vocational Education and Skills. MRWED have also been active in the VET space supporting key professional development opportunities aimed at reducing many of the gaps identified in the review. This has been achieved by delivering workshops and webinars on topics such as advanced facilitation skills, developing best-practice assessment tools and creating sustainable industry engagement and assessment validation. This professional development has been conducted with key VET organisations including IBSA, ACPET, Velg Training and VETNetwork.

What do we know right now?

1. On April 1st,2016 the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) released a communique which announced that they “have approved an important update to the Training and Education (TAE) Training Package”.

2. This communique specifically confirmed that the updated Certificate IV in Training and Assessment will have two new core units:

  • TAELLN411 Addressing adult language, literacy and numeracy skills; and
  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools.

The inclusion of the additional LLN unit will ensure that VET practitioners will have a greater understanding of the foundation skills required in their industry sectors for both training and assessment and be better equipped to support their learners. MRWED has included this as an elective unit in our Certificate IV in Training and Assessment program since January 2015 and has offered a popular LLN workshop for practitioners looking to complete it as a stand-alone unit since July 2013.

The addition of a core unit on the development of effective assessment tools will help to assure employers that students graduating from VET courses will be more effectively assessed as having the necessary skills and knowledge to do the job. MRWED has offered the unit Design and develop assessment tools in our Diploma qualifications since 2011.

3. Further to this, The Australian Quality Skills Authority (ASQA) explained in a Media statement released on April 1st, 2016 that “all registered training organisations, whether currently delivering the old Cert IV TAE qualification (TAE40110) or not, will need to apply to ASQA should they wish to offer the updated qualification”.  Furthermore, they stated that “reflecting the critical role this qualification plays in assuring quality in the VET sector, all applications for this qualification will undergo enhanced scrutiny by ASQA”. This will therefore create some delay before the actual qualification can be delivered by any RTO, including MRWED.

4. On April 7th, 2016 the National VET Register was updated to include information about the new Certificate IV and Diploma products and we were able to review the accompanying transition documents which mapped the updates between versions. It was confirmed in the published packaging rules that the two new core units were included, giving the qualification a total of 10 units (9 core and 1 elective).

The update also revealed that the Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50116) was modified to include the new core unit TAELLN501 Support the development of adult language, literacy and numeracy skill, replacing the unit TAELLN401A.

5. On April 8th, 2016 MRWED was notified that it had been granted automatic extension of scope for the Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50216) as its outcomes were deemed equivalent to TAE50211. This means that MRWED is able to transition existing students in this qualification without them needing to provide additional evidence. It also means that MRWED is able to offer the new units TAEASS502 and TAELLN501 immediately.

6. On April 11th, 2016 ASQA published an update on their website which outlined the new evidence requirements for RTOs who wish to apply for TAE products to be added to their scope of registration. There are 7 additional evidence requirements listed which are aimed at ensuring that TAE providers have the highest standards in place, the most robust assessment systems and suitably qualified and experienced personnel to offer these critical VET products. Whilst applications are now open, it will take some time to compile the required evidence and submit to ASQA. This is because the new provider requirements are considerable and complex. Given that all TAE providers have to make new applications, there are also likely to be some delays experienced during the regulator’s audit process, due to the sheer volume of applications anticipated.

7. MRWED has commenced development of an upgrade strategy for our existing students together with a wider development plan to support the extension of scope application for the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) and Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50116). We have an experienced and dedicated team of developers working on the project and have engaged independent external validators, as per ASQA requirements, to support a swift transition. We anticipate lodging our extension of scope application in early May 2016.

8. Given the importance of improving assessment and foundation skills within the VET system, the AISC has recommended that the COAG Industry and Skills Council consider applying the new requirements to the existing workforce. This means that their preference is for existing holders of the TAE40110 to undertake the two additional core units contained in the new update. The COAG Industry and Skills Council have established a taskforce to consider these recommendations. We should have a response by July 2016.

It is important to note though, that the current Standards for RTOs 2015 do not require trainers and assessors of Australian Qualification Framework qualifications or statements of attainment to undertake this. Rather, they state that the TAE40110 qualification or its successor would be appropriate in meeting the human resource requirements. (See Appendix 2, Schedule 1 of the User Guide to the Standards: http://www.asqa.gov.au/users-guide-to-the-standards-for-registered-training-organisations-2015/appendices/appendix-2/appendix-2.html)

For things to change, the COAG Industry and Skills Council would have to agree with the AISC recommendations and then move to have these changes reflected as an amendment to the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 through a legislative instrument. Therefore, it could be some time before these recommendations come to fruition, if at all.

What to do if you hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

To ensure the VET workforce has appropriate skills in designing and developing assessment tools and identifying and evaluating LLN requirements, Skills Ministers have agreed to update the Standards to align with the changes to the TAE Training Package. Therefore, trainers and assessors who do not hold the relevant units, will have until 1 April 2019 to meet the new credential requirements.

What does this mean?

In addition to holding the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, you will need to hold:

Either one of the following:

  • TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

Plus one of the following:

  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
  • TAEASS502A Design and develop assessment tools
  • TAEASS502B Design and develop assessment tools.

For more information on the credential requirements for trainers and assessors visit: https://www.education.gov.au/trainer-and-assessor-credential-requirements

To review of upgrade options with MRWED visit: https://www.mrwed.edu.au/course/tae40116/tae40110-to-tae40116-upgrade

Can I still enrol in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) now?

Yes. The TAE40110 qualification is the only version of the Certificate IV in Training an Assessment that is presently available to study until extension of scope applications are processed and approved by ASQA, and the first RTOs can deliver it. The TAE40110 currently meets the minimum requirements under Clause 1.14 and 1.15 of the Standards for RTOs 2015. If you want to work in training and assessment that leads to an Australian Qualification Framework qualification or statement of attainment then it is still an appropriate qualification to enrol in. Alternatively, you could study a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education (which will also meet the human resource requirements listed in Schedule 1 of the Standards of RTOs 2015).

What if I want to enrol in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) now?

Since changes were first mooted in 2013, MRWED has worked hard to integrate the proposed amendments into our existing programs to make future transitions as seamless as possible for students. As such, all of the major changes identified in IBSA’s case for endorsement for the Certificate IV are reflected in our current offerings. We were surprised by the inclusion of the unit Design and develop assessment tools described in the AISC communique, as this was not part of the original case for endorsement and was widely unsupported by our industry during consultations. However, we recognise that it is one solution to the quality issues raised about assessment in ASQA’s strategic reviews. Until the TAE40116 is available to deliver, students can confidently enrol in MRWED’s TAE40110 program and select the new units TAELLN411 Addressing adult language, literacy and numeracy skills and TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools as electives, should they want to, so they will be able to move towards the new requirements. MRWED will be seeking extension of scope to include TAE40116 as soon as possible and will support all students in their transition from TAE40110 to TAE40116

This is the first major review of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment since 2010. We welcome these updates and look forward to integrating the changes into our program. MRWED echoes the regulator’s comments on the changes and agree that it is an important first step in a range of reforms that are required to enhance the reputation and standing of the VET industry and its workforce.

Marc Ratcliffe

CEO – MRWED Training and Assessment

To view the additional conditions for RTOs applying to ASQA to add a TAE product to their scope of registration visit: http://www.asqa.gov.au/vet-registration/deliver-training-and-assessment-qualifications/provide-evidence-when-applying-for-tae-products.html

To view the AISC communique from 1st April, 2016 visit: https://docs.education.gov.au/node/40331

To view ASQA Media Statement from 1st April, 2016 visit: http://www.asqa.gov.au/news-and-publications/newly-endorsed-certificate-iv-in-training-and-assessment1.html


Latest updates:

12th September 2017 - MRWED now has TAE40116 and TAE50116 on scope!

MRWED are proud to announce that we have been officially notified by ASQA, that our addition to scope application for both the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) and Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50116) has been approved. After an application and assessment process of 9 months, we now join 38 other approved providers nationally for the
Certificate IV and 10 other providers for the Diploma.

We will be releasing information on how to study these qualifications with us over the following weeks. A big thanks to all those who have supported us throughout this journey. We look forward to sharing our new model of delivery soon.

20th July 2017 - MRWED Received Addition to Scope Response

After more than six months, MRWED has received a response from ASQA regarding it’s Addition to Scope application for the new TAE16 qualifications. Despite submitting a comprehensive application, the organisation has been asked to provide some additional evidence and clarification to justify our proposed approach. MRWED CEO Marc Ratcliffe said “we are pleased to finally have an audit report to review and are working with the regulator to provide the additional evidence needed to meet their expectations. The TAE products are under greater scrutiny then they have ever been and the heightened rigor requested from ASQA will ultimately be a good thing for our sector.” Our additional evidence is due on the 30 th of August 2017.

7th July 2017 - Updates to trainer and assessor credential requirements to come into effect from April 2019

The Hon. Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, has released an amendment to the training and assessment credential requirements in the Standards for RTOs 2015. These have been updated to align with the Training and Education (TAE) Training Package. The TAE Training Package was updated in April 2016, with the core units Design and develop assessment tools and Address adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills being added to the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The core units of the Assessor Skill Set were also updated to include the unit Design and develop assessment tools.

To ensure the VET workforce has appropriate skills in designing and developing assessment tools and identifying and evaluating LLN requirements, Skills Ministers have agreed to update the Standards to align with the changes to the TAE Training Package. Skills Ministers agreed that trainers and assessors who do not hold the relevant units will have until 1 April 2019 to meet the new credential requirements.

For more information, please refer to:

30th June 2017 - MRWED’s application with auditor

Whilst MRWED patiently awaits the outcome of our addition to scope application, we are pleased to share that we have had confirmation from the regulator that it’ application has progressed in the queue and is currently being assessed by an auditor. As such, we are confident that we will have the new qualifications on scope by the 5 th October deadline. MRWED has some big plans for the 2017/2018 financial year with the transition to the new TAE16 training package qualifications, both inside and outside of the classroom and look forward to sharing the details once approved by ASQA.

May 2017 - TAE Update

After contacting the national regulator for a status update on our addition to scope application, MRWED was advised that our application has been allocated to an Auditor for review and analysis. Once this assessment is complete, the findings will be moderated and a report will progress through a quality assurance process.  If the application meets the standards required it will be approved and MRWED will be notified accordingly.  If however, any gaps are identified, the organisation will be given an opportunity to provide further evidence to demonstrate compliance. MRWED were also informed that it takes an average of six months to finalise an application, should an audit be required. We recognise that completing a robust evaluation of TAE applications is necessary to protect the integrity of the sector and eagerly await the outcome of the review.

23 March 2017 - PWC Update

It has all been a little quiet on TAE front since we submitted our application to add the TAE40116 and TAE50116 qualifications to our scope. We have however seen a slight amendment to the Training package making it version 2.1 updated on the 10th March 2017. The wording in the assessment conditions for 13 units listed in the Training package has been modified to better mirror the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. Below is a copy of the email sent to us from PWC.


Dear Jason,

We would like to inform you of an issue with respect to the compatibility of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 (‘RTO Standards’) and the TAE Training Package. Specifically, the issue relates to requirements in the Training Package that trainers and assessors hold certain qualifications to deliver 13 individual units of competency.

The RTO Standards say:
Trainers and assessors delivering the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Assessor Skill Set, or Advanced Assessor Skill Set must hold one of the following qualifications:

  •  TAE50111/TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  •  TAE50211/TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development, or
  •  a higher level qualification in adult education.

The TAE Training Package states in various places:

Assessors of this unit must hold the TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or the TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or be able to demonstrate equivalence of competencies. 
The Department of Education and Training has resolved that, to avoid confusion, the above clause in the 13 applicable units of competency should be removed. This action is considered a minor update to the Training Package. To be clear, this means amending the TAE Training Package only, there will be no amendment to the RTO Standards.
The affected units are: TAEASS401, TAEASS402, TAEASS403, TAEASS501, TAEASS502, TAEDEL401, TAEDEL402, TAEDEL502, TAEDES401, TAEDES402, TAEDES501, TAELLN501 and TAEPDD501.
It is our intention to make the change on or about Friday 10 March, 2017. We will also take the opportunity to make very minor amendments including typographical errors.
If you have any questions please contact our hotline on 1800 714 819 or email [email protected]com.

Kind Regards,
PwC's Skills for Australia.

13 January 2017- MRWED submits it’s application for TAE40116 and TAE50116

MRWED are thrilled to announce that we have submitted our addition to scope application to deliver the new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) and Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50116) qualifications. MRWED has spent 8 months honing the application by connecting with industry, developing new learning and assessment materials, creating streamlined mapping tools (and other systems) and validating all these with independent external validators. We are pleased to share the following snippets of feedback from the validations:

  • In reference to our Book of Readings the validator said, “This is a first class resource that addresses the content of this unit. I can see it being used as a “go to” reference long after a candidate has graduated.”
  • When commenting on our marking guides, the validator stated that “good marking guides were sighted. These are critical to ensure consistent judgements by assessors. They include ‘decision-making’ rules.”
  • In terms of industry relevance and sufficiency, the validator wrote that “the assessment activities reflect current industry practice” and “the performance evidence and knowledge evidence requirements are met.”

In the end we uploaded 138 files and provided a 62 page explanation document, which demonstrated our compliance with the application requirements. We now wait with anticipation for feedback on our application from the regulator. Given the size and scope of the application process, it will take some time for reviewers to complete their assessments. Additionally, as extra scrutiny will be given to the quality of each application and support documents, delays in processing are inevitable.

20 December 2016 - Additional guidance from ASQA

ASQA published a news item on their site which was targeted at RTOs looking at add the new TAE qualifications to their scope of registration. ASQA started that their assessment of applications to date, “clearly indicated that many providers’ TAE training and assessment strategies and practices are not of the quality required for these critical qualifications”. ASQA has identified several key areas where applicants are failing to meet the required standard. These are:

  • Ensuring the amount of training is adequate
  • Developing training and assessment strategies that provide sufficient and accurate information at a macro level to guide trainers and assessors
  • Developing assessment tools and materials that meet all the training package requirements and/or rules of evidence and principles of assessment
  • Showing how validation has contributed to the training and assessment arrangements of the RTO.

MRWED agrees that these are important issues and has taken time to review our submission documents to ensure they comply with all the requirements and are consistent with the most recent advice from the regulator. MRWED plans to submit it’s application in early January 2017.

For more information on this ASQA advice, visit: http://www.asqa.gov.au/news/3331/are-you- applying-to- add-tae- training-products- to-scope.html"

11th October 2016 - Interpretation Guide: TAE Training Package Release 2.0

On the 4th of October 2016, PwC’s Skills for Australia released their long-awaited new 'Interpretation Guide: TAE Training Package Release 2.0' on their website. Many providers, including MRWED, have been waiting to read this guide, prior to submitting the relevant addition to scope application to the regulator, to ensure that our proposed training and assessment strategies and assessment tools are consistent with the expectations of the Service Skills Organisation.

Following the updated TAE Training Package in April 2016, Skills for Australia received more than 500 queries on how it should be understood and implemented. The aim of the Interpretation Guide is to provide clear and consistent advice on how to interpret key aspects of the TAE Training Package (Release 2.0), creating a point of truth for interested stakeholders. The interpretation of the TAE Training Package in this Guide is based on the prevailing views of VET practitioners, RTOs and other stakeholders made evident through consultation sessions held by PwC’s Skills for Australia.

During the consultation process, six key areas of concern were identified in the TAE Training Package and the Interpretation Guide was designed to address these frequently raised concerns. The consultation process also generated valuable conversations on how to improve future versions of the training package. However, this Interpretation Guide is focused on providing clarity on the current version of the TAE Training Package as it stands.

To review a copy of the guide visit: http://skillsforaustralia.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=708b28ab7c08dc7b509a5baec&id=28359c1f06&e=111b8d2e5a

MRWED looks forward to submitting our addition to scope application soon, now that we have clarity on the six identified areas of concern.

7 July 2016 

It has been a very busy month at MRWED, with both the end of financial year and our application to add TAE40116 to our scope. We would like to take this opportunity to firstly say a big THANK YOU to everyone that has supported us this year and especially to those that have been involved in our industry consultations. You have provided us with some very useful feedback to help guide the development of TAE40116, TAE50116 and TAE50216.

Three months have passed since the endorsement of the new TAE qualifications and there are currently no providers listed on TGA as having TAE40116 available. This is no real surprise based on the detail and rigour of the new process to become a TAE16 provider.

We have started receiving feedback from our external validations of the TAE40110 and this has given us great confidence moving forward in our plan for TAE40116. The process of this validation has taken a little longer than we had expected, so our original time frame to submit the application has been extended.

Further to this, PwC’s Skills for Australia, the Service Skills Organisation (SSO) who is responsible for maintaining the TAE Training Package, are conducting a range of consultations around the country during July, with the aim of clarifying expectations and terminology within the new qualifications. We believe it is wise for MRWED to participate in these events to ensure that our submission meets with expectations of both the SSO and the regulator. This will of course create some additional delay. However, we are still confident that we will be in a position to commence delivery of the new qualifications at the start of the new calendar year.

Over the coming weeks we expect to have the feedback from the external validator on the TAE40116, TAE50116 and TAE50216 training and assessment strategies, learning programs and sample materials for the 6 units of competency we are required to submit as part of the application.

Finally, we have completed the development of TAEASS502 online to support the RPL kit we released in May. This along with TAELLN411 gives our students another option to achieve the 2 new core units of the TAE40116 if they are looking to do so at this early stage.

It is all systems go here at MRWED for July and we are looking forward to posting some new updates as we learn more in the coming weeks. 

Feel free to contact us for more information about any of the new TAE products or to discuss your specific situation on 1800 287 246.

10 May 2016 

Over the last few weeks the MRWED Team has been busily working away on our application to add TAE40116 and TAE50116 to our scope of registration. We have updated our training and assessment strategies, developed new materials to support the new requirements and have engaged Velg Training to conduct our external validations. Jason Ash, MRWED CIO has also begun discussions with a cross section of industries to help guide our program development and to ensure the final results better reflect industry expectations of the new qualifications. If you would like to share your thoughts on behalf of your organisation, feel free to contact Jason directly at [email protected].

TAE40116 is made up of 9 core units and 1 elective. The two additional core units included in the update of the qualification are:

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

If you are looking to attain one or both of these new units, we have a range of options for you. However, it should be noted that the requirement for the existing VET workforce to hold these units has only been proposed and is not a mandatory condition at this stage.

MRWED has been delivering TAELLN411 for some time and it is currently available through all our usual training and assessment pathways (face-to-face, online, correspondence and RPL). In terms of TAEASS502, we are excited to announce that we have developed an RPL kit to assist candidates in collecting evidence to support their claim for competency. An online and face to face option will be available very soon. Watch this space!

To download a copy of the TAEASS502 RPL kit, simply click here

* Please note, on successful completion of TAEASS502 candidates will be issued a Statement of Attainment in partial completion towards the TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development.

If you would like to know more about attaining TAEASS502, TAELLN411 or have questions about updating to TAE40116, simply subscribe to our TAE16 updates here or give us a call on 1800 287 246 to discuss your options.

27 April 2016 -  Transition arrangements

There has been some speculation about the transition arrangements for qualifications within the new TAE16 Training and Education Training package. It was great to see some clarification on this today from Christopher Robinson, the Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

The following is an excerpt from an email sent today to the CEO's of Registered Training Organisations that currently have TAE10 on scope.

The temporary extension to transition periods for training packages endorsed by the AISC in the period September 2015 to March 2016 applies to the TAE Training Package.

This extension allows an increase (from 12 months to 18 months) in the timeframe for RTOs to either complete students' training/assessment or transition students to the updated training package qualifications. As the TAE Training Package was endorsed on 18 February 2016 and released on training.gov.au on 6 April 2016, the applicable date for completion or transition of students enrolled in now superseded TAE training products is 5 October 2017.

18 April 2016 -  Requirement to upgrade TAE qualification

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has been made aware that some registered training organisations (RTOs) are distributing marketing information by e-mail indicating that all trainers and assessors must ‘upgrade’ their qualifications in order to comply with the Standards for RTOs 2015 as a result of revised qualifications in the TAE Training and Assessment Training Package, including the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. This information is not correct.

While the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has recently made a recommendation to the COAG Industry and Skills Council that the changes to the TAE training package be applied to the existing VET workforce, no decision has been made on this matter and such a decision would require changes to the Standards for RTOs 2015.

Should such a change be made, RTOs would be advised well in advance of any implementation and afforded ample time to meet the new requirements.

For an RTO to market the revised Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116), it must first be registered to deliver this qualification.

As at the date of this advice, there are no RTOs registered for this qualification, so no RTO is able to offer to provide the qualification.

To view this announcement on the ASQA website you can go to http://www.asqa.gov.au/news/3051/requirement-to-upgrade-tae-qualification.html