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TAE40116 - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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This qualification reflects the roles of individuals delivering training and assessment services in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

This qualification (or the skill sets derived from units of competency within it) is also suitable preparation for those engaged in the delivery of training and assessment of competence in a workplace context, as a component of a structured VET program.

Often regarded as the most important and fundamental course in the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) industry, the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is the benchmark qualification for any individual who will be delivering training and assessment in VET.

You should consider undertaking this qualification if:

  • You are interested in becoming a qualified trainer and assessor
  • You are working in a Registered Training Organisation
  • You are a teacher involved in Vocational Education & Training pathways
  • You are passionate about adult learning
  • You are required to train and/or assess in nationally recognised units of competency

Skills Developed

You will develop all the skills required to become a qualified trainer and assessor. Please note that you will only be allowed to train and assess in areas you are competent (or hold suitable experience) in. You will develop a good understanding of the Vocational Education and Training industry on both a holistic and operational level.

Units of Competency

TAEDES402     Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

TAELLN411      Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

TAEDES401     Design and develop learning programs

TAEDEL401      Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

TAEASS401      Plan assessment activities and processes

TAEASS502      Design and develop assessment tools

TAEDEL402      Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

TAEASS402      Assess competence

TAEASS403      Participate in assessment validation

TAEDEL301      Provide work skill instruction*

*This is an AITT pre-selected elective unit.


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The volume of learning of a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is typically six months to two years.

Delivery Particulars

This qualification is delivered as blended learning

Workshops will be provided at an AiTT campus (or a centrally located facility) on a rolling intake and flexible timetable. Students will have the opportunity to attend workshops based on their negotiated training plan and availability. Students may be required to attend each workshop during the 24-month period of enrolment; depending on their negotiated training plan. Some assessment activities will occur in class, however between workshops, students must undertake specific allocated learning and assessment activities, project work and workplace based assessment (in a VET context).

Workshop Outline

Each workshop will include 2 units of competency. They have been strategically designed, grouped and structured to provide students with sufficient preparation and practice to successfully complete the qualification.


Each workshop is typically 80 hours duration over 10 days, 8 hours per day. Summary of volume of learning for each unit of competency is listed below. It is expected that each student will undertake approximately 40 hours per week of self-paced study and/or on-the-job training during the entire period of enrolment, i.e. 24 months. Variation will be dependent on the student’s individual study plan followed by their ability to develop the necessary application of skills and knowledge for each unit of competency. Extensions may be granted on an individual needs’ basis.

Workshop schedule 

Workshop Breakdown / Breakdown of Hours

Total Hours

Workshop: 1 – VET Context (80 Hours)


TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs


TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills


Post Workshop / Self-Paced: Research, Assessment Tasks and Project:

TAEDES402 (50 Hours) + TAELLN411 (100 Hours)


Workshop: 2 - Learning Programs (80 Hours)


TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning


TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs


Post Workshop / Self-Paced: Research, Assessment Tasks, Project

TAEDEL401 (120 Hours) + TAEDES401 (100 Hours)


Workshop: 3 – Assessment Plan and Design (80 Hours)


TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes


TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tool


Post Workshop / Self-Paced: Research, Assessment Tasks and Project

TAEASS401 (91 Hours) + TAEASS502 (75 Hours)


Workshop: 4 - Workplace Delivery (80 Hours)


TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace


TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction


Post Workshop / Self-Paced: Research, Assessment Tasks, Project

TAEDEL402 (90 Hours) + TAEDEL301 (70 Hours)


Workshop: 5 – Assess and Validate (80 Hours)


TAEASS402 Assess competence


TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation


Post Workshop / Self-Paced: Research, Assessment Tasks, Project

TAEASS402 (123 Hours) + TAEASS403 (75 Hours)



Total Hours required to complete the Qualification

Workshop Delivery Hours


Self-Paced Study, Research, Assessment Tasks & Project Hours


Total Hours required to complete the Qualification



Student Support

Students will have the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and attitude in a classroom workshop environment before undertaking assessment in a training and assessment context.

Structured workshops and study/tutorial sessions are available to provide further support to students. Depending on the student cohort, some workshops will be mandatory (refer to Learning and assessment arrangements included in this document). 

All students will have the support of a trainer and a mentor throughout their qualification. The mentor will support the student throughout the learning process and ensure that students have received the appropriate amount of training in each skill and knowledge area and can practice and apply the skills and knowledge requirements of each unit of competency. Each mentor will have the necessary qualifications required of assessors of this qualification. (Ref:  Training and Assessment Staff section of this document)

Each student will have the opportunity to fully acquire and absorb the required knowledge, and develop skills over time prior to being assessed. To effectively attain the required knowledge and skills of each unit of competency, each student may be required to participate in class workshops, conduct their own research and complete review activities. 

Students attending workshops will have access to laptop computers, free internet facilities, a simulated classroom arrangement, presentation aides (e.g. White boards, Flip charts and AV equipment) and training resources inclusive of training package materials, and required assessment aides. Student guides and copies of PowerPoint Presentations, as well as other reference material will be provided to assist students in completing the qualification.

Assessment Tasks:

Please note that all students will be required to undertake all of the following key tasks prior to achievement of the qualification. Students will have the opportunity to provide workplace documents, 3rd Party Reports and other evidence to support performance and work under supervision or the guidance of a mentor and workplace supervisor to undertake these activities in a training and assessment context:

  1. Planning and organising the assessment process (including the development of suitable assessment instruments) on a minimum of three (3) separate occasions plus two (2) Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessments - using different endorsed or accredited units of competency (or clusters of units of competency) for each occasion. This will include contextualisation and / or reasonable adjustment of delivery and assessment- of at least one candidate.
  2. Assessing at least five (5) candidates against at least one endorsed or accredited unit of competency according to the organisation's assessment processes and practices (assessments must be undertaken under the supervision of a qualified assessor and cover an entire unit of competency for each candidate, including: the application of different assessment methods).
  3. Designing, developing and reviewing a minimum of two (2) learning programs
  4. Facilitating group-based learning by preparing and delivering at least three (3) training sessions, including at least two (2) consecutive sessions of at least 40 minutes’ duration, to a learner group of at least eight (8) individuals.
  5. Carrying out a minimum of three (3) training sessions, involving demonstrating and instructing particular work skills for at least two (2) different individuals or small groups
  6. Actively participating in a minimum of three (3) validation sessions that address the critical aspects of validation


Payment Options

Option 1: Full upfront payment of $2,000 (where a payment exceeds $1,500, AITT will hold the remaining funds in security).

Option 2: 12 Month Payment Plan ($500 deposit + 12 monthly payments of $125). No additional fees or charges apply.

- WorkReady funded - $500* (terms & eligibility criteria apply)

You may be eligible for WorkReady funding if you live in South Australia. Entry is subject to availability and eligibility criteria. For more information, see: www.skills.sa.gov.au


Recognition of Prior Learning

AITT has a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy to ensure that an individual’s prior learning, achieved through formal and informal training, work experience or other life experiences, is appropriately recognised. This recognition may assist students to progress faster through a unit of competency or allow the student full credit.

Where a student has expressed in the enrolment form their interest for completing the course through the RPL pathway, the student will be provided with an eligibility assessment prior to enrolment. This may come in the form of a written self-assessment and/or an interview. If deemed eligible, the student will proceed with the RPL process.

Qualification Pathways

Following successful completion of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, the following pathways are available:

TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development

TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training

Entry Requirements into the Course:

Those entering this program must be able to demonstrate vocational competency in their proposed training and assessing area. Vocational competency is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, and may include, but is not limited to, holding a relevant unit of competency or qualification. As a minimum requirement, learners should be able to communicate, plan and organise resources and to use a range of presentation packages.

Each student will be required to undertake an eligibility assessment process to determine their existing vocational competency. (ref: Appendix) The eligibility assessment process will require students to supply copies of their resume along with verified copies of qualifications showing their vocational competencies as a trainer / assessor in their chosen industry. This will be followed by an interview with an AiTT Trainer / Assessor (Ref: Training and Assessment Staff below) to determine the level of prior competency.

All students enrolling with AiTT undertake a pre-enrolment and LLN assessment. If it is determined that assistance is required, AiTT can offer advice of alternate learning pathways or refer students to other support, which may include an LLN specialist that will assist them to undertake the relevant qualification of study.

It is recommended that students:

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Have sound language and literacy skills (at least Year 10 English, or equivalent)
  • Have completed a secondary level Year 11 or undertaken equivalent training
  • Have basic computer skills

Students are also required to:

  • Obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI);
  • Provide a valid ID with his/her picture and signature;
  • Undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Evaluation; and
  • Undertake a competency assessment/RPL eligibility assessment before starting the course

Pre-enrolment assessment

All learners are required to complete a pre-enrolment assessment prior to starting the course.

The pre-enrolment assessment process helps AITT determine:

  • If the student meets the minimum LLN requirements and/or if LLN support will be required
  • If the student meets pre-requisite course requirements (see above)
  • If the student is eligible for RPL
  • The most suitable program pathway for the learner (please see Training and Assessment Schedule for more details)
  • The pre-enrolment assessment includes:
  • Initial interview
  • LLN Assessment
  • Competency Assessment (to determine RPL eligibility and/or most suitable course pathway)