MRWED has now combined the Zoom webinar platform with our popular self-paced online program to create a facilitator-led, online learning program via Zoom! This option continues to use the online learning platform Canvas to host and coordinate training and assessment activities, whilst also adding an extra level of support via scheduled Zoom sessions. During these live, facilitator-led sessions, a MRWED Learning Leader will introduce students to critical course content, in a way that often mimics the dynamic interactions of our face-to-face training. They will also provide additional coaching and support to learners to aid in the preparation of projects and completion of other assessment activities.

PRICE: $350.00

As with the face-to-face experience the TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools workshop covers the following topics:

  • Determine the focus and purpose of assessment tools
  • Tips on designing assessment tools and instruments
  • Practice developing assessment tools and instruments
  • Review, trial and report on assessment tools
  • Contextualisation of assessment tools
  • Using the rules of evidence and technical principles of assessment
  • Principles of reasonable adjustment

During this cluster, students will participate in a range of learning activities and complete several practical tasks. These include forum posts, responses to case studies, simulations, development of assessment tools, peer review, self-evaluation and will have the opportunity to work closely with the MRWED Learner Success Team.

All participants will have access to mentoring from the MRWED Learner Success Team (LST) along with structured webinar-based tutorials and a comprehensive suite of resources with which to read/view/reflect and share.

Frequently Asked Questions

I previously achieved TAE40110 and I have completed TAEASS502 and TAELLN411, so am I entitled to be awarded TAE40116?

Not yet. Two of the TAE40110 Units are non-equivalent to the current core units that have superseded them. To obtain TAEASS401 and TAEASS403 additional assessments need to be completed to satisfy evidence gaps. MRWED’s eRPL Upgrade to TAE40116 course specifically addresses these gaps.

No study is required to obtain the updated units. TAEASS502A and TAEASS502B are both equivalent to TAEASS502, so a Credit Transfer can be awarded for either of these units. TAELLN401A is equivalent to TAELLN411, so a Credit Transfer can be awarded. Students enrolled with MRWED are provided complimentary Credit Transfers without any extra fee.

In July 2017, Skills Ministers agreed to update the training and assessment credential requirements in line with the changes to the TAE Training Package, to ensure the VET workforce has appropriate skills in designing and developing assessment tools and identifying and evaluating LLN requirements.

This means that trainers and assessors who hold TAE40110 need only obtain the two new core units of TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools and TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills (or equivalent) to meet the requirements.

The changes are now reflected in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. For more information and FAQs visit: https://www.education.gov.au/trainer-and-assessor-credential-requirements

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/codeendices/codeendix-2/codeendix-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.

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

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