Background

The TAE Training Package was last reviewed in 2015 and endorsed in 2016. Since then, the VET teaching, training and assessment landscape has dramatically changed. As a result, the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) have undertaken a comprehensive, holistic review of the Training Package to ensure that it better aligns with the current (and emerging) skills needs of the sector and provides greater pathways into the profession.

The review has produced two new qualifications, with associated updates to current units of competency and the addition of new units to enable greater flexibility and choice for participants and improved “fit” for registered training organisations (RTOs).

The new qualifications are:

The Case for Endorsement and accompanying documents for Version 5 of the TAE training package were approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on 8 November 2022. The AISC are currently responsible for national training package product development within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. However, they will be replaced in 2023 by new Industry Clusters in combination with an independent Training Package Assurance function established by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR).

Following the November meeting, the proposed new training products were endorsed by Skills Ministers on the 18th of November 2022. Following this endorsement, PwC’s Skills for Australia on behalf of the Education Industry Reference (IRC)* will upload the training package to training.gov.au, with release anticipated during the week commencing 5 December 2022.

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25nd November 2022
Two new TAE qualifications endorsed

TAE40122 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

This qualification will meet the minimum education requirement for trainers and assessors operating without supervision in applicable regulated VET environments (such as TAFE Institutes and private RTOs). It will supersede but be equivalent to TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Furthermore, the Skills Service Organisation charged with the development of the TAE Training Package (PwC Skills for Australia) and the Education Industry Reference Committee, have consistently outlined their preference that holders of TAE40116 should continue to meet the requirements for Trainers and Assessors under the Standards for RTOs. As such, no mandatory “upgrades” have been proposed for the existing VET workforce and currently enrolled TAE40116 students can complete their qualifications with the confidence that they will be able to meet the necessary credential requirements to work as a trainer and assessor.

What is changing?

The TAE40116 qualification is currently comprised of 10 units, with 9 core units and 1 elective unit. In comparison, the new TAE40122 qualification will be made up of 12 units, consisting of 6 core units and 6 electives. This will allow for unprecedented choice and the ability to specialise in different focus areas. Following are the proposed new packaging rules.

TAE40122 CERTIFICATE IV IN TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT PACKAGING RULES

Total number of units = 12
6 core units
plus
6 elective units, of which:

  • At least 3 must be from Group A
  • The remaining may be any elective unit listed below
  • Up to 2 may be from any currently endorsed Certificate III or above training package qualification or accredited course; of these, no more than 1 may be selected from a Certificate III.

Elective units chosen must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment, not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification, and contribute to a valid vocational outcome for entry-level VET teachers, trainers and assessors.

Core units


  • TAEASS412 Assess competence
  • TAEASS413 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEDEL411 Facilitate vocational training
  • TAEDES411 Use nationally recognised training products to meet vocational training needs
  • TAEDES412 Design and develop plans for vocational training
  • TAEPDD401 Work effectively in the VET sector

Elective units

Group A: Training and assessment

  • TAEASS404 Assess competence in an online environment
  • TAEASS512 Design and develop assessment tools*
  • TAEASS514 Develop and implement plans for recognition of prior learning
  • TAEDEL311 Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL405 Plan, organise and facilitate online learning
  • TAEDEL412 Facilitate workplace-based learning
  • TAEDEL413 Facilitate distance-based training
  • TAEDEL414 Mentor in the workplace
  • TAEDEL415 Complete a practicum in a vocational education and training environment
  • TAEDEL416 Facilitate learning for young vocational learners
  • TAETAS411 Maintain training and assessment information
Group B: Learner support

  • TAELLN421 Integrate core skills support into training and assessment
  • TAELLN422 Use foundation skills resources, strategies and advice
  • TAELLN423 Integrate employability skills support into training and assessment
  • TAEXDB411 Plan and implement individual support plans for learners with disability
  • TAEXDB511 Develop and implement training and assessment strategies for learners with disability
Group C: General

  • BSBAUD411 Participate in quality audits
  • BSBAUD412 Work within compliance frameworks
  • BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • BSBTWK401 Build and maintain business relationships

TAE50122 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training

This qualification will be a successor to TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development. It will supersede but unlike the Certificate IV program, it will not be equivalent to the previous iterations. However, the prior qualifications can still be used to meet the credential requirements for trainers and assessors.

TAE50122 aims to reflect the diverse roles of experienced workers operating in the VET sector. This includes:

  • Advanced training and assessment job roles where individuals are responsible for delivering training and assessment services, including promoting innovative practices and leading other VET teachers, trainers and assessors.
  • Design and development job roles where individuals are responsible for designing and developing training and assessment strategies, usually for registered training organisations (RTOs), including analysing training needs and designing training solutions and products to meet industry standards and compliance requirements.
  • VET leadership job roles where individuals are responsible for providing mentoring, guidance and advice to entry-level VET teachers, trainers and assessors, including supporting quality and compliance operations.

What is changing?

Primarily, the former diploma qualifications are being collapsed into a single diploma program. In fact, the TAE50122 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training will offer three different specialisations to reflect the wide range of job roles undertaken by experienced individuals within the VET sector.

The TAE50116 and TAE50216 qualifications are presently comprised of 10 units. Whereas the new TAE50122 qualification will be made up of 12 units. Further to this, there will be greater choice of electives than ever before, with only 3 core units and 9 electives forming the basis of the qualification. Following are the proposed new packaging rules.

TAE50122 DIPLOMA OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PACKAGING RULES

Total number of units = 12
3 core units plus
9 elective units, of which:

  • At least 5 must be from the chosen specialisation group A, B or C
  • The remaining may be any elective unit listed below
  • Up to 2 may be from this or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course, provided that no more than 1 of these 2 units is from a Certificate IV qualification.

Elective units chosen must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment, not duplicate the outcome of another unit chosen for the qualification, and contribute to a valid vocational outcome for personnel in the VET sector working at this level.

Core units


  • TAEDES511 Design and develop strategies for training and assessment*
  • TAEDES515 Evaluate training
  • TAEPDD511 Maintain and enhance professional practice

Specialisations

One of the following three specialisations must be used for this qualification:

  • Advanced Training and Assessment
  • Design and Development
  • VET Leadership.

The achievement of a specialisation will be identified on testamurs as follows:

  • TAE50122 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (Advanced Training and Assessment)
  • TAE50122 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (Design and Development)
  • TAE50122 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET Leadership)
Advanced training and assessment

Select at least 5 elective units from Group A Advanced Training and Assessment, 1 of which must be:

• TAEASS512 Design and develop assessment tools*.

Design and development

Select at least 5 elective units from Group B Design and Development, 1 of which must be:

• TAEASS512 Design and develop assessment tools*.

VET leadership

Select at least 5 elective units from Group C VET Leadership.

Elective units

Group A: Advanced training and assessment

  • TAEASS512 Design and develop assessment tools*

Plus at least 4 of the following units:

  • BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
  • TAEASS511 Lead assessment*
  • TAEASS513 Lead assessment moderation and validation processes*
  • TAEASS514 Develop and implement plans for recognition of prior learning
  • TAEDEL511 Facilitate e-learning
  • TAEDEL512 Lead training facilitation*
  • TAELLN511 Lead the development of adult literacy skills
  • TAELLN512 Lead the development of adult numeracy skills
  • TAEPDD502 Lead and mentor VET teachers, trainers and assessors
  • TAERES511 Apply research to training and assessment practice
Group B: Design and development

  • TAEASS512 Design and develop assessment tools*

Plus at least 4 of the following units:

  • TAEASS514 Develop and implement plans for recognition of prior learning
  • TAEDES512 Design and develop print-based learning resources
  • TAEDES513 Design and develop e-learning resources
  • TAEDES514 Research and develop nationally recognised training products
  • TAETAS511 Undertake organisational training needs analysis
Group C: VET leadership

  • BSBAUD511 Initiate quality audits
  • BSBAUD512 Lead quality audits
  • BSBAUD513 Report on quality audits
  • BSBAUD514 Interpret compliance requirements
  • BSBAUD515 Evaluate and review compliance
  • BSBCMM511 Communicate with influence
  • BSBLDR522 Manage people performance
  • BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments
  • BSBSTR502 Facilitate continuous improvement
  • BSBSTR503 Develop organisational policy
  • TAEASS513 Lead assessment moderation and validation processes*
  • TAEICR511 Work in partnership with industry, enterprises and community groups
  • TAEPDD502 Lead and mentor VET teachers, trainers and assessors
  • TAERES511 Apply research to training and assessment practice
  • TAETAS511 Undertake organisational training needs analysis
Group D Learner support

  • BSBTWK501 Lead diversity and inclusion
  • TAELLN511 Lead the development of adult literacy skills
  • TAELLN512 Lead the development of adult numeracy skills
  • TAEXDB511 Develop and implement training and assessment strategies for learners with disability

* Note the following prerequisite unit requirements.

UNITS IN THIS QUALIFICATIONPREREQUISITE UNIT
TAEASS511 Lead assessmentTAEASS412 Assess competence**
TAEASS512 Design and develop assessment toolsTAEASS413 Participate in assessment validation**
TAEASS513 Lead assessment moderation and validation processesTAEASS413 Participate in assessment validation**
TAEDEL512 Lead training facilitationTAEDEL411 Facilitate accredited vocational training**
TAEDES511 Design and develop strategies for training and assessmentTAEDES411 Use nationally recognised training products for accredited vocational training and assessment**

** or previous versions of this unit