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TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment – Teacher’s RPL+GAP training

Don’t let COVID-19 slow you down! It’s a great time to study and make progress with your career. Exciting new online course delivery option now available!

• Deliver vocational education and training (VET) training in your school or organisation!
• Need a ‘sea change’?  Start a new career as a TAFE or private RTO trainer!
• Gain employment in the lucrative Australian vocational education sector!
• Increase your value with Australia’s most popular training qualification!!


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Have you worked within the last two years as a qualified teacher, as a lecturer within higher education or as an enterprise trainer, and now want to move into adult vocational education?  This pathway is based upon recognition of prior learning (RPL) for suitably experienced training facilitators, plus gap unit training delivered via face-to-face class or via live and interactive webinars.  This option is restricted to experienced school teachers, trainers and presenters who are looking to expand their abilities, or who desire a ‘sea change’ into the world of adult education within the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification allows you to train and assess all nationally-recognised qualifications (i.e., from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma) and units of competency within your vocational areas of competence.

This RPL plus gap training process was designed specifically for teachers and experienced trainers.  It incorporates RPL to cover the skills and knowledge already possessed by experienced teachers (there’s no wasting time learning things you already know!) and provides training only for the gap knowledge and gap skills.  This allows you to receive your TAE40116 qualification with the least amount of hassle.

You must first check your eligibility for the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment via the Teachers’ RPL and gap training course by submitting our online eligibility form.


Why RPL plus gap training?

There are many advantages in completing your TAE40116 via this program:

  • We deliver the goods!  We’ve helped hundreds of teachers obtain their Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification who have provided us average quarterly feedback scores of over 4 out of 5!
  • RPL reduces or eliminates the need for any training in skills and knowledge you already possess.
  • We offer this option via RPL process plus gap training provided over a seven-day workshop (plus ongoing live / interactive webinar support if needed), or via live / interactive webinar only.
  • Our experienced trainers know how to keep teachers motivated and engaged during an exciting workshop.
  • Pay nothing upfront with our six month interest free flexible payment plans.

What’s Covered?

The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment consists of the following units of competency.

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FURTHER INFO:

QualificationsTAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Nationally Recognised?Yes
Course CodeTAE40116
Delivery Modes
  • RPL plus gap training via face-to-face classes plus virtual (webinar-based) online training
  • RPL plus gap training via virtual (webinar-based) classes plus online learning
  • RPL plus gap training via self-paced learning and assessment
Click HERE for current delivery locations (these may change from time to time).
DurationStudents undertaking training have 12 months (except our 6-month TAE40116 Teachers' Distance+ course) from their enrolment date to complete their studies and submit all assessment workbooks for this course. (Students may extend the duration of their enrolment on a month-by-month basis – extra fees apply as detailed in our schedule of fees.) Students may complete and submit their assessment workbooks at any time during their enrolment.
Assessment Turnaround The turnaround time for assessment submissions received by Plenty Training is approximately 20 working days from the date it is received. This time frame can vary depending on the number of assessment submissions being received at any given time. Once a student is deemed competent in all units they will be issued with their qualification within 30 calendar days.
WorkloadThe Course Workload & Assessment table available in the Units Tab above summarises the anticipated student workload as per our Training and Assessment Strategy for this qualification. Note that it excludes the hours associated with the units of competence for which you are eligible for RPL. This represents the notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes. These figures represent a combination of all formal training delivered in this course (however students are not obligated to avail themselves of all offered training and resources), and the anticipated self-study and assessment workload for a student who has no knowledge or skills in any of the content of the delivered units.
AssessmentAssessment methods include:
  • Direct observation
  • Product-based methods
  • Portfolio
  • Questioning
  • Third-party testimonial
All students receive learner's guides and assessment workbooks via our online portal. You can either work through the assessment workbooks on your computer or complete a printed version by hand.
RPL candidates must check their suitability for RPL prior to enrolment.
Student AuthenticityWe are obliged under the Standards for RTOs 2015 to ensure the authenticity of our students’ submitted assessment work. Students are required to:
  • A. Present a valid form of government-issued photo identification card (such as a driver’s license) for our trainer to review at the commencement of all face-to-face classes;
  • B. Include a paper or scanned copy of your government-issued photo identification when submitting any video recording of you undertaking an assessment task remotely; and
  • C. Provide us with your Unique Student Identifier (USI)
Start Dates
  • Intensive+ face-to-face workshop plus online learning – Check the schedule above for course dates
  • Virtual+ class plus online learning – Check the schedule for start dates (you can then attend sessions in any order you choose)
  • Distance+ course - Start anytime!
Awarded ByPlenty Training (RTO #32371)
Career PathwaysThere are a number of job role opportunities available to those who hold this nationally recognised qualification, including Vocational Education Teacher, Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Trainer, E-learning Facilitator and Training Advisor.
Similar Courses
  • TAELLN411: Address Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • TAESS00011: Assessor Skill Set
  • TAE40116: Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
  • TAEASS502: Design and Develop Assessment Tools
  • Dual Diploma: TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training & TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development
Enrolment T&CsEnrolment into this course is as per the terms and conditions as listed in our Student Guide. Please review these terms and conditions prior to enrolment.
Refer to our information above to familiarise yourself with the volume of learning requirements of this course as well as the turnaround time for submitted assessments before enrolling.

Our new and improved Teachers’ Intensive+ class offers students the incredible opportunity to complete all practical assessment tasks under the guidance of a qualified trainer.

The Intensive+ class program consists of:

  • RPL for units BSBCMM401, TAEDEL401 and TAEDEL402*
  • Seven days of face-to-face training delivered via two clusters (design and assessment)
  • Three days of trainer-led interactive online sessions covering units TAEASS402 (one-day) and TAELLN411 (two-days)
  • Completion of all practical assessment activities^ in the face-to-face or interactive online environments
  • Pre-class activities covering some course theory and class preparation
  • Recorded lessons covering course unit theory available 24/7
  • Monthly support via Virtual+ class (described below, if needed)
  • Recorded online tutorials covering unit assessment ‘how to’ information
  • Weekly trainer-led Q&A support sessions
  • Out-of-class assessment activities

^ A practical assessment activity is defined as an assessment task where you must have access to other individuals, groups or a qualified trainer and assessor to meet the task requirements. For example short answer questions are not considered a practical activity.

The Intensive+ class option offers students comprehensive trainer support via both face-to-face training and an interactive online learning platform (Adobe Connect). Read about what to expect at a class here.


The Seven-Day Teachers’ Intensive+ face-to-face classes consists of the following components:

1. An RPL application

2. A seven-day class delivered as one x two-day workshop and one x five-day workshop: Students will attend a total of seven days in class delivered via two clusters (design and assessment) in scheduled locations. Pre-class activities covering unit theory lessons and pre-class preparation are required for each cluster.

Units will be delivered in the following order (delivery order may change without notice):

Week Day Schedule Intensive Workshop Units
DESIGN CLUSTER
Day One TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
Day Two TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
ASSESSMENT
CLUSTER
Day One TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
Day Two TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
Day Three TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
Day Four TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
Day Five TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation

3.Interactive online sessions: You will attend a total of three days online for units TAEASS402 (one-day) and TAELLN411 (two-days). These sessions are interactive and will be delivered via the Adobe Connect platform.

4. Virtual classes plus online learning and support: You have the option to attend monthly, live virtual-class sessions led by a trainer covering all unit theory, as well as access to recorded tutorials covering unit assessment information and weekly trainer-led Q&A sessions. All virtual classes are recorded and made available to students on-demand via their online student portal.

5. Out-of-class activities: You will be required to undertake the majority of assessment activities outside the classroom. This time will vary from student to student, but may be an average of 16 hours per unit of competency.

6. Independent learning and assessment activities: Students will reflect on, consider and, where possible, integrate their learning into their professional practice.

Read about what to expect at a class here.

*SAVE 10% off your enrolment into our TAE40116 Virtual+ Class when you enrol before 30 September 2021! This discount is not available in conjunction with any other discounts or promotions and is only available between 1 – 30 September 2021.

This type of learning environment offers the perfect blend of flexibility and support. Students can attend live sessions consisting of trainer-led discussions, and participation in group collaboration activities from any location without the cost or hassle of travelling to a particular venue. All unit theory is delivered via recorded lessons available 24/7.

Plus, students who are looking for extra support can choose to attend optional face-to-face workshops (fees apply) where the practical assessment activities are completed. This means you can access as little or as much support as you need throughout your course – where else can you customise your training?

The only thing needed is a computer with reasonable Internet connection, webcam, and audio functionality. Read more about the massive benefit of virtual classes here. 

The Virtual+ class course consists of:

  • RPL for units BSBCMM401, TAEDEL401 and TAEDEL402*
  • Seven live and interactive online sessions with a trainer developing practical elements of each workbook, delivered monthly throughout the duration of the course which you can repeat as many times as you want! **
  • Recorded lessons covering all course unit theory (available 24/7)
  • One-day interactive online assessment workshop for unit TAEASS402^
  • Recorded online tutorials covering unit assessment ‘how to’ information
  • Weekly trainer-led Q&A support sessions
  • NO vocational placement required!
  • Independent learning and assessment activities

Information on the difference between the Intensive+ and Virtual+ assessment workload is here.

*RPL is not automatically granted. There is a requirement to complete short answer questions for all three units of competency. Some of these questions will relate to Adult Learning Theories and Principles and may require some research. If RPL for TAEDEL402 cannot be achieved, it can be trained via webinar from within the student portal.

**During each session you will interact with your trainer and fellow students. You will have the opportunity to develop drafts, network with other students and gain valuable hands-on experience with many of the assessment tasks. These practical elements will not cover any assessment tasks which are required to be observed, however, you will have the opportunity to link up with fellow attendees to complete these tasks at a later date. You can attend the same live session multiple times once you have viewed the corresponding unit theory lessons. We recommend that students attend or review approximately one session per month over the 12 months of the course.

^Availability in our new interactive online TAEASS402 workshop is limited to provide the best student experience. Students must have access to a computer with audio and webcam functionality to attend this workshop. Students also have the option to undertake the assessment activities for this unit independently or in a workplace, subject to meeting all pre-requisites. See PRE-REQUISITES section for full details.

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Optional face-to-face workshops

Our optional face-to-face workshops are a fantastic option for Virtual+ Class students looking to take advantage of the flexibility that online study has to offer and also pick and choose where they want extra support. It’s not all or nothing at Plenty!

So how does it work for our Teacher’s RPL+GAP course?

Delivered via two clusters, students can choose to attend one or two clusters throughout their enrolment period. Within these sessions students will cover all the practical assessment tasks for each of the units included in the cluster.

Workshops available include:

  • Design cluster covering units TAEDES401 and TAEDES402 (two-days)
  • Assessment cluster covering units TAEASS401, TAEASS403 and TAEASS502 (five-days)

Comprehensive information about our workshops is available HERE.


The Teachers’ Virtual+ classes consists of the following components:

1. An RPL application kit.

2. Trainer-led and student collaboration sessions: You are able to attend live virtual sessions which are offered every month. All sessions are scheduled within a five-day block, and you can attend as many or as few sessions as your personal circumstances allow. You may re-attend live sessions as many times as is required to gain a full understanding of how to tackle assessment tasks. Sessions can be attended from anywhere provided you have a computer with a reasonable Internet connection, webcam and audio functionality. During each session you will have the opportunity to develop drafts, network with other students and gain valuable hands-on experience with many of the assessment tasks. These practical elements will not cover any assessment tasks which are required to be observed, however, you will have the opportunity to link up with fellow attendees to complete these tasks at a later date. You can read full information about virtual classes here, and view the schedule for all upcoming sessions here.

In addition to these webinars, students also have access to recorded online tutorials covering unit assessment ‘how to’ information, and fortnightly trainer-led Q&A support sessions.

The webinars will run in the following order each month:

  • Session 1: TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
  • Session 2: TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
  • Session 3: (if required) TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • Session 4: N/A
  • Session 5: TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills (full-day session)
  • Session 6: TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
  • Session 7: TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
  • Session 8: TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools (full-day session)

3. Recorded unit theory lessons: You are able to view several recorded lessons covering the unit theory, multiple lessons are available for each of the units in this course (excluding TAEDEL401 and BSBCMM401). Recorded unit theory lessons are available 24/7 and can be viewed as many times as necessary to understand the content as required.

4. TAEASS402 assessment activities:  Unit TAEASS402 Assess competence requires you to conduct assessments under the supervision of a qualified trainer / assessor.  You may either:

  • Attend a one-day interactive online workshop provided by Plenty Training in which you may undertake these assessment activities (attendance at one of these regularly-scheduled workshops is included in your Virtual+ course fee); or
  • Undertake these assessment activities independently or in your workplace, subject to the following:
    • You must have access to someone who possesses either (1) the TAE50111/TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or (2) the TAE50211/TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development or (3) a higher level qualification in adult education, and is willing to supervise you undertaking these assessment activities.  This person must be able to provide a copy of their qualification, evidence that they have current industry skills directly relevant to assessments, have current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning, and have undertaken recent professional development in the fields of the knowledge and practice of competency based training and assessment.
    • You must have access to at least five real candidates within the vocational education and training (VET) context who are willing for you to undertake assessments of them.

5. Out-of-class activities: You must undertake assessment activities outside the virtual session time. This time will vary from student to student, but may be an average of 16 hours per unit of competency.

6. Independent learning and assessment activities: students will reflect on, consider and, where possible, integrate their learning into their professional practice.

(Note: All webinar sessions (including any verbal contribution made by you) will be recorded and may subsequently used as a pre-recorded webinar for access by other students.  However no personal details are made available from the recording.)

*SAVE 10% off your enrolment into our TAE40116 12-month Distance+ Course when you enrol before 30 September 2021! This discount is not available in conjunction with any other discounts or promotions and is only available between 1 – 30 September 2021.

Our popular Distance+ course is available with either a 6-month or 12-month enrolment duration. Our 6-month course is recommended for individuals who have an understanding of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and have some experience in the training industry.

If you are new to the VET sector we strongly recommend that you enrol in our 12-month courses. Prior to enrolment in this pathway please CLICK HERE to familiarise yourself on the difference between our 6 and 12-month Distance+ course options.

The Distance+ course consists of:

  • 12-month or 6-month enrolment options. CLICK HERE for more information.
  • RPL for units BSBCMM401, TAEDEL401 and TAEDEL402*
  • Seven recorded webinars covering course unit theory (available 24/7)
  • Recorded online tutorials covering unit assessment ‘how to’ information
  • Interactive online TAEASS402 Assess Competence workshop^ (new delivery option)
  • NO vocational placement required!
  • FREE weekly Q&A assessment support sessions
  • Independent learning and self-paced assessment activities

*RPL is not automatically granted. There is a requirement to complete short answer questions for all three units of competency. Some of these questions will relate to Adult Learning Theories and Principles and may require some research. If RPL for TAEDEL402 cannot be achieved, it can be trained via webinar from within the student portal.

^Availability in our new interactive online TAEASS402 workshop is limited to provide the best student experience. Students must have access to a computer with audio and webcam functionality to attend this workshop. The schedule for this exciting new workshop will be released shortly! This unit should be completed towards the end of the course so there is plenty of time to enrol now and book into this workshop later.

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The Teachers’ Distance+course consists of a combination of:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning: Distance learning students enrolled into the Teachers RPL+ GAP training course can gain up to three unit via RPL.
  • Self-paced learning and assessment: Distance learning students access their learning materials electronically, interact with their instructors and assessors via telephone or email, and submit their completed assessments via the student admin centre. Your Learner Guide and Assessment Workbook is included in the student portal, and you will work through these at your own pace.
  • Independent learning and assessment activities: Wherever possible, it will be beneficial to consider and integrate your learning into your professional practice.
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*RPL is not automatically granted. There is a requirement to complete short answer questions for all three units of competency. Some of these questions will relate to Adult Learning Theories and Principles and may require some research. If RPL for TAEDEL402 cannot be achieved, it can be trained via webinar from within the Learner Portal.

^A practical assessment activity is defined as an assessment task where you must have access to other individuals, groups or a qualified trainer and assessor to meet the task requirements. For example short answer questions are not considered a practical activity.


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  • Prepare a presentation
  • Deliver a presentation
  • Review the presentation

  • Determine assessment approach
  • Prepare the assessment plan
  • Develop assessment instruments

  • Prepare for assessment
  • Gather quality evidence
  • Support the candidate
  • Make the assessment decision
  • Record and report the assessment decision
  • Review the assessment process

  • Prepare for validation
  • Contribute to validation process
  • Contribute to validation outcomes

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

  • Interpret learning environment and delivery requirements
  • Prepare session plans
  • Prepare resources for delivery
  • Deliver and facilitate training sessions
  • Support and monitor learning

  • Establish effective work environment for learning
  • Develop a work-based learning pathway
  • Establish the learning-facilitation relationship
  • Implement work-based learning pathway
  • Maintain and develop the learning/facilitation relationship
  • Close and evaluate the learning/facilitation relationship
  • Monitor and review the effectiveness of the work-based learning pathway

  • Define parameters of the learning program
  • Work within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) policy framework
  • Develop program content
  • Design structure of the learning program

  • Select appropriate training package or accredited course
  • Analyse and interpret the qualifications framework
  • Analyse and interpret units of competency and accredited modules
  • Contextualise units and modules for client applications
  • Analyse and interpret assessment guidance

  • Analyse LLN requirements
  • Select and use resources and strategies to address LLN skill requirements
  • Use specialist LLN support where required
  • Evaluate effectiveness of learning support and assessment strategies in addressing LLN requirements

The following table summarises the anticipated student workload as per our Training and Assessment Strategy for this qualification. Note that it excludes the hours associated with the units of competence for which you are eligible for RPL. This represents the notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes. These figures represent a combination of all formal training delivered in this course (however students are not obligated to avail themselves of all offered training and resources), and the anticipated self-study and assessment workload for a student who has no knowledge or skills in any of the content of the delivered units.

Entry to the teacher’s TAE40116 RPL+GAP training course is restricted to experienced teachers, trainers and presenters who possess the following experience, and who can provide evidence of each:

  • recently delivered at least 40 hours of structured training or presentations within a one-year period;
  • facilitated group-based learning by preparing and delivering at least two consecutive sessions, each of a duration of at least 40 minutes, to different learner groups; and
  • conducted at least two learning facilitation relationships with different individuals during this time.

Your current or former employer (i.e., the school principal in the case of teachers) must also be willing to certify various aspects of your teaching or training experience and background.

Please check your eligibility prior to enrolling by completing and returning the eligibility form.

If the above does not apply to you then we recommend you undertake training in our standard course rather than the teacher’s TAE40116 RPL+GAP pathway.

  • You must have:
    • ​An appropriate level of English Language skill which is important to the likelihood of participant success
    • Access to a computer (with Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word and a web browser installed)
    • Access to internet
    • Access to a video and audio recording device such as a smart phone or web cam
    • An understanding of how to use Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader, be able to download, scan and upload documents, and know how to access online materials.

Distance+ course (recorded webinar plus self-paced learning):

Unit TAEASS402 Assess competence requires you to undertake assessments under the supervision of a qualified trainer / assessor.  You may either:

  • Attend an online interactive workshop provided by Plenty Training in which you may undertake these assessment activities (attendance at one of these regularly-scheduled workshops is included in your course fee); This workshop is delivered via the Adobe Connect platform.
    • Students who choose to attend the online TAEASS402 Assess Competence assessment workshop must also have access to a computer enabled with audio and webcam functionality,

OR

  • Undertake these assessment activities independently or in a workplace, subject to the following:
    • You must have access to someone who possesses either (1) the TAE50111/TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or (2) the TAE50211/TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development or (3) a higher level qualification in adult education, and is willing to supervise you undertaking these assessment activities.  This person must be able to provide a copy of their qualification, evidence that they have current industry skills directly relevant to assessments, have current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning, and have undertaken recent professional development in the fields of the knowledge and practice of competency based training and assessment.
    • You must have access to at least five real candidates within the vocational education and training (VET) context who are willing for you to undertake assessments of them.

For Distance+ course six-month enrolment option only: 

Before enrolling in our TAE40116 six-month Distance+ course option please ensure you meet all of the following recommendations:

  • Have an understanding of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector
  • Have some past or current training experience for reference
  • Can attend the TAEASS402 Assess Competence workshop (or organise to complete this yourself) within the six-month window
  • Can dedicate significant time each week to your studies
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