Design and Develop Assessment Tools

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Single unit enrolments are no longer available for the TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools unit as the TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools unit has been superseded by and is not equivalent to the TAEASS512 Design and develop assessment tools unit.

Enrolments into this unit are still available as part of full course enrolments in the TAE40116 and TAE Diplomas as the teach-out transition periods have been extended for these qualifications until December 2024.

Our TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools unit is a new core unit of the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. This unit is delivered via online pathways and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Plenty Training’s Nationally Recognised unit in TAE allows you to become compliant to continue training and assessing within the VET Sector, a TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Are you ready to guide the collection of quality evidence in an assessment environment?

For more information or to stay up to date with any changes please visit training.gov.au directly.

Delivery Modes iClass+ Distance+ Recognition of Prior Learning
Location Online
Duration Up to Six months
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TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools covers the skills and knowledge required to design and develop assessment tools used to guide the collection of quality evidence, including their application in formative, summative and recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment.

The recent amendments to the Standards for RTOs 2015 and this ministerial release have changed the minimum qualifications required of trainers and assessors within the vocational education and training sector. From 1 July 2019, training and assessment must only be delivered by persons who have either:

Advantages in studying with Plenty

There are some compelling reasons to choose Plenty Training for your TAEASS502 training:

  • Payment choice – Start today and pay nothing upfront with our 6 month interest free payment plans.
  • Trust – We deliver the goods!  We’ve been offering Training and Assessment training for several years and our students rate us an average of 4.4 out of 5 on Facebook.
  • Flexibility – We offer a range of study options to suit your preferred mode of study, your timeframes, your prior knowledge, and your budget!

Why choose Plenty

We provide a high-quality environment where people learn the skills they need, where we can qualify their expertise and they can ultimately achieve their goals.

Flexible delivery options

Interactive online classes

Two or three days of practical and interactive online iClasses+ and self-paced online training and support

Online, self-paced course

Self-paced learning and assessment with recorded webinars available online 24/7

Assessment-only (RPL)

Assessment-only process that recognises your current skills and knowledge without the need for additional training

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Price & Delivery

Interactive iClass+
Interactive online

Two or three-day interactive iClass+ with out of class learning and assessment

$395 - $690

Interactive three-day iClass+ program ($690):
Our three-day iClass+ provides students with the ability to attend three-days of online interactive training led by one of our experienced trainers via the Adobe Connect platform. During this three-day iClass+ unit theory will be re-capped and significant time will be dedicated to completing assessment tasks. Students will have the chance to develop and trial two assessment tools over the three-day period. The remaining assessment tool will be developed outside of the classroom in the student’s own time along with the short answer questions.

Interactive two-day iClass+ program ($395):
Our two-day iClass+ provides students with the ability to attend two-days of online interactive training led by one of our experienced trainers via the Adobe Connect platform. During this two-day iClass+ unit theory will be re-capped and significant time will be dedicated to completing assessment tasks. Students will have the chance to develop and trial one assessment tool over the two-day period. The two remaining assessment tools will be developed outside of the classroom in the student’s own time along with the short answer questions. Students have the opportunity to upgrade to the three-day iClass+ program at a later date if they wish. Individuals who choose to upgrade will simply attend day three of the three-day program.

Note: To view our TAEASS502 three-day interactive iClass+ program schedule please visit our TAE class schedules page. To enrol in our Three-day program please call the office on 1800 786 651.

Distance+ course
Online, self-paced

Recorded lessons and self-paced learning:


This type of learning environment provides students with the opportunity to work through the course material at their own pace. Students gain access to a wealth of recorded resources including recorded lessons and recorded ‘how to’ information sessions.

Students also have access to weekly Q&A study support sessions and can attend as many as required. To get started on the right foot students will also have access to a live online orientation webinar.

Recognition of
Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning Pathways:


RPL is an assessment only process that is designed for those who possess substantial existing skills and knowledge in a specific industry. It allows people to demonstrate their competence in these skills without first having to be trained. Our RPL kit is based on a combination of evidence submission and a competency interview conducted via phone.

Not sure if you have the required experience and knowledge to enrol in this pathway?

If you already have extensive experience in this industry, we offer a simple RPL process to complete this unit.

Complete our free online TAEASS502 RPL eligibility kit NOW!!

Corporate Training

Plenty Training specialises in conducting customised corporate training for businesses both large and small:

We are the preferred supplier to a number of large Australian corporations, and our feedback is excellent. We can deliver in-house training at your premises in Australia or even internationally on dates that suit the schedules of your staff. Please contact us on 1800 786 651 to discuss your requirements or simply complete our corporate enquiry form and we will be in touch soon.

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TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools unit Assessment Tasks* iClass+ Three-day program iClass+ Two-day program Distance+
Answer a number of short answer questions related to the unit
Hold a short meeting organizing the trial of your assessment tools
Develop three assessment tools that addresses a unit of competency and answer some questions relating to this (two) (one)
Review and trial the assessment tools you developed (two) (one)

*Note: This table summarises the assessment tasks for the TAEASS502 unit. Any tasks with a tick associated are completed in class time. Any tasks with a cross associated are completed in the student’s own time.


Discover the assessment requirements this unit. The resources provided to students will vary depending on their selected pathway. Find out how your selected pathway compares:

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

Students undertaking training have six months from their enrolment date to complete their studies and submit all assessment workbooks for this course. RPL candidates have six months from their enrolment date to complete their RPL interview and submit all required evidence. (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.

Workload: This represents the notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes. For students completing the TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools unit the Volume of Learning is around 60 hours. This means a typical student will complete this course over six months with a minimum of 2.3 hours a week for the 26 weeks. Students completing this unit via the Distance+ pathway and who need to organise others to participate in activities with them may require more than the minimum hours per week when completing this course.


In addition to the following formal prerequisites we also recommend that students possess the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and / or have experience in the development and/or delivery of training and assessment products and services.

1. Digital prerequisites – all students:  You must have access to a computer (with Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word installed) and a reliable Internet connection to access your learning documentation. You will also require access to a video recording device (such as a webcam or smart phone) to record yourself undertaking certain assessment activities. You must be comfortable using technology to locate information and research topics – for example to find a copy of a regulation using Google –  and in using the main features and functions of digital tools (such as word processing programs, email and printers) to complete work tasks. You must also have 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.

2. LLN prerequisites – all students:  All students must possess the following language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) abilities:

A. Learning ability: You must be comfortable using your experience to reflect on ways that variables impact outcomes, and identify future improvements.  You must be self-directing, able to manage your own learning, and be able to plan and balance multiple requirements and meet deadlines.

B. English reading ability: You must be comfortable reading and interpreting a range of documentation relevant to the subject – this includes organisational policies and procedures and assessment instructions.

C. English writing ability:  You will be required to draft and develop various documents using appropriate format and language for the context and the audience. You must be comfortable writing documents such as formal documents, including instructions, information updates and completing report templates.

D. English speaking ability: You will be required to participate in verbal exchanges using clear language and appropriate tone and syntax to provide relevant information.  You must be able to use active listening and questioning to elicit views and opinions of others.