TAERES501 Apply research to training and assessment practice

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  • Prerequisite for pay grade step at TAFE VIC and other RTOs
  • Gain a competitive edge as a published scholar
  • Make a difference! Help improve current training and assessment practice

TAERES501 Apply research to training and assessment practice covers the skills and knowledge required to undertake research into educational theory, and apply this research to improve current training and assessment practice. It applies to those who need to develop skills in research in order to apply educational theory to improve current and future training, and assessment practice.  

This unit is now a prerequisite for moving up classification levels and associated pay grades within Victoria TAFE and a number of private RTOs. 

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Course options

There are a number of ways to complete the TAERES501 Apply research to training and assessment practice unit:

Virtual+ class (recorded webinar) - $595

This option offers the flexibility to complete the course in your own time at your own pace, but with the added advantage of recorded webinars from our lead trainer. The recorded webinars provide all theory content and invaluable assistance in completing the assessment workbook.

This Virtual+ class consists of: 

  • Distance learning where students refer to their learner guide and complete the assessment workbook in their own time in their workplace. 
  • Four recorded webinars covering unit theory and tutorials covering unit assessment 'how to' information. 
  • Fortnightly trainer-led Q&A support sessions. 
  • Assessment activities completed in your own time. 
  • Independent learning activities. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) - $595

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a suitable pathway if you can provide evidence that you have all the skills, knowledge and experience for this unit. You must check your eligibility for this pathway prior to enrolment. 

Do you think you may be eligible to undertake this unit via RPL? Click here to view the workflow for this unit. Once you have reviewed the workflow and if you think you may be eligible, click here to access our online self-assessment RPL kit. 

Corporate training 

Plenty Training specialises in conducting customised training for corporate clients at competitive rates. If you have a group that require this unit, we can conduct training at your premises, wherever you may be. Contact us on 1800 786 651 to provide a quotation and to discuss your requirements or simply complete our corporate enquiry form.

TAE50116 or TAE50216 elective unit

This unit is available as an elective unit for students looking to complete either the full TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training and TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development (dual diploma course) or the TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development (single diploma) course. Information about completing this unit as part of the TAE50116/TAE50216 (dual diploma) or TAE50216 (single diploma) is available on our course pages.  

Advantages in studying with Plenty Training

There are some compelling reasons to choose Plenty Training for your TAERES501 training:

  • Payment choice – Start today and pay nothing upfront with our 6 month interest free payment plans.
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  • Flexibility – We offer a range of study options to suit your preferred mode of study, your timeframes, your prior knowledge, and your budget!

Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement 2018

Plenty Training certifies that completion of its courses of study in TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and/or TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development is consistent with the Classification Levels L2.1– L2.3 requirements within the Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement 2018 – provided that unit TAERES501 Apply research to training and assessment practice has been chosen as an elective unit of competency – namely:

The course of study consists of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 teaching qualification and includes:

  • Studies in adult learning methodology,
  • Studies in teaching in a Vocational Education environment, and
  • Studies in Applied Research (linked to the Boyer framework of scholarship (Boyer, E. L. 1997, “Scholarship reconsidered: Priorities of the professoriate.” San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.)

However, this course of study does not include 200 hours of supervised practicum (as mandated by the Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement 2018).  You are responsible for arranging the 200 hours of supervised practicum in your own workplace.

Equipment requirements

All students will require access to a computer (with Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word installed) and a reliable Internet connection. Participants may also require access to a video and/or audio recording device (such as a webcam or smart phone) to record themselves undertaking certain assessment activities (when required).

Further information and Terms and conditions

Enrolment 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 further information below, in particular our Quick Facts section, to familiarise yourself with the volume of learning requirements of this course as well as the turnaround time for submitted assessments before enrolling.

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  • Corporate Training
  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Online/Distance
  • RPL

Further Info:

Quick Facts

Qualification TAERES501 Apply research to training and assessment practice
Course Code TAERES501
Yes - $0 deposit, 6 months interest free via zipMoney 
  • Virtual+ class
  • RPL
Duration &

Students undertaking training have 12 months from their enrolment date to complete their studies and submit all assessment workbooks for this course. RPL candidates have 12 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.

The turnaround time for assessment submissions received by Plenty Training is a minimum of 30 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.

All students receive a learner's guide and assessment workbook. You can either work through the assessment workbook on your computer or complete a printed version by hand.

  • Distance - Students will access their recorded class online, and complete assessment at their own pace.
  • RPL - Students will complete the RPL form / kit and supply any required evidence.

Student authenticity

We 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

Virtual+ class - Start now!
RPL - Start now!

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Course Cost

Delivery Method Price*
Virtual+ class $595
RPL  $595
*GST is not applicable as per ruling by ATO  
Payment options include:
  • Credit card
  • Direct Deposit
  • zipMoney six-month interest-free payment plan


Delivery Methods


There are no classroom options for this unit. If you have a corporate group, please contact us on 1800 786 651 to discuss your requirements.

Distance Learning

Our Virtual+ webinar course consists of a combination of:

  • Self-paced learning and assessment:  Virtual+ webinar students access their learning materials electronically, interact with their instructors and assessors via telephone or email, and submit their completed assessments via email or post. 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.

RPL 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? Call us on 1800 786 651 to discuss. 

Click here to access our online self assessment RPL kit.


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.

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.  Our Diploma and Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) courses also require students to be able to read and analyses complex WHS legislative and organisational texts. Our Project Management courses also require students to analyse and interpret a range of complex materials – students must be comfortable reviewing information relating to budgets, timelines and project requirements.

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.


TAERES501 Apply research to training and assessment practice

  • Prepare a research brief relating to training and assessment practice​
  • Conduct research in training and assessment practice
  • Investigate and apply educational theory to the research 
  • Report on the application of educational theory to training and assessment practice
  • Review entire process

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