Apply research to training and assessment practice

Improve your training & assessment practice with applied research

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Single unit enrolments are no longer available for the TAERES501 Apply research to training and assessment practice unit as it has been superseded by and is equivalent to the TAERES511 Apply research to training and assessment practice.

Enrolments into this unit are still available as part of full course enrolments into the TAE50116 and/or TAE50216 Diplomas as the teach-out transition periods have been extended for these qualifications until December 2024.

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

The TAERES501 Apply Research to Training and Assessment Practice unit covers the skills and knowledge required to undertake and apply research into educational theory to improve current training and assessment practices. The Nationally Recognised unit is delivered via online learning and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

This unit is targeted towards qualified trainers and assessors who may be eligible to move up classification levels and associated pay grades. It is often a prerequisite for a pay grade step/salary increase at TAFE VIC and other RTOs. Gain your salary increase today!

Duration: Students undertaking training have 12 months from their enrolment date OR until 7 December 2023 if enrolling after 7 December 2022 to complete their studies and submit all assessment workbooks for this course.

Learn more about the course
  • 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
Delivery Modes Distance+ course Recognition of Prior Learning
Location Online
Duration Up to 12 months
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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.


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.

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

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

Corporate training

Customised corporate training for groups of eight or more looking for a solution to suit their group’s needs

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.)
  • Documented assessment of 200 hours of supervised practicum (as mandated by the Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement 2018).

Students who undertake the TAE50116 and/or TAE50216 Diploma and choose to complete the TAERES501 elective unit can rest assured that their course has been approved by the Victorian TAFE Association. This means students who undertake a Plenty Training TAE Dual Diploma course (including TAERES501 elective) will meet the prerequisites for a pay grade step at TAFE VIC.

At the completion of this course (excluding RPL pathways) students can request a certificate stating they have met the requirements stipulated by the Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement 2018 including the 200 hours of practicum.

Students who choose to complete the TAERES501 unit as a standalone unit have the opportunity to complete an RPL Assessment workbook to meet the requirements stipulated by the Victorian TAFE Association. Please review this evidence guide prior to application of this certificate.

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Price & Delivery

Distance course
Online, self-paced

Recorded lessons and self-paced learning:


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 Distance+ course 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 lessons covering unit theory and tutorials covering unit assessment ‘how to’ information.
• Fortnightly trainer-led study support sessions.
• Assessment activities completed in your own time.
• Independent learning activities.

Recognition of
Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning Pathway:


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? Review the TAERES501 workflow prior to checking your eligibility for this unit.

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.

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.


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:

  • 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

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 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.

Assessment turnaround: The turnaround time for assessment submissions received by Plenty Training is approximately 20 working days from the date it is received. The time frame can vary depending on the number of assessment submissions being received at any given time. Once a student has been deemed competent in all units they will be issued with their qualification within 30 calendar days.

Workload: This represents the notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes. For students completing the TAERES501 Apply research to training and assessment practice unit the Volume of Learning is around 90 hours. This means a typical student will complete this course over 12 months with a minimum of 1.7 hours a week for the 52 weeks.


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 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.