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TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set

The TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set (supersedes TAESS00001) is the minimum qualification required for assessors within Australia’s national Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. It is suitable for those seeking to work as assessors at Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), TAFEs and private training organisations. This skill set is designed to provide VET practitioners with the assessor competencies to meet Standards for RTOs requirements.

These units consist of the four core assessment units from, and also provide credit towards, the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment:

  • TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402 Assess competence
  • TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools

The Standards for RTOs 2015 allow those who possess the TAESS00011 Assessor Skill set:

  • To undertake assessments for an RTO under Clause 1.15.
  • To undertake systematic validation for an RTO under Clause 1.11. (Note: In addition to the TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set you must also possesses vocational competencies and current industry skills relevant to the assessment being validated; and current knowledge and skills in vocational teaching and learning).

Course Options

There are several ways to complete the TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set:

  • Intensive+ class (three-day workshop) plus comprehensive ongoing online training and support – $1,155
  • Virtual+ class course (monthly live and interactive webinars and optional workshops) plus comprehensive ongoing online support – $955
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Corporate Training Courses

View the Delivery Options to learn more.


FURTHER INFO:

QualificationTAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set
Nationally Recognised?Yes
Course CodeTAESS00011
Funding Available?Yes - ZipMoney - $0 deposit, six months interest free
Career PathwayThe skill set is suitable for those seeking to work as assessors at Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), TAFEs and private training organisations as mandated by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC).
Note: This course is not the only thing needed to become an assessor! In addition to possessing the TAESS00011, assessors of vocational education and training must also be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed. This means that the assessor can only assess subjects in which they are personally competent. They must also demonstrate continuing development of VET knowledge and skills and maintain the currency of their industry knowledge, such as by attending industry conferences, subscribing to relevant newsletters, etc. Our course will show you how to satisfy these additional requirements.
Delivery Modes
  • Face-to-face plus virtual (webinar-based) online training
  • Virtual (webinar-based) training plus online learning
  • RPL kit only
  • Corporate courses
Duration & 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. 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.
Assessment TurnaroundThe 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.
AssessmentAll students receive a learner's guide and assessment workbooks via the online student portal. You can either work through the assessment workbooks on your computer or complete a printed version by hand.
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 above schedule for course dates
  • Virtual+ class plus online learning – Check the schedule for start dates (you can then attend sessions in any order you choose)
  • RPL – Start now!
  • Corporate courses and group pricing – Enquire now!
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Awarded ByPlenty Training (RTO #32371)

The Intensive+ program consists of:

  • Three days of face-to-face training delivered as an intensive workshop covering all unit theory and some assessment project work (including the ‘meatier’ assessment requirements such as assessing real VET candidates under the supervision of a qualified assessor)
  • Monthly support via Virtual+ classes (described below)
  • Recorded online tutorials covering unit assessment ‘how to’ information
  • Fortnightly trainer-led Q&A support sessions

The Intensive+ class option is our most popular and supported training option, and provides students with comprehensive support both in the classroom as well as through extensive online training and resources. Read about what to expect at a class here.

The Intensive+ face-to-face class (three days) plus online training and support consists of the following components:

1. A three-day class: units will be delivered in the following order (delivery order may change without notice):

Week Day Schedule Intensive Workshop Units
Monday TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes (theory)
TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation (theory and practical)
Tuesday TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools (theory and practical)
Wednesday TAEASS402 Assess competence (theory and practical)

 

2. Virtual classes plus online learning and support: students 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 fortnightly trainer-led Q&A sessions. All virtual classes are recorded and made available to students on-demand via their online student portal.

3. Out-of-class activities: students will be required to undertake 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.

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

Intensive+ classes for this course are available in all locations where the full TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment is delivered. The course dates shown in the schedule on this page are not representative of all class dates that may be available. Potential course dates for all locations can be found HERE. To check availability for any of these dates or to enrol please call 1800 786 651.

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. 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:

  • Three 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)
  • Recorded online tutorials covering unit assessment ‘how to’ information
  • One-day assessment workshop for unit TAEASS402^
  • Optional delivery workshop (additional fees apply; subject to availability; detailed information HERE)
  • NO vocational placement required!
  • Fortnightly trainer-led Q&A support sessions
  • Independent learning and assessment activities

*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.

^Subject to availability. 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.

The Virtual+ classes consists of the following components:

1. Trainer-led and student collaboration sessions: You are able to attend live virtual sessions which are offered every month. All sessions are scheduled as 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.

2. 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. Recorded unit theory lessons are available 24/7 and can be viewed as many times as necessary to understand the content as required.

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

4. 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.)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – $795

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a suitable pathway if you can provide evidence that you have all of the skills, knowledge and experience in the units for this skill set.

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.

This is a great option if you can provide evidence that you have prior skills, knowledge and experience in leading or managing VET-sector activities and/or designing and developing VET-sector resources such as learning strategies and assessment tools.

All RPL candidates must be deemed eligible to undertake RPL prior to enrolling.

Click here to view the evidence you will be required to submit. You must check your eligibility for this pathway prior to enrolment.

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 will be in touch soon.

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

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 following figures summarise the anticipated student workload as per our Training and Assessment Strategy for this unit. 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.

1. Virtual+ class:  There are some logistical issues relating to assessment which you must be able to address when undertaking the Virtual+ pathway:

  • Unit TAEASS402 Assess competence requires you to undertake assessments under the supervision of a qualified trainer / assessor.  You may either:
    • Attend a one-day 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); 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.

2. 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.


3. 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.