TAE40122 packaging rules: using the qualification for different cohorts

The packaging rules for the draft TAE40122 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification were used to select elective units at the VET Practitioners Network (VPN) meeting held on Friday 5 August 2022. Four different cohorts were considered:

  • TAE40122 Public program / General program
  • TAE40122 Program dedicated for TAFE Teachers
  • TAE40122 Program for school teachers delivering VET in School program
  • TAE40122 Program for industry trainers, enterprise trainers, workplace trainers, or volunteer trainers who are delivering a VET program.

Packaging rules

The TAE40122 packaging rules require a total of 12 units of competency for the qualification consisting of 6 core units and 6 elective units.

TAE40122 Public program / General program

Learners enrolled in a TAE40122 Public program / General program are from various industry sectors and are destined to work for different types of RTO. It is normal to have many people in this cohort who will connected to apprenticeship, traineeship or work placements. Therefore, the TAEDEL412 Facilitate workplace-based learning unit of competency would be a desirable elective unit.

Also, it has become common for many RTOs to deliver online training. Therefore, the TAEDEL405 Plan, organise and facilitate online learning and TAEASS404 Assess competence in an online environment units of competency would be suitable electives units.

The following shows the units of competency for a TAE40122 Public program / General program:

Core units

  • TAEASS412 Assess competence
  • TAEASS413 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEDEL411 Facilitate vocational training
  • TAEDES411 Use nationally recognised training products for accredited vocational training and assessment
  • TAEDES412 Design and develop plans for vocational training
  • TAEPDD401 Operate effectively in the VET sector

Elective units

  • TAEDEL311 Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL412 Facilitate workplace-based learning
  • TAEDEL405 Plan, organise and facilitate online learning
  • TAEASS404 Assess competence in an online environment
  • TAETAS411 Maintain training and assessment information

Select one of the following:

  • TAELLN421 Integrate core skills support into training and assessment
  • TAEDEL416 Facilitate learning for young vocational learners

Note:

  • The TAELLN421 Integrate core skills support into training and assessment unit of competency is still a useful, and this would be better than selecting the TAEDEL416 Facilitate learning for young vocational learners unit of competency.

TAE40122 Program dedicated for TAFE Teachers

Some TAFE deliver will deliver a TAE40122 program for their own newly employed TAFE Teachers. The following shows the units of competency that could be used for a program dedicated for TAFE Teachers:

Core units

  • TAEASS412 Assess competence
  • TAEASS413 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEDEL411 Facilitate vocational training
  • TAEDES411 Use nationally recognised training products for accredited vocational training and assessment
  • TAEDES412 Design and develop plans for vocational training
  • TAEPDD401 Operate effectively in the VET sector

Elective units

  • TAEDEL311 Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL412 Facilitate workplace-based learning
  • TAEDEL405 Plan, organise and facilitate online learning
  • TAEASS404 Assess competence in an online environment
  • TAELLN421 Integrate core skills support into training and assessment

Select one of the following:

  • TAEDEL415 Complete a practicum in a vocational education and training environment
  • TAEDEL416 Facilitate learning for young vocational learners
  • TAETAS411 Maintain training and assessment information

TAE40122 Program for school teachers delivering VET in School programs

Some school teachers deliver VET in School programs.

Core units

  • TAEASS412 Assess competence
  • TAEASS413 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEDEL411 Facilitate vocational training
  • TAEDES411 Use nationally recognised training products for accredited vocational training and assessment
  • TAEDES412 Design and develop plans for vocational training
  • TAEPDD401 Operate effectively in the VET sector

Elective units

  • TAEDEL311 Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL412 Facilitate workplace-based learning
  • TAEDEL416 Facilitate learning for young vocational learners
  • TAELLN421 Integrate core skills support into training and assessment

Select two of the following:

  • TAEDEL405 Plan, organise and facilitate online learning
  • TAEASS404 Assess competence in an online environment
  • TAETAS411 Maintain training and assessment information

TAE40122 Program for industry trainers, enterprise trainers, workplace trainers, or volunteer trainers who are delivering a VET program

This cohort is diverse and their skill requirements may vary. For example, a TAE40122 program for nurses may be different than a TAE40122 program for police, or a TAE40122 program for workers at a mine site, or a TAE40122 program for trainers at a community centre.

The following shows the units of competency that could be used for a TAE40122 program for industry, enterprise, workplace or volunteer trainers:

Core units

  • TAEASS412 Assess competence
  • TAEASS413 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEDEL411 Facilitate vocational training
  • TAEDES411 Use nationally recognised training products for accredited vocational training and assessment
  • TAEDES412 Design and develop plans for vocational training
  • TAEPDD401 Operate effectively in the VET sector

Elective units

  • TAEDEL311 Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL412 Facilitate workplace-based learning
  • TAETAS411 Maintain training and assessment information
  • BSBAUD412 Work within compliance frameworks
  • BSBHRM413 Support the learning and development of teams and individuals

Select one of the following:

  • TAELLN421 Integrate core skills support into training and assessment
  • TAEDEL405 Plan, organise and facilitate online learning
  • TAEASS404 Assess competence in an online environment

Notes:

  • The two BSB units have been selected to to fill up the course, not because they would add value. The aim is to avoid delivering irrelevant units of competency.
  • The TAEDEL414 Mentor in the workplace unit of competency may be relevant for a TAE40122 program for nurses and midwives.

Summary of packaging rule

The packaging rules for the TAE40122 qualification provide an unnecessary level of flexibility. The following is a chart that compares the selection of units of competency for four different cohorts. The pink identified that twelve units of competency that are most likely to be used by RTOs delivering the TAE40122 qualification.

In conclusion

This article should be seen as a valuable contribution to the implementation of the TAE40122 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification. It provides new insight into how the TAE40122 packaging rules can be used.

Increased total number of units

The TAE40122 qualification will require 12 units of competency compared with 10 units of competency for the TAE40116 qualification. The increased number of units is probably unnecessary. Units of competency are likely to be selected to pad out the program rather than address any particular skills required to perform the role of a trainer and assessor working in VET.

Greater flexibility

The packaging rules for the TAE40122 qualification have been designed to provide greater flexibility (6 core units, 6 elective units) compared with the TAE40116 qualification (9 core units, one elective unit). It is highly unlikely that this greater flexibility will be used. It probably indicates that this greater flexibility was unnecessary.

Fit for purpose

The TAE40116 qualification was condemned because some people said it was not fit for purpose. Will the TAE40122 qualification be seen as fit for purpose? Or, will the complaints about the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment continue after the TAE40122 qualification has been implemented? What do you think?

Thank you for reading.

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Author: Alan Maguire

35+ years experience as a trainer, instructional designer, quality manager, project manager, program manager, RTO auditor, RTO manager and VET adviser.

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