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The VET Roundabout

Well, our poor VET system seems to be going through so many changes that it’s difficult for all of us to keep up.

I hope all of you are organised for compliance with the new Standards.  These days we seem to spend so much time dealing with compliance issues that it’s a wonder there’s any time left for training.  If you need help, give my friend and colleague Carmel Thompson a call.  Her details are on my Relationships page.

I’m still getting interest in my resources for BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, and also BSB51107 Diploma of Management, but new development is on hold (apart from TAE).  The new requirement for independent validation has kept me busy validating resources (not my own resources of course – that would be weird).

TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is still in limbo.  I managed to get hold of the draft units from IBSA, but much good that will do, since we still have no idea when the new qualification is going to be endorsed.  Of course, it would help if there was an endorsement body!

I have, however, revisited all of the TAE40110 resources and basically re-written from scratch.  This is to allow for the fact that everything is different now – particularly the new format of Training Packages and the introduction of foundation skills.  I’m not marketing the revised resources yet – but watch this space.

The changes to the VET system and Training Package format involved a lot of re-writing of TAE Cert IV units.  Hopefully this means that I will be ready to go once TAE40115 is finally endorsed.  Chemène Sinson of Blackwater Projects is also re-writing, and is just as frustrated as me.  It’s hard to remain motivated when the goalposts keep moving.  It may seem strange that, as competitors, we nevertheless collaborate, but we think there’s plenty of room for both of us.

In relation to delivery and assessment of TAE40115, it looks definite at this stage that trainer/assessors must hold a Diploma of TAE.  If you are in this position, I recommend that you contact Carolyn Fletcher of International Teacher Training Academy: http://www.ittacademy.net.au/.  Carolyn uses a “mentored RPL” approach.  I’ve collaborated with Carolyn for several years now and she is a consummate professional with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Sandy Welton

Completed BSB51107- TAE40110 Next

It’s 6 weeks since my last blog and I must admit it’s just as long since I had a chance to come up for air and look at what’s going on in RTO World. I have completed BSB51107 Diploma of Management in the new format and my current project (nearly completed) is TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

For BSB51107 I have learned from experience in delivering the qualification myself as well as from the feedback from my client RTOs. The new structure gives a lot more versatility because the assessments are not clustered. They are separate documents. The Learning Guide is a single document in a logical learning flow. That’s because there are overlaps between the units. Legislative requirements are covered in the first chapter because they apply to several of the units. For the rest of the Learning Guide there is one chapter per unit. My head right now is with TAE40110.

Since commencing development of the new resources to replace my old clustered course, I have delivered the course twice using some portion of the new resources. That involved a rather complex balancing act, as I needed to use the previous clustered TAE40110 course for the units I had not yet developed. However, it gave me a brilliant opportunity to trial the new resources and compare how they were received by the trainees in comparison with the clustered course. I should have everything ready to go in 2 weeks. My idea for this new version of TAE40110 resources is to enhance the versatility.

In an ideal world we would always choose a face to face workshop training environment as it enhances the learning outcome through discussion, informal questioning and sharing of experience. However we are in the real world and this is not always possible. The new courseware can be given to the trainee to work through self-paced with remote trainer support.

The problem with TAE40110 is that a Certificate IV qualification should take between 6 to 12 months, whereas the demand is to achieve it in the shortest possible time frame. I am delivering this qualification over 3 weeks (8 days) and that’s only possible because my RTO conducts a stringent training needs analysis. All my trainees are at least Cert IV level in their area of expertise when they walk in the door and they all have experience of delivering training.

I am requiring the learning materials to be read prior to the day of the workshop. This enables most of the assessment activities to be achieved during the workshops and works a treat. There is still some homework and trainees are warned ahead of time to cancel their social life for the 3 weeks of the course, but at the end of the 3 week course they can submit a complete evidence portfolio. This is proving to be a big selling point.

For my client RTOs who are waiting for more units in BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management, I am hoping to start these in 2 weeks. At the moment I have all of the core units completed plus the sustainability unit (which I only needed to “tweak” from the version I developed for BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety).

As you can see, I am “flat out like a lizard drinking”. If there are any experienced instructional designers who can develop quality resources please don’t hesitate contact me. I have a list of requests as long as your arm.

Updating Units for BSB51107 & TAE40110 Plus

I’ve just completed another of the new BSB51107 Diploma of Management units and figured I would come up for air before starting on the next one.
I have several RTOs waiting for this new resource and I’m intending to have it done by the end of the month. The BSB51107 Learning Guide is complete, together with the assessment tools for 4 of the 8 units.
BSB51107 is a Diploma level qualification so it doesn’t have the same structure as a Certificate IV. For instance, with BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management the language is simple, straightforward and friendly. Hopefully it’s the same in the Diploma but I don’t think it’s necessary to avoid all the big words (like “cohesion”). I also don’t do a PowerPoint for Diploma.
Having delivered BSB51107 for some time now (my old clustered course) I have learnt what works and what doesn’t. I am seeing the new approach being to give the whole Learning Guide to trainees before they attend workshops – or get involved in chat rooms etc. So the Learning Guide is a single document containing the 8 units.
The assessment tools, on the other hand, are unit by unit. One of the problems we have with heavily clustered assessments is when to actually sign off a candidate as competent. With unit by unit assessment tools, it’s cut and dried.
For those of you who have contacted me about TAE40110 new course – yes, I am getting there. I have 3 units done (TAEDES401A, TAEDES402A and TAELLN401A). I am working madly to get this finished as soon as possible. I am aiming for the end of June but it could be a bit before.
I’ve also had enquiries about resources for BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management. The following units are developed:
• BSBMGT401A Show leadership in the workplace
• BSBMGT402A Implement operational plan
• BSBWHS401A Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
• BSBWOR402A Promote team effectiveness
• BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Because BSB40812 is a new code, it requires application for scope and I am hearing that ASQA has a backlog and RTOs are experiencing delays – which is good for me as it gives me just a little more time. Nevertheless I need to fast track this.
I am being asked for learning and assessment pathway resources for:
• BSBWHS408A Assist with effective WHS management of contractors
• BSBWHS409A Assist with workplace monitoring processes and
• PUAWER002B Ensure workplace emergency prevention procedures, systems and processes are implemented.
In the case of BSBWHS408A and BSBWHS409A I have created RPL tools but do not believe these units lend themselves to a learning and assessment pathway for inexperienced trainees. I don’t intend to create resources for PUAWER002B as I think there are too many variables in the type of workplace. Also, this unit has been around for a while so there are other resources available.
Samples of my new resources are not yet on the web site. This will be updated at the time the full qualifications are ready to go.
Thank you to my existing clients for your feedback on how well the resources are being received by the trainers and trainees. This has an up-side and a down-side. The up-side is that I’m doing something right. The down-side is that demand is outstripping supply! (There is only one of me.)
Sandy Welton

The Process of Updating Courseware

Sandy’s blog 26 April 2013

Time has got away with me again I’m afraid.  Kevin has been nagging me for my next blog for weeks but I’ve been so busy with development and training I haven’t had time.

I’m actually in the middle of several projects at once.  Keep trying to prioritise and then receive a call from a client that changes my priorities.

The projects I have on the go are:

Updating TAE40110 courseware and RPL tools:

I want to completely re-vamp my clustered course on a unit by unit basis.  So far I have created Learning Guides and Assessment Tasks (but not finished the RPL tools) for TAEDES401A and TAEDES402A.

I have completed Learning Guides and Assessment Tasks – and the RPL tools for TAELLN401A which was priority, as it will become a core unit in the new version of TAE40110 when it is endorsed.

In the meantime I needed to deliver the course so I took the opportunity to trial these 3 units in the new format and they worked a dream except (and isn’t there always an exception).  Version 1.0 of the TAELLN401A resources was written in March before the new FSK Foundation Skills Training Package was endorsed so I had referred to the case for endorsement in one of the assessment tasks.  Just a week before I delivered the course, FSK Foundation Skills Training Package was endorsed.  So after I finished delivering I changed this assessment task.  I just wish the powers that be wouldn’t change things quite so fast!

For the balance of the TAE40110 delivery I used the rest of the clustered course and it worked fine.

Updating BSB51107 Diploma of Management

Again, I have a clustered course but the OHS unit needed to be replaced with BSBWHS501A Ensure a safe workplace.  I am in process of rewriting the learning guide from scratch.  It will still be one learning guide rather than unit by unit but each section will relate to a single unit – so that it can be broken apart if necessary.  I’m exactly half way through.

Updating BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management

This clustered course is also out of date and I am developing unit by unit.  I have completed the core units and for the moment am leaving the electives until BSB51107 and TAE40110 are completed.  The demand right now is for the BSB51107 Diploma of Management and BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management.

Can I just finish with a big thank-you to my existing clients.  I really do appreciate your loyalty.

Sandy Welton

26 April 2013

Demand Rises for TAE40110

First I’d like to say thank you to my current clients for their continuing support.  It seems it’s not enough for me to develop sufficient resources for a qualification so as to meet the packaging rules.  My clients want more electives.  They say that this is because they like the structure and feel that it helps both the trainer and the trainee when there is a consistent structure and format.

Interestingly, there has been a sudden increase in demand for TAE40110.  I think this is because of the NSSC ruling that comes into force in June this year.

“To be entitled to work as a trainer in the VET sector a trainer must hold the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from the TAE10 Training and Education Training Package or be able to demonstrate equivalence of competencies as a minimum; however, trainers are encouraged to obtain further qualifications.

New trainers must comply with this requirement within two years of commencing in this role. Trainers already practicing in this role must satisfy this requirement by 1 July 2013

To be entitled to undertake assessment of nationally recognised training, an assessor must hold the TAE10 Assessor Skill Set.”

Here’s the link: http://www.nssc.natese.gov.au/policies/determination_for_trainer_and_assessor_competencies

Also, the next version of TAE40110 will include TAELLN401A as a core unit rather than an elective.  This will have implications for RTOs in delivering the Certificate IV and also for assessors in meeting the skill requirements to assess this qualification.

Here’s the link:

http://www.ibsa.org.au/news-and-projects/news/tabid/112/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/666/categoryId/30/Changes-Ahead-for-VET-Trainers-and-Assessors.aspx

For this reason, I have given priority to developing the unit TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills.  This has been developed as a stand-alone unit that can be incorporated into the current clustered TAE40110 course or delivered independently.  In developing this unit I considered that clients may wish to undertake it self-paced – so it can be used in a workshop environment or self-paced.  The proviso is that two third party observations are required.  They can be observed by a trainer/assessor in the workshop or provided by a TAE40110 qualified assessor in the workplace.

TAELLN401A is currently a core unit in TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and is included in my RPL tools for this qualification.  However, in developing the training materials I have also developed stand-alone RPL tools for TAELLN401A appropriate for candidates who just wish to achieve this unit.

These RPL tools differ from the Diploma RPL tools, as I have focused upon a different type of candidate – one who is a practising trainer/assessor but not necessarily a “lead trainer/assessor” – so it includes a competency conversation and separate practical activities mapped to each PC so as to bridge any gaps.

I really enjoyed developing TAELLN401A.  I hold this unit myself as part of my own TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training but in researching the unit and the ACSF I learned so much more about core skills and the upcoming foundation skills.

My next project is BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices.  There’s a lot of interest in sustainability and it’s likely to be incorporated into many qualifications.  I have RTO clients who wish to offer BSBSUS301A as an elective in BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and BSB40812 Certificate IV in Frontline Management.

BSBSUS301A is actually quite difficult to develop as a generic course because it specifies “within the work area”.  For some reason it also includes required knowledge of “terms and conditions of employment including policies and procedures such as daily tasks, work area responsibilities …” fortunately my RTO clients are very helpful in describing their training and assessment strategies, contexts of employment and characteristics of trainees.

Wish me luck with this one.  I’m aiming to finish it by the end of March.

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    So It Begins: Sandy’s Blog

    This is my very first blog on our brand new website and I should start by thanking Kevin Gardner for the wonderful job he has done – not just with the design but the way that he has set up key words so that our site is found easily on a Google search. (Kevin is on our Professional Network page – check the “About” button.) We’ve had a lot of fights about wording though – as the search engine requires us to repeat the key words over and over again – which you may have noticed!

    As a result of Kevin’s expertise and efficiency, we are now receiving enquiries for RTO resources from RTOs who previously didn’t know we existed. The majority of these are for TAE50111 resources and various BSB07 resources but we also expect that, as the new OHS Cert IV – BSB41412 – comes closer to endorsement, I will be receiving many more enquiries about our BSB41412 resources for learning and assessment and RPL. I expect to have all of the units for BSB41412 complete by the projected endorsement date in December. Currently all 5 core units have been completed.

    I am so pleased to see the TAE10 RPL resources finally taking off. The RPL tools for TAE50111 and TAE50211 were completed back in February, when it was first endorsed. Feedback I am now getting is “if only we had known earlier”. Assessors are really liking the “mentored RPL” approach. Assessors are giving feedback that these two Diploma qualifications do not lend themselves to a straight learning and assessment pathway. Unless you are an experienced trainer/assessor currently working in an RTO you have no chance of achieving TAE50111. On the other hand, even if you are an experienced trainer/assessor, you still should be given detailed guidance and support from a qualified assessor.

    As you may have noticed, it’s not possible to just click on a button and buy our RTO resources. I want to talk to you first. My professional standards are very high, and I only want to work with RTOs who have the same level of commitment to quality training and assessment. It’s also necessary to ask questions about how you deliver training and your methods of assessment so that I can determine whether the RTO resources will suit your needs.
    Thank you to all the people who have already contacted me and thank you also to our professional network partners who have helped us in so many ways.

    Sandy

    August 2012

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