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Changes to Training Packages

Changes to Training Packages

The major revision of BSB Business Services Training Package last October has been very disruptive.
For me personally, it means a complete revision of all my resources which is a major and time-consuming project. That’s why I haven’t been near my website for so long. I’ve been flat out and am still nowhere near finished.

In my other role as a lead trainer/assessor for International Teacher Training Academy (ITTA) I have well over 100 remote TAE students current at any one time and supporting them takes up most of my time.
In between, I have to find the time somehow to do a complete review and revision of all of my resources. This includes TAE40116 because I have used BSB qualifications, units of competency in quite a few of the assessment tasks and as examples in some of the learning resources.

It was most frustrating that PwC decided to revise the Diploma of Leadership and Management only one year after they had previously revised it.
BSB50420 – Diploma of Leadership and Management was my first priority. It is stated as equivalent to BSB51918 – Diploma of Leadership and Management. I don’t quite know why it’s stated as equivalent, because there is a brand-new unit added to the core: BSBCRT511 Develop critical thinking in others.

Most of the units are stated as equivalent, so it should have been a simple process to re-map the existing resources to the current units. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out like that, because PwC, in their wisdom, also re-worded the unit content. In some cases, the re-wording actually affected the context and focus of the unit – even though it was stated as equivalent. I still don’t know whether the re-wording was deliberate or just a cosmetic exercise, as I have found the new wording quite vague in many places.

Anyway, I am happy to say that I have completed the development of 12 units for BSB50420. I still need to update the resources for BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace to BSBWHS521 Ensure a safe workplace for a work area.

This has also impacted on the resources for BSB41419 – Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, because although the WHS coded units have not changed, the electives have. To add insult to injury, some of the WHS coded units refer to the AS/NZS Standards and they have changed since I wrote these resources. This means I need to review and make the necessary revisions to all of the units in the qualification.
I will try and keep you all up-to-date on my progress.

Sandy Welton
sandytrainer@dodo.com.au
0407 131 075

RTOs with TAE Scope

TAE Scope

Looking at training.gov.au today, it shows 8 RTOs with scope for TAE50116 Diploma of VET.
For TAE40116 Certificate IV in training and assessment, there are now 18 RTOs with scope.

Two of these purchased complete sets of my resources. A third purchased all of my RPL resources for TAE50116 and some of my learning and assessment pathway resources plus RPL for TAE40116, including the assessor skill set.
This gives me a great deal of confidence, although I am definitely not complacent.

There are now a handful of other RTOs who have purchased my resources for their initial applications or for submission as rectification, and we still don’t know how they will go.
What we have to remember about this TAE application for scope is that ASQA is looking for more than just compliant resources.

The training and assessment strategy is critical. In the TAS, the delivery and assessment strategies need to be spelled out in detail and meet the requirements for volume of learning, actual training delivery, assessment resources and environment as well as a range of assessment methods.

On top of that, ASQA is scrutinising the RTO’s past history of audit compliance and also its records of delivering TAE40110. They are usually asking to see portfolios of evidence of current and previous students.

This is why you can’t just order my resources. First of all I need a long telephone conversation with you, discussing your training and assessment strategy and your past history. There is no point spending money to purchase compliant resources unless you have everything else in place and can demonstrate a strong commitment to quality.

Congratulations to my clients who have been approved for scope and good luck to my new clients in their applications.

Sandy Welton
sandytrainer@dodo.com.au
0407 131 075

TAESS00009 Foundation Skills

TAESS00009 – Address Foundation Skills in Vocational Practice Skill Set

I have now completed the development of resources for this skill set. The units required are:
• TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
• TAELLN412 Access resources and support to address foundation skills in vocational practice
• TAELLN413 Integrate foundation skills into vocational training delivery

The resources for TAELLN411 are stand-alone. This is a core unit in TAE40116.

For TAELLN412 and TAELLN413, I have clustered the learning and assessment pathway resources. I can’t imagine a situation when a learner would do one of these units without wanting to also do the other.

This makes the learner guide somewhat larger than I normally like. It is 50 pages whereas normally I prefer a learner guide to be no more than 30 pages. I have always worked on the basis that “less is more”. Rather than swamp the learner with reading, I like to give them just enough. That way, learning is consolidated through activities in the assessment tasks.

There are 6 detailed assessment tasks and 2 final assessment tasks. TAELLN412 and 413 have quite a number of overlaps, so the assessment tasks are designed to address the requirements of both units. So instead of one mapping summary at the back of the assessor guide, we have two.
I decided not to cluster the RPL tools, so as to allow for more options and versatility. The way they are written, the assessment process can be easily clustered when required.

Sandy Welton
sandytrainer@dodo.com.au
0407 131 075

TAE Resources ASQA approved

TAE40116 and TAE50116 ASQA Approved

Yesterday I received a call from Carolyn Fletcher of International Teacher Training Academy. She was almost incoherent with delight that at last ASQA has approved ITTA for scope for TAE40116 and TAE50116.

I’ve worked closely with ITTA since Carolyn started her RTO and have always been impressed with the professionalism, knowledge and passion for quality shown by Carolyn and her girls. I’ve relied heavily on their input and feedback during development of the TAE resources and don’t think I would have even attempted this mammoth task without their support.

Even though my web site has shown the resources were available for purchase, in fact I have been discouraging people from buying them and recommending that they wait until we knew the resources would pass audit.

ITTA is so thorough in their systems, compliance, quality standards and audit record (consistently compliant) that they just had to pass. Another advantage was their small scope. Their core business is TAE and the only other qualification they offer is BSB51915 Diploma of leadership and management (also using my resources).

So if there were rectifications for ITTA, they were likely to relate to the resources rather than the compliance systems and history of the RTO. As it turns out, I was right. There were rectifications required and although they were minor, it took me a whole week working with Carolyn to do the rectifications, because everything is interrelated so everything needed re-visiting.

So now I am able to market my TAE40116 and TAE50116 resources with a clear conscience. Please call or email me if you are interested.

Sandy Welton
sandytrainer@dodo.com.au
0407 131 075

No TAE40116 Approvals

The more things change – the more they stay the same.

I notice that to date not a single RTO has been approved for scope for TAE40116, the new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, even though it was released in April this year. The same applies for TAE50116 the Diploma of VET.

My gut feeling is that ASQA is sitting on the small private RTO applications unless they are non-compliant, because I know of RTOs who applied months ago and have heard nothing. On the other hand, I understand scope has been refused to a number of RTOs.

It will be interesting if ASQA is waiting for the TAFEs to apply, and I hope that’s not the case because TAFEs are large bureaucratic organisations and it seems likely they will have trouble getting together all of the required evidence for submission.

In the meantime I have been developing resources for TAE50116 which of course will cross over to TAE50216 the Diploma of Training Design and Development. I’m a significant way through this development and have updated my list of units to reflect this. (You can download the list from this site.)

Those who are canny, and want TAE50116 will probably apply for TAE50216 and select units that cross over. That way, as soon as somebody has scope for TAE50116 they will be able to credit transfer.

I’m expecting there will be a demand for the Diploma for several reasons. Firstly, anyone who delivers TAE40116 must have the Diploma. Secondly, there is no entry requirement for the Diploma and it doesn’t seem to change nearly so frequently as the Cert IV, so there will be people who hope to bypass the Cert IV and go straight to the Diploma.

I (and some of my colleagues) have recommended to PwC that this problem should be looked into. My clients would not accept a candidate for a TAE Diploma unless they have significant experience and hold either TAE40110 or TAE40116, but this is not spelled out. The only way to ensure there is an entry level is to make the statement in the qualification.

In the meantime we are in limbo. No doubt ASQA will be so busy reviewing new applications for scope they will have little time (or perhaps inclination) to concentrate on RTOs delivering TAE40110 for knock-down prices and short time frames. Since there is an 18 month teach-out period, this means we will continue to see people who hold the qualification but are not really qualified.

Sandy Welton

TAE40116 and the Enterprise Trainer

Well, resource development for TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is moving along.

I’ve completed the resources for learning and assessment pathways and RPL tools for:
• TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
• TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
• TAEASS402 Assess competence
• TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
• TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
• TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

The more I look at these units, the more I become concerned about TAE40116 requirements. It’s patently clear now that this qualification is no longer “entry level” – particularly since TAEASS502 has been added to the core.

I wonder if, when the AISC approved this change, they read the Application of TAEASS502.

“It applies to experienced practitioners responsible for the development and/or delivery of training and assessment products and services.”
I am still continuing a dialogue with PwC and this is one of the points I will raise at the webinar on 20 July. So far PwC have been very responsive and positive, so I am optimistic that in the end sense will prevail.

One of my strongest suggestions will be for a brand new qualification for entry level trainers who work in enterprise and industry rather than an RTO. Employers often insist on them having TAE40110 or equivalent simply because there is no other qualification – and they don’t want the skill sets.

TAE40116 includes the two Design Sector units, which are only slightly relevant to enterprise trainers. They may have to plan a learning program but they don’t need to unpack a qualification or analyse units of competency.

The LLN unit requires analysis of the ACSF, which I think is inappropriate for an enterprise trainer. They need the DEL units and particularly I think TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace. TAEDEL404 Mentor in the workplace is appropriate too.

Enterprise trainers often need to sign off on competency, but this is a completely different process and needs a unit of competency focused on assessment in an enterprise context.
Whatever the response from PwC, I’m expecting we will have to live with TAE40116 for quite a while longer – so I will keep on with development of the resources.

Sandy Welton

TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

As I said in my previous blog, I have the following units ready to go, as learning and assessment pathway and RPL resources.

These are the units required so as to apply for scope for TAE40116:
• TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
• TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
• TAEASS402 Assess competence
• TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation

TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development

I have now completed the development of resources for the following units, which are those ASQA requires to make application for initial scope.

TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
• TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
• TAEASS501 Provide advanced assessment practice

TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development
• TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
• TAEDES501 Design and develop learning strategies

Again, they include learning and assessment pathway and RPL resources.

Where to next?

Now I propose to go back to TAE40116 and finish the rest of the units. If I start this now, they will be ready by the time they are needed – bearing in mind that ASQA is now saying the application process is 3-6 months. There are still no RTO’s with scope for TAE40116.

I am planning to complete the TAE40116 development in 2 months. Then I will go back and do the rest of the units for TAE50116 and TAE50216. Unit selection for the Diplomas will be on the basis of whether they cross over into both qualifications.

PwC has some webinars and seminars coming up where they are seeking input into how TAE40116 needs to be changed. I’ve already been talking to them about this, and will be adding my recommendations in the webinars.

The problem, in my opinion, is only partly related to the unit requirements. I am also concerned about the trainer/assessor qualifications stated in the RTO Standards. I can see people bypassing TAE40116 and going straight to the Diplomas – and if an RTO already has scope for TAE50111 and/or TAE50211, they can upgrade without stringent review by ASQA.

So it’s likely that the “tick and flick” process will simply move over to the Diplomas.

Such is life … we will just have to wait and see.

Sandy Welton

TAE40116 Now Available

TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


The new TAE Cert IV was released on 6 April 2016 and now we have 9 core units and one elective.

Every trainer/assessor is going to need to upgrade their TAE40110, although we have a bit of time to do so. Right now there are no RTOs with scope for the new qualification.

Application for scope is not simple. ASQA is using this opportunity to scrutinise RTOs currently delivering TAE40110 and applying for scope for TAE40116. This is because of the fully justified concern about the quality of training and assessment delivered by some RTOs.

It’s quite true that TAE40110 has been delivered in some cases in less than a week and for less than $300. Hopefully this scrutiny will correct the problem. However, the audit process will certainly take ASQA some time. ASQA has stated that RTOs should allow 6 months for their application but I think it will take longer. Currently there are 702 RTOs with scope for TAE40110. If they all apply for new scope for TAE40116 it’s going to take a lot longer than 6 months for ASQA to get through them all.

In the case of an application for scope for TAE40116, the following learning and assessment resources must be submitted:
• TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
• TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
• TAEASS402 Assess competence
• TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation

For this reason, I have devoted 7 days a week since the qualification was endorsed in order to develop the four Assessment Sector units needed to apply for scope.
There’s no need to develop the balance of the Cert IV units just yet, as it will take a while before RTO’s have scope to deliver them.

TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training

TAE40116 now requires assessors of the units to hold TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or be able to demonstrate equivalence.

What this means is that demand for TAE50116 will increase. So this is my next project.

ASQA requires RTOs to submit the following resources in order to apply for scope for the following TAE Diplomas:

TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training

• TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
• TAEASS501 Provide advanced assessment practice

TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development

• TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
• TAEDES501 Design and develop learning strategies

I’ve already developed TAEASS502, so the next step is to develop the two other units needed to apply for scope for the Diplomas.

BSB50615 Diploma of HR Management


Until the new TAE was endorsed, this was my current project, which I’ve had to put on hold. The qualification won’t appear on my web site until all of the units are developed.

So far I have developed:
• BSBHRM501 Manage human resource services
• BSBHRM506 Manage recruitment selection and induction processes
• BSBHRM512 Develop and manage performance management processes

Sandy Welton

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