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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

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

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