****New Development Alert **** BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management ****

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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