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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

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