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Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116

Course Overview

Learn to deliver training and assessment in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is offered in a range of study modes, including self-paced online learning, or face-to-face on-campus learning.

Coursework is based on the student's work experience. To qualify as a trainer within a particular industry, students will need to be currently employed in that industry, or have been employed in that industry for at least three of the last five years.

This course is also available to students who have already qualified as trainers but need to complete additional units to keep their qualification up-to-date. GOTAFE offers a number of options for completing new units so that everyone can meet compliance regulations. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

This course is currently available as part of the Free TAFE scheme but is subject to eligibility requirements and may change in the future.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares students to work as a Trainer and Assessor in the VET sector, an RTO, or a workplace training environment. It is also suitable for people who are experienced trainers and assessors but need to upgrade to be able to deliver and assess after April 1, 2019.

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study in the TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.

Course Dates & Times

Online Campus

Online - Starts on 25/07/2022 - Self Directed / 2022

Online - Starts on 29/08/2022 - Self Directed / 2022

Online - Starts on 26/09/2022 - Self Directed / 2022

Online - Starts on 24/10/2022 - Self Directed / 2022

UpGrade Program - PT - Online - Starts on 9th Jan - Self Paced / 2023

Public - Online - PT - Starts on 13th Feb - Self Directed / 2023

Public - Online - PT - Starts on 14th March - Self Directed / 2023

Public - Online - PT - Starts on 26th April - Self Directed / 2023

Public - Online - PT - Starts on 15th May - Self Directed / 2023

Public - Online - PT - Starts on 10th July - Self Directed / 2023

Public - Online - PT - Starts on 7th August - Self Directed / 2023

Public - Online - PT - Starts on 4th September - Self Directed / 2023

Public - Online - PT - Starts on 9th October - Self Directed / 2023

Public - Online - PT - Starts on 13th November - Self Directed / 2023

Shepparton - Fryers Street

OnCampus - PT - Starts on 14th Feb - 1 day week (Tue) - 9am - 4pm / 2023

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fee (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2023 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of three different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session, induction session, or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Be able to demonstrate vocational competency (from within the last 5 years) in their proposed teaching and assessing area. Vocational competency is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, and may include but is not limited to, holding a relevant unit of competency or qualification.
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have access to a workplace or suitable training environment where course assessment tasks such as delivering training sessions to adults and carrying out assessments on adult learners can occur. GOTAFE cannot support remote learners with accessing these suitable audiences.
  • Have access to a suitable training audience (adults) to deliver course assessment tasks (minimum requirement of 8 adult learners for the largest assessment).

Technology requirements:

Students must have:

  • Intermediate computer skills to be able to work independently on computer-based activities.
  • Reliable access to the internet and a suitable computer setup for blended learning and submitting/uploading various assessment requirements.
  • A webcam/microphone/headset/speakers for virtual meetings.
  • A video recording device (this can be a smartphone or webcam) to record assessment activities.
  • A second monitor is a great benefit when studying virtually but is not a requirement.
Core Units
Plan assessment activities and processes
Assess competence
Participate in assessment validation
Design and develop assessment tools
Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
Design and develop learning programs
Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
Elective Units
Provide work skill instruction

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Short answer questions
  • Demonstrations
  • Written portfolio
  • Observation

Each assessment will be supplied with a due date. The course facilitator is required to observe assessment activities either in person or by other means such as video recordings, photos, essays and/or agreed third party observation methods.

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Due to its intensive nature, the course requires a high level of commitment. It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions. Students are strongly encouraged to engage their trainer in order to enhance their learning by using the opportunity to clarify assessment requirements, learning content and a general understanding of the course/units.

Self-paced online students:

  • The course is delivered over a 1-year period online and is self-paced.
  • It is expected that students commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week to complete learning/assessment activities and self-directed learning.
  • Each block of units must be fully completed before the next block is opened in goLearn.
  • If a student is experiencing difficulty sourcing the required number of candidates for assessments (minimum of 8 adults for the largest assessment), GOTAFE will arrange a number of 4-hour assessment blocks where students are provided with the correct number of candidates.

On-campus students:

  • This course is delivered face-to-face on-campus over a 8‐month period, taking school holidays into account.
  • Students attend campus 1 day a week (on a Tuesday in Semester 1, and a Wednesday in Semester 2) from 9am-4pm.
  • Students are required to attend 27 workshops consisting of 17 theory and practice sessions and 10 direct observation assessment sessions.
  • The elective unit TAEDEL301 Provide work skill instruction has been selected based on feedback from industry.

Online TAE upgrade students:

  • This course is delivered online over a 6-month period and is self-paced.
  • This course has been specifically created for those Trainers and Assessors who are required to update their TAE qualifications to include TAEASS502 and TAELLN411.
  • GOTAFE offers this course as a blend of credit transfer, full and GAP Training .

Some commonly asked questions:

  1. I have a Teaching (Primary or Secondary) qualification, do I have to complete this course?
  2. I have a BSZ qualification in workplace training, can I upgrade to the TAE40116?
    The BSZ qualification is no longer recognised in the sector due to the significant changes in the sector. You would be required to complete the full TAE40116.
  3. I already have a tertiary degree in my vocational area, do I need to to do all the TAE40116?
    Unless you have a tertiary qualification in vocation education and training, there will be a number of units that are specific to the VET sector that you will need to undertake. Your Trainer and Assessor will discuss this on an individual basis.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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