Obtaining a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment: Understanding Australia’s VET Sector

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Published on Aug 2, 2019

Choosing the right career is no longer limited to finding out what good skills one has or what one is passionate about. It could also mean choosing between taking up a four-year tertiary course or taking vocational training.


The second factor is generally affected by a person’s financial capacity. Often, with the rising costs of traditional academic courses mounting annually, one may decide to find something suitable in Australia’s VET or Vocational Education and Training sector. Of course, there are cases wherein a person’s passion or skills may fall outside established academe.


What the VET Sector Covers

According to the Parliament of Australia’s guide on the vocational and training sector, in 2017 alone, some 4.2 million students were enrolled in VET with an Australian training provider. This number represented almost a quarter of the Australian population aged 15-64 years. In comparison, there were 1.5 million higher education students enrolled in higher education providers, and 3.8 million school students enrolled all over Australia.


Of those VET students mentioned above:

  • 52% were male
  • 3.8% were identified as Indigenous
  • 5% reported having a disability
  • 4.4% were international students


For domestic students:

  • 65.7% reside in major cities
  • 31.5% live in regional areas
  • 2.9% reside in remote areas


Vocational education in Australia is a large and complex industry, with a variety of government and non-government organisations responsible for different functions related to the sector.


Training outcomes from the Training and Education (TAE) Training Program are endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). It is of vital importance that TAE training products are delivered to the highest quality levels so that trainers and assessors hold all the skills and knowledge capabilities required.


The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia’s VET sector. They carry the responsibility for the registration of training providers and accreditation of courses. ASQA also manages the registration of VET and English language course providers who wish to offer courses to overseas students studying in Australia. Victoria and Western Australia providers are not covered by ASQA but by their particular state regulator, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and Western Australian Training Accreditation Council.


TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

For those who want to deliver training and assessment services in the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is the required TAE qualification. This includes formal training in private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) as well as on-the-job training, enterprise training, and workplace assessments.


In Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Cairns, Success Training Academy (STA) is the top RTO that offers Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (in partnership with Healthy Business Training Academy, RTO #: 30831) The complete units of competency covered by the course comprise 10 units of competency that must be completed to qualify:

  • TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402 Assess competence
  • TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
  • TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
  • TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
  • TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • BSBCMM401A Make a presentation


For a more detailed explanation of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course, and what one will learn from it, visit Success Training Academy at their website, https://successtrainingacademy.com.au/