TAE qualifications

Vocational Education and Training is a profession, not just a job.

It has prime responsibilities for the education of existing and future generations of workers. As a profession we play a key part in maintaining the productivity and international competitiveness of our great nation. Therefore, when you choose an RTO to train you as a professional, look for those who are committed to their own professionalism – and yours!

If you are serious about your profession, so are we!

Remember: You will empower the lives of others!

Because we teach what we practice every day, you are assured of training value that is not tied to ‘lowest price-lowest common denominator’.

We also offer the full range of electives, so that you can customise your course for your job role, whether that is a workplace trainer, an RTO trainer or have responsibilities for training record management and marketing.

Don’t Hold Back!

The revised Standards for Registered Training Organisation, 2015 as amended in 2017 have provided an option for those who hold TAE40110 to include two units as add ons to meet the standards before April 2019.

If you already hold TAELLN401A or TAELLN411 you have met the first of the requirements.

If you already hold TAEASS502B or TAEASS502 you have met the second unit requirements

If you already have the TAE40110 but do not hold one or both of the required units, you can choose to undertake them as Statements of Attainment, and we can provide this through an enrolment into a TAE50216 if you want TAEASS502. TAELLN411 is already on scope as a stand-alone skills set.

Click here for a copy of the brochure that explains how the upgrade works.

It sounds complicated but really is not. We can work out the best option for you.

If you have been a trainer and assessor for some time, then you might also like to consider enrolling in a Diploma. A diploma is also a mandatory qualification if you want to be a trainer and assessor in TAE. If you have a Diploma, you do not necessarily need to upgrade to TAE40116, although some employers will ask for this.

Therefore, if you are really looking for an ‘upgrade’ and not an ‘update’, the Diploma is the smart way to go!

TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

If you hold TAE40110 and want to upgrade to the TAE40116:

Click here to download the explanatory brochure on upgrading from TAE40110.

Click here to download the guidelines for applying for RPL into the TAE40116.

There are more general notes on RPL down the page.

Entry into the TAE Qualifications

The expected durations for attaining courses have been set by the Australian Qualifications Framework at the following:

  • Certificate IV: 6 months
  • Diploma: 1 year

This time may be shortened if you have prior learning, credit transfers, or workplace experience in a related role. Before you enrol, we will discuss your current skills and knowledge and determine an appropriate amount of training for you.

All entrants into TAE qualifications must complete this pre-enrolment questionnaire. This will help us establish the appropriate amount of training you need and whether you can offer RPL evidence that will shorten your time frame for completing the course.

Developed by professional instructional designers.

Taught by highly experienced VET practitioners!

Confused about the units you can select to get a double diploma and want to choose electives outside of the integrated course list?

Click here to get comparison lists that show the common units in blue!

– or just contact us:

Douwlene: 0432 275 033

Gabe: 0475 432 129

ASQA has set the following conditions for entry into TAE50116:

  • Existing trainers and assessors in RTO/TAFE who hold the TAE40110/40116 and at least three years of professional practice
  • Existing trainers and assessors who hold a higher-level qualification in adult education with at least three years of professional practice
  • Existing trainers and assessors from industry who are required to hold the TAE40110/TAE40116 with at least three years of professional practice
  • Industry trainers who hold the following Skill Set may also apply with at least three years of experience: TAESS000003 or TAESS000015 Enterprise trainer and assessor

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be accepted, but we are required to notify ASQA of all such acceptances on a case by case basis 30 days prior to training commencement.

TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and

TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development

Click here to see the course brochure.

We also have a fun Interactive Learning program ready to go.  

You can take the Diplomas individually or as a combined program.

  • We have a combined TAE50216/TAE50211 program that will not only give you the most essential skills for senior trainers and assessors but also more bang for your buck:
  • TAEASS501 Provide advanced assessment practice
  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
  • TAEASS503 Lead assessment validation processes
  • TAEASS504 Develop and implement recognition strategies
  • TAEDEL502 Provide advanced facilitation practice
  • TAEDES501 Design and develop learning strategies
  • TAEDES502 Design and develop learning resources
  • TAEDES505 Evaluate a training program
  • TAELLN411/TAELLN501 Support the development of adult language, literacy and numeracy skills  (This is a cluster because the skills in the TAELLN411 are incorporated into the TAELLN501).
  • TAEPDD501 Maintain and advance professional practice
  • TAETAS501 Undertake organisational training needs analysis

So, whether you are after RPL, RPL with Gap Training or a full Interactive distance you can get both Diplomas in one package.

You can also choose different electives and a range of stand-alone units is available.

You can also choose individual units as Professional Development to upskill.

Advanced Assessor Skills Set

The following Skills Set is available.


  • TAEASS501 Provide advanced assessment practice
  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
  • TAEASS503 Lead assessment validation processes
  • TAEASS504 Develop and implements recognition strategies

Going beyond TAELLN411

We are now able to offer TAESS00009 Address Foundation Skills in Vocational Practice Skill Set which includes:

  • TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • TAELLN412 Access resources and support to address foundation skills in vocational practice
  • TAELLN413 Integrate foundation skills into vocational training delivery

If you already hold TAELLN411 or TAELLN401A you only need to undertake TAELLN412 and TAELLN413 to complete the skills set. TAELLN401A is able to transfer credit. 

15 Magic Words

Wow! A complete non-assessed course in Instructional Design that will only cost you $75 and comes in the form of an e-book with an MS Word file of easy to adapt templates!

However, following the examples in this fun and informative book will give you the edge when it comes to building a portfolio to get the best jobs in training. It will also provide great examples that will help you with RPL applications.

Launched on Monday 8th. April 2014, revised 2017.

There are now five companion volumes to this e-book:

  • Making Magic Happen: Facilitation skills
  • The Magic Unfolds: Competency Assessment, Validation and Review
  • The Magic of Assessment:  Assessment design and development, Competency assessment, Validation and Review
  • Making Magic in the Workplace: Facilitating workplace training
  • Using Magic Wands: An LLN resource book
  • Contact us for more information!

Live beyond the Black Stump and there are no local providers?

Hate the thought of slogging through an online course with limited access to a trainer?

We have produced the Diploma of Training Design and Development program as an interactive e-learning course available on CD or USB so you never have to worry about bandwidth issues.

We mentor you through Skype, emails or in webinars so that you have access to your trainer and assessor at all times during working hours (and sometimes afterwards by appointment).

RPL applications in TAE qualifications

We do not accept applications from candidates who use a third party to put together their application.

There is a sound reason for this.

Firstly, we use the quality of the application to judge whether the applicant does have the ability to unpack a training package and correctly interpret the criteria to select evidence that is valid, sufficient, authentic and current. This is the foundation of everything we do as VET professionals.

If you feel you are unable to complete an RPL application without such assistance (other than time constraints) then we respectfully suggest that you may need gap training to help you understand the foundations of making an RPL application. In order to assist you, we provide an application kit and we are always here to give advice on the most useful type of evidence you can provide and the process that will be followed.

Secondly, we will only communicate directly with the candidate, not a third party, as it is necessary to have ‘competency conversations’ with them to quickly resolve any questions they or we might have about the nature of the evidence, or for us to provide suggestions for more appropriate evidence to fill any gaps.

We also expect candidates who apply for recognition in TAE qualifications to have the professional knowledge to read and interpret the competency standards.

This includes:

  • the ability to map their evidence accurately against the standards
  • ensure that their evidence meets the Rules of Evidence
  • ensure that they have at least met the critical evidence or performance evidence requirement of each unit (which is the minimum requirement, not the maximum) and sufficiently addressed the performance criteria and knowledge evidence set out in the units
  • provided evidence of currency of practice (i.e. if you are a manager, you must have current ‘chalk-face’ experience).
  • that any third party reports are also signed off by people who have a knowledge of the competency standards, currency of practice and are themselves competency assessors

Sad to say, but 50% of applications from industry trainers do not meet the above requirements initially, but at the end of the process they have learned a lot about themselves and how to showcase their talents to the best advantage. Gaining a TAE, or any qualification, by RPL is not always a ‘fast process’. It is a rigorous assessment processes. The results are worth it. Many of our graduates go on to build professional portfolios which aid them in seeking employment.

We do not guarantee your application will result in a qualification. Where you are not able to satisfy all the criteria through direct evidence, you have options:

  • be awarded a Statement of Attainment for those units satisfactorily completed and undertaking gap training for the remaining units: there is a cost involved in this
  • undertake challenge testing: this is at no extra charge and involves you completing assessments for units where you fall short on evidence

There is no compulsion to complete gap training with us, but we hope that you do because having come this far together, it would be nice to complete the journey.

The Diplomas are not an extension of TAE40116 and it is not a matter of proving that you use the AQF4 skills over and over again. The Diplomas require solid evidence of deepening and extending your knowledge, skills and experience and leading and managing other training professionals