In April 2016, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) announced the introduction of an updated Training and Education (TAE) Training Package, including a new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment with higher standards for trainers and assessors across the VET workforce.
ASQA is aware that there is some concern in the sector about the time being taken to assess each TAE application. However, the enhanced scrutiny ASQA is applying to these applications reflects the critical role this qualification plays in assuring quality in the VET sector.
The application process requires RTOs to meet additional evidence requirements, including providing learning and assessment resources; comprehensive strategies for training and assessment; and the outcomes from independent validation of the required training products. ASQA also considers each RTO’s demonstrated TAE assessment practice when making application decisions.
In ASQA’s experience, applicants are consistently compliant with the requirements around the competence of trainers and assessors (clauses 1.13, 1.14, 1.22 and 1.24). However, we are finding consistent non-compliance with the standards relating to amount of training (Clause 1.2) and the proposed assessment strategies (Clause 1.8).
ASQA will host a special TAE implementation webcast on 19 April 2017 at 2.00 pm (AEST). This webcast will be hosted by Jane Holt, ASQA’s Regulatory Operations Manager in the Northern Territory and Project Manager for the TAE implementation. She will be joined by Principal Compliance Auditor Cheryl Edwards.
Jane and Cheryl will discuss the requirements that RTOs will have to meet in order to have the new qualification listed on their scope of registration.
Initially, training providers with the superseded TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment will be invited to register for the event. Registrations will then be opened to other training providers and VET sector stakeholders interested in attending. Registrations will be limited to 1000. Those unable to attend will be able to access a recording of the webcast on ASQA’s YouTube channel shortly after the event.