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C H A P T E R    5

Spotlight On assessment validation:
Validating products from the TAE package


Chapter 5 aims to help providers understand and meet the extra requirements when validating products from the Training and Education (TAE) package.

An independent validation

It is a requirement of the Standards that any TAE assessment validation is conducted independently.

A successful product validation process requires people skilled in training and assessment who understand both how to develop, and how to validate assessment tools and systems.
Consequently, there are extra requirements for training providers delivering qualifications and the assessor skills set from the TAE training package.

Additional requirements

Clause 1.25 and Schedule 2 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations outline these additional requirements.

Note: units of competency or other skill sets in the Training and Education package are not subject to the requirements of Clause 1.25.

Putting Clause 1.25 into practice

The following requirements for those planning to add TAE products or those already with TAE products on your scope are in addition to your obligations under clauses 1.9, 1.10 and 1.11.


Planning to add TAE products

If your provider is considering adding TAE products to your scope of registration:

  • you must demonstrate completion of an independent validation of the assessment processes for your current scope of registration, and of the tools and systems you plan to use for the TAE qualifications or assessor skill set.

Already have TAE products

If you already have TAE qualifications, or the assessor skill set on your scope of registration, then you:

  • must use independent validators when validating the assessment systems for those training products
  • may use a non-independent validation team for all other products on your scope of registration.

The role of independent validators

With the exception of undertaking your training product validation, an independent validator must have no association with your provider.

According to the Standards for RTOs 2015, an independent validator cannot:

  • be employed or subcontracted by the RTO to provide training and assessment; or
  • have any involvement or interest in the operations of the RTO.

The independent validator must also have the following minimum qualifications and experience:

  • current knowledge and skills in vocational teaching and learning
  • the training and assessment qualification or assessor skill set at least to the level being validated.

Record keeping

It is important to keep records of how you selected your independent validator and how they meet the definition of independent.

Understanding the TAE product validation process

Any assessment validation of training and education (TAE) products needs to be conducted independently.

How do you assemble an independent team, and what are the requirements? Watch this short video to find out more.


Having trouble finding an independent validator? Consider reaching out to another provider who has the TAE training products on scope. This could also allow you to develop mutually constructive relationships.

You may choose to reach out to compliance consultants, but if you do so you must ensure that they hold the required credentials as outlined in Clause 1.11 b and Schedule 2 of the Standards.

Remember to retain evidence and complete records of the validation process, outcomes and any action taken in relation to said outcomes.

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