Frequently asked questions – trainer and assessor credential requirements

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Why did trainer and assessor credential requirements change in 2019?

To drive improvements in the quality of the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee approved changes to the Training and Education (TAE) Training Package in February 2016. The requirements introduced in 2019 ensure VET students are trained and assessed by a workforce that has strong skills in designing and developing assessment tools and evaluating language literacy and numeracy skills.

In May 2017, all Skills Ministers agreed to update the training and assessment credential requirements for the current workforce in line with the 2016 changes to the TAE Training Package. 

What were the requirements introduced on 1 July 2019 for trainers and assessors?

Since 1 July 2019, to be compliant with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 (the Standards) all trainers and assessors must have the:

  • TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, OR
  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, plus: 
    • Either TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills, or its successor, or TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills, and
    • Either TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools, or its successor, or TAEASS502A Design and Develop Assessment Tools, or TAEASS502B Design and Develop Assessment Tools, OR
  • A diploma or higher level qualification in adult education

Some trainers and assessors who hold the TAE40110 may have completed one or more of the relevant units as electives or as part of ongoing professional development.

What were the requirements introduced on 1 July 2019 for those who only assess?

Since 1 July 2019, to be compliant with the Standards individuals who only assess must have:

  • TAESS00001 Assessor Skill Set, plus:
    • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools, or
    • TAEASS502A Design and develop assessment tools, or
    • AEASS502B Design and develop assessment tools

Some assessors who hold the TAE40110 may have completed one or more of the relevant units as electives or as part of ongoing professional development.

What was the impact of the requirements on 1 July 2019 for those with a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education?

Individuals who hold a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education may not have needed to undertake any further gap training to meet the requirements. The Standards allow trainers and assessors who hold diploma or higher level qualifications in adult education to continue to use those qualifications to deliver and/or assess nationally recognised training, provided that their skills and proficiencies comply with the Standards. 

What happens if trainers and assessors do not meet the credential requirements?

Individuals who do not  meet credential requirements can continue to train students in line with the requirements outlined in the Standards 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 and 1.20, for individuals working under the supervision of a trainer. The Standards require an RTO to determine and implement the level of supervision required.  

Working under supervision does not necessarily mean direct supervision of teaching at all times. The RTO needs to consider the level of training and/or assessment skills and knowledge the individual has and put in place arrangements for appropriate supervision and guidance. For example, someone with little or no experience as a trainer will require closer supervision and mentoring than someone who is highly experienced.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers providing supervision monitor and are accountable for all training and collection of assessment evidence by the individual under their supervision.

Under these requirements, the RTO must ensure that the individual:

  • Does not determine assessment outcomes
  • Has completed one of the credentials from Item 6 of Schedule 1 in the Standards,
  • Has current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment provided, and
  • Has vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed

Item 6 of Schedule 1 in the Standards requires individuals working under such supervision arrangements to have completed one of the following credentials:

  • TAESS00007 Enterprise Trainer – Presenting Skill Set, or
  • TAESS00014 Enterprise Trainer – Presenting Skill Set or its successor, or
  • TAESS00008 Enterprise Trainer – Mentoring Skill Set, or
  • TAESS00013 Enterprise Trainer – Mentoring Skill Set or its successor, or 
  • TAESS00003 Enterprise Trainer and Assessor Skill Set, or
  • TAESS00015 Enterprise Trainer and Assessor Skill Set or its successor

Further information about individuals working under supervision is available in ASQA's Users' Guide.

Does supervision mean working under the direct supervision of someone on a one-on-one basis?

No, those working under supervision are not necessarily required to be supervised on a one-on-one basis. The RTO needs to consider the level of training and/or assessment skills and knowledge the individual has, and put in place arrangements for appropriate supervision and guidance. For example, someone with little or no experience as a trainer will require closer supervision and mentoring than someone who is highly experienced.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers providing supervision monitor and are accountable for all training and collection of assessment evidence by the individual under their supervision.

Can those working under supervision be involved with assessment?

Assessment decisions may only be made by a qualified assessor. A qualified assessor may make assessment decisions in conjunction with the person being supervised, who may gather some or all of the relevant evidence. However, the RTO must ensure the trainer providing supervision is ultimately responsible for the assessment outcome.

Can trainers and assessors use credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) to complete the relevant units need to meet requirements?

Trainers and assessors may be eligible for credit and/or RPL for some or all of the relevant units, depending on their existing skills, knowledge and experience.

Trainers and assessors need to contact RTOs directly for assistance with credit and/or RPL. You may search for RTOs that deliver the relevant training on the Australian Government's MySkills website.

Where can an RTO that delivers the relevant training be found?

You can search for RTOs that deliver the relevant training on the Australian Government's MySkills website.

Further information

Specific queries may be directed to the department by emailing VETassessment@dese.gov.au.