01 Oct How will I know if I can do TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment all by myself?
This is a question our customer service team receive every day, sometimes the words are different but the enquiry remains the same.
This typically comes from someone who has little or no Vocational Education and Training (VET) experience but they may have been involved in an element of training in their past or present employment. The answer is quite difficult for us as we do not possess knowledge of the persons background, intellectual capacity, learning styles etc. but as a general rule here are some thoughts to help you if you find yourself asking that question.
- Unlike training that is done in an enterprise all VET training leads to a Nationally Recognised Qualification or a Statement of Attainment. This means it has strong rules and is drawn from Government endorsed Units of Competency, these tell us what you must know and must be able to do. Often in enterprise training a trainer is a person with strong subject matter knowledge but the underpinning knowledge of how to unpack Units of Competency is not there thus, if this person selects the Self-Paced mode of delivery for the qualification, they are surprised to find the design learning field is almost an “alien language”.
- The qualification has the word Assessment within its name and for most learners this is the most difficult of the learning fields. Someone who has not been exposed to VET will struggle when they have to come to grips with Assessment Guides, Rules of Evidence, Principles of Assessment and all the other criteria that is within the four Assessment Units of Competency.
- Within the qualification there is a defined pathway for Trainers and Assessors, things must be done in a certain order and in a certain way. Many folk find this to be quite different to what they are used to doing.
- There are several difficult units e.g. one requires you to design and develop assessment tools. The finished product must be of a quality that can be used to assess candidates in another unit of competency and pass an audit by the National VET Regulator and that requires an intimate knowledge of the subject and the process.
You will note that in HBA Learning Centres public offering we provide 5 days of face-to-face facilitation (Virtual Classroom is also available) free of charge for the Self-Paced Plus course. These days are designed to provide you with the underpinning knowledge, and commence some of the more challenging assessment activities, necessary to be able to complete the course in a timely fashion.
When I was about 10 years old I remember my father taking me to the car show and I stood in awe looking at the Rolls Royce stand (we had a second hand 1956 VW beetle). I asked the representative “how much is that car?” and his dismissive answer was “Sir, if you have to ask you really can’t afford it.” He was right we could not afford it. TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is a bit like this, if you are wondering if you can do it 100% by yourself then the answer is you probably can’t. HBA offers a number of support options to all learners, including self-paced, however, if you have not been exposed to the world of VET, you may find the face-to-face/virtual classroom modes of delivery the best pathway for you.
Take advantage of what we offer – we know what is in the course and we are here to help you.