17 Jul What are the most difficult parts of TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment?
Having due regard for the high level of complexity and difficulty in the qualification we can easily identify the elements that provide the most difficulty for Learners. Here are the 3 most common elements that are highlighted to us:
- The design and development of assessment tools is a task that requires knowledge of Units of Competency. Each Unit has a set of rules that must be followed if the RTO is to be compliant in its assessment practices. Rules take different forms they can be expressed as Performance Criteria, Performance Evidence (what you need to be able to do), Foundation Skills (skills people need to complete work), Knowledge Evidence (what you must know), Assessment Conditions (how you must be assessed) etc. In the course you will be taught how to interpret these rules and from these elements you will design assessment tools. Assessment tools consist of quite a few different things and will include instruments for collecting data, instructions for the learner and assessor, mapping to prove the instruments meet the unit requirements, a review of the tool to ensure it meets the unit requirements etc. Without Vocational Education and Training (VET) experience this is very time consuming and complex but with the lead of a qualified HBA Trainer you will gain the underpinning knowledge quite quickly.
- Designing a course from Units of Competency can be very difficult, particularly if you do not have an intimate understanding of the subject or have never been involved in the design activity before. Units are designed to tell us what someone must know and be able to do under certain conditions. You are required to plan and design all the resources and instruments required to facilitate a course. This requires considerable documentation plus consultation and validation to ensure the course is compliant. One of the major activities involves the development of learning programs and to understand what they are consider an apprentice or trainee being employed in a company. We need to identify the who, what, where, when and why of their activities from day 1 through to the completion of the program, this becomes so much more complicated when you must juxtapose nationally recognised qualifications into the program.
- There are a number of training sessions that must be conducted and formally assessed and these have minimum time frames. The most “frightening” ones are the 2 that must be a minimum of 40 minutes each, in front of at least 8 people and be consecutive sessions. It doesn’t matter how many presentations a person has done historically, it becomes ‘scary’ for most people when they are put on their feet and given the task with an audience and an assessor. One of the elements no RTO can vary is the length, each training session must meet the time requirements detailed in the instructions to learners. For example, a 40 minutes delivery, cannot be 39 minutes as this does not meet the requirements of the unit of competency. Prior to undertaking the delivery each learner is given a presentation by an HBA Trainer, showing the process of how to deliver effectively plus they are given the opportunity to do several shorter presentations.
We know how tough the course is for the average person with zero VET experience and HBA Trainers are quite used to providing individual instruction where required PLUS upon enrolment you are given access to our market leading Discussion Forum.
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