Breaking Down the Basics of the TAE40122: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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Are you poised to embark on a journey in vocational education and training (VET)? Before you set sail, there's a crucial milestone to achieve: acquiring your TAE40122: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

This entry-level certificate is your gateway to a spectrum of opportunities in the VET sector. It's not just a piece of paper; it's a toolkit that equips you with the expertise to craft, evolve, and manage training programs, all while adhering to the rigorous National Standards.

Let's dive in and explore the intricacies of the TAE40122, covering its scope, functionality, and the essential insights you need before you take the proverbial plunge.

What Is the TAE40122: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment?

The TAE40122: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is your all-access pass to new opportunities! It's not just a certificate; it's your ticket to a rolodex of potential roles in the VET world. You could step into positions such as 

  • Working at a registered training organisation (RTO)
  • Teaching VET-accredited courses to students 
  • Working at educational centres or community organisations
  • Transitioning into a training role within your current career
  • Advancing your career as an on-the-job trainer

By the time you cross the finish line of this course and are awarded that shiny TAE40122 certificate, you’ll have learned:

  • How to select the appropriate learning materials, tools, and instruments
  • How to use Training Packages efficiently 
  • How to strengthen your public-speaking skills and optimise in-person presentations
  • How to create, conduct, and review group/workplace training sessions
  • How to guide learners with specific challenges (including literacy, language, or numeracy difficulties)
  • How to maintain documentation according to VET industry standards
  • How to create and evaluate learner assessments 

If you're already navigating the waters of the VET sector, enrolling in the TAE40122 course is like adding a turbo boost to your career. This certification isn't just a feather in your cap; it's a deep dive into knowledge that can propel your professional growth to new heights. 

The TAE40122 Transformation Journey

In 2021, Skills for Australia embarked on a mission to revamp the TAE Training and Education Package. Their target? The TAE40116, the predecessor of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. This overhaul wasn't just for kicks; it was a strategic move in response to the seismic shift towards online learning, a trend that gained momentum due to the pandemic's curveballs.

The crux of this evaluation was recognising that both learners and trainers were stepping into a brave new digital world, armed with skills that needed a serious upgrade. The existing TAE courses were like old maps in a new city – helpful but not quite up to the task. 

Skills for Australia delved into the concerns and gathered valuable feedback. Their conclusion? It was time to introduce new units tailored to the evolving online landscape of training and assessment. Thus, the TAE40166 was given a major facelift, paving the way for the birth of the TAE40122 – a course designed not just to keep up with the times but to lead the charge into the future of education. 

Entry Requirements: Your Ticket to the Show

To be able to start the TAE40122 journey, you need to have significant experience working in the field you plan to become a trainer in. 

There are a few ways you can prove this, including:

  • Showing that you have deep industry knowledge and skills in the field
  • Obtaining an associated qualification or certification 
  • Working in the industry for at least a few years

Since this is an entry-level certification, you don’t need to have passed any other TAE or related courses before starting the TAE40122.

Course Duration: The Training Marathon

Think of this course as a Netflix series. It's got five binge-worthy modules covering 12 competency units, delivered in an online self-paced or virtual face-to-face format that's as engaging as your favourite show. And you've got 12 months to complete it – no cliffhangers here!

Funding: Your Financial Fairy Godmother

Worried about the cost? There are some funding options you may be eligible for:

  • The Australian Government's Skills and Training Incentive: Up to $2,200
  • The state of Queensland's Mid Career Checkpoint Program: Up to $3,000

There are certain eligibility criteria you must meet before you can apply for these programs. To learn more about those requirements and how the applications work, visit our Funding Options page.

The Nuts and Bolts: TAE40122 Course Structure 

The requirement for your Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40122 qualification is that you successfully complete 12 core units and six elective units. Below is a list of all of the units this qualification can include. 

At Fortress Learning, we have worked out the best and most ideal units to complete as entry-level trainers and assessors, taking out the agonising guesswork. The units included in our TAE40122 are highlighted in bold italics below.

Core Units

Mandatory units included in the TAE40122:

  • TAEASS412: Assess competence
  • TAEASS413: Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEDEL411: Facilitate vocational training
  • TAEDES411: Use nationally recognised training products to meet vocational training needs
  • TAEDES412: Design and develop plans for vocational training
  • TAEPDD401: Work effectively in the VET sector


Of the six available elective units, you must choose at least three from Group A and then the remaining three can come from any other group. 

Group A: Training and Assessment

Group A electives include:

  • TAEASS404: Assess competence in an online environment
  • TAEASS512: Design/develop assessment tools
  • TAEASS514: Develop and implement plans for recognition of prior learning
  • TAEDEL311: Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL405: Plan, organise and facilitate online learning 
  • TAEDEL412: Facilitate workplace-based learning
  • TAEDEL413: Facilitate distance-based training
  • TAEDEL414: Mentor in the workplace
  • TAEDEL415: Complete a practicum in a vocational education and training environment
  • TAEDEL416: Facilitate learning for young vocational learners
  • TAETAS411: Maintain training and assessment information

Group B: Learner Support

Group B electives include:

  • TAELLN421: Integrate core skills support into training and assessment
  • TAELLN422: Use foundation skills resources, strategies and advice
  • TAELLN423: Integrate employability skills support into training and assessment
  • TAEXDB411: Plan and implement individual support plans for learners with disability
  • TAEXDB511: Develop and implement training and assessment strategies for learners with disability

Group C: General

Group C electives include:

  • BSBAUD411: Participate in quality audits
  • BSBAUD412: Work within compliance frameworks
  • BSBHRM413: Support the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • BSBTWK401: Build and maintain business relationships

TAE40122 vs. TAE40116: Key Differences

The new TAE40122 is superior in many ways. It includes new relevant content, has removed unnecessary content for trainers and assessors at this level, and includes more practical work than the TAE40116.

  • The TAE40122 is more flexible with options for specialisation
  • The TAE40116 has 10 units; 9 core and only 1 elective, the newer TAE40122 has 12 units; 6 core and 6 electives
  • It includes information on the importance of digital skills in the VET sector
  • It has more assessment expectations including a higher amount of in-person presentations giving you  more practical experience mirroring the real world you’re about to step into.

Fortress Learning Delivery Options: Your Way, Any Day

At Fortress Learning, we like having options so we offer the TAE40122 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment via online and self-paced, and via virtual face-to-face delivery (using Zoom), which means you can choose your pace and how much support you get along the way. 

Enrol in a Program Today

Ready to add new potential and opportunities to your career with the TAE40122 online course? Our team is like your personal training cheer squad, ready to support you every step of the way from enrolment to graduation. Head to the course page HERE and click that Enrol button to get started.

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