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TAE40116 Certificate IV in training and assessment

Online – With Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers – 6 month enrolment duration

Our TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment RPL and Credit Transfer program, offers all the support of the standard online program, which includes, access to your trainers via google meetings/zooms and phone calls as well as email and you can schedule as many or as few calls and meetings as you need within your enrolment period.

However, if you have scope for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT), we’ll factor this in and create an individual program that caters to your prior experience. Students seeking to engage in the RPL/Credit Transfer program will be doing so because they may currently be working in an RTO under supervision or may have already completed Units of Competency from TAE Skill sets that they wish to credit towards the full Qualification.

If you are confident that you have existing skills and knowledge within the VET sector and would like to apply for RPL, this program is the option for you.

NB: This certificate has been superseded, and the latest Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40122) is now available. The RPL and CT pathway is nearly here, so we encourage you to check that out or talk to one of our Course Advisors.


This qualification is best suited to individuals delivering training and assessment within the vocational education and training sector.  It suits those wanting to enter the training industry or those either delivering accredited training or responsible for the assessment of competence of an apprentice or trainee within a workplace.

The course contains ten units that are organised into three fields of study:  Design, Deliver and Assess. Our online delivery allows you to complete flexibly and to work at your own pace, which is perfect for studying alongside full-time work or family commitments.

We recommend you complete our Personal Learning Plan Survey before enrolment.  The survey will ask you questions in regard to your previous experience and qualifications and will help us establish to what extent you are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or Credit Transfer, what evidence you will need to provide and what coursework will still need to be undertaken.

A note regarding RPL and Credit Transfer:


  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) means that we take your previous skills and knowledge into account. It is not the same as Credit Transfer (see our Credit Transfer explanation below).

To be awarded RPL for a unit in your TAE qualification, you will complete the following:

1. An RPL Evidence Guide (which we provide to you)
2. Supporting documentation that supports the evidence outlined in your Evidence Guide (we will guide you with exactly what supporting documentation you need to submit within your Evidence Guide as it differs from unit to unit).

We will explore your scope for RPL through the PLP Survey so that in your Personal Learning Plan you can get a visual understanding of which units you can complete via RPL and which units you will complete via the more traditional coursework pathway.

  • Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer (also known as National Recognition) is awarded when a student has already completed a unit of competency (or an equivalent unit) from an AQF Qualification, either with Fortress Learning or a different RTO.

Credit Transfer is only awarded to units of competency that have been deemed by the Training Package as having ‘equivalent competency outcomes’.

Fortress Learning does not require a student to repeat any unit or module in which they have previously been assessed as competent unless a regulatory requirement or license condition requires this. Where a student provides suitable evidence of having successfully completed a unit or module at another Registered Training Organisation, Fortress Learning will award a Credit Transfer.

For Fortress Learning’s Credit Transfer process, please see our Student Handbook – Chapter 7.

You can let us know of any TAE units you have completed in your PLP Survey so we can develop your Personal Learning Plan accordingly.

NB: This certificate has been superseded, and the latest Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40122) is now available. The RPL and CT pathway is nearly here, so we encourage you to check that out or talk to one of our Course Advisors.


TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (RPL and CT) – Superseded
TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (RPL and CT) – Superseded


How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered online, which gives you flexibility in your study hours and allows you to complete the course at your own pace. After enrolment, you will receive your login credentials and instant access to our learning platform. This is where you will find all your instructions, learning resources and assessments.

We know that the TAE is not easy and that it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” you will need a guiding hand. That’s why you will have unlimited access to your trainer and can schedule a phone or video call when you need support. Our trainers are available from 9 am to 5 pm QLD time Monday to Friday.

Our service promises to you:
  • Any assessments you submit will be marked within four business days. That is our service standard guarantee to you.
  • All emails are responded to within 8 business hours.
  • If we miss your call, we’ll call you back within 4 business hours.

If you are not sure why quality support is important you may be interested in our article ‘Why Student Support Matters“.

What will I learn?

The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment includes ten units of competency, of which there is one Elective Unit.  We have grouped the units into three Fields of Study: Design, Deliver and Assess.

Units of Competency & Fields of Study


  • TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
  • TAEDES402 use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

This will enable you to use training packages and accredited courses in the context of organisational needs.

You will learn how to design, develop and evaluate learning programs to meet the needs of your learners.


  • TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • BSBCMM411 Make presentations

You will learn how to deliver training in a workplace. This includes individual and group instruction, planning the presentation and reviewing the presentation.

You will develop skills that help you better meet the needs of the growing number of Australians who lack the desired levels of literacy and numeracy.

You will be able to identify the particular needs of a learner, and the demands of some training and devise strategies to enable the learner to bridge the gap between the two.


  • TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402 Assess competency
  • TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools

You will learn about the assessment process and plan and organise assessment activities and processes, including Recognition of Prior Learning.

You will be able to assess the competence of a candidate and participate in the assessment validation process.

Practical Requirements and People You Will Need Access To

Being an online program for a very practical qualification, our standard Cert IV TAE program involves assessment tasks that require you to have access to the necessary human and physical resources at your end.

You will need access to:

  1. A group of at least 8 learners to deliver training to.
  2. At least 2 individuals with whom to practise and deliver training in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment.  At least one of these individuals will need to have LLN (Language, Literacy and Numeracy) support needs.
  3. At least 5 individuals with whom to practise and conduct an assessment.
  4. A suitably qualified observer (who meets the current minimum standards for compliance for Trainers and Assessors) for the observation of you conducting assessments, and either a suitably qualified observer or video recording facilities for the observation or recording of your delivery of training.
  5. Suitable venues in which to conduct the above.

If you’re not sure about any of the above, please call us on 1300 141 994 and speak with one of our support team. Often, we can help you find a way to make it work with the resources you have available to you. If not, our Zoom – 1 Block program where you can complete all the practical components of the assessment tasks as part of the Zoom training sessions may suit you better.

IT Requirements

As this program is delivered online, it is essential that students are aware of the IT requirements of the program prior to enrolling to ensure that we’re the right fit.

To enrol for this program, you must be able to answer YES to the following questions;

  • Do you have access to a computer?
  • Does your computer have – a broadband internet connection – Laptop or PC – a video camera, either built into your device or a separate webcam – a microphone, either built into your device or in the webcam?
  • Do you have the ability to open web pages, view videos on youtube, download & extract zip folders, open and download pdf documents, and open, edit, save & upload documents created in word?

If your answer is NO to any of the above questions, please contact us on 1300 141 994 so that we can provide the best advice for your circumstance.

Are there any entry requirements?

Unlike previous Certificate IV in Training & Assessment qualifications, the latest TAE40116 requires people entering the program to be able to:

demonstrate vocational competency in their proposed teaching and assessing area. Vocational competency is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, and may include, but is not limited to, holding a relevant unit of competency or qualification.

How do I do that?

For most people, it will simply be a matter of providing a copy of some other qualification, skill set, or statement of attainment.  If you do not possess another qualification, then we would require you to provide a CV that shows your broad industry knowledge and experience, combined with a Position Description and Third Party Report from someone who can attest to your experience.

In essence, the entry requirement is to be able to provide evidence of your knowledge and experience in your industry area.

How long does it take?

Experience tells us that most professionals usually take about 6 months to complete their program.   These people are usually working full-time and juggling families, pets, holidays and all the other things that seem to complicate our lives; they would usually take a few nights each week to work on their program, and then a further few hours on the weekend….the lucky ones also get some time to do it at work!

Our quick response times also help to reduce the total time that it might otherwise take, and make 6 months an achievable time-frame; after all, getting your marking done in less than 4 days is going to make the whole thing a lot quicker than if it took weeks or months for us to mark your submissions.

Because of that, we offer a 6 month enrolment duration, and then if you need to extend beyond that there are options to extend.

In the end, it is your individual rate of progress that will ultimately determine how long it will take you.

How much time should I set aside per week to study?

Experience tells us that people entering our programs are not blank slates.  They bring a range of knowledge and experience, and that includes the ability and desire to learn.

While it differs for different people, we find that successful students usually dedicate 10 to 15 hours per week to their program throughout their enrolment duration.

That said, some of our students take less time, while others take more. It is up to you.

We have a video on Successful Study Habits that will support you to progress through the course in a timely manner. Here is what we know to be true, based on our experience with thousands of students:

  • Talk to us! If you’re stuck on a problem at home or feel overwhelmed, don’t sit and stew, or worse, procrastinate! Connect with us in whatever way suits you, be it phone, chat, email, Google Meet or Zoom, and we’ll help you reach a solution so you can get on with your studies.
  • Schedule it in! Set aside “chunks’ of time to allow you to really sink your teeth (and brain) into the learning process and allow yourself to get “in the zone”. You can set your own pace, structuring your learning and your assessments to suit your lifestyle.
  • And lastly, take your course one step at a time… consistency is important but if the unexpected happens, we can help you find solutions, like course deferral.

What if I need to take a break from studying?

The flexibility of our online approach means that if you need to take a break from studying, we’ve got that covered too.

We offer the option to defer (pause) your studies. Whilst you are deferred, your enrolment is inactive and we pause your enrolment duration. Then, when you are reactivated from deferment, you pick up exactly where you left off and carry on.

Here are the important details;

  • You can defer a maximum of two times. The first deferment is free. The second deferment incurs a $45 fee.
  • Payment plans continue on deferment, and your payments must be up to date before we can defer you.
  • You won’t have access to your trainer or learning platform whilst you are deferred.
  • If you have at least 6 weeks remaining in your enrolment, you can defer for up to 3 months. After that, you can defer for twice the amount of time remaining in your enrolment (for example, if you have 1 week left in your enrolment, you can defer for 2 weeks.)

The most important thing is to contact us if your enrolment isn’t working out as you had planned, so that we can offer you the best support options as and when you need them.

You may be eligible for government funding.

If you are over 40, you may be eligible to receive 50% of your course fees from the government’s Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (SCOW) program. Another funding option is the Mid Career Checkpoint which offers funds of up to $3,000 to students who return to the workforce.

More information is available HERE.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind?

Upon Application

  • If you are found to not be suitable for entry into any of our programs, we will refund all monies paid
  • If you choose not to continue with the enrolment interview or application, we will refund monies paid excluding the $150 application fee.

After Enrolment

  • Fortress has a 7-day cooling-off period
  • This 7-day cooling-off period starts from the activation of your learner portal.  For example, if your learner portal is activated on March 1st, the 7-day cooling-off period ends on March 8th
  • If you choose to withdraw within the 7-day cooling-off period then a full refund of fees paid(excluding the application fee of $150) applies

If you choose to withdraw at any time after the 7-day cooling-off period ends, no refund is applicable, and the full balance of course fees will be due.

Please refer to our Refund Policy here.

Credit Transfer

A rebate of $150 per unit awarded via Credit Transfer will apply. This reduces the fee by $150 per unit, but only until the minimum qualification fee of $1500 is reached.  Rebates from Credit Transfer fees are applied to the final course payment.

Is this course a good fit for you?

We want to make sure that you are the right fit for us and we are the right fit for you. Here are a few things for you to consider:

  • Fortress Learning is not a “tick and flick” RTO. If you want the fastest and easiest way, we probably won’t be a good fit.
  • We made the decision a long time ago to focus on quality and not quantity. As a result, our qualifications have a very good reputation in the industry.
  • Employers know that a Fortress Learning qualification is more than just a piece of paper; it has substance.
  • Our students finish their training with knowledge, competence and confidence.

Suitability Assessment

During your Enrolment Interview, before you are able to complete the enrolment form, our student support team member will guide you through a verbal conversation regarding suitability assessment.

What will I be asked?

The Suitability assessment consists of questions addressing the program’s technical requirements, such as required IT and digital literacy skills. We will also make sure you have access to the human and physical resources you need for the practical requirement of your course.

This ensures that you are placed in the right course before enrolling formally.

What happens if I am found not suitable?

If, for some reason, during your Enrolment Interview, we discover that based on the suitability responses you give, you cannot continue with the enrolment, we will offer other alternative solutions or refund your fees paid, including the application fee.