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From $2,500 – Online – 6 months enrolment period – RPL & Coursework

Fortress Learning’s TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (Dip VET) program is intended for experienced VET professionals who hold or seek responsibility for the full range of activities associated with designing, conducting, assessing and evaluating training within an RTO.

The TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training is now the minimum qualification you must hold in order to train and assess others in TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

The TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training is the logical next step for those who have already completed the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. and want to continue their professional development as leaders and educators.  The course focuses on further developing your existing facilitation skills and teaching practices with the aim of helping you achieve enhanced learning outcomes for your students.

Students are still able to enrol into the superseded TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training and TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development which is currently in an extended teach-out transition period until 8 December 2024. This extended transition period means there is plenty of time to complete the TAE50116 and/or TAE50216.


What does completing this course give me?

It will give you an edge. The TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training is for people who are committed to professional growth and excellence. These people are the ones who are doing more than the minimum and are reaping the reward, such as;

  • possible higher rates of pay
  • better promotional opportunities
  • improved confidence and credibility arising from our program of structured professional reflection

Fortress Learning’s TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training program is designed for trainers already working in the Vocational Education & Training sector who recognise that the TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training is quickly replacing the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as the minimum standard required to be taken seriously as a professional trainer and assessor.

You will graduate with the following qualification:

TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.

By completing the program with Fortress Learning, you will not only gain the qualifications, but you will also gain the confidence that you do possess the knowledge and skills that those qualifications are meant to represent.

Personal Learning Plan Survey

We recommend you complete our Personal Learning Plan Survey before enrolment.  The survey will ask you questions in regards 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.

PLP Survey



TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (6 months)
TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (6 months)

About the course

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 phone or video calls when you need support. Our trainers are available 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 TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training  includes 10 Units of Competency, which are made up of:

6 Core units, plus
4 Elective units

At least 2 Elective units must be selected from the Elective Units (see list below)

The remaining 2 Elective units may be selected from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

We will work out the best combination of units as part of the Personal Learning Plan process once you have started and can change the combination of units through the course to reflect changes in your circumstance.

Some points to remember:

  • There are no prerequisite requirements for individual Units of Competency.
  • Where a unit is chosen from another currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course, it must be from a qualification or course at Diploma level or above.
  • Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.
  • All units are available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Some units are not available by Coursework Assessment – these are noted as “RPL Only” in the Elective Units list below.

Core Units

TAEASS501 Provide advanced assessment practice

  • Assess at least 20 individual candidates from a total of at least 50 units of competency from training packages or accredited courses
  • Lead assessment processes with and for at least 3 assessors

TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools

  • Develop three assessment tools to assess at least three units of competency
  • Ensure your tools reflect the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence

TAEDEL502 Provide advanced facilitation practice

  • Conduct a minimum of 100 hours of group facilitation

TAEDES501 Design and develop learning strategies

  • Develop two learning programs and explain how they reflect the needs of your client and the training package.
  • Review a learning strategy that you or someone else has implemented to make sure that it is improved

TAELLN501 Support the development of adult language literacy and numeracy skills

  • Use tools to identify the LLN skill requirements of the training specification and/or assessment process relevant to vocational delivery
  • Use various sources to gather information on the current LLN skills of a group of learners, and list at least 5 learners whose LLN levels you have determined using tools based on the ACSF
  • Select, apply and review the effectiveness of language, literacy and numeracy support strategies relevant to each 5 learners’ context
  • Determine areas for improvement of own practice
  • Demonstrate your own continued learning in the topic, and support for other trainers/assessors in relation to LLN practice

TAEPDD501 Maintain and enhance professional practice

  • Reviewing with your peers the feedback received from at least 10 hours of training that you have conducted
  • Reviewing with your peers the assessment of 10 candidates
  • Maintain your professional currency in your chosen field


Elective Units

TAEASS503 Lead assessment validation processes

  • Provide support to other assessors, including modelling good assessment and validation practice
  • Contribute positively to the work of assessors and others involved in carrying out assessments and validation
  • Initiate, organise and facilitate assessment validation on at least three occasions
  • Use outcomes of validation and appeals to improve assessment practice.

TAEDEL501 Facilitate e-learning 

  • Develop an e-learning program
  • Describe at least two e-learning activities that you have organized and facilitated, and explain how each catered for the needs of client and learner.

TAEDES502 Design and develop learning resources

  • Research, design and develop two print resources to meet client needs
  • Explain how your resources reflect learner and industry needs.

TAEDES503 Design and develop e-learning resources (RPL only)

  • Research, design and develop e-learning resources to meet client needs
  • Explain how your resources reflect learner and industry needs.

TAEDES505 Evaluate a training program

  • Evaluate a training program against workforce performance needs and capability requirements
  • Produce an evaluation report that addresses all phases of the evaluation process including recommendations on areas for improvement
  • Critically review the evaluation process and approaches taken and propose changes to improve the process.

TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

  • Address core LLN issues in training and assessment practice on at least two different occasions
  • Cater for the LLN needs of a particular student
  • Use the ACSF to determine the level of a student and training demand.

TAERES501 Apply research to training & assessment practice

  • Find something in your RTO about training/assessment you think could be better understood
  • Plan and then conduct some research to help to improve that understanding
  • Report on and review everything you did

TAETAS501 Undertake organisational training needs analysis

  • Conduct at least two organisational training needs analyses, outlining the processes you followed, the outcomes and recommendations.


Note:  The Qualification Packaging Rules also allow for the import of Diploma or higher units:

  • for a Single TAE Diploma, you can import 2 of them.

We will factor this in when we develop your Personal Learning Plan.

Practical Requirements and People You Will Need Access To

In order to complete the practical assessment requirements of the TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, you must;

  • Have the ability to conduct 50 assessments for 20 candidates (for TAEASS501)
  • Have access to learners to which to deliver 100 hours of training
  • Have the ability to form a group of three peers to review assessments and discuss facilitation practice
  • Have the ability to deliver training to 5 vocational learners (for TAELLN501)
  • Have the ability to lead peers in extending LLN practice (for TAELLN501)
  • Have access to sufficient organisational personnel for a variety of Diploma tasks

You must have access to a suitably qualified TAE observer. It is essential that your observer is qualified at a Cert IV level as a minimum (holding as minimum qualifications the TAE40110, TAELLN411 and TAEASS502, or equivalent units), but it is desirable that they are TAE qualified at a Diploma level.

If your program includes TAERES501, in order to complete the practical assessment requirements of TAERES501, you must;

  • Have access to an organisation on which to base your research
  • Have the ability to collect data related to your research

A Third Party Report will need to be completed by an observer who is TAE qualified at an AQF Level 5 or higher.

You may also possibly need ethics approval from your organisation.

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? Can I do the Dip Vet without a Cert IV TAE?

There are no entry requirements, however, it is recommended that you already hold the Certificate IV TAE and that you are currently working in a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

We get often asked if you can do the Dip Vet without holding a Certificate IV TAE.  Theoretically, it is possible to go straight into a TAE Diploma without first doing the Cert IV TAE.

However, we do not recommend it, and only in rare situations do we allow people to enter the Fortress TAE Diploma program without first holding the Cert IV TAE.


Because we want you to succeed

The core units of the Diploma of Vocational Education & Training require a lot of practical work at an RTO, including training and assessment tasks. These are things that are very difficult to do unless you are working in an RTO as a Trainer and Assessor, and to be working as a Trainer/Assessor in an RTO, you really need to have the Cert IV TAE.

Our experience is that it takes people longer to do just the Dip VET than it is to first do the Cert IV TAE and then do the Dip VET. This is one of the reasons we usually require people to have the Cert IV TAE before entering the Fortress Learning TAE Diploma program.

How long does it take?

We offer this course as a 6-month or 12-month enrolment duration. If you are interested in the 12-month enrolment duration, please click here. The enrolment link on this course page is for our 6-month enrolment period Diploma only. Paid extensions are available should you need time beyond your chosen enrolment duration to complete.

Experience tells us that most experienced professionals usually take about six months to complete their personal program of blended RPL and Coursework Assessment (or closer to 3 months if they are bringing in more units via Credit Transfer). These people are usually working full-time and juggling families, pets, holidays and all the other things that seem to complicate our lives. However, some students prefer to have a bit more time to complete their studies. If that is you, the 12-month enrolment period may be your better option.

Experience tells us that the following three factors affect the time it takes a student:

  • Experience – if you have experience in training/assessing, then you will likely not need as long as people without experience.
  • Dedication – if you have a good reason to do the course, and can hold yourself accountable, then you will likely not need as long as people who are less committed.
  • Other commitments – if you have a busy life with many competing professional and personal demands, then you will likely need longer than those people with fewer demands.

While it differs for different people, we find that successful students usually dedicate 10- 15 hours per week. That said, some of our students take less time, while others take more. It is up to you.

Successful Study Habits

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 study?

The flexibility of our online approach means that if you need to take a break from study, 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.

TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Superseded)

What will it cost me?


6-month enrolment $2,500

Other Costs

If your program requires the textbook, Professional Training & Assessment ($130.00) then you may need to purchase this. This will be determined once the Personal Learning Plan process has been completed. About 5% of students will require it.


If you have not finished the course within 6 months, you can purchase an extension.

  • 1 week $75
  • 1 month $300


Do you have flexible payment options?

We offer the following payment options.

  • Upon application, you are required to pay a deposit of fees, this will include a non-refundable application fee of $150.
  • You can choose between an upfront payment or a flexible payment plan:
    • Upfront payment: Course Fee $2,500, and a deposit of $1500 today with the balance due in 60 days.
    • Flexible payment: Course Fee $2,775 We offer flexible payments, the initial amount you will pay upon application is calculated based on your course fee and the type of payment plan you choose.
  • We offer weekly, fortnightly or monthly ongoing payment options
  • You may be wondering why the flexible payment option is more than the upfront.  Like any payment plan, this allows for admin fees to be met.

You may be eligible for government funding.

Mature-age students may be able to access a funding co-contribution of 75%, or up to $2,200, towards training. Eligibility for the Incentive is subject to successfully completing a Skills Checkpoint assessment and Career Plan that identifies suitable training opportunities, which you will need to discuss with a Skills Checkpoint Career Advisor. Please also note that each applicant, or their employer, must co-contribute and fund the balance of the training course costs after the government contribution is applied, which at most can be 75% of training costs, up to the value of $2200 GST inclusive.

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 days 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 for additional information

Credit Transfer

TAE Units awarded via credit transfer attract a rebate of $150 each, which will reduce the fee to not less than the minimum qualification fee of $1,500. Any rebates are deducted from the final invoice payable.

If you have done the most recent Cert IV TAE (TAE40116)or the TAE40116 upgrade, it’s likely you have completed TAELLN411 and TAEASS502. Both of those can come into your Dip VET via Credit Transfer. That will leave 8 units left to complete in your Dip VET.

If you would like to explore your scope for Credit Transfer, we invite you to complete our PLP (Personal Learning Plan) Survey. One of our trainers will determine to what extent you are eligible for Credit Transfer and what coursework will still need to be undertaken, and we will provide you with a Personal Learning Plan.

But before you dive into the Personal Learning Plan Survey please read about Recognition of Prior Learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Fortress Learning trains adults from all walks of life. So we take the time to get to know you and we embrace your work and life experience.

This means your course won’t be like everyone else’s. Your course will be tailor-made just for you taking into account your prior learning and current competencies.

To do this, we ask you to complete what we call a Personal Learning Plan Survey and develop a Personal Learning Plan that shows you exactly what you have to do to complete your course. It shows you which tasks are ahead of you and which specific evidence you need to provide. It also includes a step by step guide to doing it all with the least amount of hassle. And best of all this plan is a living document, which means that if something changes in your life, it changes too.

You can complete your Personal Learning Plan Survey (PLP) now:

PLP Survey

Our unique RPL Live Observation Method

Recognition of Prior Learning can sometimes be more time-consuming and effort than coursework. That’s why we aim to reduce the endless hours in collating limitless documents to prove your prior learning through our unique live observation method. Our trainers will meet you on zoom to view your evidence in real-time and can ask you any required questions on the spot to reduce the excruciating back and forth.

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.

What will I be asked?

The Suitability assessment consists of different questions that will address the technical requirements of the program, 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 for you before you enrol 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.



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