TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set
Online – 6 months enrolment period – RPL & Coursework
(This skillset has been superseded, and we no longer take enrolments. Please see the TAESS00021 Facilitation Skill Set.)
This Skill Set is designed to provide VET practitioners with the assessor competencies to meet Standards for RTOs requirements. It is suited to individuals wishing to obtain the assessment competencies to assess according to system requirements.
This Skill Set will enable you to:
- Develop competencies that will enable you to contribute to the assessment process, plan and organise assessment activities and processes including Recognition of Prior Learning.
- Assess the competence of candidates using different assessment pathways.
- Participate in the assessment validation process.
These competencies are completed in the context of a competency-based assessment system.
We are not accepting any further enrolments into this superseded skill set which is currently in a teach-out transition period until 8 December 2023. The new TAESS00019 Assessor Skill Set is now available.
About the course
Why undertake a Skill Set?
A Fortress Learning TAE Skill Set is valuable for:
- Filling an identified skills gap without you needing to undertake a full qualification.
- Providing you with formal recognition of competency attained, without having completed a full qualification.
- Laying the foundation for further training in a TAE qualification.
- In some instances, may give you the certification needed to commence training and assessing (under supervision) in the workplace (this is dependent upon the requirements of the employer).
Please note: You must have access to a person who is currently compliant as a Trainer and Assessor, holding as minimum qualifications the TAE40110, TAELLN411 (or equivalent unit) and TAEASS502 (or equivalent unit), who can observe you conducting practical tasks in a real or simulated workplace environment.
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; perfect for balancing alongside work and family commitments! On enrolment, you will receive your login credentials for 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 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.
What will I learn?
This Skill Set comprises of the following Units of Competency.
TAEASS401 – Plan assessment activities and processes
What this unit involves:
- Plan and organise the assessment process on a minimum of five occasions
- Collect evidence that demonstrates:
+ documented assessment plans
+ having covered a range of assessment events
+ catering for a number of candidates
+ different competency standards or accredited curricula
+ an RPL assessment
+ contextualisation of competency standards and the selected assessment tools, where required
+ incorporation of reasonable adjustment strategies
+ development of simple Assessment Instruments for use in the process
+ organisational arrangements.
TAEASS402 – Assess competence
What this unit involves:
- Assess competence of a number of candidates within the Vocational Education and Training context against different Units of Competency or accredited curricula, following the relevant assessment plan
- Assess at least one candidate for RPL
- Consider reasonable adjustment and the reasons for decisions in at least one assessment
- Cover an entire Unit of Competency and show:
+ the application of different assessment methods and tools involving a range of assessment activities and events
+ two-way communication and feedback
+ how judgement was exercised in making the assessment decision
+ how and when assessment outcomes were recorded and reported
+ assessment records and reports completed in accordance with assessment system and organisational, legal and ethical requirements
+ how the assessment process was reviewed.
TAEASS403 – Participate in assessment validation
What this unit involves:
- Actively participate in a minimum of three validation sessions or meetings which, in combination, address the Critical Aspects of Validation using different validation approaches and activities
- Clearly explain purposes of validation and the legal and ethical responsibilities of assessors
- Collate documentation relating to validation process in a logical manner
- Demonstrate communication and liaison with relevant people
- Provide feedback and interpret documentation in validation sessions
- Record contribution to validation findings.
TAEASS502 – Design & develop assessment tools
What this unit involves:
- Design three assessment tools that address the requirements of 3 units of competency
- Review these tools to ensure that they meet the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence
Practical Requirements and People You Will Need Access To
In order to complete the practical assessment requirements of TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set, you must;
- Have access to 5 people in a group or as individuals to assess
- Have access to a suitable venue in which to conduct assessments
- Have access to personnel with whom to conduct trial and review of assessment and with whom to conduct assessment validation (this task can be directly observed by a TAE qualified observer or video recorded.)
You must also have access to a TAE qualified observer (who is currently compliant as a Trainer and Assessor, holding as minimum qualifications the TAE40110, TAELLN411 and TAEASS502 (or equivalent units)), who can observe you conducting the assessments. Alternatively, you may be able to arrange for a Fortress Learning assessor to live-link in, as your assessment must be directly observed in real-time.
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?
There are no entry requirements for this Skill Set.
However, if you are considering using this Skill Set as a pathway into the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, you must be able to demonstrate vocational competency in your 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 long does it take?
The enrolment duration for this course is 6 months.
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 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.
Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning
If you would like to explore your scope for Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfer, we invite you to complete our PLP (Personal Learning Plan) Survey (the link is below). One of our trainers will determine to what extent you are eligible for RPL and/or Credit Transfer, what evidence you will need to provide and what coursework will still need to be undertaken, and we will provide you with a Personal Learning Plan.
Is this Course a good fit for you?
We want to make sure that you are the right fit for us and that 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.
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.
We are not accepting any further enrolments into this superseded Skill Set which is currently in a teach-out transition period until 8 December 2023. The new TAESS00019 Assessor Skill Set is available now.