The Group Adventurer (Live Virtual Classroom)

Up to 12 Months

$4797 - $5100


This is your live and interactive virtual classroom edition of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40122). Perfect if you learn better in a classroom environment with a group of peers to collaborate and learn with, and a live, engaging trainer to ask questions of on the spot. If this is you, we've got you covered. Download the brochure for everything you want to know about the course.

Assessments marked within 1-8 business days

A flexible study arrangement

Premium support & fast response times

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You Graduating Is Our No.1 Goal!

This course can be challenging and many of you are doing it because you “have to”, we get it so we have gone to great lengths to make the learning material as engaging as possible, we also monitor your progress and reach out if we see you’ve stalled so we can support you to keep going. We are there every step of the way!

Assessments marked within 4 business days
Trainer-led in a virtual classroom with other students
All of our trainers are located in Australia!
Certificate sent within 24 hours of last assessment being marked

There Are 4 Upgrade Options

The option that's best for you depends on multiple factors, so use the following flow chart to help you determine which option you should look at. If in doubt, our Course Advisors are experts at working this out with you.
Regardless of your choice you'll need to speak to them to book in for your upgrade course option.


What's Included in This Course...

Interactive Learning:

Say goodbye to monotony! Participate in activities, and learn with other students in a fun and collaborative environment. Enjoy a live class, while comfortably seated in your favourite chair with your favourite snacks on hand!

More Efficient Learning:

We've organised the Cert IV into four logical clusters, cutting out repeated content and other irrelevant elements. Streamlined learning means a smarter path to success. Clever, isn't it?

Time Efficiency:

Picture yourself finishing most assignments during live classes instead of sacrificing your weekends and nights. Concentrated, study-focused days mean faster completion (unless you prefer to take it slow, and that's fine too). Reclaim your time!

Real-Time Help:

No more waiting for email replies or a trainer session days later when you need help! Get instant answers during live sessions. It's all about making sense of the content and making sure you're on the right track. Instant clarity beats delayed support any day!

Bonus Learning:

Score exclusive insights into online training by watching our trainers in action. It's not just a course; it's a peek into your future as a qualified trainer and assessor, complete with valuable tips and tricks.

The Differences Between The Delivery Options

A summary of the main differences between the delivery options

Your Qualification, The Course Requirements & The Skills You Gain

Course Requirement

You need to have experience/be qualified in the industry you aim to teach in. If you’re long-term unemployed/just out of school, with no work experience in that industry, this course is not for you.

Assessment Requirements

You will need at least 5 people to be your learners. 4 for face-to-face, in-person, group-based training, and 1 person (not one of the other 4) for 1-on-1 mentoring & training sessions.

Qualification Upon Completion:

Fully qualified Trainer. With this Statement of Attainment, you can work in an RTO as a Trainer without supervision.

Qualification Upon Completion:

Fully qualified Assessor. With this Statement of Attainment, you can work in an RTO as an Assessor without supervision.



Vincenzo Mascia




October 23, 2023

Found the trainer to be understanding and patient

And patient and meet any areas of difficulty with excellent delivery of what was required to help complete my TAE. I found my trainer to be understanding to my personal needs to help me and guide me through the TAE course. He was clear with instructions and understanding of the content. He always encouraged to ask questions and made sure i understood what was needed.

Date of experience:

October 16, 2023

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Ashley Thomson




Date of experience: 21 August 2023

I had a great experience with these…

I had a great experience with these guys, awesome support always going out of there way to help. Would recommend to anyone how wants to do a Cert 4 to enrol with fortress learning. Thank you very much for all the help and getting over the line much appreciated.

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Andrew - Customer



Date of experience: 11 July 2023

The Fortress Training Experience...

The training experience with Fortress was amazing. The CertIV training and assessment is a pretty full on course. In addition to running my own business, I volunteer with Surf Life Saving and have a busy family life. The team at Fortress were really supportive in helping me navigate the course and worked with me when I was challenged time wise... they were always there to help. I cannot recommend Fortress and their team highly enough.

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Julie D




November 30, 2022

I strongly recommend this teaching enterprise.

I looked into schools that provide the TAE Certificate IV and found one in my area, Fortress, which is a current and accredited RTO (see https : // training. gov. au /). They say, "We are not only fast, but we also care, with maximum response times of 4 hours (phone) and 8 hours (email)." And if you want the marking completed within four days (or less), they deliver on this promise too. I was very pleased with their support. They responded quickly (as stated above), and they were very kind and considerate with all marking, explaining why, what, and how to proceed to complete my assignment correctly. I strongly recommend this teaching enterprise.

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Joseph Ryland




January 15, 2023

Great experience!

Great experience! The Certificate 4 TAE was great! It was structured in a way which really helped the whole process. The Zoom classes gave a great overview of the assessments and the content of the units themselves. The expectations were outlined perfectly.

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September 24, 2022

Cert 4 TAE40116- the best way to get your qualifications

I recently completed a Cert 4 TAE40116 with Fortress learning. I did the two week zoom component with Brian and then completed the rest of the workbook over the next month. Brian is fantastic at explaining everything and really steps it out for you in a logical easy to follow way. All of the practical assessments are completed during the two week zoom sessions which is a massive bonus! Brain is patient, very knowledgeable and so helpful. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting do to a TAE40116.

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Lachlan M




September 14, 2023

Fortress Learning Made Studying Easy

Fortress Learning made studying easy. I worked full time throughout my TAE40122. Their platform and course were easy to follow, meaning that I was able to complete both my TAE and my work without feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Richard and Steve were great trainers and most of the time it was like talking to old friends.

Date of experience:

September 14, 2023

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Scott Mac




August 01, 2022

As I just completed my Cert IV in Training and Assessment

As I just completed my Cert IV in Training and Assessment, I highly recommend Fortress Learning as an absolute fantastic institute to study at! No question was to silly or to hard for them! Their whole team went above and beyond to ensure that I had all the support I needed and more! Their team is enthusiastic, inspirational, caring and so helpful! I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Fortress Learning and I definitely recommend anyone deciding to study to go through Fortress Learning.

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Date of experience: 18 August 2023

The TAE workload was boulderous…

The TAE workload was boulderous and daunting, but trainer Deb Thomas assisted me throughout. Her explanations untangled jargon and simplified arduous assessment tasks. Her incredible support enabled me to complete the TAE. THANK YOU!!! Although I primarily teach in a degree course, areas covered such as "reasonable adjustment" will assist with my Higher Ed work. I recommend Fortress to anyone contemplating a TAE: the service was both excellent and comprehensive.

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Your Course Journey

Workshop 1 (Cluster 1):

Here, you will begin learning how to work effectively in the VET sector and also how to work within the various compliance frameworks. Total assessments = 2.

Workshop 1 (Cluster 2):

You will use nationally recognised training products to meet vocational training needs and learn how to develop plans for vocational training. Total assessments = 4.

Workshop 2 (Cluster 3):

Learn how to facilitate vocational training, provide work skill instruction, facilitate workplace-based learning, and understand being a mentor in the workplace. Total assessments = 7

Workshop 3 (Cluster 4):

Learn how to plan, organise and facilitate online learning and assess competence in an online environment. Total assessments = 2

Virtual Live Classroom Workshop Calendar

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

Dec 11th - 15th

Dec 18th - 21st

Jan 8th - 11th 2024

29th Jan - 4th Feb 15th

Feb 5th - 9th

Feb 19th - 22nd

Feb 26th - 1st Mar

Mar 18th - 22nd

Mar 25th - 28th

Apr 8th - 12th

Apr 15th - 19th

Apr 29th - 2nd May

May 13th - 17th

May 20th - 24th

May 28th - 31st

Jun 17th - 21st

Jun 24th - 28th

Jul 1st - 4th

How To Choose Between RTO's Offering "The Same" Training...

While numerous RTOs offer the TAE, the course material, assessment guides (if they provide them) and support can vastly differ! Honestly, the best way to work out if an RTO is talking the talk but not walking the walk, is to read their reviews on independent platforms like Trustpilot, and see what others say about their experience with them.

We know you can definitely pay less money for your training elsewhere, but cheap doesn't mean easy-to-understand learning material, the support you need that will actually get you to the finish line or a quality training that will give you the skills and confidence to step into the role when you're done.

We all wish that the saying "you get what you pay for" wasn't real, but there's a reason why we all still say it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do The Workshops Cover Everything Or Is There Still More To Do?

The workshops cover almost all of it. The only items left to do OUTSIDE of the workshops are:

1. The knowledge question assessments for each unit. These are relatively simple because you have the whole course in your online Learner Portal as an additional resource to complete these.

2. Your face-to-face training delivery assessment sessions. Even though the execution of this is outside of the workshops, all of the preparation work for these is covered inside the workshop so the only thing left for you to do is to record your face-to-face training delivery sessions and upload the files to submit your assessment.

That's it. All other learning, assessment prep work and assessments are done within their dedicated workshops (there are 3 in total).

How Often Does Each Workshop Run?

Basically each workshop runs once a month in the same order. This means you can choose to do the 3 workshops back -to-back, or you can choose to do one each month, or even one every 2 - 4 months, whatever suits you. You have 12 months to complete your whole certificate.

The only exception is over Christmas, the first 2 workshops will run before Christmas, we shut down for 2weeks over Christmas and the new years, then workshop 3 will run in mid January. InFebruary we start all over again with the 3 workshops running back to back again.

What Are The Hours And Days For Each Workshop?

The workshops run on Zoom in a virtual classroom from 9am until 4pm (QLD time), on Monday to Friday for workshop 1 and 2, and from Monday to Thursday for workshop 3. The workshop calendar is on this page so you can also see when they will be running.

What If I'm Sick Or Can't Make 1 Or More Days?

We know these things are unpredictable so if you have to miss a day or more due to sickness or some other kind of emergency, you can join the same workshop in the following month or months and continue on.

Can I Use Training Course Material From My Current Workplace For My Assessments?

The short answer is yes, for the main design and delivery assessments, you can create a training based on what your workplace already provides or whatever work you currently do, so you can use the training you create after. The areas where you can use pre-provided options are when you need to use RTO backend assets or documentation which can be difficult to get access to. So if you can't access one, you can use ours for the purpose of your learning and assessments.

Are There Any Entry Requirements?

Just like the previous Certificate IV in Training & Assessment qualifications, the latest TAE40122 also requires people enrolling in the course 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.

What this means is that you need to come into the Cert IV with some kind of work history and experience in the industry you plan to be a trainer in. If you’ve spent years in your profession and plan to be a trainer for new people coming in, great! But if you’ve been long time unemployed or just out of school with no work experience in any particular industry that you can teach from, you can’t learn to be a trainer at this time.

You'll be asked about your qualifications and experience in your Enrolment Interview.

How Difficult Is A Certificate IV?

The Australian Qualification Framework provides guidelines to the learning outcomes for each AQF level and qualification type. The level of difficulty of a Certificate IV should be aligned with the requirements of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4 (out of 10 levels).

Regarding difficulty, we want to be transparent with you and let you know that the Certificate IV TAE is one of the more extensive courses you will complete as there is a lot of terminology and new knowledge and skills that you will learn.

If you are already in a training role (even informally training workplace colleagues etc) then you will certainly be able to bring your existing skills and knowledge to the course, which will ensure that navigating the world of VET is a little less daunting.

The common thread is that the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is time-consuming.

We have written a blog about the Then Painful Truths about the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. You may want to read it here:

What Are The Actual Units Included In This Program?

The Units of Competency we offer in our entry-level program are “clustered” together (you’ll learn about clustering), so you don’t end up doing repeats of the learning and assessments that can happen if you learn them one by one (as it used to be done).

Here is how we’ve put them together:

Cluster 1: Work within the VET sector
  • TAEPDD401 – Work effectively in the VET sector (Core unit)
  • BSBAUD412 – Work within compliance frameworks (Group C elective unit)
Cluster 2: Designing and packaging training and assessment
  • TAEDES411 – Use nationally recognised training products to meet vocational training needs (Core unit)
  • TAEDES412 – Design and develop plans for vocational training (Core unit)
Cluster 3: Delivering, assessing and validating vocational training and work-based mentoring (face-to-face)
  • TAEASS413 – Participate in assessment validation (Core unit)
  • TAEDEL311 – Provide work skill instruction (Group A elective)
  • TAEDEL411 – Facilitate vocational training (Core unit)
  • TAEDEL412 – Facilitate workplace-based learning (Group A elective)
  • TAEDEL414 – Mentor in the workplace (Group A elective)
  • TAEASS412 – Assess competence (Core unit)
Cluster 4: Delivering and assessing online training
  • TAEDEL405 – Plan, organise and facilitate online learning- current elective of TAE40122 (Group A elective)
  • TAEASS404 – Assess competence in an online environment- current elective of TAE40122 (Group A elective)

What Are The IT Requirements For This Course?

Since this course is delivered online, it’s essential that students are fully aware of the IT requirements before enrolling to this course is suitable and possible for you to do.

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

  • Do you have access to a computer regularly?
  • 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 and extract zip folders, open and download pdf documents, and open, edit, save and 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.

What If I Need More Time At The End?

If you haven’t finished the course within 12 months, you can purchase an extension.

We do our best to help pace you so this doesn’t happen, but sometimes life happens and things get in the way that are beyond your control and you just need a little bit more time.  We get it.

Here is what it will cost if you really need it but let’s work together so you never need to use this, ok?

  • 1 week $75
  • 1 month $300

What Is Involved In The Enrolment Interview?

You’ll be sent to a booking page just after making your deposit payment, to book your enrolment interview and a confirmation email will be sent to you with the details of everything you need to have prepared for that interview.

The interview can be booked on the same day but there is a minimum of a 4 hour gap from applying to being able to do the enrolment interview, this is so you have time to get prepared.

HEADS UP: You will need your USI (Student Identifier) before you get to your interview.

This is done via Google Meet where you can ask any additional questions and clear up anything you’re not sure of before enrolling. This is also where we both get to make sure you have chosen the right course pathway and support package for what you really need.

During the interview we’ll conduct a "Suitability Assessment". This is a series questions that will help us determine if you can meet the technical, practical and skill requirements needed for you to be able to confidently complete this course online.

The technical requirements are things like having regular computer access as well as knowledge and confidence navigating things like email, logins and websites. The practical questions are to make sure you have access to the human and physical resources you need to complete the assessments in your course.

We will ask additional questions about your goals, your online experience and comfort level in learning online, your learning ability plus your availability to study.This is all to make sure you're in the right course and set up to succeed before enrolling formally. This gives you more confidence that you can absolutely get all the way to graduation.

If the course is found to be unsuitable for you, your deposit (including the enrolment interview fee of $150) will be fully refunded. If you don't show up for your enrolment interview or if you change your mind after the interview within the 7 day cooling off period, the enrolment fee is not refunded.

What Happens If This Course Is Determined As Not Suitable For Me?

If during your Enrolment Interview we discover this course is not suitable for you, we’ll offer other alternative solutions or refund all fees paid, including the $150 deposit.

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 is what you need to know about deferring:

  • You can defer a maximum of two times. The first deferment is free. The second deferment has 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 while you’re status is “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.

Why Choose Fortress?

We know that right now you probably “need” to do this training and you’re looking for fast and easy so it’s relatively painless for you. We get it, so we’ve spent more time on our end making it as straightforward for you as possible, and finding ways to do our part more efficiently so we’re not the bottleneck!

  1. We have one of the fastest marking times in the industry – We know that when you start something like this, you want to get through it as fast as possible and marking times can significantly impact how fast you can do it. You’ll get your assessments back within 4 business days with us (except with the Standard Support Package, which is 4 – 8 business days max), and then the speed with which you get to graduation is mostly up to you.
  2. Our learning material is first-class in clarity and comprehensiveness, and is as close to what you’ll find in real life! We do this so you’re more confident and skilled when you start working as an actual trainer.
  3. Our support and responsiveness are why we have such a high completion rate. We’ll respond to your emails within 8 business hours, and if we miss your call, we’ll call you back within 4 business hours. Our trainers are also known for their compassion, wisdom and ability to get you all the way to graduation.

Don't believe what we say though, check out our reviews on Google and Trustpilot - See what others have said about learning with us!

Why Is There a Non-Refundable Fee Included In The Deposit?

When you will pay your deposit it includes your $150 non-refundable enrolment interview fee. This covers the cost of the behind-the-scenes work and time taken to prepare and run the interview itself because it is a cost to us. It's also not fair to others who could have booked an earlier time with us when people just don't show up.

We do the enrolment interview to make sure that the course is the right course for you, and that you have all of the resources and the time you will need to complete it successfully (baring any unexpected events that could impact it) BEFORE you actually enrol. We have saved many students money, time and frustration by having this interview and discovering that it's unlikely they will complete it successfully for some reason. We are invested in your success from the start.

If the course isn't suitable for you for whatever reason, you will be refunded the whole amount of your deposit, including your $150 enrolment interview fee. If you simply don't show up, the $150 enrolment interview fee won't be refunded should you choose not to go ahead for other reasons.

If an emergency happens and you can’t let us know you won’t be able to make it for some reason, we’re generous when it matters most so there are circumstances where this enrolment interview fee will also be refunded, but this is only on a case by case basis.

Do You Have Flexible Payment Options?

We offer flexible payment options for every course.

You can pay in full and upfront, but you can also pay a deposit (which includes the $150 non-refundable enrolment interview fee), and choose a fortnightly or weekly payment plan. When you select "Enrol", you will see the various packages available for your course, and once you select the package you want, you will be presented with the various payment options.

If you want to go back and see another package and their payment plan options, just hit "back".

Can I Get a Refund If I Change My Mind?

Upon Application:

  • If you are found not to 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.

Am I 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.

Improved Employment Status

According to the NCVER  in their Australian vocational education and training statistics VET student outcomes report for 2022, the national average statistic for students who said that they "experienced improved employment status after completing their VET training", was 65%.

Compare this to the students who did their training with Fortress Learning, and a whopping 83.3% of our students said that they received an improved employment status after completing their studies. That's an increase of over 27% compared to the National Average!


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