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Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) - Upgrade Program

Nationally recognised units of competency


A quick and easy way for existing trainers and assessors possessing the older TAE40110 qualification to upgrade to the new TAE40116 qualification.

Online + face-to-face workshop
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We’ve discovered people have many questions about the upgrade program. We’ve answered many of these below for you. If you are considering this course, please scroll down and read the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Course Dates

Location (Central QLD) Start Date Places Left

For group bookings please call us on 1300 990 810.

Course Details


Students who meet the prerequisite requirements (scroll down for details) and are deemed competent will receive a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116), which is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This certification is nationally recognised. The Qualification is issued by Pinnacle Safety and Training (RTO 40496).

The TAE40116 qualification will be issued with the following units:

  • TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402 Assess competence
  • TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
  • TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
  • TAEDES402 Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
  • TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation

Course Duration

The following diagram shows what is typically required in order to be issued the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification:

TAE40116 requirements

Blended delivery +

  • Pre-course online learning (prior to workshop attendance): 2-3 hours
  • Face-to-face workshop: 2 days (8 hours per day), with a number of assessable requirements that may need to be assessed post-workshop
    • Weekday courses: Days 1 and 2 are run over consecutive days during the week


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Course Overview

This TAE Upgrade program is a critical step for existing trainers and assessors. In July 2017, Skills Ministers agreed to update the training and assessment credential requirements in line with the changes to the TAE Training Package, to ensure the VET workforce has appropriate skills in designing and developing assessment tools and identifying and evaluating LLN requirements. The course is focused on assessment design and validation practices.

The course includes gap training and assessment of the required four units:

  • TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
  • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation

If you have previously achieved competency for TAEASS502, you will receive credit transfer for this unit and may not be required to complete all modules. If this applies to you, please speak to one of our Sales and Service Specialists about your enrolment options.

Course Outline

We understand that participants undertaking this course come with prior knowledge. With that in mind, we have developed the course to be hands-on and engaging, whilst learning through assessment. The key areas covered by this course include recapping on:

  • Instructional design concepts and applying the ADDIE model
  • Developing assessment tools against the principles of assessment and rules of evidence
  • Completing an assessment plan
  • Undertaking a trial of assessment
  • Participating in and coordinating validation activities

Pre-course requirements

  • IMPORTANT - If you do not already hold the unit of competency TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills you will need to complete it first (click here). This LLN course is 100% online and may take up to 15 hours to complete.
  • Blended program: Pre-course online learning for the face-to-face workshop (2-3 hours)
  • Blended program: Both TAELLN411 and the pre-course study must be completed before attending the face-to-face workshop

Frequently Asked Questions - General

Q: I hold a TAA qualification, can I enrol in the TAE40116 upgrade course?
Unfortunately students holding TAA qualifications are ineligible to enrol in TAE40116 upgrade courses, as the TAE40110 qualification is required to upgrade to TAE40116. Students with a TAA qualification wishing to achieve TAE40116 need to undertake the full TAE40116 course.

Q: I hold a BSZ qualification, can I enrol in the TAE40116 upgrade course?
Unfortunately students holding BSZ qualifications are ineligible to enrol in TAE40116 upgrade courses, as the TAE40110 qualification is required to upgrade to TAE40116. Students with a BSZ qualification wishing to achieve TAE40116 need to undertake the full TAE40116 course.

Q: I hold a TAA or BSZ qualification, can I apply for RPL?
A: Yes - however, please note that there is a significant amount of documentation and evidence required to successfully obtain RPL. This is detailed within the RPL Kit. It should also be noted that students who are successful in obtaining partial RPL for the TAE40116 qualification will require gap training, undertaken by attending further face to face training which in many cases is the full TAE40116 course. Our RPL kit is available here.

Q: What does an RPL application cost?
A: Costs associated with applying for RPL can be found in the RPL kit which is linked above. Please note fees for RPL apply to the application process and Pinnacle’s time to assess the RPL. The fee does not guarantee an RPL will be granted.

Q: I don’t hold TAE40110, but I have a lot of experience when it comes to training and assessment and think I am eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL). How do I go about applying for this?
A: To apply for RPL for the TAE40116 qualification, please click here. This RPL form is highly detailed and will take substantial time to complete if you are to be successful in obtaining full RPL so please read it thoroughly and complete all aspects in as much detail as possible.

Q: Given the above, is it worthwhile applying for RPL from TAA or BSZ to TAE40116?
A: That is up to you. As our courses are delivered holistically, meaning the units of competency are not individually assessed and competency is not obtained until you have completed the whole course, RPL applicants usually find the RPL process counterproductive due to the gap training required.

Q: I hold the TAE40110 qualification and the TAEASS502 unit of competency but want to attain a TAE40116 qualification. What options do you have available?
A: If you already hold a TAE40110 qualification and the unit TAEASS502A and want to upgrade to the TAE40116, we have a simplified RPL kit available for you.

Q: I only need to complete the TAEASS502 unit of competency, do you offer this as a stand-alone unit?
A: We do not offer the TAEASS502 unit as a stand-alone unit. We have decided to deliver the TAEASS502 unit as part of our TAE upgrade program which also includes the gap assessment for three other units of competency. Assessing students on these three units as well as the TAEASS502 unit allows us to issue the participants with a full TAE40116 qualification upon successful completion rather than just a statement of attainment for TAEASS502.

Q: I hold TAE40110. Why should I do more than just the LLN and TAEASS502 units required by ASQA?
A: We believe in value-adding for our students. ASQA has previously required trainers and assessors to upgrade to the most current TAE qualification. Although this is not a current requirement, we believe in future-proofing Trainers for this constantly changing industry. If in future ASQA decide to only recognise the most current qualification then you will not need to do yet another upgrade. For example, holders of the BSZ or TAA qualifications who didn’t upgrade when the option was available, no longer have any upgrade options available to them and will have to complete the full TAE40116 qualification from scratch, with no Credit Transfer available. With all this in mind, we advise that the minimal amount of additional work required to complete the TAE40116 upgrade is a common sense option and good value professionally.

Q: Why have you got the BSBCMM401 unit of competency in the Upgrade qualification?
A: Pinnacle’s delivery includes BSBCMM401 - Make a presentation as a compulsory elective - it supersedes and is equivalent to BSBCMM401A - Make a presentation. The unit’s requirements are mostly covered by TAEDEL401A and TAADEL402A with the small knowledge gaps being covered during the course.

Frequently Asked Questions - Face-To-Face Classroom Program

Q: Aside from the 2-3 hours pre-course work, is your face to face TAE upgrade course completed in the two workshops days or is there post course work?
A: Our face to face TAE Upgrade course has been specifically designed with the intent that all learning and assessments are completed within the two workshop days, and our trainers make every endeavour to assist you to complete the assessments in the workshop sessions. However, if you are not confident using a laptop and creating and modifying Word documents you may find you are not able to complete the course in the two day timeframe. Similarly, if you had to leave the class early or you struggle with concentration at the course, you may find you have to complete some assessments after the two day workshop.

Q: How long after completing the two days will my assessments be marked and my certificate issued?
A: Certain factors may affect the timeframe for issuance of your certificate, such as:

  • Heavy demand may mean that marking of your assessments is not always able to be completed during the two course days, and extra time may be required.
  • The prerequisite documentation for your TAE40110 and LLN units of competency need to be verified by the issuing RTO prior to issuing your TAE40116. Sometimes we can experience delays with issuing RTOs or ASQA verifying your qualifications so to avoid any further delays please ensure you have uploaded these prior to commencing your course.

If your assessments are marked, and your pre-reqs are validated, we can often issue your certificate within 5 days, and never more than 30 days.

Q: It is my understanding that I cannot train or assess if I don’t have my TAE40116 qualification. What if I have completed my upgrade course, but am waiting for my certificate, perhaps because of the reasons mentioned above? Am I able to work as a trainer / assessor?
A: You should direct this question to your employer.

Frequently Asked Questions - LLN

Q: I hold the older TAELLN401A, not the newer TAELLN411 - is this suitable?
A: Yes.

A: Yes, you can. Contact us for an RPL kit. Alternatively, we recommend students undertake our online LLN program.

TAE Upgrade RPL Information if holding a Diploma in VET

TAE Units being assessed are:

  • TAEASS502 - Design and develop assessment tools (core) – supersedes and equivalent to TAEASS502B and TAEASS502A. Credit Transfer available.
  • TAEASS401 - Plan assessment activities and processes (core) – not equivalent to TAEASS401B (addition of new element), therefore no credit transfer available. Candidate to check if TAEASS501A covers the content in TAEASS401.
  • TAEASS403 - Participate in assessment validation (core) – not equivalent to TAEASS403B (addition of performance criteria), therefore no credit transfer available. Candidate to check if TAEASS503A covers the content in TAEASS403.
  • TAELLN411 - Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills R2 (core) – supersedes and is equivalent to TAELLN411 (R1) and TAELLN401A.

Elective Options – Choose One:

  • BSBCMM401 - Make a presentation (elective) - supersedes and is equivalent to BSBCMM401A - Make a presentation. Mostly covered by TAEDEL401A and TAADEL402A. Small knowledge gap answered with a few written questions. Check if TAEDEL502A covers content in BSBCMN401.
  • TAEASS301 - Contribute to assessment (elective) - supersedes and is equivalent to TAEASS301B and TAEASS301A.
  • TAEDEL301 - Provide work skill instruction (elective) - supersedes and is equivalent to TAEDEL301B and TAEDEL301A.

If using the Diploma units as part of RPL, then currency for these units will also need to be proven – i.e. evidence submitted of using the Diploma units within the last three years.

Course Inclusions

All learning resources will be provided as part of your course enrolment. You will need to provide your own laptop computer with wireless internet connection.


Documents you must supply before your course commencement

  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification, including the full statement of results.
  • Statement of attainment - TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • Completed document of evidence (your choice of either template for individual OR template for employer to complete) detailing:
    • That you have skills and vocational experience in the field in which you wish to teach
    • How you have maintained professional development since being awarded TAE40110

  • A copy of your current qualification OR current resume OR letter from your employer outlining your experience

All the above prerequisites must be uploaded to your online learning platform no later than two business days prior to the course date (for the blended program). Access to the full course curriculum and assessment tasks will not be granted until the prerequisites are provided. To avoid delays in getting started, falling behind in your studies and wasting your time during the course, prerequisites must be provided prior to your training day.

To be successful in this course you need to:

  • Have at least a Year 10 level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills
  • Have the ability to read and write English
  • Provide your own laptop computer (with wireless internet capabilities)
  • Use a device that meets the minimum System Requirements of Pinnacle’s e-Learning system (we officially support and recommend modern desktop or laptop computers running Google Chrome web browser). Other personal devices (e.g. phones and tablets) may be compatible, but due to the variety available, we do not officially support these devices.
  • Have a stable internet connection, with bandwidth capable of streaming video
  • Use a device that can play sound
  • Have a strong level of computer literacy skills. Your assignments will be conducted on a computer, and if you do not have a suitable level of computer experience, you will not be able to complete the course in the time frame allotted
  • Be confident navigating with web browsers
  • Have the skills to compile electronic documents using software applications (word processing)
  • Be able to conduct research and present information
  • If English is a second language, you will need to complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) questionnaire. Contact us to discuss
  • Agree with all terms and conditions of your enrolment

Participants must

  • Be at least 18 years of age

The training was excellent - I learned a lot. The trainer encouraged participants to work at their own pace whenever possible, which was great (this is how I learn best).

Connie R. - South Fremantle, WA

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Tanya was an amazing trainer - her knowledge was outstanding on the subject matter. Tanya was patient and helpful with every student. Tanya made every student relaxed and supported them through the course, no matter how simple or complicated the question. Tanya is an absolute credit to your company. The [TAE Upgrade] programme itself was exactly as I expected and was fully in-line with industry.

Rachel K. - Brisbane, QLD

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Found the facilities to be good and the trainer we had on the 2 days was excellent. Very helpful and took into account everyone’s level of knowledge and worked the group well. Highly recommend anyone wanting to do this course to use Pinnacle.

Peter D. - Brisbane, QLD