Frequently asked questions – new trainer and assessor credentials requirements

Frequently asked questions – new trainer and assessor credentials requirements

Why was the implementation date for new trainer and assessor credential requirements postponed from 1 April 2019 to 1 July 2019?

Why have the requirements changed?

Who do the changes apply to?

What are the requirements from 1 July 2019 for trainers and assessors?

What are the requirements from 1 July 2019 for those who only assess?

What are the requirements from 1 July for those with a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education?

What happens if trainers and assessors don't meet the new credential requirements on 1 July 2019?

Does supervision mean working under the direct supervision of someone on a one-on-one basis?

Can those working under supervision be involved with assessment?

What evidence do I need to provide to show that I have completed the relevant units to meet the requirements?

Can trainers and assessors use credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) to complete the relevant units and meet the new credential requirements?

Will registered training organisations (RTOs) or employers be required to pay for trainers and assessors to undertake gap training to meet the new requirements?

Where can an RTO that delivers the relevant training be found?

Further information

Q: Why was the implementation date for new trainer and assessor credential requirements postponed from 1 April 2019 to 1 July 2019?

Updated credential requirements for trainers and assessors set out in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 were due to take effect on 1 April 2019, bringing the requirements in line with 2016 changes to the Training and Education Training Package.

Recent feedback from the vocational education and training (VET) sector showed that trainers and assessors at some RTOs may not have met the new requirements by 1 April 2019, due to the increased number of trainers and assessors accessing gap training. This resulted in some RTOs being unable to keep up with demand to assess and issue relevant documentation by that date.

In response to this feedback, Skills Ministers agreed to delay the introduction of these requirements to 1 July 2019, so that trainers and assessors can continue to train while undertaking gap training for a further three months. The Standards for RTOs have been amended accordingly. Please note that no further extensions to the new credential requirements will be made.

Q: Why have the requirements changed?

In order to drive improvements in the quality of the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee approved changes to the Training and Education (TAE) Training Package in February 2016. The new requirements will ensure VET students are trained and assessed by a workforce that has strong skills in designing and developing assessment tools and evaluating language literacy and numeracy skills.

In May 2017, all Skills Ministers agreed to update the training and assessment credential requirements for the current workforce in line with the 2016 changes to the TAE Training Package. 

In making the decision, ministers were conscious of additional regulatory burden, particularly the impact of gap training on individuals, employers and RTOs, and agreed to provide until 1 July 2019, a lead-time of almost two years, to meet the new credential requirements.

Q: Who do the changes apply to?

The changes apply to all RTOs in Australia regardless of the regulator.

RTOs regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority and Western Australian Training Accreditation Council must ensure that all nationally recognised training meets the Standards for RTOs 2015, including the trainer and assessor credential requirements.

For RTOs that are regulated by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) should refer to the VRQA Guidelines for VET Providers.

Q: What are the requirements from 1 July 2019 for trainers and assessors?

From 1 July 2019, to be compliant with the Standards all trainers and assessors must have:

  • the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, OR
  • the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, plus: 
    • either TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills, or its successor, or TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills, and
    • either TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools, or its successor, or TAEASS502A Design and Develop Assessment Tools, or TAEASS502B Design and Develop Assessment Tools, OR
  • a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education.

Some trainers and assessors who hold the TAE40110 may have completed one or more of the relevant units as electives or as part of ongoing professional development. If trainers and assessors do not currently hold the relevant units, they will need to have completed them before 1 July 2019 to meet the new requirements.

Q: What are the requirements from 1 July 2019 for those who only assess?

From 1 July 2019, to be compliant with the Standards individuals who only assess must have:

  • TAESS00001 Assessor Skill Set, plus:
    • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools, or
    • TAEASS502A Design and develop assessment tools, or
    • AEASS502B Design and develop assessment tools.

Some assessors who hold the TAE40110 may have completed one or more of the relevant units as electives or as part of ongoing professional development. If assessors did not hold the relevant units, they should have completed them  by 1 July 2019 to meet the new requirements. 

Q: What are the requirements from 1 July for those with a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education?

Those individuals who hold a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education may not need to undertake any further gap training to meet the requirements. The Standards allow trainers and assessors who hold diploma or higher level qualifications in adult education to continue to use those qualifications to deliver and/or assess nationally recognised training, provided that their skills and proficiencies are in compliance with the Standards. 

Q: What happens if trainers and assessors don't meet the new credential requirements on 1 July 2019?

Individuals who have not successfully completed the new requirements may continue to train students in line with the existing requirements outlined in the Standards for all individuals working under the supervision of a trainer (Standards 1.17, 1.18, 1.19 and 1.20). The Standards require an RTO to determine and implement the level of supervision required.  

Working under supervision does not necessarily mean direct supervision of teaching at all times. The RTO needs to consider the level of training and/or assessment skills and knowledge the individual has and put in place arrangements for appropriate supervision and guidance. For example, someone with little or no experience as a trainer will require closer supervision and mentoring than someone who is highly experienced.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers providing supervision monitor and are accountable for all training and collection of assessment evidence by the individual under their supervision.

Under these requirements, the RTO must ensure that the individual:

  • does not determine assessment outcomes
  • has completed one of the credentials from Item 6 of Schedule 1 in the Standards,
  • has current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment provided, and
  • has vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed.

Item 6 of Schedule 1 in the Standards requires individuals working under such supervision arrangements to have completed one of the following credentials:

  • TAESS00007 Enterprise Trainer – Presenting Skill Set, or
  • TAESS00014 Enterprise Trainer – Presenting Skill Set or its successor, or
  • TAESS00008 Enterprise Trainer – Mentoring Skill Set, or
  • TAESS00013 Enterprise Trainer – Mentoring Skill Set or its successor, or 
  • TAESS00003 Enterprise Trainer and Assessor Skill Set, or
  • TAESS00015 Enterprise Trainer and Assessor Skill Set or its successor*.

Further information about individuals working under supervision is available in ASQA's Users' Guide.

Q: Does supervision mean working under the direct supervision of someone on a one-on-one basis?

No, those working under supervision are not necessarily required to be supervised on a one-on-one basis. The RTO needs to consider the level of training and/or assessment skills and knowledge the individual has, and put in place arrangements for appropriate supervision and guidance. For example, someone with little or no experience as a trainer will require closer supervision and mentoring than someone who is highly experienced.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers providing supervision monitor and are accountable for all training and collection of assessment evidence by the individual under their supervision.

Q: Can those working under supervision be involved with assessment?

Assessment decisions may only be made by a qualified assessor. A qualified assessor may make assessment decisions in conjunction with the person being supervised, who may gather some or all of the relevant evidence. However, the RTO must ensure the trainer providing supervision is ultimately responsible for the assessment outcome.

Q: What evidence do I need to provide to show that I have completed the relevant units/qualification to meet the requirements?

For all questions regarding evidence requirements, please contact your VET regulator:

Q: Can trainers and assessors use credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) to complete the relevant units and meet the new credential requirements?

Trainers and assessors may be eligible for credit and/or RPL for some or all of the relevant units, depending on their existing skills, knowledge and experience.

Trainers and assessors will need to contact RTOs directly for assistance with credit and/or RPL. You may search for RTOs that deliver the relevant training on the Australian Government's My Skills website.

Q: Will RTOs or employers be required to pay for trainers and assessors to undertake gap training to meet the new requirements?

RTOs and employers are not required to pay for trainers and assessors to undertake gap training. This is a matter for individual organisations to determine.

Q: Where can an RTO that delivers the relevant training be found?

You may search for RTOs that deliver the relevant training on the Australian Government's My Skills website.

Further information

Specific queries may be directed to the department by emailing VETassessment@employment.gov.au.