The New TAE Qualification

Many RTOS are confused about the new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – TAE40116.

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the new qualification


Question: Many RTOs are now saying that that all trainers and assessors must ‘upgrade’ their qualifications to the TAE40116 in order to comply with the Standards for RTOs 2015. Is this correct?

Answer: No, this is incorrect. It is true that the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has recently made a recommendation to the COAG Industry and Skills Council that the changes to the TAE training package be applied to the existing VET workforce. However, no mandatory upgrade can occur unless there are changes to the Standards for RTOs 2015.

Question: What changes have been made to the packaging rules for TAE40116?

Answer: In the 9 core units of competency, two new units have been added –

TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy                     TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools

Question: How do the changes affect my RTO at the present time?

Answer: There is nothing that you need to do in the immediate future.

Question: What are the entry requirements for this qualification?

Answer: Those entering this program must 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.

Question: What are the differences between the new TAE40116 and the qualification it is superseding – TAE40110?

Answer: For a full run down on the differences between the two, go to:

Question: Are any RTOs currently offering TAE40116?

Answer: For an RTO to offer or market the new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116), it must first be registered to deliver it. Currently, no RTOs are registered for this qualification, so no RTO can offer to provide it.