How to Become a Nationally Recognized Trainer in 6–12 Months

The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) is a nationally recognised qualification, which permits the holder to train and assess students in authorised RTOs (recognised training organisations) and TAFEs across Australia in a huge number of different vocational and academic subjects. The TAE40116 course that leads to an award of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is provided by a variety of online and face to face training providers.

The course is structured in such a way that individuals who want to obtain the certificate can take a shorter or longer time to do it, based on time constraints in their lives. And other criteria described more detail below. The recommended time period taken for the course advised by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a minimum of 6 months and maximum of 2 years. Most people taking a TAE40116 course would take between 6 and 12 months to complete either through a totally online method, a totally face to face method in a bricks and mortar institution or a combination of these two.

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What influences the time taken to obtain a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment?

The TAE40116 is primarily aimed at mature individuals who already have industry or trade experience and have decided that they want a change in career so that they can enjoy a more rewarding work experience in training others in the skills that they have already acquired. Just because those who opt to take this course are already well skilled themselves doesn’t mean that they have the skills to actually train others and assess their development. These training and assessment skills are those that are provided by the TAE40116 course. The main determinants that help to decide just how long it takes to complete the course include the following:

  • How much time the person has to indulge in the course. Some people stay employed while they complete the course in their spare time. Online courses are good choices for this cohort of individuals. For those who complete the course while working in their normal job, the time to complete the course is likely to be at the upper end of the AQF recommended period.
  • Work and life experience can play a large part in how long it takes to complete the course. The TAE40116 course requires considerable concentration and ability to learn new skills. It favours those who have developed interpersonal skills in their previous lives. A good proportion of individuals who opt to take the course have already been involved in training younger colleagues in their own work experience. This helps to understand what is involved in becoming a trainer and assessor.
  • Some people are able to apply for a Recognition of Previous Learning (RPL) or Assessment Only pathway. These may be people who have completed part of a course recently but for one reason or another had to halt it for personal reasons but now want to complete it.

Despite favourable factors that make it easier for individuals to complete the TAE40116 course, or at least encourages them to complete it in a shorter period, it is not recommended that the course is completed in a very short time, e.g. just a few weeks. The course has a recognised structure which does need to be completed. This means that whatever the course environment, i.e. online, face to face or mixed, no individual should expect to complete the course in anything less than 6 months.