Many trainers are employed in Australia’s vocational training network. This is comprised of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Traineeships and apprenticeships are also included in the vocational training scheme. Trainers are present in the workplace too as many organizations hire professional assessors and trainers to train their employees in the skills required in their workplaces like the use of essential equipment, health and safety protocols and how to cooperate with customers. Sometimes a business, private or government needs to upskill their staff so hiring a trainer for a temporary period fills that gap.
- Enterprise Trainer,
- Trainers & Assessor,
Trainers can be called any of the following:
- VET Teacher,
- Vocational Teacher,
- Vocational Trainer,
- Workplace Trainer.
Training and assessment qualifications
To qualify to train and assess in the vocational education environment the most current TAE40116 Certificate IV Training & Assessment is required. It teaches a specific skill set required to assess and train in various environments both in RTOs and the workplace. After completing and passing this course it qualifies participants to get jobs in TAFEs and other RTOs. Sometimes, it is called “Cert IV TAE”, “Cert IV Training” or “The Cert IV”. The skills learnt in a Cert IV TAE course can help trainers and assessors do a more rewarding and better job.
Trainer and assessor pay
The average earnings for a vocational trainer are around $1,400 per week before tax has been deducted for a full-time position. Annually this is around $72,000. Trainers employed in the workplace earn a little less at approximately $1,300 per week or $67,000 per year.
Typically, the salary is dependent on several factors like location, experience, job description and qualifications.
Different Areas of Specialist Training
Once qualified with a Cert 1V in TAE and the Cert 1V in WHO it is possible to train attendees of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and participants of the Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety.
If you have a degree in teaching and have had many years of classroom teaching behind you, you will still need to undertake a qualification to qualify as a vocational trainer because the vocational industry sets its own requirements when it comes to training & assessing. However, if you have some experience in the training environment you should take a look at the Cert IV TAE Fast Track for Teachers & Trainers to see if you qualify for exemption from some parts of the TAE training & assessors’ programme.
A vocational course is linked to a specific job skillset prevalent in the real world. Even you think you have “better” qualifications or years of experience, you are required to prove you have the precise competencies necessary for the qualification you are teaching. Qualifications in the same study area can typically have different outcomes. EG you can be a trainer in Early Child Education & Care with a Cert IV in TAE. University provides an academic learning style where learning is most important. Vocational training concentrates on providing practical job skills.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
RPL allows any relevant prior knowledge and experience to be recognised. A few qualifications, like teaching, even offer a “fast-track” RPL system so that you can become certified faster.
Where to get work as a trainer & assessor
You may apply for jobs in several industries within Australia with a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. You can get help accessing positions through reputable recruitment agencies by uploading your resume so you can be listed on the national VET & trainer recruiting database.
A qualified trainer & assessor is commonly employed by a Registered Training Organisation. These include the following:
- A Public Registered Training Organisation or TAFE
- A Private Registered Training Organisation such as Inspire Education
- A registered Training Organisation run by a non-profit organization such as the Red Cross.
Self-employment as a trainer/assessor
A trainer can run their own training business which could expand into an important training company. However, starting an RTO will require some expertise and a significant investment of capital and time which is likely to be beyond the means of somebody entering this type of industry for the 1st time. Anyone who chooses this path has total control over their training business and they can deliver the range of nationally accredited and recognized vocational training courses. You could enter into a partnership with a current RTO which releases you from much of the financial commitment required for a start-up. The partner RTO provides the admin and “back-end” systems necessary to ensure government compliance and they may charge a fee or proportion of your revenue for the services they offer.
Becoming an RTO consultant
Some trainers & assessors can increase their skills to include a broader range of RTO skills, so they are eligible to provide an RTO consultant service, like the highly-respected, Australia-wide RTO compliance service company called 360RTO Solutions.
This is a great career path for trainers & assessors who wish to make a positive contribution to the quality of education provision and the VET industry in Australia.
Trainers can also deliver a non-accredited course like pottery with the Cert IV in TAE. A workplace trainer is essential for delivering workplace and learning on-the-job. There are normally no mandatory qualifications for becoming a workplace trainer, but many employers require job candidates to possess experience in training along with suitable qualifications such as the Cert IV in Training & Assessment.
Duties for training & assessment work
A vocational trainer & assessor is involved in:
- Identifying students’ needs and create effective learning programmes to match these needs.
- Co-ordinating with industries, individuals and the relevant educational sector to ensure that the programs are relevant.
- Planning, developing and designing a course curriculum and a method of instruction.
- Teaching students by using suitable teaching aids through the use of lesson materials, workshops, discussions, lab sessions, computer tutorials and multimedia aids.
- Marking and the grading of students’ assignments, examinations and papers and providing specific feedback to students in relation to their progress.
- Maintaining student progress records, attendance & training activities.
Workplace trainers and assessors are also involved in:
- Identifying training requirements for both individuals & organisations.
- Setting development objectives for human resource development and appraising learning outcomes.
- the preparation and development of instructional training materials and aids like visual aids, handbooks, demonstration models and online tutorials,
- Designing, scheduling, coordinating and conducting training & development programmess that could be delivered in the form of individual and group instruction, and organizing workshops, demonstrations, meetings and conferences.
- Cooperating with relevant external training providers so as to arrange the delivery of specific development and training programs.
- Promoting external and internal training & development,
- Advising management on the development and placement of staff, and providing career counselling for the employee.