Trainer Requirements in VET

What is this course about?

This course covers trainer requirements in vocational education and training (VET). 

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to explain trainer compliance from the Standards for RTOs 2015.

Modules

There are 4 modules in this course:

  1. Instructions
  2. Trainer Compliance
  3. Quiz
  4. Conclusion

Module 1: Instructions

Course instructions

This course should take about 30 minutes to complete. 

Read the course content and complete the quiz to reinforce important information.

Click the "Next" button when you are ready to proceed and then click the "Start" button for the first module. 

Click the "Take a break" button to close the course; you may return to your current location in the course at any time.

Module 2: Trainer Compliance

TRAINER REQUIREMENTS IN THE STANDARDS FOR RTOS 2015

EnerTrain's training and assessment may only be delivered by trainers and assessors ('trainers') who have:

  • the vocational competencies at least to the level being trained and assessed
  • current industry skills relevant to the training and assessment being delivered, and
  • current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment.

In addition, trainers must hold Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110 or TAE40116) or a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education.

EnerTrain must also ensure that all trainers undertake professional development (PD) in:

  • knowledge and practice of vocational training, and
  • learning and assessment, including competency-based training and assessment.

VOCATIONAL COMPETENCY

EnerTrain must have trainers who are vocationally competent to deliver all units it intends to offer. This means they have the specific skills and knowledge relevant to the industry area in which they are delivering. 

Training products:

  • are the qualifications on EnerTrain's scope of registration and the units delivered in those qualifications, and 
  • identify the vocational competencies the industry requires the trainer to hold at the qualification and unit levels.

Demonstrating vocational competency

Trainers demonstrate vocational competency by:

  • holding the unit they are delivering, or
  • providing evidence of equivalent competency.

EnerTrain details this information in each trainer's Competency Matrix.

Demonstrating equivalent competency

If a trainer doesn't hold the unit they deliver, EnerTrain must provide evidence of how the trainer's vocational skills and knowledge are equivalent to the unit requirements.

Evidence of equivalence involves mapping the unit to the trainer's industry skills and knowledge and may include:

  • superseded or related units held
  • previous work roles or employment history
  • samples or descriptions of industry work completed
  • training and/or assessment completed, and
  • workplace testimonials.

INDUSTRY CURRENCY

To provide training that reflects current industry practice and valid assessment, trainers must have current skills in their industry area that need to be consistent with the:

  • training packages they are delivering, and
  • required skills for trainers that EnerTrain has identified through industry engagement.

How current skills need to be depends on the industry and training packages may include advice on maintaining current industry-specific skills.

Demonstrating current industry skills

Trainers need to show how they have maintained, upgraded or developed new skills relevant to current industry needs. 

EnerTrain will support trainers:

  • being regularly exposed to industry workplaces, and 
  • having the opportunity to participate in workplace tasks. 

The purpose of a trainer's workplace visit will determine whether it counts towards industry currency. 

Delivering training and assessment in a workplace does not constitute the development of current industry skills. 

However, going to a workplace to experience the latest techniques, processes and resources could contribute to the demonstration of current industry skills.

Other activities that contribute to industry currency include:

  • Participation in relevant professional development activities: the training package may provide a list of relevant industry associations. A trainer could consult with these to identify relevant development activities they could attend.
  • Participation in networks: could include attendance at industry breakfasts, workplace WHS meetings and discussions with employers.
  • Personal development: reading of industry journals, online or in print subscriptions.
  • Undertaking accredited training: single units, skill sets and qualifications and demonstrating recent completion of a VET training product.
  • Returning to work: working in the industry on a part-time or casual basis.

EnerTrain will consult with industry to identify the most appropriate activities for trainers to undertake and the frequency required.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING & ASSESSMENT

EnerTrain must ensure that:

  • training and assessment is only delivered by trainers who have current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning, and
  • all trainers undertake PD in vocational training and learning including competency-based training and assessment.

EnerTrain must also ensure trainers have specific training and assessment qualifications.

TAE qualifications

The RTO’s training and assessment:

a) if delivered on or prior to 31 March 2019, must be delivered by persons who hold TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; and

b) if delivered on or after 1 April 2019, must be delivered by persons who hold:

  • TAE40110 or TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment  and 
  • TAELLN411  or  TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills  and 
  • TAEASS502  or TAEASS502A or TAEASS502B Design and develop assessment tools.

Meeting current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning requirements

Training and assessment can only be delivered by trainers who have current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning to ensure it is relevant to a learner’s needs.

This means that a trainer has contemporary knowledge of the vocational education and training (VET) environment and is able to apply this knowledge to the training and assessment they deliver.

How trainers demonstrate current vocational training and learning knowledge and skills

Trainers need to understand the requirements of the VET environment and continue to develop this knowledge after obtaining their TAE qualification.

A trainer who has recently completed a TAE qualification or skill can demonstrate current vocational training and learning knowledge and skills.

EnerTrain must develop and implement a professional development plan for each trainer.

Module 3: Quiz

Quiz instructions

Following are 10 quiz questions.

You must answer all questions correctly to achieve a 'Satisfactory' result.

You will be provided with the opportunity to re-answer each question if you answer incorrectly.

Click "Next" to start the quiz.

Q1. Vocational competency

Under the Standards for RTOs 2015, trainers must hold  and be  in the units they train and assess for EnerTrain.

Being vocationally competent means  the unit they deliver or holding .

Q2: The document that details a trainer's vocational competency is called a:

  • Competency Matrix
  • CV

Q3: Workplace visits

  • Delivering training or assessment at a workplace is sufficient to demonstrate industry currency
  • The purpose of a trainer's workplace visit will determine whether it contributes to industry currency

Q4. Industry currency

Going to a to experience the latest techniques, processes and resources could contribute to the demonstration of current industry skills.

Q5. Match these terms

  • Completing training and assessment to gain CPPFES2005A Demonstrate first attack firefighting equipment
    Vocational competency
  • Upgrading to TAE40116
    Vocational training & assessment
  • Performing casual work in the gas industry
    Industry currency
  • Attending a webinar on conducting assessment
    Professional development

Q6: Vocational competency

  • It doesn't matter if a trainer doesn't hold the unit they deliver as long as they know how to trainer and assess the unit contents
  • If a trainer doesn't hold the unit they deliver, they need to map their equivent competencies against the unit requirements

Q7: Which of the following are suitable activities to demonstrate industry currency?

  • Participation in relevant professional development activities
  • Participation in industry networks
  • Personal development through reading
  • Undertaking accredited training
  • Work experience on a casual or part-time basis

Q8. A trainer's PD is outlined in their:

  • Professional Development Plan
  • Performance Appraisal

Q9. Trainers need to upgrade to TAE40116 (or hold TAE40110 with TAELLN411 and TAEASS502) by:

  • 1 April 2018
  • 1 April 2019

Q10. Compliance activities that a trainer is responsible for include:

  • keeping their competency matrix up to date
  • completing PD and recording evidence in their PD Plan
  • keeping their industry skills and knowledge current and providing evidence of those activities

Module 4: Conclusion

Course conclusion

Congratulations!

You have now completed the course.