11 September 2012

For some time now, I have been questioning the way in which the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification is delivered because of its pivotal nature in RTO operations, flow-on compliance matters and in the broader VET environment as an education sector. In the January 2011 edition of The VET Gazette I wrote an article called „cause and effect‟ in which I outlined that the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment was more than likely an adequate qualification if it was delivered well by good trainers/ teachers but that the effects of poor delivery are widespread.

A few weeks back, a paper was released on the NCVER website called “Initial training for VET teachers: a portrait within a larger canvas”. You can find the paper by following this link. In the executive summary of the report the following is stated.

“The poor quality of delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is a particular issue. Improving its quality may require a more stringent examination of the providers that offer it; furthermore, the minimum levels of qualification and experience of the staff teaching the program should also be increased”.

I was personally involved in the consultation stages of both the TAA training package and the newer TAE training package and in both instances, the AQF level of the qualification as an entry level course was discussed. In the 2011 Productivity Commission Report, it was also reiterated that the course is „an appropriate minimum qualification‟ (underline added). So given that the qualification appears to be at an acceptable level, maybe another course of action is required.

Firstly I must say that I have always found it bemusing that a person can deliver this qualification with only this qualification. Sure I hear people say that the AQTF (or RTO standards) requires a person to have „vocational competence‟ as well but that‟s one of the most intangible terms in the standards. Determining a person‟s vocational competence is very subjective and almost impossible when their „industry‟ is training and assessment.