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Dual TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education & Training AND TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design & Development

From $2,500 – Online – 6 or 12 months enrolment period – RPL & Coursework

Fortress Learning’s TAE50116/TAE50216 Dual Diploma of VET/ TDD program is intended for experienced VET professionals who hold or seek responsibility for the full range of activities associated with designing, conducting, assessing and evaluating training within an RTO.

We are noticing more and more people saying that they have to have at least the Dual Diploma to be taken seriously as a training professional, and many others who find that they are unable to progress without it. The Fortress Learning TAE Diploma program takes this one step further by being specifically designed for people who are seeking the opportunity to develop confidence by reflecting deeply on their professional practice.

Holding a TAE Diploma is key to attaining many Head Teacher and other promotional positions, and an increasing number of RTOs are paying Trainers more when they hold at least the Dip VET.

The Dual Diploma program makes the most of the overlap between the two individual qualifications.  When we combine the Packaging Rules for the two qualifications, we discover there are:

9 Core units, plus

1 Elective unit

To attain a Single Diploma or a Dual Diploma requires completing 10 units; in other words, you can attain two Diplomas completing the same amount of units as completing just one Diploma.

The Dual Diploma program is designed for trainers already working in the Vocational Education & Training sector who are looking for an empowering professional development opportunity.

What does completing this course give me?

It will give you an edge. The Dual Diploma is for people who are committed to professional growth and excellence. These people are the ones who are doing more than the minimum and are reaping the reward, such as;

  • higher rates of pay (eg, in Victoria, a Dip VET is worth about $6ooo a year extra)
  • better promotional opportunities (eg, in NSW, a Dip VET is needed to be a Head Teacher)
  • improved confidence and credibility arising from our program of structured professional reflection

Fortress Learning’s TAE Diploma program is designed for trainers already working in the Vocational Education & Training sector who recognise that the TAE Diplomas are quickly replacing the Cert IV TAE as the minimum standard required to be taken seriously as a professional trainer/assessor.

You will graduate with the following qualifications:

TAE50116 – Diploma of Vocational Education & Training
TAE50216 – Diploma of Training Design & Development

By completing the program with Fortress Learning, you will not only gain the qualifications, but you will also gain the confidence that you do possess the knowledge and skills that those qualifications are meant to represent.

Personal Learning Plan Survey

We recommend you complete our Personal Learning Plan Survey before enrolment.  The survey will ask you questions in regards to your previous experience and qualifications and will help us establish to what extent you are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or Credit Transfer, what evidence you will need to provide and what coursework will still need to be undertaken.



About the course

TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Standard)
How is the course delivered?

This course is delivered online, which gives you flexibility in your study hours and allows you to complete the course at your own pace. On enrolment, you will receive your login credentials and instant access to our learning platform. This is where you will find all your instructions, learning resources and assessments.

We know that the TAE is not easy and that it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” you will need a guiding hand. That’s why you will have unlimited access to your trainer and can schedule phone or video calls when you need support. Our trainers are available 9 am to 5 pm QLD time Monday to Friday.

Our service promises to you:
  • Any assessments you submit will be marked within four business days. That is our service standard guarantee to you.
  • All emails are responded to within 8 business hours.
  • If we miss your call, we’ll call you back within 4 business hours.
What will I learn?

The Dual Diploma program makes the most of the overlap between the two individual qualifications.  When we combine the Packaging Rules for the two qualifications, we discover there are:

9 Core units, plus

1 Elective unit

While we encourage the committed professional to draw the Elective unit from the Elective Units below, the Elective unit may be selected from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.  Many students will choose to use TAELLN411 that they have completed as part of their Certificate IV studies; this can be awarded via credit transfer once evidence of completion is provided.

While there are limitations on the units that can be included in this Dual Diploma program, we will work out the best combination of units as part of the Personal Learning Plan process once you have started.  You can change the combination of units through the course to reflect changes in your circumstance.

Important points to remember:

  • There are no prerequisite requirements for individual Units of Competency.
  • Where a unit is chosen from another currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course, it must be from a qualification or course at Diploma level or above.
  • The Elective unit must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.
  • All units are available via RPL. Some units are not available by Coursework – these are noted as “RPL Only” in the Elective Units list below.


Core Units

TAEASS501 Provide advanced assessment practise

  • Assess at least 20 individual candidates from a total of at least 50 units of competency from training packages or accredited courses
  • Lead assessment processes with and for at least 3 assessors

TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools

  • Develop three assessment tools to assess at least three units of competency
  • Ensure your tools reflect the Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence

TAEDEL502 Provide advanced facilitation practice

  • Conduct a minimum of 100 hours of group facilitation

TAEDES501 Design and develop learning strategies

  • Develop two learning programs and explain how they reflect the needs of your client and the training package.
  • Review a learning strategy that you or someone else has implemented to make sure that it is improved

TAEDES502 Design and develop learning resources

  • Research, design and develop two print resources to meet client needs
  • Explain how your resources reflect learner and industry needs.

TAELLN501 Support the development of adult language literacy and numeracy skills

  • Use tools to identify the LLN skill requirements of the training specification and/or assessment process relevant to vocational delivery
  • Use various sources to gather information on the current LLN skills of a group of learners, and list at least 5 learners whose LLN levels you have determined using tools based on the ACSF
  • Select, apply and review the effectiveness of language, literacy and numeracy support strategies relevant to each 5 learners’ context
  • Determine areas for improvement of own practice
  • Demonstrate your own continued learning in the topic, and support for other trainers/assessors in relation to LLN practice

TAEPDD501 Maintain and enhance professional practice

  • Reviewing with your peers the feedback received from at least 10 hours of training that you have conducted
  • Reviewing with your peers the assessment of 10 candidates
  • Maintain your professional currency in your chosen field

TAEDES505 Evaluate a training program

  • Evaluate a training program against workforce performance needs and capability requirements
  • Produce an evaluation report that addresses all phases of the evaluation process including recommendations on areas for improvement
  • Critically review the evaluation process and approaches taken and propose changes to improve the process.

TAETAS501 Undertake organisational training needs analysis

  • Conduct at least two organisational training needs analyses, outlining the processes you followed, the outcomes and recommendations.
Elective Units

TAEASS503 Lead assessment validation processes

  • Provide support to other assessors, including modelling good assessment and validation practice
  • Contribute positively to the work of assessors and others involved in carrying out assessments and validation
  • Initiate, organise and facilitate assessment validation on at least three occasions
  • Use outcomes of validation and appeals to improve assessment practice.

TAEDEL501 Facilitate e-learning (RPL only)

  • Develop an e-learning program
  • Describe at least two e-learning activities that you have organized and facilitated, and explain how each catered for the needs of client and learner.

TAEDES503 Design and develop e-learning resources (RPL only)

  • Research, design and develop e-learning resources to meet client needs
  • Explain how your resources reflect learner and industry needs.

TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

  • Address core LLN issues in training and assessment practice on at least two different occasions
  • Cater for the LLN needs of a particular student
  • Use the ACSF to determine the level of a student and training demand.

TAERES501 Apply research to training & assessment practice

  • Find something in your RTO about training/assessment you think could be better understood
  • Plan and then conduct some research to help to improve that understanding
  • Report on and review everything you did


Note: The Qualification Packaging Rules also allow for the import of Diploma or higher units:

  • for a Single TAE Diploma, you can import 2 of them
  • for a Dual TAE Diploma, you can import 1 of them

We will factor this in when we develop your Personal Learning Plan.

Practical Requirements and People You Will Need Access To

In order to complete the practical assessment requirements of the TAE50116/TAE50216 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and Training Design and Development, you must;

  • Have the ability to conduct 50 assessments for 20 candidates (for TAEASS501)
  • Have access to learners to which to deliver 100 hours of training
  • Have the ability to form a group of three peers to review assessments and discuss facilitation practice
  • Have the ability to deliver training to 5 vocational learners (for TAELLN501)
  • Have the ability to lead peers in extending LLN practice (for TAELLN501)
  • Have access to sufficient organisational personnel for a variety of Diploma tasks

You must have access to a suitably qualified TAE observer. It is essential that your observer is qualified at a Cert IV level as a minimum (holding as minimum qualifications the TAE40110, TAELLN411 and TAEASS502, or equivalent units), but it is desirable that they are TAE qualified at a Diploma level.

If your program includes TAERES501 (elective), in order to complete the practical assessment requirements of TAERES501, you must;

  • Have access to an organisation on which to base your research
  • Have the ability to collect data related to your research

A Third Party Report will need to be completed by an observer who is TAE qualified at an AQF Level 5 or higher.

You may also possibly need ethics approval from your organisation.

IT Requirements

As this program is delivered online, it is essential that students are aware of the IT requirements of the program prior to enrolling to ensure that we’re the right fit.

To enrol for this program, you must be able to answer YES to the following questions;

  • Do you have access to a computer?
  • Does your computer have – a broadband internet connection – Laptop or PC – a video camera, either built into your device or a separate webcam – a microphone, either built into your device or in the webcam?
  • Do you have the ability to – open web pages – view embedded video & slideshows (eg. Youtube, Slideshare) – download & extract zip folders – open and download pdf & swf documents – open, edit, save & upload documents created in doc & docx format?
  • Our assessment materials are developed using MS Word. Do you have the computer skills and access to Word to allow you to participate in the program?
  • Can you download, work within, save and upload Word documents?

If your answer is NO to any of the above questions, please contact us on 1300 141 994 so that we can provide the best advice for your circumstance.

Are there any entry requirements? Can I do the Dual Diploma without a Cert IV TAE?

There are no entry requirements, however, it is recommended that you already hold the Certificate IV TAE and that you are currently working in a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

We get often asked if you can do the TAE Diploma program without holding a Certificate IV TAE.  Theoretically, it is possible to go straight into a TAE Diploma without first doing the Cert IV TAE.

However, we do not recommend it, and only in rare situations do we allow people to enter the Fortress TAE Diploma program without first holding the Cert IV TAE.


Because we want you to succeed

The core units of the Diploma of Vocational Education & Training require a lot of practical work at an RTO, including training and assessment tasks. These are things that are very difficult to do unless you are working in an RTO as a Trainer and Assessor, and to be working as a Trainer/Assessor in an RTO, you really need to have the Cert IV TAE.

Our experience is that it takes people longer to do just the Dip VET than it is to first do the Cert IV TAE and then do the Dip VET. This is one of the reasons we usually require people to have the Cert IV TAE before entering the Fortress Learning TAE Diploma program.

How long does it take?

We offer this course as a 6 month or 12 months enrolment duration. Paid extensions are available should you need time beyond your chosen enrolment duration to complete.

Experience tells us that most experienced professionals usually take about 6 months to complete their personal program of blended RPL and Coursework Assessment (or closer to 3 months if they are bringing in more units via Credit Transfer). These people are usually working full-time and juggling families, pets, holidays and all the other things that seem to complicate our lives.

Experience tells us that the following three factors affect the time it takes a student:

  • Experience – if you have experience in training/assessing, then you will likely not need as long as people without experience.
  • Dedication – if you have a good reason to do the course, and can hold yourself accountable, then you will likely not need as long as people who are less committed.
  • Other commitments – if you have a busy life with many competing professional and personal demands, then you will likely need longer than those people with fewer demands.

While it differs for different people, we find that successful students usually dedicate 10- 15 hours per week. That said, some of our students take less time, while others take more. It is up to you.

Successful Study Habits

We have a video on Successful Study Habits that will support you to progress through the course in a timely manner. Here is what we know to be true, based on our experience with thousands of students:

  • Talk to us! If you’re stuck on a problem at home or feel overwhelmed, don’t sit and stew, or worse, procrastinate! Connect with us in whatever way suits you, be it phone, chat, email, Google Meet or Zoom, and we’ll help you reach a solution so you can get on with your studies.
  • Schedule it in! Set aside “chunks’ of time to allow you to really sink your teeth (and brain) into the learning process and allow yourself to get “in the zone”. You can set your own pace, structuring your learning and your assessments to suit your lifestyle.
  • And lastly, take your course one step at a time… consistency is important but if the unexpected happens, we can help you find solutions, like course deferral.
What will it cost me? Do you have flexible payment options?

The fee will depend on your duration of enrolment. Most people will start with a 6-month enrolment and then extend that time if required.


6 month enrolment $2,500
12 month enrolment $3,600

Payment Options:

We offer the following payment options.

  1. When you enrol, you can select Tentative Enrolment if you’d like us to send you an invoice. Payment options include credit card and bank transfer. Please note: For online TAE programs whose fee is more than $1500, the first invoice will be for $1500 with subsequent invoices issued after 90 days.
  2. Or, when you enrol you can select a Payment Plan (Flexi Payment) that suits your budget. Payments will stop automatically once the full course fee is paid, or the balance will be due upon graduation, whichever comes first. We will not issue a Graduation Certificate or Statement of Attainment without full payment.

Please note: Additional fees apply for all payment plans.

Flexi Payment

The payment plan options are as follows, depending upon the total fee for your course;

  • $100 per week
  • $200 per week
  • $300 per month (15th of every month)
  • $400 per month (15th of every month)



If you have not finished the course within 6 or 12 months (depending on your enrolment period) you can purchase an extension.

  • 1 week $75
  • 1 month $300


Over 45? You may be eligible for 50% funding

If you are over 45, you might have half of your course fee paid by the government’s Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (SCOW) program. More information on this page.

Other Costs

If your program requires the textbook, Professional Training & Assessment ($130.00) then you may need to purchase this. This will be determined once the Personal Learning Plan process has been completed. About 5% of students will require it.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind?

A full refund applies if a student withdraws within 7 days of enrolment.

There is no refund after the cooling-off period.

Credit Transfer

TAE Units awarded via credit transfer attract a rebate of $150 each, which will reduce the fee to not less than the minimum qualification fee of $1,500. Any rebates are deducted from the final invoice payable.

If you have done the most recent Cert IV TAE (TAE40116) or the TAE40116 upgrade, it’s likely you have completed TAELLN411 and TAEASS502. Both of those can come into your Dip VET via Credit Transfer. That will leave 8 units left to complete in your Dip VET.

If you would like to explore your scope for Credit Transfer, we invite you to complete our PLP (Personal Learning Plan) Survey. One of our trainers will determine to what extent you are eligible for Credit Transfer and what coursework will still need to be undertaken, and we will provide you with a Personal Learning Plan.

But before you dive into the Personal Learning Plan Survey please read about Recognition of Prior Learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Fortress Learning trains adults from all walks of life. So we take the time to get to know you and we embrace your work and life experience.

This means your course won’t be like everyone else’s. Your course will be tailor-made just for you taking into account your prior learning and current competencies.

To do this, we ask you to complete what we call a Personal Learning Plan Survey and develop a personal learning plan that shows you exactly what you have to do to complete your course. It shows you which tasks are ahead of you and which specific evidence you need to provide. It also includes a step by step guide to doing it all with the least amount of hassle. And best of all this plan is a living document, which means that if something changes in your life, it changes too.

You can complete your Personal Learning Plan Survey (PLP) now:


Our unique RPL Live Observation Method

Recognition of Prior Learning can sometimes be more time consuming and effort than coursework. That’s why we aim to reduce the endless hours in collating limitless documents to prove your prior learning through our unique live observation method. Our trainers will meet you on zoom to view your evidence in real-time and can ask you any required questions on the spot to reduce the excruciating back and forth.

Is this Course a good fit for you?

We want to make sure that you are the right fit for us and we are the right fit for you. Here are a few things for you to consider:

  • Fortress Learning is not a “tick and flick” RTO. If you want the fastest and easiest way, we probably won’t be a good fit.
  • We made the decision a long time ago to focus on quality and not quantity. As a result, our qualifications have a very good reputation in the industry.
  • Employers know that a Fortress Learning qualification is more than just a piece of paper; it has substance.
  • Our students finish their training with knowledge, competence and confidence.
Suitability Assessment

All our enrolments will have a Suitability Assessment to complete before you can enrol.

The Suitability Assessment will address the technical requirements of the program, required IT skills and also make sure you have access to the human and physical resources you need for the practical requirements.

This ensures that you are placed in the right course for you and that there are no nasty surprises after you have paid and started your course.

What if I need to take a break from study?

The flexibility of our online approach means that if you need to take a break from study, we’ve got that covered too.

We offer the option to defer (pause) your studies. Whilst you are deferred, your enrolment is inactive and we pause your enrolment duration. Then, when you are reactivated from deferment, you pick up exactly where you left off and carry on.

Here the important details;

  • You can defer a maximum of two times. The first deferment is free. The second deferment incurs a $45 fee.
  • Payment plans continue on deferment, and your payments must be up to date before we can defer you.
  • You won’t have access to your trainer or learning platform whilst you are deferred.
  • If you have at least 6 weeks remaining in your enrolment, you can defer for up to 3 months. After that, you can defer for twice the amount of time remaining in your enrolment (for example, if you have 1 week left in your enrolment, you can defer for 2 weeks.)

The most important thing is to contact us if your enrolment isn’t working out as you had planned, so that we can offer you the best support options as and when you need them.