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TAE40116 Certificate IV in training and assessment (standard)

From $2,400 – Online – Coursework Only – 6 month enrolment duration

The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is the entry requirement to deliver nationally accredited vocational training in private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and TAFEs, as well as in secondary schools with vocational programs. This qualification is fast becoming the standard for those working in staff training and development roles in a variety of private enterprises, as well as for Human Resource professionals.

The TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course helps you to develop your skills, knowledge and experience to design, deliver and assess training.

This qualification is best suited to individuals delivering training and assessment within the vocational education and training sector.  It suits those wanting to enter the training industry, or those either delivering accredited training or responsible for the assessment of competence of an apprentice or trainee within a workplace.

The course contains ten units that are organised in three fields of study:  Design, Deliver and Assess. Our online delivery allows you to complete flexibly and to work at your own pace, which is perfect for studying alongside full-time work or family commitments.

This particular course includes coursework only. If you are interested in exploring Recognition of Prior Learning or importing any units for Credit Transfer from previous study please submit your Personal Learning Plan Survey and enrol into our Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (RPL and CT).



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 9am to 5pm 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 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment includes ten units of competency, of which there is one Elective Unit.  We have grouped the units into three Fields of Study: Design, Deliver and Assess.

If you intend to explore Recognition of Prior Learning or have any units for Credit Transfer from previous study, please ensure you have done our Personal Learning Plan Survey (PLP) and spoken to our staff. We have another course available.

Units of Competency & Fields of Study


  • TAEDES401 Design and develop learning programs
  • TAEDES402 use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

This will enable you to use training packages and accredited courses in the context of organisational needs.

You will learn how to design, develop and evaluate learning programs to meet the needs of your learners.


  • TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • BSBCMM401 Make a presentation

You will learn how to deliver training in a workplace. This includes individual and group instruction, planning the presentation and reviewing the presentation.

You will develop skills that help you better meet the needs of the growing number of Australians who lack the desired levels of literacy and numeracy.

You will be able to identify the particular needs of a learner, the demands of some training, and devise strategies to enable the learner to bridge the gap between the two.


  • TAEASS401 Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402 Assess competency
  • TAEASS403 Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools

You will learn about the assessment process and plan and organise assessment activities and processes, including Recognition of Prior Learning.

You will be able to assess the competence of a candidate and participate in the assessment validation process.

Practical Requirements and People You Will Need Access To

Being an online program for a very practical qualification, our standard Cert IV TAE program involves assessment tasks that require you to have access to the necessary human and physical resources at your end.

You will need access to:

  1. A group of at least 8 learners to deliver training to.
  2. At least 2 individuals with whom to practise and deliver training in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment.  At least one of these individuals will need to have LLN (Language, Literacy and Numeracy) support needs.
  3. At least 5 individuals with whom to practise and conduct assessment.
  4. A suitably qualified observer (who meets the current minimum standards for compliance for Trainers and Assessors) for the observation of you conducting assessment, and either a suitably qualified observer or video recording facilities for the observation or recording of your delivery of training.
  5. Suitable venues in which to conduct the above.

If gathering a group of 8 learners is not easy for you, we do offer options for students to deliver their training via Zoom to other Fortress students with an observer that we provide. However, these Zoom sessions can only go ahead subject to sufficient participants.

If you’re not sure about any of the above, please call us on 1300 141 994 and speak with one of our support team. Often, we can help you find a way to make it work with the resources you have available to you. If not, our Zoom – 1 Block program where you can complete all the practical components of the assessment tasks as part of the Zoom training sessions may suit you better.

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?

Unlike previous Certificate IV in Training & Assessment qualifications, the latest TAE40116 requires people entering the program to be able to:

demonstrate vocational competency in their proposed teaching and assessing area. Vocational competency is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, and may include, but is not limited to, holding a relevant unit of competency or qualification.

How do I do that?

For most people, it will simply be a matter of providing a copy of some other qualification, skill set, or statement of attainment.  If you do not possess another qualification, then we would require you to provide a CV that shows your broad industry knowledge and experience, combined with a Position Description and Third Party Report from someone who can attest to your experience.

In essence, the entry requirement is to be able to provide evidence of your knowledge and experience in your industry area.

How long does it take?

Experience tells us that most professionals usually take about 6 months to complete their program.   These people are usually working full-time and juggling families, pets, holidays and all the other things that seem to complicate our lives; they would usually take a few nights each week to work on their program, and then a further few hours on the weekend….the lucky ones also get some time to do it at work!

Our quick response times also help to reduce the total time that it might otherwise take, and make 6 months an achievable time-frame; after all, getting your marking done in less than 4 days is going to make the whole thing a lot quicker than if it took weeks or months for us to mark your submissions.

Because of that, we offer a 6 month enrolment duration, and then if you need to extend beyond that there are options to extend.

In the end, it is your individual rate of progress that will ultimately determine how long it will take you.

How much time should I set aside per week to study?

Experience tells us that people entering our programs are not blank slates.  They bring a range of knowledge and experience, and that includes the ability and desire to learn.

While it differs for different people, we find that successful students usually dedicate 10 to 15 hours per week to their program throughout their enrolment duration.

That said, some of our students take less time, while others take more. It is up to you.

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?

Our minimum course fee for the 6 months enrolment is $2,400.

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 months 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.

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 & Recognition of Prior Learning

This course is offered via a full Coursework assessment pathway only. If you are interested in exploring Recognition of Prior Learning or importing any units for Credit Transfer from previous study please submit your Personal Learning Plan Survey and enrol into our Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (RPL and CT).

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.