Course Title: Assess competence

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: TCHE5872C

Course Title: Assess competence

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4277 - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Course Contact: Paschal Somers

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4911

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Maria Dimitrakopoulos
TAE Administration Officer
School of Education
Workforce Development
Building 51 - Level 2
80 - 92 Victoria St 3053

Ph: 9925 4933

Nominal Hours: 15

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to assess the competence of a candidate. This unit typically applies to assessors.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAEASS402B Assess competence


1. Prepare for assessment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret assessment plan and confirm organisational, legal and ethical requirements for conducting assessment with relevant people
1.2 Access and interpret relevant benchmarks for assessment and nominated assessment tools to confirm the requirements for evidence to be collected
1.3 Arrange identified material and physical resource requirements according to assessment system policies and procedures
1.4 Organise specialist support required for assessment
1.5 Explain, discuss and agree details of the assessment plan with candidate


2. Gather quality evidence

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use agreed assessment methods and instruments to gather, organise and document evidence in a format suitable for determining competence
2.2 Apply the principles of assessment and rules of evidence in gathering quality evidence
2.3 Determine opportunities for evidence gathering in actual or simulated activities through consultation with the candidate and relevant personnel
2.4 Determine opportunities for integrated assessment activities and document any changes to assessment instruments where required


3. Support the candidate

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Guide candidates in gathering their own evidence to support recognition of prior learning (RPL)
3.2 Use appropriate communication and interpersonal skills to develop a professional relationship with the candidate that reflects sensitivity to individual differences and enables two-way feedback
3.3 Make decisions on reasonable adjustments with the candidate, based on candidate’s needs and characteristics
3.4 Access required specialist support in accordance with the assessment plan
3.5 Address any OHS risk to person or equipment immediately


4. Make the assessment decision

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Examine collected evidence and evaluate it to ensure that it reflects the evidence required to demonstrate competence
4.2 Use judgement to infer whether competence has been demonstrated, based on the available evidence
4.3 Make assessment decision in line with agreed assessment procedures and according to agreed assessment plan
4.4 Provide clear and constructive feedback to candidate regarding the assessment decision and develop any follow-up action plan required


5. Record and report the assessment decision

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Record assessment outcomes promptly and accurately
5.2 Complete and process an assessment report according to agreed assessment procedures
5.3 Inform other relevant parties of the assessment decision according to confidentiality conventions


6. Review the assessment process

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Review the assessment process in consultation with relevant people to improve own future practice
6.2 Document and record the review according to relevant assessment system policies and procedures

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this course will enable the learner to:
• assess competence of a number of candidates within the vocational education and training context against different units of competency or accredited curricula, following the relevant assessment plan
• assess a candidate for RPL
• consider reasonable adjustment and the reasons for decisions in at least one assessment
cover an entire unit of competency and show:
• the application of different assessment methods and instruments involving a range of assessment activities and events
• two-way communication and feedback
• how judgement was exercised in making the assessment decision
• how and when assessment outcomes were recorded and reported
• assessment records and reports completed in accordance with assessment system and organisational, legal and ethical requirements
• how the assessment process was reviewed.

Details of Learning Activities

All learning acitivities you will undertake within the Cert IV in Training and Assessment program are designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to perform training and assesmsent to the standard expected in the workplace. For each course in this program you will receive a result of ’competent’ or ’not yet competent’ as your final mark, no graded assessment is used.

You will participate in class learning activities such as: analysis of case studies and scenarios, role plays, developing assessment tools and instruments, group discussions and working in pairs. Other activities will include: reading and discussing the perscribed text, online research, and the reading articles provided by your trainer.

At RMIT Work Integrated Learning (WIL) refers to opportunities for you to experience either real or simulated workplaces within your program. WIL activities in this program include:

• Simulations of training and assessment work environments
• Work based projects completed within your own workplace.

Many students who undertake this program are already employed in a training and assessment role. Some assessment activities are conducted in a workplace and you are encouraged to use your own workplaces for this. If you do not have a workplace please consult your trainer about alternative arrangements.

Teaching Schedule

TAEASS402B Delivery Matrix - This course is delivered and assessed with and TAEASS301B and TAEASS401B

Delivery for this units is as follows:

Intensive program - day 5, 6 and 7

Semester long program - sessions 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 (Sat)

a detailed matrix is located on Blackboard

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for the TAE40110 qualification, but several texts are recommended as reading for the program.


Knowles, M. Holton, E. & Swanson, R. (2005). The Adult learner (6th Ed). Elsevier  Butterworth, Heinemann Publishers.
Brookfield, S. (1986). Understanding the Adult Learner. Jossey-Bass
Rogers, A. & Horrocks, N. (2010). Teaching Adults. Open University Press
Biggs, J. & Tang, C. (2003) Teaching for Quality Learning at University. Open University Press.
Hill, Hill and Perlitz. (2013) Vocational Training and Assessment. McGraw Hill Education

Other Resources

Electronic resources are located on Blackboard. Handouts pertaining to in class activities will be handed to you as required during class.

Overview of Assessment

The unit ’TAEASS402B Assess competence’ is holistically assessed with other units within the TAE40110 qualification.  A detailed list of units can be found in the ’In Class assessment task Project 1, Workplace Project 2 and Workplace Project 4’.  

Assessment Tasks

An Online Quiz is available through Blackboard, this can be completed during the program.

Project 1 - an ’in class’ group project in which you design and develop a learning program for a simulated work environment

Project 2 - a project in which you design, develop, deliver and assess a learning program for your own workplace or a training environment of your choice.

Project 4 - this project is where you design, develop and conduct as RPL assessment for one unit of competency for an individual.

Comprehensive project briefing documents will be provided at the commencement of classes.

It is a requirement of the Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE40110) program, that all assessment projects (both in-class (Project 1), the workplace (Project 2 and Project 4) are to be submitted electronically through the RMIT ‘C4277TAE’ Blackboard site. You are asked to submit each assessment project as a single ‘PDF’ file, to which you must include a signed RMIT Cover Sheet - multiple project files will not be accepted.
  *Please add your name and student no: into the footer of your project document.
  *Please note, that no ‘Hard Copy’ portfolios will be accepted.

RMIT Electronic Submission of work for assessment
  In submitting your assessment electronically, you declare that in submitting all work for each assessment you have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the assessment declaration. (URL: )

Assessment Matrix

TAEASS402B Assessment Matrix

This unit is holistically assessed in Project 1 (in class), Project 2 (workplace) and Project 4 (workplace) (co-assessed with TAEASS301B and TAEASS401B) along with an Online quiz.

a detailed assessment matrix in located in Blackboard

Other Information

“In adherence with RMIT’s commitment to sustainability, trainers will seek to incorporate environmental concerns in the facilitation of this course. These include, but are not limited to:
• Conserving natural resources
• Using recycled materials wherever possible
• Minimising pollution
• Applying energy savings measures
• Reducing waste
Students are encouraged to identify and follow environmental and resource efficient ways of working whilst studying this course.”

Your course involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to successfully complete this course.

Special consideration policy (Late submissions)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Special consideration is an assessment adjustment for unexpected circumstances that are outside your control, which:
• have a significant adverse impact on your performance in assessment or
• prevent you from attempting or submitting the assessment. Special Consideration

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy

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