Course Title: Assess competence

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: TCHE5709C

Course Title: Assess competence

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4280 - Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Course Contact : Angela Hassell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254476

Course Contact

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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

There are no prerequisite requirements for this unit.

Course Description

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

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAEASS402A 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

By completing this unit of competency you will demonstrate competence in the following skills:

Prepare for assessment 

Gather quality evidence 

Support the candidate 

Make the assessment decision 

Record and report the assessment decision 

Review the assessment process

Details of Learning Activities

This program is offered as an RPL mode (Recognition) rather than a learning and teaching program. However, prior to enrolment candidates are given face-to-face assistance in understanding the requirements of the unit. On enrolment candidates are given assistance in developing a plan for how to undertake the Recognition process and detailed information about the assessment tools.

Teaching Schedule

The Program is available for enrolment throughout the calendar year. Candidates are advised that an assessment of competence needs to occur prior RMIT’s end of year cut-off dates.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Candidates are provided with the Candidate Information Guide for the Program that outlines the key features of the unit of competence, how the program is arranged, and copies of the assessment tools.
Online materials are available to support the candidate.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit of competency is determined via a combination of assessment strategies which may include :

responses to knowledge and skill questions based on the candidate’s experience

discussion of the candidate’s experience and current practice

specific evidence-gathering tasks in the form of completed case studies

provision of evidence of qualifications

observation conducted in the workplace

professional conversation conducted face-to-face

Assessment Tasks

Evidence of competence for this Unit may be developed by the candidate using RMIT program tools that include knowledge questions, case study framework and third party verification template to be presented at a professional conversation meeting.
Assessment methods:
A    The case study report is a structured document that allows the candidate to describe a current experience that addresses the requirements for this Unit.
B    The knowledge questions task is for candidates to respond to verbally or in writing to demonstrate their knowledge and experience as required for this Unit.
C    An observation checklist and third party template is available for candidates to seek verification of their workplace experience and submit as evidence to meet the requirements of this unit.
D    The Professional Conversation is the preferred method for candidates to undertake final assessment where the evidence assembled by the candidate is evaluated by the assessor in consultation with the candidate to meet the requirements of this Unit.

Assessment Matrix

TAEASS402B: Assess competenceCase study reportsKnowledge questionsObservation ?Third partyProfessional conversation
Element 1 Prepare for assessmentXXXX
Element 2 Gather quality evidenceXXXX
Element 3 Support the candidateXXXX
Element 4 Make the assessment decisionXXXX
Element 5 Record and report the assessment decisionXXXX
Element 6 Review the assessment processXXXX

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