Questions To Ask Yourself Before Enrolling for a Certificate IV Training and Assessment Course
I have often observed that out of 100 learners that enrol at our RTO, at least 60 of them do not know why they have enrolled for the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Of course, they all join with the intention of becoming a Trainer and Assessor who is qualified to train and assess in an RTO Industry. But the 60% that I am talking about do not have an answer to the most important question, ‘What would they train and assess?’
If you are one of them, don’t worry, I’ve got you. In this article, I will tell you everything that you need to know about building a successful career in this industry.
First, Ask Yourself A Few Questions…
Being certified with Certificate IV in TAE is just one part of it. But, here is the real challenge. You need to gain mastery and be updated with a particular skill set in the Industry of your choice before you even enrol for Certificate IV in TAE.
So, if you are thinking about signing up for a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, it is very important to self reflect and find the answers to a few questions:
What is the industry that I have currently gained experience in?
What is the best skill set that I am known for?
Which qualification or short courses can be mapped with my skill set?
How much experience do I have?
Once you have solid answers to these questions and have successfully identified preferred qualifications or courses that you would like to become Trainer and Assessor for, then you can move on to the next step.
With this important information in hand, you now have to check if you have sufficient qualification at least to the level you are training and assessing. If you think you have it all, then go ahead and enrol for Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
However, If you think you need to bridge your qualification gap, then my advice would be to first invest on the necessary qualification to become eligible to train and assess. Following that, you proceed to enroll for Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. If you have the time and resources, you may undertake both the qualifications at the same time too.
Here is A Quick Case Study to Simplify Things
Just to make the above points clearer to you, I would like to give you the example of Tara.
Tara had recently moved to Australia and was struggling to find a job. Someone advised her that she can get into the RTO industry and become a vocational Trainer and Assessor. That seemed like a great idea and she started to do her research. She found that there are a good number of jobs advertised on seek. The pay scale was pretty attractive too! And, the bonus was that she had a friend who could give her some references. So, without wasting much time she quickly enrolled for Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
During our Pre-Training Review, we asked her a few questions about the current industry she is working in and the courses she is planning to train and assess. As we had seen many times before, she had no idea about what qualification or courses she would potentially train and assess.
The good thing was that she had almost 6 years of overseas work experience in many different roles and she had completed her Masters in Business Administration. As one of Frontier’s Student Services we offered to analyse her resume. We booked a one-on-one meeting with our career specialist to discuss which industry and qualification she may be eligible to train and assess.
During the meeting she informed us that she has worked in the retail industry as Frontline Manager. Then, she worked in an event company as Event Manager and then, in an Multi National Company as Project Manager. We realised that she has great management experience in different industries. We advised her that she might potentially be able to train and assess leadership and management courses. Since she had also completed her Masters in Business Administration, she might be able to attract many Graduate diploma leadership courses too.
However, she lacked work experience and industry currency working in Australia, So we advised her that she should be atleast working voluntarily, if working in an RTO industry was her primary job. The bottom line was that she needed to gain work experience and remain working in her industry even though she would get the qualification to be a Trainer And Assessor.
But, she needed to choose if working in the industry in a management role or working as a Trainer Assessor would be her primary job. At the same time she may choose to gain a few units or complete her course so that she can meet her academic currency too.
Therefore, we chalked out a plan for her. She could choose to first get her industry skill currency and capability up to date and then enrol for TAE to become eligible as Trainer Assessor.
So what you need to learn from this case study is that even if Tara completed her Certificate IVin Training and Assessment, she would not be eligible to train and assess as she doesn’t meet the industry currency and capability compliance. And, this would not help her to find a job.
These are the three valuable options that we offered to Tara. I suggest that you take notes, too.
She can look for a Trainer role only, where she can complete the Enterprise skill set and become eligible to just train, if she has an employer in the RTO industry.
She may first look for a voluntary industry job or a paid one (much better)or any option from the list below. Simultaneously she can get her qualifications to the level where she can train and assess her preferred course.
She can simultaneously enrol into certificate iv in Tae and other relevant qualifications, while she is looking for a job in both industries.
How to Build Your Currency in Skills
Currency in skills will depend on the industry area. Some examples of how trainers and assessors can demonstrate current industry skills include:
Volunteering or working part-time in the industry area
Undertaking accredited training relevant to the industry area
Being a part of industry associations
Engaging with industry (for example, through discussions with employers or by attending industry networking events)
Reading industry journals and subscriptions
Staying informed about changes to technology
Staying updated with changes to legislation.
One Final Step To Make Sure You Are Truly Ready
Now I am certain you have understood why deciding on which qualification you can train and assess and then checking whether you meet all the requirements to train and assess is important. It is the wisest step from a financial and ‘being job ready’ point of before you enrol for a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
So, now let’s try and answer these questions:
Do you have vocational competencies at least to the level you are planning to train and assess?
Do you have current industry skills directly relevant to the qualification or short course that you are planning to train and assess?
Can your current knowledge and skills be directly mapped to the course or qualification that you are planning to train and assess?
At Frontier, We Help You Make The Right Decision
Frontier has observed that supporting learners to reach their learning outcome is one of the most crucial objectives of our vision on bridging empowerment with education. So, during your Pre Training Review, Frontier’s course advisors could provide you with a quick service on analysing your current work experience and vocational competency.
This will help you identify the courses you may be eligible to train and assess to the minimum. You can also understand if you need any gap upskilling while undertaking TAE or before you even enrol with TAE.
Frontier is here to provide you with the best advise but do not commit on what decisions you should make. It is your decision at the end of the day; which pathway to choose in your journey. We are here so that you can LEARN YOUR WAY by providing you with the best service solutions that enable you to reach your learning outcome.
I hope this is a good starting point for you to make the right decisions on when to enrol for Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I wish you a wonderful beginning to an exciting career as an RTO Trainer and Assessor.
There is More To Come!
In my next blog, I will answer another very important question:
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