Vocational Education and Training

Updated trainer and assessor requirements

The TAE Training Package was updated in April 2016, with the core units 'Design and develop assessment tools' and 'Address adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills' being added to the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. The core units of the Assessor Skill Set were updated to include the unit 'Design and develop assessment tools'.

To ensure the VET workforce has appropriate skills in designing and developing assessment tools and identifying and evaluating LLN requirements, Skills Ministers have agreed to update the Standards to align with the changes to the TAE Training Package.

Skills Ministers agreed that trainers and assessors who do not hold the relevant units will have until 1 April 2019 to meet the new credential requirements.

Teachers/trainers that hold the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, are NOT required to undertake the new TAE40116, BUT will need to ensure that they hold:

  • either one of the following:
    • TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
    • TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • plus one of the following:
    • TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools
    • TAEASS502A Design and develop assessment tools
    • TAEASS502B Design and develop assessment tools.

Some trainers and assessors who hold the TAE40110 may have completed one or more of the relevant units as electives or as part of ongoing professional development.

If you do not currently hold the relevant units, you will need to complete them before 1 April 2019 to meet the new requirements.

Further details are available on the Australian Government Department of Education and Training website.

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VCAA VET Assessment Quality project: Expressions of interest from teachers and trainers

The VCAA is developing quality assessment materials such as: program plans, assessment strategies and sample material for Units 1 to 4 for all VCE VET programs undertaken by schools.

The VCAA has received a number of Expressions of Interest from teachers and trainers across a range of industry areas interested in participating in this project, and we have extended the closing date so there is still time to register your interest.

Meetings of interested teachers and trainers will be held in various locations. An allocation of three days of CRT release will be available to support teachers/trainers involvement in the project. Please register your interest by Friday 31 August.

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Review of Block Credit Recognition

The VCAA is undertaking a review of the Block Credit Recognition policy. The survey about this is now closed and feedback gathered will inform proposed models for consultation and further investigation. The VCAA will be seeking input from schools and RTOs during the next phase of this review.

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Promotion of VET project

During 2017–2018 the VCAA is undertaking a project to develop materials to support the delivery of VET for secondary students. The VET Unit would like to hear from schools that would be prepared to profile their VCE VET Programs and/or students' achievement in VET. If you have student success stories, best practice models, innovative program delivery, industry relevant assessment and partnerships you would like to share, please email: vet.vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Further updates and project activities will be provided in future editions of the VCAA Bulletin.

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Structured Workplace Learning credit project update

The Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) credit project is making progress, some of the activities undertaken include:

  • development of 26 Workplace Learning Records (WLR) to be used by students to collect evidence of learning in the workplace
  • testing of the WLRs by pilot schools and students
  • the circulation of draft 'Assessment Guidelines to credit for SWL'
  • commencement of employer visits to receive input and feedback
  • commencement of investigation into the duplication and similarities between assessment in VCE Industry and Enterprise, VCAL Work Related Skills and the WLR.

A further workshop for pilot schools and LLENs is to be held in September. Further updates and project activities will be provided in future editions of the VCAA Bulletin.

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VCE VET Engineering Studies

The current 22209VIC Certificate II in Engineering Studies is scheduled to expire on 31 December 2017. A project steering committee has been convened by the Curriculum Maintenance Managers to redevelop the course. The course development is in the final stages and further advice regarding accreditation will be provided in the next edition of the VCAA Bulletin.

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VCE VET Furnishing

All enrolments for the VCE VET Furnishing program in 2018 must be in the MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways. The units for scored assessment in 2018 are published in the VCE VET Furnishing Program Booklet Extract (pdf - 328 (pdf - 328.38kb).

Schools are encouraged to communicate with partner RTOs to ensure that they have the MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways on their scope of registration to enable delivery in 2018.

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VCE VET Building and Construction

The current Certificate II in Building and Construction is scheduled to expire on 31 December 2017. A replacement qualification is currently being considered by the VRQA for accreditation. Once accredited, this will form the basis of the new VCE VET program to be delivered to commencing students from 2018, further advice will be provided in the next edition of the Bulletin.

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Assessing Groups for scored VCE VET programs

Some schools have a number of students within their VCE VET Unit 3 and 4 class group that are not planning to undertake scored assessment, this may be due to them having a primary VCAL enrolment. Where this results in fewer than five students from the assessing group undertaking scored assessment, the following options must be considered:

  1. Partner with another assessing group (possibly a neighbouring school).
  2. Select the RTO as the assessing group.

Where a school does not select an assessing group that is able to be statistically moderated, the VCAA will identify the RTO as the default assessing group.

Schools are requested to amend the assessing group nomination as soon as possible and before Monday 13 November 2017.

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High level VET qualification applications

A reminder for providers/schools planning to deliver high level VET qualifications in 2018, that an application must be submitted and approved prior to commencement of any training.

The revised application form for high-level VET qualifications is available on the VCAA VET block credit recognition webpage.

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Last day for VET Assessment Plans

Schools are reminded that the last day for Assessment Plans to be entered is Friday 18 August 2017. This data should contain all VET Assessment Plans for scored VCE VET programs.

The final date for enrolment in VCE Units 1 and 2, units of competency (UoCs) in unscored VET certificate programs and VCAL units is Monday 13 November 2017.

For more information, please refer to Notice to Schools 78/2017.

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