What different ways can I do this course?
The TAA course is presently designed for teaching under supervision in a Registered Training Organisation. The ACAS online materials go step-by-step through preparation, teaching, assessment, and review so that you earn the Certificate IV as you go.
You can teach under supervision of a staff member if:
- the supervising staff member holds all the skills of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
- you have appropriate qualifications and current experience in the field in which you plan to teach, and
- you are approved by the RTO and been through its staff induction procedure.
The supervision policy may vary from one organization to another, but it will probably be quite similar to the following:
"The supervisor [inducted staff member with Certificate IV] is responsible for the standard of teaching and assessment, and his/her name needs to be on the literature given to students. To ensure adequacy, he/she should:
- attend a sample of training sessions
- get feedback from students
- get feedback from the supervisee
- proactively prevent and resolve problems as they occur
- approve the assessment at planning stages
- review the assessment (e.g. review a sample of written work and comments to students, observe the practical assessments)
- sign the assessment form stating that supervision criteria have been met.
You can also take the course by:
- By Recognition of Prior Learning. If you are an experienced trainer or teacher, you can submit a portfolio.
- Simulated Classroom Basis. You can take part of the course in a group and do training sessions with peers. If you’ve never taught before, this might be the way to go. However, you must teach and assess in real situations, so you can't do the whole qualification though simulations.