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Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Modelling

The TAA40104 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment course (formerly BSZ40198) emphasises the when working in a workplace training and assessment environment, you deal and communicate with many different colleagues, peers and learners. This provides an excellent opportunity to show leadership where appropriate, by modelling, fostering and nurturing others to take responsibility for their own learning. This can happen in the following ways:

1. Develop techniques for promoting active and genuine participation by your training and assessment colleagues, peers and learners. This may involve establishing frameworks and forums in which others can participate.

Snippet: Engaging others in change through learning

A training coordinator is required to implement a new work practice that will totally change the way the work section operates. By holding regular meetings to manage the change process and provide staff with the opportunity to discuss and challenge the changes, the supervisor is confident they will participate and learn what is required to effectively introduce the new training and assessment practices.

1. Present your position in a confident and assured manner in challenging situations. This may result in healthy discussion and debate which may itself be an excellent learning activity.

Snippet: Learning by discussing differences

You have been asked to enter into a partnership with an organisation that would like your Training and Assessment Organisation to issue a qualification based on their program delivery and assessment. You think their training and assessment practices are not adequate to meet the required standards, but you feel under pressure to accept their practices. By presenting your position in a confident and assured manner, the result can be a healthy debate by all stakeholders, resulting in a better understanding of the issues and the standards required.

1. Manage ethical practice and beliefs in the face of opposition. When faced with situations when your ethics and beliefs are being challenged, the opportunity can be used to delve further into the issues. Again, this research becomes part of the learning activity for all concerned.

Snippet: Challenging your integrity

Your manager has directed you to undertake a task relating to training and assessment you consider unethical, for example, changing a learner’s assessment outcome. You could show leadership and model high standards of behaviour by challenging the direction and attempting to discuss the issues at hand. The outcomes can result in learning for all concerned.

1. Allocate time towards professional training and development. This can be easy to overlook, given busy work schedules. It is important, therefore, to consciously allocate time and resources towards professional training and development and achieve a balance between work and personal life.

Snippet: Taking time out to reflect and renew

You are working alongside a colleague who is so task-focused that they seldom take the time out to attend professional training and development activities to broaden their knowledge and skill base. You, however, regularly take the time to attend relevant activities even though it means you have to work a little harder to keep up with your work. Discussing your findings with your colleague and encouraging them to attend future activities is an excellent form of modelling positive learning behaviour and displaying leadership.

1. Acknowledge and respect the diversity in others and apply the appropriate access and equity principles.

Snippet: Richness in learning from diversity

A group is being selected to work on a particular training and assessment project and the project manager has excluded a key person who has the relevant content expertise because of their lack of language, literacy and numeric skills. You can show leadership by discussing the matter with the project manager and highlighting the benefits and identifying ways the diversity can be accommodated.

How do you take leadership for your own learning?

How do you model high standards of performance and learning for others? Think of specific training and assessment examples.
Activity: What training and assessment skills and knowledge do you need for the future?

Identify skills and knowledge you need to maintain and/or enhance your future professional competence.

What skills, knowledge and attributes do you require for your personal career?

What skills, knowledge and attributes does your organisation require you to have?


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