Certificate IV Training and Assessment
The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is a nationally recognised qualification and is the mandatory entry-level qualification to teach in vocational education and training (VET).
deafConnectEd, Vicdeaf and Melbourne Polytechnic have worked together to deliver two pathways to this qualification:
In 2015, a program to upgrade training professionals who held the outdated Training and Assessment (TAA04) qualification was delivered. The TAE40110 upgrade course was offered to Auslan teachers, workplace trainers and assessors, and training advisors, to ensure that their qualification remains up to date with the current industry standards.
In May 2016, the full TAE 40110 course commenced and 25 students are currently participating in this program. This is a unique opportunity for participating in a course that is delivered completely in Auslan.
The TAE course provides valuable skills and knowledge required to deliver effective training sessions within a structured VET program, including:
- developing learning programs
- preparing and delivering training sessions
- supporting students to maximise learning
- evaluating and assessing students to ensure learning outcomes have been achieved
Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Deaf community in Australia and is used by friends, family, co-workers and professionals that interact with members of this community on a daily basis.
DeafConnectEd was asked by the University of Melbourne to develop and run a one-week intensive Auslan course for the university’s students. It became clear that there was a strong demand from people wanting to learn Auslan and a one-week intensive training course was designed by deafConnectEd and delivered by deaf teachers from Melbourne Polytechnic.
In 2014, a staggering 180 students from a diverse range of disciplines including Arts, Linguistics, Science and Medicine enrolled and completed the one-week Auslan intensive. This course has been offered each year since 2014, and continues to attract high enrolments of 180 students each year.
Special projects, such as the University of Melbourne collaboration, help to promote the role of Auslan by teaching members of the general community to communicate and engage with members of the Deaf community. This promotes inclusion and engagement for deaf people who may experience barriers in accessing mainstream services.