Training the Trainer: Cert IV Training and Assessment

TrainingTaking a vocational education and training (VET) course is a good way to qualify for good work in Brisbane, which is why it is so popular. However, have you ever wondered who trains the trainer? Many VET teachers are not uni trained, and they do not really need to be. For example, if you want to train for security work in the Gold Coast, your trainer was probably a security guard in the past.

That does not mean they have the skills to train you to do the job, though. How do you know that they are qualified to train you? That is where Cert IV training and assessment comes in.


TAFE stands for Technical and Further Education, and it is where you can go to get your VET training. All territories have their own version of TAFE, such as TAFE Queensland. Before you can become a TAFE teacher, however, there are certain requirements:

  • Current Cert IV in Training and Assessment
  • Vocational skills at the level or above those of your students
  • Current relevant industry skills

The last two requirements refer to your actual skills in the type of work you are planning to teach. As a TAFE teacher for security work, for example, you should at least have accredited training in security work, and worked in the industry for some time. The Cert IV requirement is something else.

Cert IV

Cert IV is the level of practical skills and theoretical knowledge you have as assessed by the Australian Qualifications Framework or AQF. According to, to get a Cert IV for training and assessment in Brisbane for a specific field, you need to take the courses that will qualify you as a teacher. This includes courses in planning, communication, and leadership. If you get a Cert IV, it is roughly equivalent to at least 6 months credit at a university. You can use it to get a diploma or other advanced degree faster if you decide to get one in the future.

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Just because you are good at something does not mean you can teach it to someone else. Having a Cert IV proves that you can.