Become a workplace trainer through studying the accredited Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be equipped to administer training and assessments within the vocational education and training sector or provide accredited training directly in various work environments.

Throughout the course, you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of conducting competency-based assessments, designing learning programs aligned with national training packages, delivering impactful presentations, facilitating training for both groups and individuals in workplace settings, and addressing the language, literacy, and numeracy skills of learners. Your newfound expertise will enable you to make a meaningful impact in the field of education and training.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
  • TAFE Victoria
    TAFE Victoria
Midyear applications are now open.

Ready to apply for a midyear start? Go to the application portal. Still exploring your options at Swinburne? Meet us at Open Day.

Your industry experience

As part of your practical experience requirement, you will have the valuable opportunity to engage in teaching within authentic classroom settings. This hands-on experience ensures that you not only acquire theoretical knowledge but also gain practical insights into the dynamics of real-world classrooms. This immersive teaching experience serves as a pivotal aspect of your educational journey, fostering the development of essential teaching skills and enhancing your readiness for the challenges of professional practice.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Teach/facilitate training
  • Assessment development and marking
  • Learning program development
  • Plan and deliver training programs

Your career opportunities

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) trainer and assessor
  • Industry trainer and assessor

Location options

Why Swinburne?

Provides practical experience teaching in authentic classroom settings

 Blended training delivered in a classroom and online

Nationally recognised training essential to working in Vocational Education

Support sessions and guidance offered to all students

  • After completing the Cert IV in TAE at Swinburne, I transitioned into a teaching role within the Health, Science and Community department within Swinburne.

    Having been a student, I appreciate the culture of acceptance and excellence that Swinburne fosters.  I'm excited to embody these values and engage with students in meaningful ways.

    Rose Lethbridge


Those entering this qualification must be able to demonstrate vocational competence in their proposed training and assessing area. Vocational competence is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, and may include, but is not limited to, holding a relevant unit of competency or qualification.

  • You must have broad industry knowledge and experience in your proposed teaching and assessing area
  • At least two years of recent industry experience (mandatory)
  • A qualification related to what the candidate plans to teach (essential)

Other requirements

Applicants will need to demonstrate literacy competencies, and basic computer and internet skills.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

Students have 3 hours of timetabled online classes one to two days per week and an 8-hour on campus class on a Saturday for a duration of 6 months at Hawthorn.

There are 3 clusters in this course over two x nine-week blocks (a total of 18 weeks).

- Foundation Cluster - First teaching period (9 weeks)  

- Assessment Cluster - Second teaching period (9 weeks) 

- Practicum Cluster (18 weeks - spans the first and second teaching periods)

Students will need to undertake an average of 12 hours further study per week outside of the timetabled classes.

Core Units
Elective units
Certificate IV

Indicative nominal course hours: 490.

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Use nationally recognised training products to meet vocational training needs
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
Design and develop plans for vocational training
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
Work effectively in the VET sector
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
Elective units
Create electronic presentations
Elective unit
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Assess competence
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Participate in assessment validation
Core unit, 50.0 credit points
Elective units
Assess competence in an online environment
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Facilitate vocational training
Core unit, 45.0 credit points
Elective units
Use foundation skills resources, strategies and advice
Elective unit, 30.0 credit points
Provide work skill instruction
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Plan, organise and facilitate online learning
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
Complete a practicum in a vocational education and training environment
Elective unit

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for VET student loans (VSL)

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, Swinburne must first verify your identity. If you are eligible, we will provide your enrolment information to the government so you can complete the application within their eCAF system.

The VET Student Loan amount for this course is capped. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

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    Study this course for free in 2024

    You could have your tuition fees covered in 2024 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. 

    Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available to any Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

    There are other factors, too. The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply!

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

From 1 January 2024, all Diploma level and above courses will contribute to the Student Services and Amenities fee. Below is the capped amount for 2023 as a guide ahead of fees for 2024 being announced.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)


SSAF fee* ($AUD)



Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

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