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EDV3500 Competency Based Training and Assessment

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Competency Base Train & Assess
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070109 - Teacher Educ: Vocational Educa
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: Catherine Arden


Co-requisite: (ESP2200 or EDS3450) and EDC2300 and (ESP3100 or EDC3100)

Other requisites

Students are required to undertake a supervised 25 hour Vocational Education and Training placement in an approved VET setting. Students will therefore need to have acquired or be working towards the attainment of appropriate levels of vocational competence and qualifications in the occupational field and vocational subject area in which they will be teaching/training and will need to demonstrate competency in delivery of instruction to individuals and groups.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking Professional Experience practica/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid Blue Card OR Exemption Card
If undertaking placement outside of Queensland you must ensure that all relevant checks are completed and evidence of this is provided to the Professional Experience Team


Competency-based education, training and assessment underpin Australia's national system of vocational education and training. Therefore, students wishing to deliver education and training leading to nationally recognised vocational qualifications must have the required knowledge, understanding and demonstrated competence in the application of competency-based training and assessment methodologies. They must also have the ability to design training programs based on National Training Packages to meet the particular needs of a variety of learners, clients and other stakeholders in school, industry and community education and training settings.


This course aims to enable teachers and trainers in post-compulsory vocational education programs and in industry workplace training to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the design, development, implementation, assessment and evaluation of competency-based programs that lead to nationally recognised vocational qualifications in Australia's national VET system. Therefore, in addition to development of requisite academic and specialist knowledge, understandings, attributes and capabilities required for successful tertiary study at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 7, students are required to demonstrate competence equivalent to the minimum industry standard for delivery and assessment of nationally recognised vocational training. Successful completion of this course requires learners to demonstrate competencies 'on the job' via a mandatory 25 hour practical Vocational Education and Training (VET) professional experience in an Australian VET context.

Students who successfully complete this course may choose to apply for recognition for the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) qualification, which will incur a nominal administration fee payable by the student to the registered training provider. To be eligible for the full TAE40116 qualification, students must have completed both EDV3500 and EDV3551 or EDV3500 and TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound understanding of competency-based approaches to the design, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training programs (All Assignments ) (APST 2.1, 5.1);
  2. demonstrate a sound understanding of the national context of vocational education and training including legislative, regulatory, policy and quality frameworks (Assignment 1) (APST 7.2);
  3. design competency-based programs to meet identified training/learning needs of individuals and groups of VET learners and industry/workplace requirements (Assignments 2 and 3) (APST 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2);
  4. establish and maintain safe and positive adult learning environments that meet the needs of diverse VET learners in a range of settings (Assignments 1 and 4) (APST 1.2, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4);
  5. deliver relevant, responsive, flexible and learner-centred training that supports learners to meet their learning objectives and meets industry standards (Assignments 1 and 4) (APST 3.3, 3.4, 3.5);
  6. demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the implementation of competency-based assessment principles and practices including recognition of prior learning/current competence and assessment validation processes (All assignments) (APST 3.6, 5.1-5.5);
  7. use appropriate personal, professional, vocational, digital and academic literacies (All Assignments).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Australia's national system of vocational education and training 10.00
2. Foundations of competency-based training and assessment 15.00
3. Analysing learning and training needs and requirements 25.00
4. Designing and delivering competency-based training programs 25.00
5. Assessment, recognition and validation in competency-based training 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Brennan Kemmis, R., & Atkins, L 2014, Teaching in the VET sector in Australia, David Barlow Publishing, Macksville, NSW.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Catts, R, Falk, I & Wallace, R (eds) 2011, Vocational learning: innovative theory and practice, Springer, New York.
Gregson, M, Hillier, Y & Biesta, G (eds) 2014, Reflective teaching in further, adult and vocational education, 4th edn, Bloomsbury, Oxford.
Lawlor, DR & Tovey, MD 2011, Training in Australia, 4th edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.
Sector-based reference materials need to be constantly updated due to changes in the VET sector and are therefore made available to students each semester.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE 1 1 13 Jul 2021 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 1 20 20 09 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 30 30 13 Sep 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 49 49 22 Oct 2021

  1. Students must successfully complete the professional experience and associated evidence portfolio to be eligible for a passing grade for this course. A mark of one (1) indicates you have passed the Professional Experience component. A mark of zero (0) indicates you have not passed the Professional Experience component. Professional Experience should be conducted as per the Professional Experience Calendar unless approval has been granted by the Program Coordinator.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. and; for the professional experience, complete all assessment requirements to a satisfactory standard.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and must satisfactorily complete the sector-based professional experience including the Evidence Portfolio for Assignment 4.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc.) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card or Exemption Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD' or EXEMPTION CARD. For further information:
    • If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.

Date printed 21 July 2021