Assess competence

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver TAAASS402C, 'Assess competence'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Assess competence' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Establish and maintain the assessment environment


The assessment/ RPL plan is interpreted and assessment system policies and procedures and organisational/ legal/ethical requirements for conducting assessment are confirmed with relevant people


The relevant benchmarks for assessment/ RPL and nominated assessment tools are accessed and interpreted to confirm the evidence to be collected and how it is to be collected


Details of the assessment/ RPL plan and the assessment process are explained, discussed and clarified with the candidate including opportunities for assessment, reasonable adjustment, re-assessment and appeals


Proposed changes to the assessment process are negotiated and agreed with the candidate, where relevant


Gather quality evidence


The assessment/ RPL plan is followed to guide the conduct of assessment and assessment methods and assessment tools are used to gather, organise and document evidence in a format suitable for determining competence


The principles of assessment and rules of evidence are applied in gathering quality evidence


Opportunities for evidence gathering in work activities/simulated work activities are determined with the candidate and relevant personnel


Opportunities for integrated assessment activities/ RPL are identified and assessment tools are modified, where required


Identified assessment/ RPL system policies and procedures and organisational/legal/ethical and requirements for assessment are addressed


Support the candidate


Candidates are guided in gathering their own evidence to support recognition of prior learning


Appropriate communication and interpersonal skills are used to develop a professional relationship with the candidate which reflects sensitivity to individual differences and enables two-way feedback


Decisions on reasonable adjustment/s, where applicable, are made with the candidate, based on candidate's needs and characteristics


Reasonable adjustments must maintain the integrity of the relevant competency standards and provide balanced application of the principles of assessment and rules of evidence


Specialist support is accessed, where required, in accordance with the assessment plan


Any occupational health and safety (OHS) risk to person or equipment is addressed immediately


Make the assessment decision


Limitations in obtaining and evaluating quality evidence are identified and assistance is sought, where required, from relevant people


Collected evidence is examined and evaluated to ensure that it reflects the evidence required to demonstrate competency and which:

encompasses all component parts of the competency standards and the dimensions of competency (where competency standards are the benchmarks for assessment/ RPL)

addresses other related documentation

complies with the rules of evidence


Judgement is used to infer whether competence has been demonstrated, based on the available evidence


Relevant assessment, including RPL, system policies and procedures and organisational/ legal/ethical considerations are addressed in making the assessment decision


Clear and constructive feedback is provided to the candidate regarding the assessment decision and a follow-up action plan is developed, where required


Record and report the assessment decision


Assessment/ RPL outcomes are recorded promptly and accurately in accordance with assessment/ RPL system policies and procedures and organisational/legal/ethical requirements


An assessment report is completed and processed in accordance with assessment system policies and procedures and organisational/legal/ethical requirements


Recommendations for follow up action are submitted to relevant people, where required


Other relevant parties are informed of the assessment decision where required, and in accordance with confidentiality conventions


Review the assessment process


The assessment/ RPL process is reviewed against criteria in consultation with relevant people to improve and modify future assessment practice


The review is documented and recorded in accordance with relevant assessment system policies and procedures and organisational/ legal/ethical requirements


Reflection skills are used to review and self-evaluate assessment practice

Qualifications and Skillsets

TAAASS402C appears in the following qualifications:

  • ICP40610 - Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts (Management_Sales)
  • ICP40710 - Certificate IV in Printing and Graphic Arts (Process Leadership)
  • PRM40509 - Certificate IV in Asset Maintenance (Waste Management)
  • PRM30406 - Certificate III in Asset Maintenance (Fire Protection Equipment)
  • PRM40704 - Certificate IV in Asset Maintenance (Fire Safety Systems Inspection)
  • PUA41004 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Leadership)
  • PUA52210 - Diploma of Public Safety (Compliance)
  • PUA50904 - Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue - Coordination)
  • PUA50806 - Diploma of Public Safety (Defence Chaplaincy)
  • PUA51106 - Diploma of Public Safety (Defence Paralegal Services)
  • PUA50707 - Diploma of Public Safety (Range Management)
  • PUA30510 - Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Operations)
  • PUA41104 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Community Safety)
  • PUA42710 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (Emergency Communications Centre Operations)
  • PUA51509 - Diploma of Public Safety (Military Leadership)
  • PUA40210 - Certificate IV in Public Safety (SES Leadership)
  • PUA51709 - Diploma of Public Safety (Test and Evaluation)
  • PUA50410 - Diploma of Public Safety (SES Operations Management)
  • PUA30410 - Certificate III in Public Safety (SES Rescue)
  • WRH40109 - Certificate IV in Hairdressing
  • PMC40110 - Certificate IV in Manufactured Mineral Products
  • CUS40109 - Certificate IV in Music
  • CUE40403 - Certificate IV in Venues and Events (Customer Service)
  • CUE50403 - Diploma of Venues and Events
  • RII40209 - Certificate IV in Surface Coal Mining (Open Cut Examiner)
  • DEF51112 - Diploma of Defence Paralegal Services
  • DEF50812 - Diploma of Defence Chaplaincy