Design and develop assessment tools


Design and develop assessment tools



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Unit Overview:

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design and to develop assessment tools used to guide the collection of quality evidence, including their application in formative, summative and recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment.

It applies to experienced practitioners responsible for the development and/or delivery of training and assessment products and services.   It is also a mandatory unit for trainers and assessors who are delivering nationally recognised training.  It can be a difficult unit however our facilitators can take you through a learning journey which will allow you to successfully complete this unit significantly adding to your skill level as an Assessor.

Entry Requirements:

Participants usually hold the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and are looking to achieve this unit to remain up to date with Trainer/Assessor requirements.  Strong language and literacy skills are required together with access to a computer and internet.

You will also need to be competent in using Microsoft Office or equivalent, it is essential that if you do not know how to use this program that you seek tuition prior to the commencement of this courses.

Broad Learning Outcomes:

  • Identification of target group of candidates, the purpose of an assessment tool, and the contexts in which the assessment tool will be used.
  • Designing and developing assessment tools that cover at least three units of competency.
  • Reviewing and trialling the assessment tool through checking draft assessment tools against evaluation criteria and making amendments to the final tool based on analysis of feedback.

 Modes of Delivery:

Face-to-face – depending on your level of experience you will be required to attend either 2 or 3 days of training.  In that time you will develop one full set of assessment tools which can be used as a template for the additional tasks required for this unit.

Supported Distance Learning - you will be provided with a hard copy pack including your learners guide, assessment materials and all relevant supporting material. You will also be provided with an log in access to the Pivot Online Learning System (POLS). This platform holds all the learning material, assessment requirements, resources, needed to complete the unit.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – if you have recent experience in designing and developing assessment tools for at least three units of competency you may be a candidate for RPL.   Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that assesses your non-formal and formal learning to determine how your current skills and knowledge match the competency outcomes for partial or full completion of a Qualification. RPL must be based on evidence which can be matched against relevant units. The evidence for this unit requires at least three sets of assessment tools which you have developed as well as answering a number of questions related to assessment.  Your Assessor must be satisfied that you have addressed all the requirements of the relevant unit before they can mark you as competent in that unit.
If you are uncertain of the best pathway for yourself or your team, The Pivot Institute will gladly help to identify the most suitable pathway that best suits your requirements.


You will be provided with a Candidate Assignment Booklet.  In this each booklet there are a series of tasks relevant to the unit.  We work to ensure that the tasks are clear and that you have the right support and resources to undertake your assessment.   This unit requires that you develop assessment tools for at least three units of competency and trial and review those tools as well as answering a number of questions related to assessment.

You will need to complete all tasks in order to be assessed for competency.

Unit Calendar:

These programs are run in our beautiful RiverView training room in Adelaide Terrace Perth.   To complete this unit you are required to come to either Day 1-3 (less experienced)  or Day 2-3 (more experienced) of the Workplace Assessor Program.


Dates for: TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools

  • 9-11 December 2019 (or 10-11 for those with more experience)
  • 9-11 March 2020 (or 10-11 for those with more experience)
  • 8-10 June 2020 (or 9-10 for those with more experience)
  • 16-17 July 2020 (for more experienced and those who are also completing the Diploma of Training Design and Development)

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