Trainer and assessor credential requirements


Well-qualified trainers and assessors are pivotal to the success of Australia’s VET system. 

Extension of implementation date for new trainer and assessor credential requirements to 1 July 2019

Updated credential requirements for trainers and assessors set out in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 were due to take effect on 1 April 2019, bringing the requirements in line with 2016 changes to the Training and Education Training Package.

Recent feedback from the vocational education and training (VET) sector showed that trainers and assessors at some RTOs may not have met the new requirements by 1 April 2019, due to the increased number of trainers and assessors accessing gap training. This resulted in some RTOs being unable to keep up with demand to assess and issue relevant documentation by that date.

In response to this feedback, Skills Ministers agreed to delay the introduction of these requirements to 1 July 2019, so that trainers and assessors can continue to train while undertaking gap training for a further three months. The Standards for RTOs have been amended accordingly. Please note that no further extensions to the new credential requirements will be made.

The Training and Education (TAE) Training Package was updated in April 2016. The core units of competency (units) of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment were updated to include the 'Design and develop assessment tools' and 'Address adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills'. The core units of the Assessor Skill Set were updated to include the 'Design and develop assessment tools' unit of competency.

To ensure the VET workforce has appropriate skills in designing and developing assessment tools and identifying and evaluating LLN requirements, Skills Ministers agreed to update the training and assessment credential requirements in line with the changes to the TAE Training Package. Trainers and assessors may use this training to contribute towards meeting professional development requirements outlined in the Standards for RTOs.

Those individuals who hold a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education may not need to undertake any further gap training to meet the requirements.  RTOs and their trainers and assessors are responsible to confirm contemporary proficiency and relevant industry skills and experience

Information on the current trainer and assessor credential requirements is available from the VET regulators at:

Further information

Further information about new trainer and assessor credential requirements that apply from 1 July 2019, is available at Frequently Asked Questions, which clarify these requirements, specifically relating to individuals working under the supervision of a trainer. Additional queries may be directed to the department by emailing