Diploma of Training Design and Development

This qualification reflects the roles of training developers and instructional designers who are responsible for analysing training needs and designing training solutions and products to meet workplace capability requirements, and evaluating the effectiveness of training programs. They may have a role in providing guidance and advice to trainers and assessors, promoting innovative practices, e.g. e-learning, and in researching and incorporating best practice in training and assessment into training programs and products.


Total number of units = 10

5 core units plus

5 elective units

3 elective units must be selected from the elective units listed below.

The remaining 2 elective units may be selected from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Where a unit is chosen from another currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course, it must be from a qualification or course at Diploma level or above.

Elective units must be relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and the qualification level.

Core units

add topic TAEASS502B Design and develop assessment tools

add topic TAEDES501A Design and develop learning strategies

add topic TAEDES502A Design and develop learning resources

add topic TAEDES505A Evaluate a training program

add topic TAETAS501B Undertake organisational training needs analysis

Elective units


add topic TAEASS501A Provide advanced assessment practice

add topic TAEASS503A Lead assessment validation processes

add topic TAEASS504A Develop and implement recognition strategies

Delivery and facilitation

add topic TAEDEL501A Facilitate e-learning

add topic TAEDEL502A Provide advanced facilitation practice


add topic TAEDES503A Design and develop e-learning resources

add topic TAEDES504A Research and develop units of competency

Professional development

add topic TAEPDD501A Maintain and enhance professional practice

Industry and community relations

add topic TAEICR501A Work in partnership with industry, enterprises and community groups

Language, literacy and numeracy

add topic TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

add topic TAELLN501B Support the development of adult language literacy and numeracy skills


add topic TAERES501A Apply research to training and assessment practice


add topic TAESUS501A Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs

add topic TAESUS502A Identify and apply current sustainability education principles and practice to learning programs


    Prerequisite requirements

    There are no prerequisite requirements for individual units of competency.

    Pathways into the qualification

    Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    After achieving the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and vocational experience in training and assessment roles within a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or similar organisation where the focus has been on competency based training,


    after achieving another relevant qualification and vocational experience in training and assessment roles within an RTO or similar organisation where the focus has been on competency based training and assessment,


    after demonstrating extensive vocational experience in training and assessment roles within am RTO or similar organisation where the focus has been on competency based training and assessment.

    Refer to the User Guide for more information concerning pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    Those completing this qualification could consider higher qualifications in this Training Package, the Training Package area of their vocational competence, or in the higher education sector.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Applying high level language and literacy skills

Establishing and maintaining strategies for communication and networking

Using advanced facilitation techniques with learners and trainers/assessors

Determining training needs and preparing proposals and written reports to meet client needs

Consulting via interviews, meetings, focus groups and surveys


Providing leadership in training and assessment practices

Providing coaching and mentoring to trainers and assessors

Applying collaborative facilitation models and providing feedback to assist others to improve their performance

Maintaining effective relationships with staff and stakeholders


Designing programs and learning strategies based on characteristics of target groups

Resolving issues of quality and consistency across training and assessment practices

Initiative and enterprise

Developing innovative and responsive approaches to improving professional practice

Developing innovative skills to lead a team into new and creative ways of approaching training and assessment

Continually explore options and evaluate processes to ensure continuous improvement

Planning and organising

Researching and analysing information for a range of purposes, including ensuring quality improvement


Ensuring ethical, legal and organisational requirements underpin all work

Creating a conceptual and experiential framework of professional practice

Reflecting on and evaluating own professional performance

Modelling high standards of performance and participating in professional development activities


Developing and extending one’s own expertise in facilitation

Sourcing opportunities to increase one’s own knowledge and skills

Identifying professional development activities for self and others

Developing learner independence, extending their learning styles and readiness to learn

Reflecting on own learning


Using business equipment and software programs to monitor assessment processes and practices

Developing feedback tools and collating feedback using technology

Preparing reports and other documentation using a wide range of software packages

Using the web to conduct research