Can’t work anymore? The trick to staying employed.

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Sometimes life happens.

Perhaps you’ve sustained an injury that has rendered you incapable of performing your current duties. Perhaps your physical capacity for executing tasks is no longer enough to get the job done. Age may have taken its toll on you and, in effect, slowed down work you were once able to do with the flick of a switch. Maybe you’re simply nearing the end of your career, and are struggling to find employment opportunities, but would love to help someone begin theirs.

You might no longer be cut out for the work you were once able to do, but this doesn’t mean that you are no longer cut for work, especially within your industry. All you need to do is relocate your efforts in a different but related lot, and all it takes is one simple, yet valuable qualification.

Staying employed in your industry with a qualification in Training & Assessment

You’ve probably worked so long in your industry that you know it like the back of your hand. If this is the case, then teaching others the skills you’ve already acquired, whilst also assessing skill sets and levels of proficiency, might be a viable option if you’re looking to stay employed within your industry, albeit in a different capacity. You could become a vocational education teacher; training adviser or training needs analyst; or an enterprise or RTO trainer and/or assessor. Each of these can help ensure that you continue to work within your industry, even whilst no longer able to physically perform the work.

Sound good? It really is, and you could be using it for work within any vocational education and training (VET) industry.


To be able to deliver training and assessment services in the VET sector, you’ll need a few things first.

  1. A Certificate IV in Training & Assessment would come in handy, and by handy we mean it’s a requirement as per Standard 1 in the Australian Quality Training Framework’s Essential Standards for Registration. This qualification is also great if you’re already engaged in the delivery of training and assessment of competence in the workplace, as part of a structured VET program.
  2. The above qualification is not for everyone, and in order to be considered eligible, you must be able to pass certain units of competence. Amongst others, these include:
  • Planning assessment activities and processes as well as assessing competence
  • Participating in assessment validation
  • Planning, organising and facilitating group-based learning, particularly in the workplace
  • Designing and developing learning programs
  • Using training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a training and assessment qualification, take this quick 2-3 minute Free Skills Review, or match your skills against the full competency requirements.

  1. You’ll also require evidence of the above units of competency. This can take the form of:
  • Resume/CV
  • References
  • Performance appraisal
  • Portfolio/work samples
  • Photographic and videoevidence
  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Job Description
  • Policies and procedures
  • Workplace communication
  • Bookkeeping and financial records

Perhaps you’re a little more advanced and looking for that little, something extra. If that’s the case, then you might be able to try your skills at the Diploma of Vocational Education and Training or Diploma of Training Design and Development.

Get ready, get set, teach!  

Once you’ve acquired your qualification, you’re all set to make the transition from employee to trainer, developer and/or assessor within your current industry. It’ll ensure that you’re still able to work within the industry you’ve dedicated your entire life to, while making use of your existing skill sets and experience. It’s the perfect way to hold onto the past by remaining employable in the present, and well into the future.

Get your Certificate IV in Training and Assessment using only your existing skills, knowledge and experience with Australia’s leading Skills Recognition & RPL Specialist, Get Qualified Australia. Enquire today on 133 775.


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