Unit of competency details

TAEDES401A - Design and develop learning programs (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes TAADES402B - Design and develop learning programsRewritten unit - incorporates some elements of ENV units 17/Jul/2008
Is superseded by and equivalent to TAEDES401 - Design and develop learning programsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages 05/Apr/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 18/Jul/2008

Training packages that include this unit

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MEA11 - Aeroskills Training PackageAeroskills Training Package 1.0-2.0 
CHC - Community ServicesCommunity Services 2.0-9.3 
FPI11 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 1.0-2.3 
AVI - Aviation Training PackageAviation Training Package 3.0-4.0 
MEA - Aeroskills Training PackageAeroskills Training Package 1.0-1.4 
CPP07 - Property Services Training PackageProperty Services Training Package 8.0-14.3 
FPP10 - Pulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training PackagePulp & Paper Manufacturing Industry Training Package 1.0-1.3 
CUA11 - Live Performance Training PackageLive Performance Training Package 1.0 
CUL11 - Library, Information and Cultural Services Training PackageLibrary, Information and Cultural Services Training Package 1.0 
TLI - Transport and Logistics Training PackageTransport and Logistics Training Package 2.0-4.0 
CHC08 - Community Services Training PackageCommunity Services Training Package 3.0-4.2 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0-2.0,3.0-4.1 
FPI05 - Forest and Forest Products Training PackageForest and Forest Products Training Package 3.0 
PUA12 - Public Safety Training PackagePublic Safety Training Package 1.0-2.1 
TAE10 - Training and EducationTraining and Education 1.0-3.4 
BSB - Business Services Training PackageBusiness Services Training Package 2.0 
AVI08 - Aviation Training PackageAviation Training Package 3.0-4.0,5.0 
FDF10 - Food ProcessingFood Processing 1.0-2.0,3.0-4.1 

Qualifications that include this unit

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CUA40313 - Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and ManagementCertificate IV in Dance Teaching and ManagementSuperseded1-4 
FDF40210 - Certificate IV in Pharmaceutical ManufacturingCertificate IV in Pharmaceutical ManufacturingSuperseded1-3 
BSB52115 - Diploma of Library and Information ServicesDiploma of Library and Information ServicesSuperseded
CUA40111 - Certificate IV in DanceCertificate IV in DanceSuperseded
FPP40110 - Certificate IV in Pulping OperationsCertificate IV in Pulping OperationsSuperseded1-2 
AVI60110 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instruction)Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instruction)Superseded
PUA50412 - Diploma of Public Safety (SES Operations Management)Diploma of Public Safety (SES Operations Management)Superseded1-2 
MEA60311 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingAdvanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingSuperseded1-2 
TLI41316 - Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport - Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction)Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport - Heavy Vehicle Driving Instruction)Superseded
MEA60315 - Advanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingAdvanced Diploma of Aviation Non-Destructive TestingSuperseded1-2 
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Accredited courses that have this unit in the completion mapping


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 070109 Teacher Education: Vocational Education And Training  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 070109 Teacher Education: Vocational Education And Training  31/May/2010 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to conceptualise, design, develop and review learning programs to meet an identified need for a group of learners. The unit addresses the skills and knowledge needed to identify the parameters of a learning program, determine the design, outline the content and review its effectiveness.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit typically applies to a trainer or facilitator who designs or develops learning programs. A learning program can be discrete, providing a planned learning approach that relates to specific learning and training needs, or it may form part of the learning design for a qualification.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Define parameters of the learning program

1.1. Clarify purpose  and type of learning program with key stakeholders

1.2. Access and confirm the competency standards and other training specifications  on which to base the learning program

1.3. Identify language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the program

1.4. Identify and consider characteristics of the target learner group

2. Work within the vocational education and training (VET) policy framework

2.1. Access relevant VET policies  and frameworks, and apply to work practices

2.2. Identify changes to training packages and accredited courses and apply these to program development

2.3. Conduct work according to organisational quality assurance policies and procedures

3. Develop program content

3.1. Research, develop and document specific subject matter content according to agreed design options

3.2. Evaluate existing learning resources for content relevance and quality

3.3. Specify assessment requirements of the learning program

4. Design structure of the learning program

4.1. Break the learning content into manageable segments and document timeframe for each segment

4.2. Determine and confirm delivery strategies  and required assessment methods and tools

4.3. Document complete learning program in line with organisational requirements

4.4. Review complete program with key stakeholders and adjust as required

4.5. Ensure a safe learning progression by analysing risks in the learning environment and including a risk control plan

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • organisational skills to ensure resources are available and suitable
  • evaluation skills to determine the time required for each learning segment and the overall timelines of the learning program
  • cognitive skills to develop the learning program content and design its structure
  • language and literacy skills to read and interpret a range of documentation, including technical and subject matter documents, references and texts

Required knowledge 

  • information about training package developers and course accreditation agencies responsible for specific learning program parameters
  • training packages and relevant competency standards to be used as the basis of the learning program
  • other performance standards and criteria to be used as the basis of the learning program, where relevant
  • distinction and relationship between a training package/accredited course, learning strategy and learning program, where linked
  • different purposes and focus of learning programs
  • sound knowledge of learning principles
  • instructional design principles relating to different design options for learning program design and structure
  • availability and types of different relevant learning resources, learning materials and pre-developed learning activities
  • methodology relating to developing and documenting new learning activities and related learning materials
  • different delivery modes and methods
  • relevant policies, legal requirements, codes of practice and national standards, including commonwealth and state or territory legislation that may affect training and assessment in the VET sector
  • relevant OHS knowledge relating to the work role, and OHS considerations that need to be included in the learning program

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Assessment must address the scope of this unit and reflect all components of the unit. Arange of appropriate assessment methods and evidence-gathering techniques must be used to determine competency. A judgement of competency should only be made when the assessor is confident that the required outcomes of the unit have been achieved and that consistent performance has been demonstrated.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the ability to:

  • design, develop and review learning programs within the VET context
  • prepare and develop a minimum of two learning programs:
  • that contain differentiated learning program designs to reflect particular needs, contexts and timelines
  • at least one of which must be based on competency standards or accredited courses and must cover at least one entire unit of competency or accredited course module.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Evidence must be gathered in the workplace whenever possible. Where no workplace is available, a simulated workplace must be provided.

Method of assessment 

Guidance information for assessment 

For further information about assessment of this and other TAE units, refer to relevant implementation guidance published on the IBSA website (www.ibsa.org.au).

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Purpose  may include:

  • developing vocational competency or vocational skills
  • developing language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • developing general education
  • meeting legislative, licensing and registration requirements, such as OHS requirements.

Other training specifications  may include:

  • curriculum specifications
  • product specifications
  • organisational work requirements and training needs
  • induction needs
  • language, literacy and numeracy development needs
  • regulatory and licensing requirements.

Vocational education and training policies  may include:

  • policies and procedures set by national organisations, such as the National Quality Council
  • Australian Quality Training Framework
  • other relevant policies.

Delivery strategies  may include:

  • focus of delivery in terms of size and type of group
  • context of delivery, for example:
  • in the workplace
  • in a training room
  • in a community setting
  • mode of delivery, for example:
  • face-to-face
  • online
  • blended delivery mode
  • delivery methods, for example:
  • lock-step, learner-paced and mixed
  • interactive, participative and collaborative
  • blended delivery methods.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Learning design

Competency field

Competency field 

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units