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If you are an experienced education and training practitioner wanting to update and learn more about designing training, or want to become a training designer, educational developer, or e-learning resource developer, then this Phillips Institute course is for you.

The Phillips Institute TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development will develop and enhance your existing education and/or training design skills and knowledge while introducing you to best practice design methodologies. The focus of this course is on designing and developing learning products and resources, addressing and supporting core skills development of learners through best-practice learning materials and methods.

This Diploma of Training Design and Development course will provide the skills and knowledge necessary to:

  • apply structured design approaches, with exposure to contemporary instructional design practices and universal design principles
  • research teaching methodologies and relevant theoretical knowledge to build design capabilities
  • understand the learning process to facilitate change and action in learners
  • address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills, support development of learners’ core skills and embed problem solving into learning materials
  • match appropriate delivery methods to learning styles and required learning outcomes

“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.”

Delivery modes

This course is offered as a blended program with flexibility for busy vocational training professionals. Face-to-face workshops, held once monthly on Saturdays over 6 to 8 months are supplemented by distance or online.

Extensive resources are provided online so that you can access what you need when you need it.  The flexible model allows you to enrol at any time and get your study underway – no need to wait for the next intake.

Attendance at workshops is not compulsory, with blended online/work-based available. For more information please call and speak to one of our training consultants about the course and to reserve your place.

Course content

This course is composed of five core units, plus five elective units. (Applicants may wish to substitute two other elective units subject to qualification packaging rules. For example – you may wish to substitute the unit TAELLN411 if you do not already hold it).

Unit of Competency Core/
Code Title
TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools C
TAEDES501 Design and develop learning strategies C
TAEDES502 Design and develop learning resources C
TAEDES505 Evaluate a training program C
TAETAS501 Undertake organisational training needs analysis C
TAEPDD501 Maintain and enhance professional practice E
TAEDEL501 Facilitate e-learning E
TAELLN501 Support the development of adult language literacy and numeracy skills E
TAEDES503 Design and develop e-learning resources E
TAESUS501 Analyse and apply sustainability skills to learning programs E


While the duration for this course is 12 months, some individuals may be able to complete course requirements in a shorter timeframe with demonstration of relevant skills, knowledge and experience.  An extension of  a further three months is possible on request where students require more time to complete assessment requirements.


Our program is delivered via a combination of workplace projects, online learning and face-to-face workshops over 6 to 8 months. A fully online and/or distance learning option is also available for working professionals.

Corporate programs:  We will deliver at your location for seven or more participants – enrol your training and assessment staff for upskilling – call and speak to the program manager for more information.

Fees & Funding

Funding and Payment Plans are available.  Individual fees are reduced with eligible credit transfers or recognition of prior learning.

  • Skills First Funded:  This program is delivered with funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments to eligible individuals. Get started with an initial payment of $275 followed by five monthly payments of $200 with our easy direct debit payment plan (Total Funded $1,275).
  • Fee for Service:  If you’re not eligible for funding, you can get started now with an initial payment of $475, followed by five monthly payments of $600/month with our easy direct debit payment plan (Total FFS $3,475).  Speak to us or refer to our Fees and Funding page for further information. 

Entry Requirements

While it is highly desirable that entrants hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (either TAE40110 or TAE40116 recommended) it is not an essential pre-requisite.  They should, however, be able to demonstrate equivalent competence or be prepared to undertake further learning in order to meet course requirements.

It is strongly recommended, that applicants have current access to a training and assessment practice environment in the VET sector. It is also highly recommended that applicants have more than six months’ equivalent full time experience working in a VET, higher education, or corporate training sector role.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate high-level English language and literacy skills.  Evidence of the successful completion of a Year 12 secondary school program, or higher qualification, conducted entirely in English language, is required.  In addition, applicants must have sufficient ability to use appropriate computer software and reliable access to the Internet in order to complete the course requirements.  At a minimum, moderate skills in use of MS Office programs and knowledge of Windows and/or Mac operating systems is recommended.

* Workshop dates and elective units listed may be subject to change; some candidates may be eligible for credit transfer, recognition of prior learning and/or recognition of current competencies – please consult our RPL Policy and request information regarding consideration prior to enrolment.

Ready to get started?

Don’t delay – get ready for your future training career!  Call us now on 1300 558 837 or simply click here to enrol or enquire.

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