Program areas help you to cluster two or more units into similar subjects – and provide them with a heading that then helps you and others define that segment of the training and assessment.
For example, you are currently studying the TAE, and you’re undertaking one of the design units. We know this because the unit code is TAE – DES – 412. And the DES tells us that it’s part of the design field of study.
Most units of competency have this code layout, so it’s easier for you to cluster them together. In this case, we’ve clustered the TAEDES411 and 412 units together and called the program area: Designing Training. But we could just as easily have called it, Learning Design, Designing learning programs or any other title we chose to give it. And that’s the idea here – the title you give the program area is totally up to you – and it’s whatever makes sense from a planning and implementation point of view.
Looking at the rest of the TAE as an example, we have a number of units that deal with the subject of training delivery – some of these start with TAEDEL – denoting that they are delivery units. But others include BSBHRM and BSBCMM units? So why have we clustered all these together and called them Delivering engaging training?
Well I think you’ve already picked up the fact that they will all have something to do with planning and delivering information – either to workplace teams, individuals, and other groups or via presentation formats. Therefore much of the content will overlap, such as the use of session plans, the skills required to deliver training or presentations and so on. Because these skills and knowledge areas overlap, we cluster the units together to create more efficient and effective training.
The last program area is the Assessing in VET cluster. And, just like before, it’s combined as both units deal with assessing training, and have multiple areas of overlap that make sense to deliver together.
Hopefully this has explained program areas and why we cluster training and assessment in VET. Apply this to your second training program plan and see how you go. Remember, you can always ask questions in the forum if you’d like other students’ opinions or feedback from trainers and assessors along the way.