Course Content
Prepare to develop an assessment tool
1.1 Clarify tool purpose, target group and context of assessment 1.2 Analyse target group characteristics and identify their needs relevant to assessment tool design and development 1.3 Access and analyse nationally recognised units of competency to identify what is required to demonstrate competence 1.4 Analyse available assessment instruments for their suitability for use, and identify required modifications
Plan and design an assessment tool
2.1 Review own skills and knowledge required to develop the assessment tool and identify gaps in subject matter expertise, industry relevance and industry currency 2.2 Address identified gaps according to organisational procedures 2.3 Determine steps and estimate time needed for the design and development of assessment tool 3. Design assessment tool 3.1 Review and select assessment methods appropriate to purpose, target group, required evidence collection and assessment context 3.2 Check and confirm that combination of assessment methods meets unit of competency requirements and supports principles of assessment and rules of evidence 3.3 Identify instruments required to collect evidence using selected assessment methods and according to organisational requirements
Develop an assessment tool
4.1 Record the context and conditions for assessment 4.2 Develop tasks to be administered to candidates 4.3 Develop outline of evidence to be gathered from candidate 4.4 Develop instruments to be used to collect evidence from candidate in line with universal design principles and according to legislative and regulatory requirements 4.5 Develop criteria to be used to make judgements about whether competence has been achieved 4.6 Develop administration, recording and reporting requirements 4.7 Develop instructions for assessor and for candidate 4.8 Map assessment tool to the nationally recognised training product 4.9 Document draft assessment tool according to organisational procedures
Finalise the assessment tools
5.1 Undertake a systematic review of the assessment tool according to organisational procedures 5.2 Trial assessment tool to validate its content and applicability 5.3 Collect and document feedback on assessment tool and amend tool as required 5.4 Finalise and store assessment tool according to organisational procedures
TAEASS512 – Design and develop assessment tools
About Lesson

When designing and developing assessment tools within the vocational education and training (VET) sector, it’s crucial to adhere to various legislative and regulatory requirements to ensure fairness, validity, and reliability. Here’s an overview:

  1. Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence: The principles of assessment (fairness, flexibility, validity, and reliability) ensure that assessment practices are equitable and adaptable, while accurately reflecting the candidate’s competency. The rules of evidence (validity, authenticity, currency, and sufficiency) guide the collection of evidence to ensure it genuinely represents the candidate’s skills and knowledge. These principles and rules ensure assessments are conducted ethically and standards are consistently met.

  2. Use of Industry Experts: Involving industry experts in the assessment process helps ensure that assessment tools remain relevant and up-to-date with current industry standards and practices. Their expertise ensures the assessment reflects real-world requirements and maintains the training’s industry relevance.

  3. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): RPL allows individuals to gain recognition for skills and knowledge acquired through work and life experiences, formal training, or other qualifications. Assessment tools must be designed to facilitate the RPL process, allowing for the assessment of competencies regardless of how they were acquired.

  4. Making and Recording Reasonable Adjustments: Reasonable adjustments may need to be made to assessment methods to accommodate candidates with diverse needs, ensuring no candidate is disadvantaged. It’s important to document any adjustments made to maintain transparency and fairness in the assessment process.

  5. Copyright: When developing assessment tools, respect for copyright laws is essential. This includes using copyrighted materials within the bounds of fair use or with proper licensing and ensuring any original content developed is protected.


Adhering to these legislative and regulatory requirements ensures that assessment practices within the VET sector are conducted professionally, ethically, and in compliance with national standards, thereby upholding the integrity and quality of vocational education and training.