If I love hot and spicy food but you don’t, then I might give a restaurant a better review for a dish than you.
Then, the next time you go looking for information about that restaurant, you might see Read more…
The new TAE Training Package that came out in April 2016 had a few changes. Understanding those changes is key to understanding how best to upgrade your TAE Diplomas, and when to do it. This article will introduce what has not changed, what has changed and what it all means. It will finish with some reasons why other people are upgrading, and some questions you may wish to ask yourself. Read more…
I believe the asking price for the new Cert IV TAE and Dip VET will go up. Why?
The TAE has become a commodity. The number of RTOs advertising the qualification has, in recent years, exploded. The number of people demanding the qualification has also increased, with many of these people not really needing all that the Cert IV TAE involves.
The commodification has created a downward pressure on prices, which has squeezed Read more…
How ASQA chooses to do stuff has a lot to do with risk management. Until recently, this was based on a Risk Rating that they gave each RTO. That score used to essentially inform how closely they would be watching any particular RTO.
This is changing to a new system, called the Provider Risk Profile, which includes something called a Compliance History Indicator. This article will introduce the new system, and then pose some questions about how it will be administered and used to guide future regulatory decisions. Read more…
Trainers don’t just train. They listen, they learn, they plan, they adapt, they help, they soothe, they challenge and they tolerate.
Students expect all this, and often more besides. But, for a Trainer to be effective at training, they must be very clear about what is most important. Read more…
The Cert IV TAE cannot be trusted. It is common knowledge that holding one does not actually mean you have the skills and knowledge that it is meant to reflect. That’s why the powers that be have gone to a lot of effort to ensure that Trainers and Assessors are suitably skilled to make a professional contribution to the VET sector, with much of this aimed squarely at the poor quality of Cert IV TAE courses.
However, despite their great efforts, they have left a hole that will allow for continued erosion of standards and a further decline in confidence. Read more…
Well, this new TAE Training Package has certainly got people talking!
I thought I’d best tell you what is going to happen with the new Diplomas.
We have the new Dip TDD on Scope, and have applied for the new Dip VET.
Any student who enrolled in the old Dip TDD is being transferred to graduate in the new one.
We will likely do the same for anyone who enrols in the old Dip VET if/when we get the new one approved.
The cost of the new Diplomas will probably go up A LOT once people get it on Scope.
It will save a heap of time and money to start now.
Over half of our students come from word of mouth. If you are thinking about enrolling with us, then you might want to know why so many people who do our courses are happy to recommend us to their friends and colleagues.
Experienced VET professionals usually find RPL for the Dip VET/TDD not too difficult, but there are a few things that people seem to miss.
We crunched some data on 100 RPL assessments and found a few places where people seem to need some help.
Take a look:
Take a look, and then take a look at our RPL-Only Checklist which you can request from this page.
We submitted our application to have the newest Cert IV TAE and Dip VET in early June. Since then, we have had a steady stream of people asking how we went about it since there seems to be general consensus that the whole thing is a bit of a mess, really (see image of my brain, above, taken during the process of putting together our application).
I’ll try to break it into some simple-ish steps that we followed, and then offer some thoughts on what seemed to work.
What did we do?
- Ensure that our house was in order
Every now and then, a graduating student writes a Review that we believe really captures what we try to do, in this case about RPL for the Cert IV TAE and Dip VET. Instead of them ending up hidden among the others, we will share them with you, and try to explain why we think they are so appropriate.
What did they say?
Owen: Provided one of the most suitable RPL programs I have seen. It addressed broader learning and skills through detailed authentification without being a tick and flick. Where further training was required all resources provided a high level of information.
Cecile: I felt as though throughout my RPL the process was smooth and easy. Bryan was very patient with me and my OCD. Thank you for getting all my results back to me so quickly as well, it was great to get that feedback almost immediately.
Jason: As a VET professional, I am always concerned with integrity, as there are many RTOs and Assessors out there that give us all a bad name through the use of “tick and flick”. Fortress Learning is not like that at all, they assess and grant competency the right way every time, giving every learner the opportunity to show their underpinning knowledge in all forms of assessment.
Dear future student
Soon, you will be starting a journey of sorts. It could be an amazingly wonderful experience filled with great moments of illumination, or it could be aching drudgery. It will probably be a bit of both. Either way, we will be in it together.
In many ways, it is like going for a walk in the woods.
When we begin, we will Read more…
Reputation, price and support are the main reasons people choose to enrol in their Cert IV TAE, Dip TAE or Business Diploma with Fortress Learning.
How do we know that?
We ask them at the beginning: we want to know what they are expecting so we know what to do for them.
But then something interesting happens. Read more…
Every now and then, a graduating student writes a Review that we believe really captures what we try to do; this time, it is about the Dual Dip VET – Dip TDD program. Instead of them ending up hidden among the others, we will share them with you, and try to explain why we think they are so appropriate.
Coleen Rivas – what did she say?
Having worked in the VET sector for many years, these guys gave me a great demonstration of how things should be done. The LMS is easy to use, feedback and results are provided within 24 hours and support is available whenever required. Benchmark RTO. For those doing TAE qualifications, the learning includes a fantastic example of how an RTO should operate. 5 Star Rating well deserved.
To get RPL for any course of study, be it a single Unit or an entire Qualification, means that you can demonstrate that you are competent in all areas of the course. This might seem a bit basic, but experience tells me that there are many people who either wish to shortcut the RPL process, or who do not understand what RPL means in the context of the the Cert IV TAE and Dip VET. Experience tells us that it is better for people to reduce the number of “unknown unknowns”.
One thing our staff like to do is listen. It’s a skill we look for when recruiting our people. We like to listen because that tells us if our students are succeeding, and we want to know that for the simple reason that if they don’t succeed, then neither do we.
Since we started delivering the TAA Cert IV online in 2009, we have listened to thousands of students.
So, what have we heard?
We have heard that online learning offers many advantages, and our recent survey of 300 people confirmed what we already believed (you can read about that here): It can be flexible, it can be rewarding, it can be affordable, it can be efficient. But, it also can be a lonely path filled with anxiety and uncertainty.
But, as with all things, can does not equal is. It is only when conscious choices are made that the benefits of online learning can be achieved.
For us, online learning is first and foremost about people. Read more…
This article will seek to summarise the recurring themes that emerged from a survey of 300 people, drawn mostly from a number of Linkedin and Facebook groups related to VET and higher education. Where used here, the responses of participants will be in italics – other than correcting a few typos, the comments are unedited.
Perhaps not surprisingly is the almost universal agreement that one is not intrinsically better than the other. Or, in the words of one respondent:
…it just depends.
While that may be true, it is not by itself helpful for people trying to decide which way is best for them.
Do or do not. There is no try.
Chances are we can all recall the scene. Yoda was getting Luke to do something that Luke was not confident with – lifting rocks with his mind or some-such.
At the risk of pitting my wisdom against that of Yoda, I must disagree. Well, until yesterday I agreed fully. But something happened yesterday that caused me to question it.
So, what happened yesterday?
Well, after 6 terms of turning up to his weekly gymnastics lesson, our 9 year old son has “levelled up”. (That’s him in the photo, teaching me how to play piano…)
Most kids, we are told, take maybe a term or two to move to their next level. I suspect the ones that don’t tend to lose heart and give up.
And that is why I think we ought to be a bit cautious with accepting Yoda’s advice at face value.
Do needs Try
If our Tom had accepted Yoda’s wisdom, then he could easily have resigned himself to not being able to Do, and from that decided that there was no point in Try.
And yet, he did the opposite. And, watching his humble smile as he accepted the handshake of his coach, I could not help but be inspired by his grit and determination to prevail.
When the Do did not come easy, when others came and went, he took the only available course of action, which was Try.
In fact, he stuck to the Try until that became a Do. And, after the school holidays, he will return to Level 4, and will continue to Try.
Which is why I think Yoda’s words are perhaps best rephrased:
Do or do not. There is only try.