In the name of research (and because we were curious) Fortress Learning reached out to our recent graduates to ask them a series of three questions:
What questions do you wish you had asked before starting your course?
What do you wish you had known during your course?
What advice would you give someone who is about to start their course?
It was truly humbling the amount of detailed, in-depth responses we received. We felt it was only fair to share this constructive and well-thought-out feedback with those who could use it the most: our students.
To any new or existing Fortress Learning students, here are some helpful tips, thoughts and opinions from those who have gone before you:
What do all successful Fortress Learning students have in common? Discipline.
“Discipline is the ability to give yourself a command and then follow it.” – Bob Proctor.
“My only issues in completing the course were due to procrastination given the flexible study pattern.” – Jacob, Fortress Learning Cert IV TAE Graduate.
Jacob is not alone. When you have 6 months or a whole year to complete a qualification, it is very easy to think, “I’ve got heaps of time, I’ll just start it tomorrow”.
Life is full of distractions (we promise this article isn’t one of them).
When it comes to completing your online Cert IV TAE course – or any other course for that matter – distractions could be the difference between success and failure.
We all know how good it feels to be completely consumed by a task and operating at maximum productivity, but how do you get rid of those pesky distractions and get in “THE ZONE”?
If there is one thing we have learned over our years of training Cert IV TAE and Dip VET students, it is this: people don’t just like to know what is happening, they need to know when it will happen.
Everyone is busy. Our students are busy professionals who are juggling the often competing demands for limited time. And limited energy.
So, when they have a window of opportunity to get some of their course done, they need to make the most of it. Read more…
When we advertised the role of Research Coordinator we expected some people to ask about the job and see whether it might fit with them. What we didn’t expect was the level of interest in why we are wanting to conduct research in VET in the first place.
This idea is one that has been discussed in Fortress Learning for some years, but it was only recently that the commitment was made to explore it further. During a recent visit to China, our Manager, Bryan Read more…
Where did your upgrade fees come from? It’s a fair question, and one that is easy to answer. Our TAE Diploma Upgrade Program fees were calculated after considering two questions. Let’s take a look at them both. Read more…
We have said before that the question of a TAE Diploma Upgrade to the new TAE50116 Dip VET and TAE50216 Dip TDD is a personal one.
In the most simple terms, it is not for everyone.
But since Fortress Learning was granted approval to deliver the new TAE50116 Dip VET, we have had a steady stream of people asking for our opinion and advice. The questions that people are asking usually follow this path: Read more…
The question about whether or not you should bother upgrading your TAE Diploma really is about looking at what is happening outside and then asking what you want to happen inside. It’s a personal thing. Read more…
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 TAE Cert IV 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…