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 Cert IV TAE, and when to do it. This article will introduce what has changed and what you can be doing to prepare yourself so you can hit the ground running as soon as it becomes available. 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…
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…
We got a few questions after posting the Infographic about why people refer us. One of the questions was: where do your online training students come from?
We crunched the data and since the beginning of 2016, a whopping 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.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece that said the Cert IV TAE was Australia’s most versatile qualification. I still believe that.
I first wrote the article after reading Unemployment jumps to more than 10-year high. What struck me then still strikes me now: the unemployment rate is not some shock response to some recent major calamity. Rather, it is a symptom of a bigger trend that has been brewing for some years.
And it is a trend that shows no sign of abating. And just like it shows no sign of slowing down, even if it did reverse, it would take another 12 years to get back to so-called acceptable levels.
On top of this, we have a workforce that is less-certain and less-confident and more casualised than ever before in our history.
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
Trainers and teachers spend a whole lot of time working with people. They work out where people are at, and work out how to get them from here to there. As part of becoming a trainer, they will learn about learning, and about instructional design and assessment and that sort of stuff.
But they will probably not learn the one skill that is arguably more important than all others.
That is the ability to say Read more…
One of the reasons our staff like coming to work each day is because we get to work with happy students.
Anyway, we asked them what they are grateful for in their lives. The Infographic shows the results: Read more…
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…
Now, I can tend to take these things personally, so when “You’ve got a new 3 star review” hit my inbox I jumped straight on to it. I wondered? Was it a Cert IV TAE, a Dip VET or a Business Diploma student? After all, I am constantly telling our staff that the price of customer satisfaction is eternal vigilance. It’s the small things – those little things we do each and every day that ultimately add up to make the total experience.
So, what did I do?
I read it over, and then took another look.
I paused a moment, and thought Read more…
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”.
We have had several thousand Cert IV TAE, Dip VET-TDD and Business Diploma students go through our virtual doors since 2009. I don’t say that to brag.
The reality is that not everyone has had a great experience. To be brutally honest, some people probably wish they never enrolled with us.
Don’t get me wrong – I am not saying we spend our days fending off constant complaints. In the past 18 months, we have referred 3 people to our Complaints Policy, and none have ever lodged a complaint. Actually, since 2009, we have never had a formal complaint.
But that doesn’t mean we are great for everyone.
What it does mean is Read more…
There has been heaps written about what people are looking for in a training organisation.
I guess this is not surprising given some of the kerfuffles that are happening. But, it doesn’t matter if it is the Cert IV TAE, the Dip VET, TDD or one of Business Diplomas, our students tell us that it just comes down to what some might call common sense.