Studying a Cert IV TAE: Knowing Me, Knowing You


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Every now and then, a Cert IV TAE student writes a Review that we believe deserves to be featured and discussed. Instead of them ending up hidden among the others, we will share them with you, and let you know our thoughts about them.

This is what Lou said:

“The written course materials met requirements however if anyone is doing a course in their ‘spare time’ be prepared for no real time access to trainers for assistance or help with these materials or the course in general.

You will end up training yourself which means you will have to have incredible drive and resilience to finish – which comes more as a relief than a feeling of achievement when it comes.

I wouldn’t recommend the course for people unless they have time to study and interact with the trainers during the day or support (and study time) from their workplace. It is a soul destroying and lonely experience otherwise.”

Lou makes a very valid point. Here at Fortress, we do not pretend to be all things to all people.

For some, the independent and flexible nature of Fortress’ online delivery is a welcome change from the traditional classroom. However, the reality is not everyone has a great experience this way.

Lou is right when she says, “I wouldn’t recommend the course for people unless they have time to study and interact with the trainers during the day or support (and study time) from their workplace”. 

It is important to us that we are open and honest with our students, and we hope that in return, you are open and honest with us. In education, communication is key.

While we strive to be flexible and available for personable communication with all our students, there is an expectation that availability will work both ways. We are here to support you 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday. If you learn best by having one of our trainers guiding you over the phone and your only available study time is 9pm-11pm on weeknights, it’s likely we won’t be a good fit.

This is one reason why we encourage prospective students to chat with a trainer prior to enrolling, as well as taking a Suitability Self Assessment. It is not in our students’ interests nor in our own for people to enrol in programs of study that are in any way unsuitable for them.

Lou deserves a a huge pat on the back. She has displayed tremendous amounts of drive, resilience and stick-with-it-ness, and as a result has a Cert IV TAE to call her own. However, Lou’s experience, although ultimately successful, is not one we wish for other students to share.

Completing your Cert IV TAE really can be a soul destroying and lonely experiencebut it doesn’t have to be.

It’s all about weighing up your options and deciding what is best for you.

If you would like to know more about what it means to be a student with us, how about you read Dear Future Student, check out Our Courses, or give us a call on 1300 141 994 and we can explore what that would look like.