Suitability Self-Assessment


Fortress Learning is committed to informed decision making.  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.

To ensure that your expectations match our reality, we invite you to consider each of the following questions before deciding to enrol.  It is a short list but an important one.

Please consider each question carefully:

  1. Do you have the ability to work independently, and seek assistance when required?
  2. Do you have any prior study, work experience or employment that is related to this program of study? Are you currently employed in a role that is related to this program of study?
  3. Have you spoken with our staff about any possible barriers that you are aware of that might prevent you from succeeding with this program of study?
  4. For students enrolling in programs with the intention of gaining RPL or upgrading through credit transfer,  have you familiarised yourself with the various unit and program requirements, such as through the Checklists we provide and the units of competency available at training.gov.au, to confirm you are likely to meet the requirements?  For RPL, do you have someone who possesses at least the qualification you are seeking to attain and relevant recent experience who can comment on your knowledge and skills?
  5. Do you have the necessary computer skills and Windows-based IT-resources to participate in the program? (The Student Handbook has the access details of a sample Learner Dashboard that we recommend you try out.)
  6. Although not essential, do you have access to 2 screens or are you able to split a single screen so that you can have multiple windows open at the same time?
  7. Have you received sufficient information to ensure that you know what your program of study involves and how it will be delivered and assessed, including the availability and suitability of Units?
  8. Have you read through each Chapter of the Student Handbook and in doing so are aware of, among others: your rights and how they will be protected; the training products and support services being offered by Fortress; the fees, refunds and related conditions associated with this course; procedures for extending and/or deferring this course; and, the complaints, appeals,anti discrimination and privacy policies as outlined by Fortress?
  9. Are you aware of the practical requirements for your chosen program, and do you have access to the necessary resources including a suitable environment, be it at a current workplace or elsewhere, where you will be able to practise and demonstrate any of the skills that are required in your chosen program, including access to other people to work with and observe you where needed? (Note: Further details of these are provided below).
  10. Are you aware of the LLN requirements for your chosen program? (Note: Further details of these are provided below.  If you would like to have your LLN skill levels evaluated prior to commencing, you can indicate that on the enrolment form).

If you have answered “No” to any questions, we require you to speak with us prior to enrolling so that we can be sure that you are enrolling in a program that is suitable to your needs, and advise you if the program is not suitable.  Our phone number is 1300 141 994.

When you have answered “Yes” to all these questions, we invite you to enrol by clicking here:

Specific requirements for each of our main program areas are included below.   These are in addition to the items listed above.

  • A group of at least 8 learners to deliver training to, and not less than 2 individuals with whom to practise and deliver training in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment.  Not less than one will need to have LLN support needs.
  • Not less than 5 individuals with whom to practise and conduct assessment
  • Suitably qualified observers (who meet the TAE requirements for Trainers and Assessors)  for the observation of you conducting assessment, and either suitably qualified observer/s or video recording facilities for the observation or recording of your delivery of training
  • Suitable venues in which to conduct the above
  • Evidence of vocational competency in your proposed teaching and assessing area. Vocational competency is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, and may include, but is not limited to, holding a relevant unit of competency or qualification.  (For most people, it will simply be a matter of providing a copy of some other qualification, skill set, or statement of attainment.  If you do not possess another qualification, then we would require you to provide a CV that shows your broad industry knowledge and experience, combined with a Position Description and Third Party Report from someone who can attest to your experience.)

ACSF LLN Skills Demands of this Program:

Learning: 3

Reading: 3

Writing: 3

Oral Communication: 3

Numeracy:  3

All potential students should consult with their Trainer prior to enrolling to ensure that they are aware of the requirements for the units that they wish to enrol in.

Upgrade Programs:

Clauses 1.13-16 of The Standards for RTOs (2015) make clear the requirements for Trainers/Assessors from 1 July 2019, which include:

The RTO’s training and assessment:

  • a) if delivered on or prior to 30 June 2019, is delivered only by persons who have the training and assessment credential specified in Item 1 or Item 2 or Item 3 of Schedule 1.
  • b) if delivered on or after 1 July 2019, is delivered only by persons who have the training and assessment credential specified in Item 2 or Item 3 of Schedule 1.

People intending on enrolling in any program, or single unit, are advised to refer to the Schedule listed above and prior to enrolling satisfy themselves regarding what they need to do (if anything) in order to meet the requirements, and if unsure, then to contact us to gain specific advice based on specific circumstances.

People intending to enrol should also satisfy themselves that they have sufficient time to complete the program, and be aware that:

  1. our administrative requirements would require all assessment to be completed satisfactorily by mid June in order for the credential to be awarded prior to July 1.
  2. depending on their personal level of competency, commitment and allocation of time to the program, they may not complete the program until after the July 1 deadline in which case they are advised to have in place such other arrangements are necessary to continue working as a Trainer/Assessor.
  • For programs involving TAELLN411, access to a real vocational learner with LLN support needs.
  • Access to persons to trial/review assessment tools (for TAEASS401-502), and conduct assessment validation (for TAEASS403)
  • Suitably qualified observers (who hold the TAE requirements for Trainers and Assessors) for the observation of your practical skills related to the unit/s in which you are enrolled
  • Suitable venues in which to conduct the above
  • For Upgrade programs, evidence of vocational competency in your proposed teaching and assessing area. Vocational competency is defined as broad industry knowledge and experience, and may include, but is not limited to, holding a relevant unit of competency or qualification.  (For most people, it will simply be a matter of providing a copy of some other qualification, skill set, or statement of attainment.  If you do not possess another qualification, then we would require you to provide a CV that shows your broad industry knowledge and experience, combined with a Position Description and Third Party Report from someone who can attest to your experience.)

ACSF LLN Skills Demands of this Program:

Learning: 3

Reading: 3

Writing: 3

Oral Communication: 3

Numeracy:  3

All potential students should consult with their Trainer prior to enrolling to ensure that they are aware of the requirements for the units that they wish to enrol in.

Upgrade Programs:

Clauses 1.13-16 of The Standards for RTOs (2015) make clear the requirements for Trainers/Assessors from 1 July, 2019, which include:

The RTO’s training and assessment:

  • a) if delivered on or prior to 30 June 2019, is delivered only by persons who have the training and assessment credential specified in Item 1 or Item 2 or Item 3 of Schedule 1.
  • b) if delivered on or after 1 July 2019, is delivered only by persons who have the training and assessment credential specified in Item 2 or Item 3 of Schedule 1.

People intending on enrolling in any program, or single unit, are advised to refer to the Schedule listed above and prior to enrolling satisfy themselves regarding what they need to do (if anything) in order to meet the requirements, and if unsure, then to contact us to gain specific advice based on specific circumstances.

The precise requirements will depend on the units chosen.

  • An accredited training environment with enrolled learners to train and assess
  • Not less than 5 peers to observe, be observed by, to lead in assessment processes and to support professionally
  • Access to policies and procedures in relation to the assessment system within the candidate’s employing RTO.
  • A range of professional development activities and sources of information with which to research professional development opportunities
  • An environment where they may conduct a range of professional activities for others
  • Peers and other people with whom to have discussions related to professional development and

Additionally, for TAELLN501 – Support the development of adult language, literacy and numeracy skills:

  • access to learners with LLN support needs
  • validated LLN tools based on the ACSF

Additionally, for TAERES501 – Apply research to training and assessment practice:

  • access to a training environment in which primary research may be conducted

ACSF LLN Skills Demands of this Program:

Learning: 4-5

Reading: 4

Writing: 4

Oral Communication: 4-5

Numeracy:  4

 

All potential students should consult with their Trainer prior to enrolling to ensure that they are aware of the requirements for the units that they wish to enrol in.

The precise requirements will depend on the individual units chosen.  In general, the following is required for each unit:

  • an environment in which the unit’s skills and knowledge can be practiced/demonstrated, including access to the resources that are typical of that workplace environment
  • a suitably qualified person who can observe the practice/demonstration of those skills.   Suitably qualified means they will hold relevant qualifications or possess extensive relevant experience related to the unit they are observing.

ACSF LLN Skills Demands of this Program:

Learning: 4-5

Reading: 4-5

Writing: 4-5

Oral Communication: 3

Numeracy:  4

All potential students should consult with their Trainer prior to enrolling to ensure that they are aware of the requirements for the units that they wish to enrol in.