What is considered a critical incident in the new Dip VET?


So, what does ‘critical incident’ even mean?

As a trainer, a critical incident is an event that has significance for you. Critical incidents can change an outcome.

Now that we know what it means, what constitutes a critical incident?

The name suggests something dramatic. You are not alone if you jumped to the conclusion of critical incident = something really really really really bad happened and then the office caught on fire and then Karen from Finance filed a complaint about it.

This is not the case. Some incidents will be more critical than others, but in the context of training we define a critical incident as an event which had significance for you.

Think of an event which was essentially a “light bulb” moment in your role as a trainer; an event which triggered a change or revelation about the teaching-learning process and your part in it.

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Highly motivated and extremely organised: is online learning right for you?


 

Every now and then, a graduating student writes a Review that we believe really captures what we try to do.  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.

Here is what Trudy said: 

“Firstly be aware this course is very demanding particularly in the volume of assessments/workload. To undertake it online you need to be highly motivated & extremely organised. If you can do this I highly recommend Fortress Learning…  Emma is everything you can hope for & more. She’s not on call 24/7 but that is not an impediment to success… I’ve done post graduate university study & found the TAE more difficult but however to use a cliche with Fortress you can do it.”

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Your ‘why’: to comply or to perform?


Every now and then, a Triple Diploma 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 Raj said:

When I started this program almost a year ago, my aim was to quickly go through a program to maintain industry currency and compliance in an industry sector that is becoming more and more complicated with stricter governance standards.

However, as I started working through the materials, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of support, and professionalism from you and your team.  That level of professionalism forced me to stop and reconsider my motives, and apply what I already knew, more professionally, and as would be expected from a professional in the L&D sector.

I want to thank you and your team for all your support and efficiency in making this possible.  As you know, in this year I have also embarked on a new business venture and having someone from your office monitoring my progress and keeping me on track has been a huge plus.

I would recommend your RTO – and I do – to anyone looking to further their studies.

All the best to you and your team.

Best Regards

Raj Nathoo, Fortress Learning Triple Diploma of Business, Business Administration and Leadership and Management Graduate.

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The 10 Leadership Attributes of a Trainer and Assessor


The role of a Trainer and Assessor requires efficiency, an eye for detail and, most importantly, the ability to lead students to success.

Here are 10 leadership attributes of a Trainer and Assessor, with quotes from those who know the profession well:

1. Self-efficacy 

Self-efficacy can be defined as a person’s belief in their ability to succeed. Having a full belief in oneself and one’s occupation allows both the Trainer and Assessor and student to feel confident that they, together, can succeed.

“Teach with passion… A passion that comes from an innate place to harness knowledge and nurture skill.”

– Vijia Chain, Ready Health Nursing College CEO and Director of Clinical Governance.

“I believe it is difficult for most people to have a full belief in one’s self. A lot of people have trouble with that for whatever reason. I don’t believe it is necessary to have a full belief in one’s self in order to have a full belief in what you’re doing.

From a point of view of leadership it’s so much easier to lead others; to encourage others; to be a role model for others, if you believe, and if you together believe, in what it is you are trying to achieve.”

– Dr Bryan West, Fortress Learning Managing Director.

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The single best predictor of success for Cert IV TAE and Diploma students


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.

When it comes to completing your Cert IV TAE or Diploma, you don’t have to like it to do it; you don’t even have to want to do it; you just have to choose to do it.

“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”.

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Studying a Cert IV TAE: Knowing Me, Knowing You


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.”

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Let’s take a leap of faith, together.


Every now and then, a graduating student writes a Review that we believe really captures what we try to do.  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.

Here is what Angela said: 

“I signed on with this company with reservations after unsuccessfully trying to start studies with another online company. I need not have worried. Bryan and his team were professional from the outset. Enrollment was simple and commencing studies breeze. I always knew what was required of me during the course. Further advice direction and support was only ever an email or call away. Very professional company with caring people to assist learners. Will study with this company again & wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.”

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10 Tips For When Procrastination Hits


which direction do you choose?

Procrastination can happen to the best of us. No matter whether it is your Cert IV TAE or a Diploma of VET or even Leadership & Management, it can get us all.

When the procrastination bug strikes, suddenly clipping your big toe nail is the most pressing thing on your to-do list. Or perhaps you suddenly have the undeniable urge to investigate Shania Twain’s wikipedia page.

Or maybe NOW is the only time to clean out the pantry?

You may know the feeling.

Here are ten helpful tips on how to beat procrastination when it hits, and finally finish that qualification that you have been meaning to finish for too long already. Read more…