What is Accredited Training?
Accredited training means a course that is formally recognised. Our scope of courses has been developed under the Australian Qualifications Framework and is accredited by ASQA – the Australian Skills Quality Authority.
The qualifications you receive with ACE Community Colleges will be recognised nationwide and yes, they are equivalent to a TAFE qualification.
How will I be tested?
Most accredited training is based on the competency based learning model.
What does this mean?
Qualifications are made up of Units of Competency (UOC) or “subjects”. These reflect the skills and knowledge needed to perform a particular job or task. Your course will include one or more assessment tasks for each Unit of Competency. You will need to complete these tasks and your result will either be “Competent” (C), meaning you’ve met the standard criteria, or “Not Yet Competent” (NYC) meaning you need some improvement. If you get a NYC, you’ll be given the chance to re-do the assessment task.
Learning can occur both on and off the job. At ACE Community Colleges, we provide our training and assessment in a way that recognises this - our assessments are designed to check that you have the skills, knowledge and attitudes to perform a job.
The new approach to training and assessment focuses on how well you perform now in preparation for how you will perform in the future.
In some courses, however, you may be required to undertake a formal test. The course overview will tell you the types of assessment tasks in each course.
Course Structure – when and how do I study?
Flexible learning is integral to the concept of competency-based training. So to accommodate your circumstances, ACE North Coast Community Colleges can offer you a variety of different training models:
• Classroom learning, or what is often referred to as ‘face to face’ training, is the most traditional form of learning. Students are given a schedule of the dates and times classes will be held at a selected venue.
• Flexible workplace training - this model involves a combination of face to face and workplace training.
• Distance learning - our flexible program offers you the chance to further your education by studying in the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. Distance learning gives you direct access to a trainer online and allows you to interact with other students. You may belong to a chat group and a forum and have the chance to share what you are discovering with your peers. You may even join a virtual classroom via teleconference or video link, depending on the course you are doing and your situation.
The learning experience will generally introduce you to a simulated work environment and take you through a series of work-related tasks where you will learn the skills needed for a job. All your resources, modules, tasks, learning activities and assessment tasks are provided in this simulated work environment. You can download and upload assignments and projects through distance education.
• Blended Training - if neither of these stand alone modes meet your needs, then we will mix and match modes to create a program that does.