Your questions

What services and support does ACAS provide?
Can we have our own image to our constituents?
Do we need a library?
What staff do we need?
What qualifications do staff need?
We're interstate. Does that affect us in any particular way?

These answers are explanatory only and do not in any
way replace the text of the signed agreement.

 

What services and support does ACAS provide?

  • Under the agreement we provide the accreditation channel, the policies and procedures, and any necessary information.
  • The senior staff can give up to an hour of consultant help free per week, and after that it is charged at a lower rate than is available to the general public.
  • ACAS has lots of website resources for all sorts of things, and other resources that we can forward on.

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Can we have our own image to our constituents?

Yes. Most colleges need their own public image.

The simplest way is to develop a brand name for the program and use that branding consistently in advertising. It should reflect your ethos and purpose and should work for your constituency. The image doesn't need to be the same as the qualification title.

Due to current franchising regulations, ACAS does not control member college marketing, although:

  • The Australian national standards require you to comply with its statement of marketing ethics.
  • You need adequate business planning (including promotion) to maintain viability.
  • ACAS and the government have regulations for using logos.

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Do we need a library?

Not necessarily. You don't need a library if you design your program not to need it.

But you do need access to a library if you design your program to need it, for example, by requiring students to do library research projects. Even then, access is sufficient; you don't need to actually own the library.

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How many staff do we need?

You need staff to cover everything you teach. If you have two students (not normally a viable program), a lone staff member would be adequate if he/she had all the competencies taught.

But if you had two thousand students, your lone staff member would obviously be inadequate.

You should also count risk. Programs can go well with only one teacher, but it is a risk. If possible, you should have a back-up teacher in case the main teacher suddenly becomes unavailable (e.g. serious sickness). It's a good rule of thumb to have at least two staff people for everything you teach.

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What qualifications do staff need?

You need at least one staff member (preferably two) with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and you should plan for all others to get it.

Most staff need evidence of the competencies that they teach, and that they have kept their skills up to date. Although not essential, qualifications are very helpful. If staff don't have formal qualifications, it is recommended that you plan a recognition process so they can get them.

Except for the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, qualifications can be from higher education.

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We're interstate. Does that affect us in any particular way?

Not very much. ACAS now has about 120 sites all over Australia. Our data system is centralized as much as possible to simplify compliance.

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