My exprience at FTTA was fantastic and so informative. It was very entertaining and it was a pleasure coming to class.
A very informative and educational course. Great support from the trainers. Thanking you.
The support we received from our trainer was invaluable.
FTTA was the first training provider in Australia approved to deliver the Nationally Recognised CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. We were the first organisation to be approved in WA and the second in the country to deliver the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
FTTA are one of the few organisations that offer students in-house designed training materials. Our world class resources are developed by our curriculum development team and are approved by the regulator. We don't just hand you a pile of boring academic books! This is one reason why our success rate is so high.
FTTA has an exceptional graduation rate which ranges from 80-90% of participants who begin a course. This is well above the national average of 20-30% according to the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research. The reason? Quality learning materials, professional staff and exceptional support.
Class based learning is a popular study mode and is great for students who have not studied for a long period of time, who live closer to the training location or who simply enjoy being in class. We always recommend enrolling in a class based mode where possible as students who attend classes are typically more successful.
In today’s busy and demanding world, adult learners are looking for more flexible ways to gain qualifications, increase their job prospects and improve their earning potential. Gone are the days where students can afford to spend 20 or 30 hours per week in a classroom. Advances in technology now allows students to access high quality and engaging resources in their own home.
Flexible learning (also called blended learning) is a combination of class and distance and is where a student attends some online learning and some class based learning. Class based learning with FTTA involves the following:
Students tell us that they enjoy being in class for two main reasons:
Firstly, because they can easily ask questions and trainers can help students when stuck. Note that many courses have online lectures (recorded in class) for distance students.
Secondly, students enjoy the social aspect of class based learning: swapping stories, talking about the course and helping each other along the way. Many students make new friends and study together outside of class time.
There are many reasons why students choose a flexible class based study mode:
Many courses have a work placement requirement such as child care regardless of which mode of study selected however this is usually completed in the local area.
Even though students are attending classes, they are still able to access support services including:
The online portal is a structured learning pathway. This means that students work though activities and assessments in a structured manner as directed by their trainer. This structure is easy to follow and explained step by step. Each topic has instructions on how to complete that particular topic. Resources in the portal generally include:
Flexible learning is becoming more and more popular as people become busier.
In today’s busy and demanding world, adult learners are looking for more flexible ways to gain qualifications, increase their job prospects and improve their earning potential. Gone are the days where students can afford to spend 20 or 30 hours per week in classroom. Advances in technology now allows students to access high quality and engaging resources in their own home.
Many students prefer to study their course without coming into class on a regular basis. This is commonly referred to as distance learning but can also be called external, online, blended or flexible learning. These terms are very similar and generally mean that:
Flexible learning (also called blended learning) is a combination of class and distance and is where a student attends some online learning and some class based learning.
There are many reasons why students choose to study by distance:
Many courses have a work placement requirement such as child care regardless of which mode of study selected however this is usually completed in the local area.
Even though students are not attending classes, they are still able to access support services including:
The online portal is a structured learning pathway. This means that students work though activities and assessments in a structured manner. This structure is easy to follow and explained step by step. Each topic has instructions on how to complete that particular topic. Resources in the portal generally include:
Online learning is becoming more and more popular each year and many courses now enrol more online students than class based students.
RPL or Recognition of Prior Learning is a way for students to have their existing skills and knowledge recognised. In simplistic terms, this means a student shows that they are competent in a unit and can therefore complete a qualification much faster. RPL is generally quicker, easier and cheaper.
RPL is assessment only. This means that there is no training involved – students go straight to demonstrating competence and are not ‘taught’ anything by the assessor. This is why RPL is much quicker.
For example, Sarah has worked as an education assistant for 6 years and enrols in the Certificate III in Disability. She is a good candidate for RPL as she probably already knows everything from the course due to her experience and previous courses and seminars. Because of this, there is no reason to complete the entire course which can take many months. RPL is more appropriate for Sarah and can be competed in 10-20 hours. The time to complete RPL can vary and is generally completed over a period of time (a few hours per week).
As part of your RPL program, your assessor needs to collect evidence showing that you are competent (we can’t just read a resume and hand out a certificate). Your assessor will need to speak to one or more supervisors or colleagues as well as ask them to complete a Third Party Report. Depending on the course, there is usually a workplace visit.
Many students complete most of the activities verbally with their assessor. There are no essays, reports, large and extensive portfolios or other tedious and time consuming requirements. We try to make RPL as easy as possible. If you think you are eligible for RPL please speak to one of our student advisers on or before enrolment.
The Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) logo can only be used by training and assessment organisations approved by state or national regulators to advertise Nationally Recognised Qualifications and for use on Nationally Recognised Qualification certificates.
Each Nationally Recognised Qualification has a course code. You can see the code for the Certificate III in Education Support by clicking here. Ensure that the course you enrol in is Nationally Recognised if you intend to enrol in a Certificate or Diploma level course that runs for more than several days. This ensures the quality of your educational experience and without it your qualification may not be accepted by an employer. When governments mandate that a certain group of people need a certain qualification to work somewhere, excluding university courses, the qualifications required will be Nationally Recognised Qualifications. Child care and in many states Education Support are examples of this.
Nationally Recognised Qualifications are developed by approved organisations such as FTTA from Training Packages. They outline what has to be assessed, how many units make up a course and a whole range of other important details that ensure consistency amongst providers.
Because of this, students know that the outcome (achieved skills and knowledge) of a Nationally Recognised Qualification is almost identical no matter where they study - for example a large TAFE with 400,000 students or small provider with a few hundred students.
The rules about what needs to be assessed and other related information is maintained by the government. For a training organisation to train and assess students in NRQs, they must be audited against these rules to ensure they comply.
There are many rules, regulations and requirements that help ensure that the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and the organisations within it are of a high quality.
As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) FTTA must ensure that:
Each year a sample of students complete a survey about their educational experiences with FTTA. The results show the average score of students who tick against options such as disagree, agree and strongly agree. A score of 80 or more generally indicates that most students choose "strongly agree" for that section. View FTTA's latest student and employer report by clicking here.
Since the beginning, Fast Track Training Australia has strived to offer support at a level second to none.
At FTTA our students always come first.
Each student is allocated a trainer who can help with everything from administration issues to your work placement and also academic questions.
Students can contact their trainer by email and phone throughout the course and as often as needed. We don’t expect you to go at it alone.
Distance students can even request to attend classes. FTTA trainers often arrive early and stay after class for students who need extra help.
FTTA are one of the few organisations that offer students in-house designed training materials. Our world class resources are developed by our curriculum development team. We don't just hand you a pile of boring academic books! This is one reason why our success rate is so high.
All students are given free and unlimited access to their world-class ultra-modern online portal. Students can access their portal from anywhere there is an internet connection and from almost any device. The portal includes the following features and new features are added regularly:
The simulated workplace has been created by FTTA's in-house development team specifically for FTTA students. Each course has a simulated workplace including policies, procedures, pictures, interviews, videos, scenarios, advertising materials, financials and statistics and a range of other resources to help you through your course.
FTTA’s world class online learning portal is further enhanced by the addition of modern workplace simulations.
The simulated workplaces have been created by FTTA's in-house development team specifically for FTTA students. Each course has a simulated workplace including policies, procedures, pictures, interviews, videos, scenarios, advertising materials, financials and statistics and a range of other resources to help you through your course.
The simulated workplaces are a great way to immerse yourself in your new industry without actually being there. This helps prepare you for when you step into the real world and also provides a range of interactive and engaging materials that help with the assessments. It also gives students the opportunity to visit multiple workplaces (video) in a short period of time without having to organise multiple placements.
FTTA are at the cutting edge of technology for the education sector and are probably the first provider (at least as far as we know) in Australia to develop VR technology specifically for the education sector. Pushing the boundaries of what current technology can do and developing new and innovative solutions. One of our newest programs is developing virtual reality (or VR for short) to help students learn and practice their skills in a safe, guided and simulated learning environment. Watch this space for exciting things to come!
FTTA are one of the few organisations who employ full time engagement officers. They are experienced and professional trainers who dedicate their time to assisting students to complete their course.
Students will often seek the assistance of their engagement officer when they have fallen behind, need additional support or for a range of other reasons. The Engagement officer can meet with students individually, in pairs, small groups and will offer over the phone support. This gives students the opportunity to work on assessments and ask questions in a supportive, safe and confidential manner.
Since the inception of the Engagement Officer program, course completions have increased and the number of students withdrawing from courses have decreased. The program has particularly advantaged distance students, ESL (English as a Second Language) students, and students who have additional needs due to a disability or disorder. Students who have gaps in their study routine can also work closely with the Engagement Officer. In fact, every enrolled student will be contacted by an Engagement Officer at some stage to make sure they are on the right track and to offer support and assistance.
The Engagement Officer program is another reason why FTTA students are so successful.
FTTA trainers offer exceptional support to all students. All students can email trainers at any time. Students can also call the office to discuss issues and questions or pop in for a chat. With a graduation rate of well over 80%, FTTA's support is exceptional and gets results.
Distance students complete the same learning activities and assessments as class based students. Once enrolled, we send you the course resources or you are given online access. You are allocated a trainer who is there to guide and support you all the way. Each module comes with videos, activities and assessments. Once you have completed each module send it in to be marked.
There are no exams, essays or tests. Most assessments are short answer or activity based. Some courses have projects such as posters, portfolios and other hands-on activities. Rarely do students fail or not complete a course unless they decide to withdraw.
The majority of students who enrol haven’t been in a classroom for years. Our trainers are experienced and skilled practitioners who are there to help you every step of the way. The average age of an FTTA student is 36 so we understand the pressures and commitments of adult learners.
Student have up to 18 months to complete their qualification however most students complete their course in 5-9 months. It all depends on life experience, training, study per week etc. Most of our students have experience with caring roles (such as children) and lots of life experience (even in other industries) so they may complete the program easier and quicker. Some students with considerable experience may work through the course in a few hours per week while some may take 20 or more hours per week.
This depends on your course. Each course has a set number of hours that needs to be completed. These hours are usually set by the government. See the course summary box for each course. Certificate III level courses are typically 100-120 hours.
The placement can be completed in a single block or 1-2 days per week over a longer period.
Generally no however speak to FTTA about your situation to ensure your workplace is deemed suitable. You will generally log the hours and complete the necessary assessments as part of your normal working week.
Generally yes unless you are currently employed. There are certain things you need to practice and some courses require students to complete a portfolio while in the workplace. Also your supervisor will need to complete a third party report about your performance. All CHC courses have government requirements that every student completes a certain number of hours. Generally students applying by RPL, traineeships or existing workers will not need to do additional placements other than what they are already doing.
Don't worry about your placement for now. Once enrolled your trainer will speak to you. Most students complete the placement towards the end of their course. Some begin earlier however only after some of the critical units are completed such as health and safety.
You have two options:
1. You can find one and let us know. We will then contact the workplace and complete the necessary paperwork, speak to supervisors and so forth. This is the best option if you have a workplace in mind. For example, if you have a friend who owns a child care centre or know a teacher at the school you wish to go to, we recommend speaking to them. We place hundreds of students every year and cannot guarantee you will be placed where you would like to be. Using your contacts means you can help us find a placement that suits you and where you feel comfortable. Note that typically aged care is organised by FTTA.
2. We have workplace coordinators who can organise a placement for you. During your course your trainer will speak to you about the placement, the dates, times and location. Note that typically aged care is organised by FTTA.
Each day during your placement you will have a set of things to practice. Your mentor and other staff will help you perfect these skills and give you the opportunity to practice. For example, if you are enrolled in Child care, students will spend time working with babies and then the following week concentrate on something different. Towards the end of your placement (and sometimes during as well) your trainer will visit you to see how you are going. They will make notes and help you improve. They will also need to check that you can do certain things so you can "pass" your placement.
Yes! You may end up working there so why not. You should not do the placement in the same class as your child. Sometimes schools will not allow you to do this however so you will need to go to a different school.
Child care and aged care students may do various shifts ranging from 2-8 hours. Education Support students are generally required to do full days. We do not allow (and schools will not allow) students to begin late or finish early - we expect a level of professionalism as if you were an employee.
You must complete the full placement in order to pass your course. If you are sick or unable to attend, additional hours will need to be organised.
Placements must be completed in the appropriate industry.