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Terms and conditions

Introduction

Foundation Education is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code: 22557) under the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA); this ensures we comply with the standards of the VET Quality Framework and Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 at all times.

The principles of natural justice and procedural fairness are incorporated at all levels of our operation. As an RTO, our course policies and procedures meet the requirements and stipulations of all Commonwealth, State and/or Territory Legislation relevant to our scope of operation.

As an RTO, Foundation Education is committed to delivering fair, reasonable, and ethical dealings in all of its undertakings including:

  • Client information
  • Confidentiality/Privacy
  • Complaints and appeals
  • Training standards
  • Access and equity

This document outlines important information regarding the terms and conditions of your enrolment, your rights and responsibilities, and our obligations to you. Please read the following carefully, as it is a condition of your enrolment that you have read, understood, and accepted this information (also contained in your Student Handbook). In accepting the following terms and conditions, you are also ensuring that the information you provide to Foundation Education is true and correct.

Student requirements

As a student of Foundation Education, you agree that you have the following:

  • Pre-requisite units and entry requirements as applicable to your qualification
  • Appropriate level of computer literacy – the ability to use a word processing application, email and Internet. Foundation Education does not provide IT technical support for students.
  • Appropriate computer software – Microsoft Word (or the Open Office equivalent) and a PDF Reader. Please note that your course is not supported on IOS/Android tablets and mobile phones.
  • Google Chrome Internet Browser
  • PC Requirements –  Windows XP Service Pack +2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • Mac Requirements- Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Regular allocation of time over the length of your enrolment to complete your course
  • Active email address and internet connection
  • Mobile phone with voice mail capability
  • Willingness to receive correspondence via mail / email / text message
  • Willingness to respond to communication in a timely manner
  • If you have opted to pay for your course upfront or via instalments (referred to as a payment plan), the capacity to meet these payments as per your contract.
  • Capacity to engage with coaching sessions, including any language, literacy and numeracy support, as needed to complete the requirements of your course.
  • Willingness to receive information on future courses or other training products with Foundation Education.

Eligibility 

All participants must be over the age of 18 to participate in a course with Foundation Education, unless express verbal or written permission from a parent or guardian is supplied.

In accepting this enrolment, you are warranting that you are at least 18 years of age; or

If you are under 18 years of age, you must ensure your parent or guardian has read and understood the terms and conditions contained in this booklet. By providing signed or verbal approval of your enrolment, your parent or guardian acknowledges and accepts the terms and conditions herein, including guaranteeing the principal liability to make payment of all course fees.

Additional eligibility requirements for trainees

In addition to the above requirements, there are certain other criteria you must meet in order to undertake a traineeship. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, as well as employer obligations, please contact your state training authority directly:

Smart and Skilled Eligibility

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with an entitlement to government subsidised training. The subsidised courses on the NSW Skills List are relevant to the needs of NSW businesses, giving you the skills and qualifications that have good job prospects. They are nationally accredited and recognised by employers in all industries.

To be eligible for training for any Smart and Skilled program you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, a permanent Australian resident, a humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand citizen, and
  • Be aged 15 years or older, and
  • Live or work in New South Wales, and
  • No longer be at school (unless undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship)

You will be asked to provide the following proof of identity evidence:

  1. Valid Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  2. Drivers Licence showing current residential address to support that you live or work in NSW
    1. Additional examples to support residency: Australian Electoral Commission document, lease / rental document, letter from your employer, rates notice, Australian Taxation Office assessment, official letter from Centrelink.
  3. Australian or New Zealand birth certificate; Australian or New Zealand Passport; green Medicare card; humanitarian visa or Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (CERS) which confirms your status as an Australian permanent resident.
  4. Applicable documentation for fee concession or exemption status.

For information on Smart and Skilled as well as to determine your eligibility and obtain a fee estimate, please visit the Smart and Skilled website: https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/

Eligibility requirements for Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills Program

The Certificate 3 Guarantee program supports eligible Queenslanders in completing their first certificate III level qualification. The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible Queenslanders to study a certificate IV or higher level qualification. Students are entitled to one Government subsidised training place so it is important for you to choose the right course so you can take full advantage of this opportunity.

In order to access this funding program, you will need to provide evidence of eligibility for the selected program, including:

  • Date of birth (must be 15 years or over at the commencement of the course);
  • Queensland address;
  • Any post-school qualifications;
  • Australian/New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency status; and
  • Eligibility for concession (if applicable)

In addition to the above, eligible students will also need to complete a training and employment survey within three (3) months of completing or withdrawing from the chosen qualification. If you have completed a qualification since finishing high school, you may not be eligible for a government subsidy. Please see the Student Factsheets for more information:

Year 12 Fee-Free: training is available to Year 12 graduates who enrol and start training in a high priority qualification within a calendar year of completing their secondary schooling. More information is available online.

Student rights and obligations

As a student enrolled with Foundation Education it is important that you are aware of the services and support available to you during your studies. All students have the following rights while enrolled:

  • Fair and equitable treatment at all times, including access to all programs available on scope (subject to the relevant entry and LLN requirements).
  • Access to the required support, training and assessment in order to successfully complete the training, regardless of location or mode of delivery.
  • Access to any records held by us, including personal details, course progress, and payment information.

As a student of Foundation Education, you are obligated to:

  • Ensure that the work you submit is your own; any discovery of plagiarism will be dealt with as outlined in the policies and additional information section.
  • Advise us as soon as you become aware of any issues which may affect your study, including language, literacy and numeracy needs.
  • Abide by the terms and conditions outlined in this document, and the code of conduct policy in all dealings with Foundation Education.
  • Meet your assessment obligations; where this is not possible, you must advise Foundation Education as soon as possible.
  • Make your course payments by the agreed due dates; further information on fees is outlined later in this document.
  • Keep your contact information up to date by advising us as soon as possible.

Student consent to use and disclosure of personal information – Smart and Skilled

As a student of Foundation Education, you understand and agree to the statements below:

  1. Personal information (information or an opinion about me), collected from me, my parent or guardian, such as my name, Unique Student Identifier (USI), date of birth, contact details, training outcomes and performance, or sensitive personal information (including my ethnicity or health information) (together Personal Information) collected by Foundation Education may be disclosed to the Department of Education and Communities (Department).
  2. The Department may disclose my Personal Information to other Australian government agencies, including those located in States and Territories outside New South Wales.
  3. The above government agencies may use my Personal Information for any purpose relating to the exercise of their government functions, including but not limited to the evaluation and assessment of my training, the determination of my eligibility to receive subsidised training or for any Fee Exemptions or Concessions. My Personal Information may also be disclosed to other third parties if required by law.
  4. I consent to the collection, use and disclosure of my Personal Information in the manner outlined above.
  5. I also acknowledge and agree that the Department may contact me by telephone email or post during or after I have ceased subsidised training with Foundation Education for the purposes of evaluating and assessing my subsidised training.

Foundation Education’s rights and obligations

Foundation Education has an obligation:

  • Not to tolerate discrimination towards any group or individual in any form, inclusive of race, gender, political or religious beliefs, culture, sexuality and/or disability (physical or intellectual).
  • To inform you, the student, of important policies including how we ensure your privacy, how we handle complaints and appeals, and under what circumstances we administer refunds.
  • On payment of all course fees, to provide support, training and assessment services in the chosen training program in compliance with the RTO Standards 2015, and as summarised in the enrolment documentation you will receive. This guarantee continues for the period of enrolment to ensure students have the opportunity to successfully complete the training.
  • To inform you if any part of the agreed services, including training and assessment, are to be delivered by a third party.
  • To issue you with AQF certification documentation upon request and at the end of your enrolment, whether completed or terminated, providing you have met the requirements of the qualification or unit(s) of competency.
  • To abide by our published policies and the information contained in this handbook.
  • To provide you with information on the implications of government funding entitlements and subsidy arrangements for any future qualifications you may wish to undertake. For more information on the requirements in each State, please see the following links:

Foundation Education reserves the right:

  • To cancel an enrolment in line with our published cancellation policy.
  • To collect fees as per your preferred payment method and the contract you have agreed to upon enrolment, and in accordance with the policies outlined in this document.

Withdrawal Policy

Foundation Education aims to provide high quality service at all levels of its operation, and is committed to providing an effective, efficient, timely and fair cancellation and withdrawal procedure for all students. Please refer to our Withdrawal Policy for specific information.

Fee information

Course fees

Your course fee includes the delivery and assessment of your qualification, all resources and study materials for the course as well as the support you receive from our Education Team. Upon enrolment, you will receive an email summarising the tuition fees for your chosen course.

Trainee Contribution fees

An invoice and application for admission form will have been sent to you prior to enrolment. It is important that you are aware Foundation Education cannot accept your enrolment until we have received your completed form and payment of the invoice in full. Any delay in payment may also delay the registration of your training contract with the relevant state training authority. Please contact your Apprenticeship Support Network (ANP) for further details.

Please refer to the Trainee Contribution Fee Exemptions and Concessions information table for specific information.

Smart and Skilled course fees

Your course fee includes the delivery and assessment of your qualification, all resources and study materials for the course as well as the support you receive from our Education Team. If you are eligible for subsidised training under Smart and Skilled, you pay only a portion (10-45%) of the training cost and this fee covers your whole qualification, rather than an annual fee. All fees will be determined using the Smart and Skilled calculator, and adjustments for RPL and CT will be made after enrolment.

Smart and Skilled fees are lower for students doing their first qualification since leaving school. This is because Smart and Skilled focuses on helping people in NSW get their first qualification.

Upon enrolment, you will receive an email summarising the tuition fees for your chosen course however you can get an estimate of the fee for your preferred course by using the Smart and Skilled Course Finder: https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/sands/find-a-course

If you are unable to pay you course fees upfront in full, you will be asked to pay a $100 deposit to secure your position and enable us to begin the Notification of Enrolment process. Your payment plan details, including the duration and weekly / fortnightly contribution as discussed with your Careers Advisor, will be confirmed by our Finance team once your enrolment is processed.

Fee Exemptions- Smart and Skilled courses

The government subsidises the total cost of the qualification, meaning no fee is charged, for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (through descent, self-identification or community identification)
  • Students with a disability (proof of a disability support pension or documentary evidence from an appropriate medical professional is required)

Concession fees- Smart and Skilled courses

Discounted fees are available for disadvantaged students studying up to a Certificate IV. Unfortunately, no concessions are available for Diploma students. This concession fee is a flat fee set for the whole qualification, and is available to students who:

  • Receive a specified Australian Government benefit or allowance at the time of enrolment (e.g. age pension, carer payment, Newstart / Youth allowance, Veterans' Affairs pension or single parenting payment)
  • Are the dependants of a person receiving a Commonwealth benefit or allowance.

Incidental fees

  • If you elect to pay for your course via a payment plan, you will be charged additional fees by a third party (EzyPay). A copy of their terms and conditions will be emailed to you as part of your enrolment, and can be provided again upon request.
  • If you elect to pay for your course via zipMoney, establishment and additional fees will be charged as per the relevant terms and conditions, contained within your zipMoney application form.
  • If you misplace any AQF certification documentation issued by Foundation Education (i.e. your certificate or statement of attainment), you may purchase a replacement for $30 plus postage.

Cooling off period

1. Solicited consumer agreements

Where you have invited negotiations for the purchase of a Foundation Education training product (e.g. you have expressed interest in our courses or have contacted one of our sales people directly), you are considered to be a ‘solicited consumer’.

All courses contain a five (5) day cooling off period, effective after you confirm your enrolment and accept the terms and conditions as contained in the Student Handbook. The cooling off period is calculated using actual days, so weekends and public holidays are included. Please see table below for reference.

This cooling off period exists for you to ensure that your chosen qualification suits you, and to provide you with sufficient opportunity to review these terms and conditions. It is also your responsibility to identify potential barriers to your learning and to advise us during this period. Once the cooling off period expires, you will be bound to honour your contractual arrangements in full. Please note that even if you have chosen to delay the commencement of your course, your five (5) day cooling off period is effective after you confirm your enrolment, and accept the terms and conditions, as contained in the Student Handbook.

2. Unsolicited consumer agreements

Where you have not invited negotiations for the purchase of a Foundation Education training product (e.g. one of our sales people telephones you uninvited or approaches you in a place other than our place of business), then you are considered to be an ‘unsolicited consumer’. If this is the case, then Australian Consumer Laws will apply to ensure there is a ‘cooling off’ period to your contractual commitment to enrolment upon a course at Foundation Education (Contract). During this ‘cooling off’ period you are entitled within a period of 10 business days to change your mind and cancel the Contract by giving written notice of termination to us at the contact details as given in the ‘Withdrawal policy’ section below.

For ‘unsolicited’ agreements negotiated by telephone, the cooling-off period begins on the first business day after you have received the enrolment documents confirming your enrolment over the telephone. For other agreements, the cooling-off period begins on the first business day after the agreement was made, which is the day you confirm your enrolment application to us in writing. Under Australian Consumer Laws we must not accept or require any payment during the 10 day cooling-off period; however, if electing to make payment via credit card, we will pre-authorise the details you have supplied to us. No funds will be debited until the day after the cooling-off period has expired. If you cancel your Contract within the cooling-off period, the agreement will be void but you must immediately return any materials we may have supplied you.

Refund of course fees

If you are solicited consumer and, for any reason, you decide to cancel your enrolment within the five (5) day cooling off period/ ‘withdrawal without penalty’ cut off date, you will be eligible for a full refund minus a $370.00 administration fee.

If you are an unsolicited consumer and, for any reason, you decide to cancel your enrolment within the ten (10) business day cooling off period you will not have any fees deducted whatsoever, and will not be liable for any fees associated with that course.

After the cooling off period, no refunds or termination of ongoing fees is available (except in cases where formal, out of policy arrangements have been made).

Please note that a change of mind towards your chosen qualification, the online learning delivery mode, or preference for another training provider and career path, are not legitimate reasons for a refund.

We expect all students to honour their contractual agreements, except in cases where a formal out of policy arrangement has been made, or where the provider has defaulted on delivery. Where genuine hardship can be evidenced, and has resulted in the permanent inability of the student to complete the requirements of their course, decisions on refunds may be made at the discretion of the CEO or delegate. In cases where students are suffering from a medical ailment and are able to provide adequate documentation of such, upon application in writing, the student’s enrolment may be extended for a period of no more than six months. No refund of course fees apply and the student will remain liable for all payments as agreed under their payment plan.

Modifying payment of fees

You may, during the course of your enrolment, require an adjustment to your payment plan. Requests should be submitted in writing, along with evidence of genuine hardship and relevant documentation, and will be assessed in accordance with the applicable policies. Any variation to standard policy must be approved by the CEO or delegate. In all cases, students will still be required to pay their course fees and honour their contractual obligations.

Extensions policy

Students are required to complete their course within the timeframe set for their chosen option. If you need additional time or wish to continue study beyond the end date of your course, an application for course extension must be made prior to your expiry date. Foundation Education is not obliged to extend an enrolment if a student has not made appropriate arrangements or course progression prior to their end date. If an extension is not purchased Foundation Education reserves the right to withdraw the student without notice. In order to purchase an extension, please contact us 1300 616 197.

Traineeship Extensions

Any extension to your training contract must be coordinated between yourself, your employer, and the state training authority. An application form may be required, depending on the requirements of your state or territory. Upon receiving notification of the change to your contract, we will issue you with a revised training plan and extend your enrolment end date.

Students who experience illness or injury during their traineeship can apply to temporarily suspend their obligations under the training contract for a period of up to 12 months. Your employer must agree to the application prior to the suspension taking effect, and once approved, ongoing employment arrangements should be determined.

For further details, contact your Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) as listed on your training contract or email [email protected].

Provider default

If, for any reason, Foundation Education (or any of its agents) cancel or delay your course, you will first be offered a transfer to another course in order to continue your study. If a transfer is not available or no suitable options can be agreed upon, a full refund will be given. Please note this condition does not apply if you have elected to delay the commencement of your course.

Payment defaults

During enrolment, students can elect to pay for their course via a payment plan. To be eligible for a payment plan you must confirm a set of fixed weekly or fortnightly amounts and agree to pay off the course within the set timeframe. A verbal authority, signed enrolment form or application form submitted online is verification of consent to all terms and conditions associated with that loan or payment plan, as provided to the student.

  • If you default on a payment, your assessment will not be marked until the account is paid to date. This may mean making a ‘catch up payment’ for the missing amounts as well as any third party fees.
  • Students will be unable to participate in any other related support until their account is paid to date.
  • Course fees must be paid in full for your certificate to be issued.
  • If your account remains unpaid, access to resources via your online learning platform will cease until the payments are brought up to date. Course extensions will also not be granted to students that are behind in their payments.
  • If a student has enrolled under an upfront payment plan and later defaults on the remainder of the fees, they will be transferred to an eight (8) month payment plan. This plan incurs additional course fees compared to the upfront payment plan. You will also be charged further fees by a third party (EzyPay) and a copy of their terms and conditions will be emailed to you, should your payment plan be adjusted in this manner.

Credit card payments

If you have paid any part of your course fees via credit card, you are acknowledging that the card belongs to you or that you have express permission from the owner to use the card. If a third party (family member, friend or employer) will be paying for your course fees, please note that it is your responsibility to get permission from the card holder to add their name and credit card to your student account.

Debt recovery

If, for any reason, a student has defaulted in their payment to Foundation Education then the remaining balance may be referred to either our solicitors or a debt collection agency for recovery proceedings. The student shall be liable for all costs associated with the recovery of their debt including; collection fees, commissions and legal costs.

Policies and additional information

Complaints and Appeals Policy

Foundation Education aims to provide quality service at all levels of its operation, and is committed to providing an effective, efficient, timely, fair and confidential complaints handling procedure for all students. It is Foundation Education’s intent that all complaints are taken seriously and used as a mechanism for continuous quality improvement. Complaints will be dealt with in a professional and timely manner and the student will be kept up to date throughout the process. If, after being advised of a decision, the student is not satisfied with the outcome, they have the right to appeal that decision as described below.

The following principles, which Foundation Education adheres to, apply to all stages of this complaints procedure:

Making a complaint

In the first instance, it is best to try and resolve any issues with our Student Support team ([email protected]) as this will ensure the quickest response. This is preferable where the complaint is relatively minor. If the complaint cannot be resolved with our Student Support team, then you should submit it in writing to the Quality team at [email protected]. The complaint will be investigated objectively, and you will be advised of the decision or outcome within ten (10) business days.

Making an appeal

If you are not satisfied with the response to your complaint, or any decision made in regards to your studies, you may lodge an appeal in writing to the Quality Coordinator at [email protected] or the CEO at PO BOX 303, Lutwyche, Qld, 4030. All necessary consultations will be held and Foundation Education will make a determination of the appeal. You will be advised in writing of the outcome of your appeal, including the reasons for the decision within ten (10) business days.

Mediation

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your appeal, then an independent mediator will be sourced through LEADR, the Association of Dispute Resolvers. You may request that your grievance is referred to the independent mediator by writing to the CEO at PO BOX 303, Lutwyche, Qld, 4030. Costs of such mediation will be shared equally by Foundation Education and the student. Foundation Education agrees to be bound by the recommendations arising from the external review of the complaint and the CEO will ensure that any recommendations made are implemented within 30 days of receipt of the recommendations.

Assessment Appeals

All appeals relating to an assessment decision must be lodged with your Student Support officer within 21 days after you are notified of the assessment result. On receipt of the appeal the assessment will be reviewed to confirm if it was a fair decision and whether the evidence presented is current, authentic, valid and sufficient. Foundation Education will contact you within ten (10) business days to advise of the outcome.

Consumer protection information- Smart and Skilled courses

Approved Smart and Skilled training providers are obligated to:

  • Provide the training and support necessary to allow you to achieve competency
  • Provide a quality training and assessment experience for all students
  • Provide a clear, accessible feedback and consumer protection system, including an identified consumer protection officer
  • Maintain procedures for protecting consumers' personal information.

The Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy is available here: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/forms_documents/smartandskilled/contract/consumer_protection_strategy.pdf.

As a first step, you are encouraged to discuss your concerns with our consumer protection officer via [email protected] who will be able to help you with your concerns.

You can also contact the Smart and Skilled customer support centre to seek assistance, ask for advice, make a complaint or provide feedback. You can do this by email to [email protected], over the phone on 13 28 11, or in person at a State Training Services centre.

Code of Conduct Policy

The Policy is designed to represent the expectations of Foundation Education and clearly establish behaviour guidelines, investigative procedures and consequences for inappropriate behaviour. The Student Code of Conduct is designed to uphold the dignity of all staff, all students and persons associated with Foundation Education. The Student Code of Conduct sets out acceptable student behaviour and appropriate disciplinary measures. The underlying purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is to outline for students and staff their rights to work and study in a positive, secure and orderly environment and show care, courtesy and respect for the rights of others at all times.

Behaviours 

Acceptable behaviour

  • Being courteous, respectful and well-mannered at all times. 
  • Making responsible and thoughtful choices.
  • Being truthful, fair, caring and considerate through actions and behaviours at all times.
  • Being professional in all dealings with staff and other students
  • Participating actively and positively in learning at all times.
  • Respecting the rights of others to learn in a non-threatening environment
  • Completing all assigned assessment tasks to the best of their ability.
  • Being on time for sessions.

Unacceptable behaviour

  • Swearing
  • Plagiarism
  • Fraud or any breach of the law
  • Racial, religious or sexual slurs towards staff or other students
  • Threatening behaviour towards staff or other students
  • Abuse
  • Misuse of equipment
  • Actions that lead to putting yourself, staff or other students at risk

If a student is in breach of the code of conduct this will be investigated and they will be asked to give a written response to these allegations. If it is found that a student has breached the code of conduct they may be given a warning and, depending on the severity of the breach, may be terminated from the course without notice and receive no refund of fees. The CEO will make the final decision on any actions resulting in termination.

Student Plagiarism

Plagiarism means the inclusion of another person’s work whilst representing it as your own or the act of copying and using another person’s expressions or ideas, without due acknowledgement. Intentional plagiarism involves the deliberate act of presenting someone else’s work and ideas as if you wrote them yourself. Unintentional plagiarism arises due to student confusion over how and when to reference another author.

Any of the following acts constitutes plagiarism, unless the source of each quotation or piece of borrowed material is clearly acknowledged or referenced. This can include:

  • failing to adequately reference the work of others or sources of information
  • copying part or all of another person’s work
  • submitting work that in part or in it’s entirely has been copied from written material or electronic material including the internet
  • Paying a third party to complete your work on your behalf

Plagiarism is not acceptable. If plagiarism is suspected it will be determined if the case warrants more than a warning. If so, the student will be informed in writing of the nature of the complaint and informed of the code of conduct and actions to be taken. The student will be given the opportunity to respond to the allegations in writing.

Access and Equity Policy

Foundation Education’s access and equity policy ensures there is equitable access to all available programs on scope. In no instance will there be discrimination towards any group of individuals in any form, inclusive of race, gender, political or religious beliefs, culture, sexuality and/or disability (physical or intellectual).

Consent to Image Release

Foundation Education may, at times, take photographs, record videos and develop various marketing campaigns for use in promotional activities. These images and records remain the property of Foundation Education and will not be sold to any third party.

By enrolling in a course with Foundation Education, you are agreeing to allow Foundation Education to use and make reference to any images and recordings you have participated in. This may include but is not limited to photographs, video recordings, voice recordings and text extracts.

Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy (available at http://www.foundationeducation.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/FE-Privacy-Policy-31-07-2015.pdf) sets out how Foundation Education protects the privacy of personal information that is collected through our website (www.Foundation Education.edu.au), from industry partners, contractors to the a Foundation Education Group or directly from you.  We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

As an RTO, Foundation Education will ensure that potential students have the required language, literacy and numeracy to undertake the course they are enrolling into. Any required support will be identified prior to enrolment, and monitored throughout the student’s course progression. Foundation Education will offer referral or support services to students upon request. Referrals will be made to Commonwealth ACE providers or community literacy providers.

Foundation Education has documented strategies in place for trainers/assessor to follow in regards to special needs and student welfare.

Should a student demonstrate the need for assistance, detailed assessments are to be made. These assessments will identify the determining methods, areas in need and suggestions for appropriate support. On enrolment it is your responsibility to advise the Careers Advisor that you may require support in this area.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are both offered across all of Foundation Education’s courses. RPL is a process by which you provide evidence of pre-existing skills and experience in order to determine whether you are already competent in one or more units. Credit Transfer can be applied if you have previously completed a particular unit or units which make up part of the course you are undertaking with us.

Once you have enrolled, Foundation Education will assess your application if you believe you may be a candidate for this process. If successful, you will be eligible for exemption from undertaking certain assessments within the course. Please note that the terms of your contract (including tuition fees payable) will not be affected by the units of competency achieved via this RPL or Credit Transfer process.

RPL is intended for individuals who can demonstrate that they have current industry competencies or experience, which reflect performance criteria in the unit(s) for which they are applying for RPL. Please note this process can be lengthy, and is solely relied on your evidence and information that you submit. 

It is your responsibility to work through the unit/s of competency that you wish to be assessed and provide relevant evidence. You are required to submit (i) at least ONE Formal Qualification or where there is no formal qualification, (ii) two different pieces of evidence to demonstrate your competence. When submitting your evidence, please keep in mind that your evidence needs to be:

  • Current – Does the evidence reflect your current skills?
  • Relevant – Is your evidence relevant to the Unit you are applying for?
  • Authentic/Valid – Does your evidence prove/demonstrate that you have the skills/knowledge/attributes/competency for Unit applied for?
  • Sufficient – Is your evidence sufficient to provide and demonstrate that are competent in the skills relevant to the Unit applied for?

Once you are enrolled, and expressed your interest in this process, you will be supplied with an RPL application kit, specific to your chosen qualification of study.

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