Four Things to Look for in Australian Online Courses

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Online education programs continue to be a popular choice among school leavers and working professionals in Australia. With the variety of courses and flexibility of study options being offered, career advancement has never been as accessible and convenient as it is today. But before deciding on which course to take, the bigger challenge is looking for the right education provider. Here’s a checklist of what to search for first, to help you make the wise choice:

   1. Accreditation

Look for an online education provider that offers nationally-recognised online courses through the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) – the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. Among its many benefits, the AQF “allows students to start at a level that suits them, encourages lifelong learning, and assists students to plan their career regardless of what stage they’re at and where they live.” Click here to learn more about AQF, its levels and benefits.

   2. Development

Progressive learning, whether technical or performance-based, must always be relevant and easily transferable to the workplace. This is why you must search for training and development programs that are targeted and built on clear and agreed learning outcomes. Courses must be crafted for school leavers, entry level staff right through to senior executives, and specifically designed to increase personal and business efficiency.

   3. Support

High quality skills learning at Certificate and Diploma level are widely acknowledged as integral to boosting Australia’s competitive advantage in the global marketplace, so a range of Commonwealth and State-based schemes now fund or subsidise the skilling of employees across all industries. A credible education provider should be able to offer and assist you in applying for any applicable government subsidy for your desired course.

    4. Commitment

Quality education comes from dedication and care. Look for a provider that isn’t only devoted to providing a dynamic learning experience for students, but also understands equally the importance of your personal interests. Your goals should be their goals, and a Course and Career Advisor should be available for consultation on any matter during your educational journey.