This Student Handbook is our non-current version and only for students who enrolled prior to 15 November 2021. All students who enrolled after this date please refer to our current Student Handbook.
Fortress Learning is committed to ensuring that its marketing and advertising complies with AQF requirements.
- It uses the NRT logo only for qualifications within scope
- When using references or endorsements about its products and services, it ensures it has appropriate permissions.
- All marketing materials are approved by an authorised member of the RTO.
- The RTO identifies training and assessment services leading to AQF qualifications and/or statements of attainment separately from other training services they might provide.
- The RTO identifies when a Third Party is delivering training and assessment on their behalf.
Fortress Learning supplies accurate, relevant and up-to-date information to prospective students and contractors prior to completing written agreements.
Fortress Learning reviews all information regularly, through its version control policy, to ensure accuracy and relevance.
Prior to enrolment, Fortress Learning supplies students with information about:
- Student selection processes
- Course information including vocational outcomes
- Third Party Arrangements for delivery of training and assessment where applicable
- Fees and charges
- Provision for forms of assistance where appropriate
- Opportunities for RPL/ credit transfers
For students who undertake training and assessment with a Fortress Learning affiliated Third Party Provider the following services will apply:
- Fortress Learning will ensure that monitoring of all Third Party activities are followed in a systematic way and using structured processes and procedures.
- Fortress Learning will ensure complaints and appeals are managed fairly and in accordance with both the relevant processes as outlined in the Student Handbook of both the Third Party and Fortress Learning. These processes are in accordance with Standard 6 of the Standards for RTOs 2015.
- If a Third Party Agreement should cease, each Third Party has arrangements in place with Fortress Learning to ensure students are able to continue study until the end of their current enrolment period.
The following process applies to enrolment and selection.
Step 1 – Contact Fortress Learning
Step 2 – Contact Point
Fortress Learning encourages all prospective students to speak with them before enrolment. This process is valuable in discussing the program requirements (including resources to be provided by the student), reviewing the learners’ existing skills and knowledge and identifying any possible obstacles or barriers, as well as getting to know the students.
For students who we deem suitable, Fortress Learning will then advise on the enrolment process, including LLN and direct you to the most suitable course for your needs or connect you with a Third Party Partner organisation for classroom-based delivery.
Students who are not deemed suitable will be provided with reasons, and advice on steps that they can take to improve their suitability for our programs.
Step 3 – Enrol
Complete the Enrolments Process, the first step of which is to complete a Suitability Self-Assessment prior to completing the Enrolment Form.
Fortress Learning will then allocate a Trainer Coordinator to you.
Step 4 – Personal Learning Plan Developed
Fortress Learning will negotiate with you a personal learning plan or course outline and schedule that reflects course requirements and your personal circumstances. This will become a ‘living document’
Step 5 – Orientation
Participate in orientation to the online system. We conduct a regular Webinar “Getting Started”. You will be emailed access to your dashboard and have access to all resources you require.
Step 6 – Start Learning
You start your training program. Your Training Plan is constantly reviewed in response to your learning and circumstances.
At all levels of operation, Fortress Learning is committed to the principles of access and equity. Equity is about justice and fair dealing, not necessarily about treating all people the same way. Access ensures that any disadvantaged persons or groups in our community will have the provision of training services. Fortress Learning Trainers and Assessors will ensure that all course participants have sufficient resources provided to assist them to successfully complete course requirements.Some examples of this might be:
- Literacy and numeracy support
- Flexible delivery of training and/or assessment components of the course
- An accessible venue.
- In keeping with the principles of accessibility and equity, and in accordance with their responsibilities as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992,Fortress Learning is committed to ensuring that all students are supported in achieving their goals. Where barriers exist for students in relation to access, participation and learning outcomes, Fortress Learning will work with the student to ensure fair and equitable access and outcomes are achieved.
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders
- Fortress Learning is committed to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders are also given sufficient support to meet their learning needs.
Disability Supplementary Information Notice
The purpose of the Disability supplement is to provide additional information to assist you with answering the disability question on the Enrolment Form.
Disability in the contexts provided below does not include short-term disabling health conditions such as a fractured leg, influenza, or corrected physical conditions such as impaired vision managed by wearing glasses or lenses.
‘11 — Hearing/deaf’
Hearing impairment is used to refer to a person who has an acquired mild, moderate, severe or profound hearing loss after learning to speak, communicates orally and maximises residual hearing with the assistance of amplification. A person who is deaf has a severe or profound hearing loss from, at, or near birth and mainly relies upon vision to communicate, whether through lip reading, gestures, cued speech, finger spelling and/or sign language.
‘12 — Physical’
A physical disability affects the mobility or dexterity of a person and may include a total or partial loss of a part of the body. A physical disability may have existed since birth or may be the result of an accident, illness, or injury suffered later in life; for example, amputation, arthritis, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, paraplegia, quadriplegia or post-polio syndrome.
‘13 — Intellectual’
In general, the term ‘intellectual disability’ is used to refer to low general intellectual functioning and difficulties in adaptive behaviour, both of which conditions were manifested before the person reached the age of 18. It may result from infection before or after birth, trauma during birth, or illness.
‘14 — Learning’
A general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities. These disorders are intrinsic to the individual, presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction, and may occur across the life span. Problems in self-regulatory behaviours, social perception, and social interaction may exist with learning disabilities but do not by themselves constitute a learning disability.
‘15 — Mental illness’
Mental illness refers to a cluster of psychological and physiological symptoms that cause a person suffering or distress and which represent a departure from a person’s usual pattern and level of functioning.
‘16 — Acquired brain impairment’
Acquired brain impairment is injury to the brain that results in deterioration in cognitive, physical, emotional or independent functioning. Acquired brain impairment can occur as a result of trauma, hypoxia, infection, tumour, accidents, violence, substance abuse, degenerative neurological diseases or stroke. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total disability or psychosocial maladjustment.
‘17 — Vision’
This covers a partial loss of sight causing difficulties in seeing, up to and including blindness. This may be present from birth or acquired as a result of disease, illness or injury.
‘18 — Medical condition’
Medical condition is a temporary or permanent condition that may be hereditary, genetically acquired or of unknown origin. The condition may not be obvious or readily identifiable, yet may be mildly or severely debilitating and result in fluctuating levels of wellness and sickness, and/or periods of hospitalisation; for example, HIV/AIDS, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, asthma or diabetes.
‘19 — Other’
A disability, impairment or long-term condition which is not suitably described by one or several disability types in combination. Autism spectrum disorders are reported under this category.
The induction process will include a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Conversation (if applicable) with the National Training Manager.
This is optional and opportunity is given on the Enrolment Form for students to choose to complete this or not.
It is recommended students do complete this if they are in any way unsure that their core skills in reading, writing, learning, oral communication and numeracy meet the required ACSF levels as outlined in the Suitability Self Assessment Checklist as this will assist Trainers to better meet the individual needs of each student.
The Enrolment Form also offers an opportunity for students to identify any other particular needs they might have. Please discuss any concerns with your trainer.
Fortress Learning is committed to providing fair and equitable access to learning for all students and this will be monitored throughout the course.
What is RPL?
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) takes into account previous studies you may have completed as well as life and work experiences. If these experiences are relevant, you may be granted exemptions for parts of your course. This allows for fairer access to studies by ensuring you are not required to duplicate learning you have already achieved.
Using the RPL procedure is not necessarily an easy way to get a qualification. It is not a matter of time served, or amount of experience, but the specific and relevant learning that is assessed according to the prescribed competency standards. Applicants need to be committed to supporting their case by locating and providing suitable evidence and documentation.
All applicants for RPL are encouraged to discuss this with their trainer prior to commencing the formal application process.
Steps for an evidence based RPL assessment:
Following the receipt of your Personal Learning Plan the RTO will provide you with the resources you will need to collect evidence of your current skills and experience.
- You collect evidence and return to the RTO.
- The assessor evaluates the evidence and notifies you if there are any further pieces of evidence that are required.
- The assessor negotiates an interview time with you, during which your evidence will be discussed as it relates specifically to the Competency Standards for which you are seeking RPL.
- At this point an assessor may also recommend that you complete one or more units of competence in order to satisfy requirements.
- The assessor conducts the assessment of all the evidence, and advises you of the result. This will be recorded in your Dashboard.
- The assessor deems you competent or will ask for further evidence.
- When the evidence meets the Unit of Competency requirements the RTO issues the appropriate statement of attainment or qualification.
- The length of time for this process will depend almost entirely on how much evidence you have and the time taken to collect all of the relevant evidence.
- Because it is possible that you are not aware of what RPL you may be eligible, Fortress Learning conducts an evaluation of this for you as part of its Personal Learning Plan process.Direct Credit: if you have completed some study similar to any units from the qualification in which you are enrolled with Fortress Learning, then it might be possible to award Direct Credit. Your trainer will provide further advice about this.
Student Responsibilities for Assessment
Fortress Learning will not be held responsible for items of assessment that are submitted in any form until we actually receive them. For this reason, all students are responsible for retaining a copy of all materials and items that are submitted.
Submitted items will be retained by Fortress Learning for a period of 6 months following graduation, after which time they will be destroyed. Original items submitted in Hard Copy are not returned; as above, students are advised to retain copies of all materials submitted.
Students approaching the end of their enrolment period, and who wish to receive feedback on completed assessment items, are advised to submit assessment not less than 4 business days prior to the final enrolment date (see below).
Assessing Students Whose Enrolment Period has Concluded
Fortress Learning students are able to submit assessment items up until midnight of the last date of their Enrolment Period. However, submissions that are submitted within 4 business days of the expiry date are subject to the following process:
Fortress Learning students are able to submit for assessment items up until midnight of the last date of their Enrolment Period. However, submissions that are reviewed following expiry will be subject to a pre-review of the portfolio’s completedness. During the pre-review, we will seek to to identify any omissions or errors, which by themselves would deem it not possible for the Rule of Evidence: Sufficiency to be satisfied, and thus preventing a successful outcome to be awarded for that/those unit/s of competency. Where there are no such omissions, the submission is assessed and feedback provided as per usual. Where such omissions do exist, no further assessment will occur; feedback will be provided to the candidate that the portfolio was incomplete, thus deeming the outcome Competency Not Achieved or RPL Not Granted. Further assessment, and associated feedback of a more detailed nature, will be provided only following the student signing up for a time extension.
A key principle of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations is national recognition (formerly known as mutual recognition), which means that all states, territories and registered training organisations will recognise qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organizations across Australia.
This means that valid and current Statements of Attainment and/or Certificates issued by another RTO demonstrating competency in individual units of competency relevant to Fortress Learning courses will negate the need for the unit/s to be repeated with Fortress Learning.
For all Qualifications/Statements of Attainment submitted by a student requesting Credit Transfer, Fortress Learning will authenticate the Equivalent Qualification using one of the following methods of validation:
1. Through obtaining permission to access the students USI records
2. Through certified copies of Transcripts/Certs/SOA’s
3. Through emailing of Authorisation Form used to contact RTO Training Provider who issued the original Qualification.
In the event that an application for Credit Transfer is for units that have been attained since 2015 but which do not show on a student’s USI registry, it is essential that we are able to confirm authenticity of the certificate with the issuing RTO. Where the issuing RTO has ceased operations since the date of issue, it is up to the student to liaise with ASQA to seek confirmation of the units being completed. Fortress Learning cannot guarantee that Credit Transfer will be awarded for unit/s that are unable to be confirmed via the USI registry or with the issuing RTO.
The following applies for students whose enrolment commenced from 1 August, 2019.
From the moment a student enrols, Fortress Learning must put in place the resources needed to support that student through the program of study in which they have enrolled. As such, our costs and your fees are incurred regardless of the extent of student engagement. The fees associated with withdrawal are, because of this, based on time rather than student activity. Similarly, a student wishing to extend their enrolment duration beyond that in which they enrolled will be required to pay for that extension of time.
Fortress Learning has a range of payment options as described in the Payment Options.
We invite you to contact us directly to discuss any financial hardship or request for delayed/alternate payment options.
For further information call Fortress Learning on 1300 141 994
- For all courses with fees exceeding $1500 – a payment of $1500 upfront will be taken with a balance payable at a later period as defined by the program in which you are enrolling
- For all courses being paid for by a third party/employer, the entire fee may be collected on enrolment.
The fees payable are for services as stated. Where a service is requested that is not a standard component of a program in which a student has enrolled, it will be subject to additional fees. This includes, but is not limited to, assisting students to meet practical requirements of their program where they are not able to meet them independently.
Paid extensions are available. These fees are subject to change without notice.
There is no guarantee that an extension request will be approved.
It is not possible to extend enrolment in a program:
- that has been closed to new enrolments in the time since you commenced.
- where more than 12 months have passed since the initial period ended. In this situation, students must re-enrol.
It may not possible to extend enrolment in a program:
- for courses that are in a Transition/Teach-Out period may be limited or non-existent. If the program you are enrolling in is in a Transition/Teach Out period, then you are encouraged to speak with Fortress Learning prior to enrolling to fully understand the implications of that.
- if it is more than 18 months since your date of enrolment and you wish to extend your course. In this situation, you are required to first have a conversation with a Trainer. Student assessment documents are only retained for 6 months following exit from the course. If you expire and then extend beyond the 6 month period, any tasks that were submitted and led to partial completion of a Unit of Competency may need to be done again.
- If you have enrolled for the Zoom 2 U Program and have not completed ALL of the Virtual Classroom blocks.
Please contact us if you have any questions or need to speak with a Trainer.
Extension fees are available from the Courses/Fees page, and are subject to change from time to time.
COOLING OFF PERIOD
A cooling off period of 30 days applies for students enrolling in online programs. If, within 30 days of enrolling, a student decides to withdraw from their program of study prior to submitting any items for review (with the exception of the Personal Learning Plan Survey), then no fee will be charged and the participant entitled to a full refund of any fees paid. People availing themselves of the Cooling Off period will not receive any credentials for any units completed prior to withdrawal.
WITHDRAWAL & REFUND POLICY
Fortress Learning is committed to working within a fair and transparent framework for the charging of fees, the provision of protection for fees paid in advance and the refund of payments where appropriate.
Students may request Withdrawal at any time during their period of enrolment. As part of the Withdrawal process, a student may request a refund. Where this applies, it will be calculated on the first business day following receipt of the completed Withdrawal Form.
Participants in Fortress Learning training programs can ask for a refund in the event of the following:
- Services are not provided e.g. cancellation of course, financial failure of company
- The fair and reasonable non-attendance of student e.g. sickness, family emergency. Such matters will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the RTO Manager, with early notice of inability to engage in the program recommended (requests must be made with all relevant documentation prior to the last day of enrolment, although this does not guarantee such a request will be granted). Where a variation of the Refund Policy is being sought on medical grounds, the date of the medical certificate is likely to be instrumental in determining on the outcome along with any prior correspondence that pointed to the presence of a medical condition (eg, deferment due to illness, response to support calls, etc).
- Fortress Learning will negotiate a fair and reasonable level of refund in the event of other circumstances e.g. where disciplinary issues have led to a student being asked to withdraw from a program.
- Where delivery of training and assessment services have been undertaken through a third party and that third party has been unable to fully provide the service.
In ordinary circumstances, in the event of withdrawal the following refunds will apply, calculated based on the date of the business day on which the official Withdrawal Form is received.
To withdraw, a student must fill out a Fortress Learning Withdrawal Form which is available from the Student Dashboard, or from the RTO on request. Once signed, submit to Fortress Learning. Because eligibility for refund is calculated based on the date of the business day on which the completed Withdrawal Form is received we encourage prompt completion and submission of the Form.
Fortress Learning will contact the student upon receipt of the withdrawal form to advise of any outstanding issues e.g. return of course materials, completed units, outstanding fees, and also the calculation of any refund that may be payable.
Where are refund is payable, it will be paid within 21 days of receiving the completed Withdrawal Form.
For online programs:
- If you withdraw prior to making payment and have not submitted any items for assessment (excluding your Personal Learning Plan Survey), and have not attended any face to face components, no fee is payable
- If you withdraw within 30 days of making payment, full refund as per the Cooling Off period
- Beyond Day 30, refunds will be calculated based on multiplying the days remaining by the the daily rate, as shown in the Course Fees table.
For face to face and Zoom 2 U programs:
Due to the additional expenses and required number of participants associated with running face to face and Zoom 2 U programs, the following fees apply to withdrawal:
- If you withdraw 10-20 business days before the scheduled course start date, there is a Cancellation Fee equal to 20% of the Course Fee. This fee will be waived provided that the candidate re-books for a new scheduled course date (ie, it is not possible to “hold” the enrolment open until a future course that is yet to be advertised becomes available). This or any other waiver applies on only one occasion and only where their account is up to date and remains up to date.
- If you withdraw within 10 business days of the scheduled course start date, there is a Cancellation Fee equal to 50% of the Course Fee. This fee will be waived provided that the candidate re-books for a new scheduled course date (ie, it is not possible to “hold” the enrolment open until a future course that is yet to be advertised becomes available). This or any other waiver applies on only one occasion and only where their account is up to date and remains up to date.
- If you fail to attend, or withdraw during the scheduled course period, there is a Cancellation Fee equal to 75% of the Course Fee.
- If you withdraw following completion of the face to face or Zoom block component, then any refund will be calculated by applying the Daily Rate, where the Rate = (total fee – 75% face to face or Zoom 2 U delivery fee)/days in enrolment period x no.days remaining from date of receiving the completed Withdrawal Form.
The same calculations apply in the event of Withdrawal following payment for an Extension, based on the date of making that payment.
Issuing Statements of Attainment following Withdrawal
Upon request on the Withdrawal Form, a Statement of Attainment listing all units successfully completed will be issued provided any outstanding fees are paid, unless those units reflect completion of the entire program in which the person initially enrolled.
Course Cancellations / Postponement
Classroom training is reliant on minimum numbers being met for the course to proceed. Whilst every endeavour will be made to conduct all advertised courses, Fortress reserves the right to change or cancel timetables, class locations, course offerings, trainers and other such details or circumstances beyond our control that affect enrolments. Every effort will be made to advise course participants of any changes promptly. Participants automatically receive a refund in this instance if they don’t wish to transfer to another date.
Transferring from a face-to-face/Zoom program to a standard online program is not possible for students who have already attended the face-to-face/Zoom component of that course.
Where a student wishes to transfer from one program (Program A) to another (Program B), the fees are calculated as follows:
Program B Fee – Program A Fee + Transfer Admin Fee ($150) + $150 per unit completed (or for which any assessment has been reviewed) which cannot directly contribute to Program B.
Where a student (Student A) wishes to transfer their enrolment to another student (Student B), Student A must first Withdraw and then any Refund payable may be allocated upon their request to Student B, less a $150 administration fee. Transfers of this kind are not permissible during a period of Extension.
In all situations, the duration of Program B is reduced by the length of time that has passed since enrolling in Program A.
Deferment is not available for any programs that involve a face-to-face component, or to Fortress Lite.
Deferment may only be available for the Zoom Programs if ALL Zoom Blocks have been completed. Where deferment will lead to the enrolment period going past an intended end date of the program, students may – but will not definitely – be invited to switch into the standard online program.
There is no guarantee that a deferment request will be approved.
In the event that the program in which you enrolled is still accepting new enrolments, you may seek to defer your program as follows.
It is not possible to defer enrolment in a program that has been closed to new enrolments in the time since you commenced. It is not possible to defer enrolment where the deferment will push the end date more than 6 months past since the initial enrolment end date. In this situation, students must either extend or re-enrol, provided either are still possible.
Students seeking to pause their studies must make an explicit request for deferment using the Form available from their Dashboard. Students who are seeking deferment must have demonstrated progress proportionate to their duration up until the date of requesting the deferment, or demonstrate compelling reasons for the absence of progress.
Students may suspend their studies for up to a 3 month period, and on not more than 2 occasions. In all cases, the period of deferment must not be more than 2 times the balance of time remaining in the student’s course at the time of application (e.g. if a student has one month left in their period of enrolment, they may request not more than a 2 month deferment). There is no fee for the initial deferment. A second deferment incurs a $45 administration fee.
Deferments will not be processed if the student has unmarked submissions showing on their Dashboard. In this situation, the deferment will be delayed until all submissions have been marked or reviewed by an Assessor.
Course fees are still payable during the deferment period, and deferment is not available for students whose accounts are overdue.
The period of deferment has no bearing on refunds payable in the event of Withdrawal.
Deferment start and end dates cannot fall within Fortress’s scheduled non-contact periods.
DEFAULT OF PAYMENT WHILE ON PAYMENT PLAN
Enrolment of students on a payment plan will be terminated immediately should agreed payments not be met, and should notification of inability to meet agreed payments not be provided 7 days prior to due date.
In the event of withdrawal, students on Payment Plans will be liable for an additional $25 per additional payment that has been planned.
REPLACEMENT AND ISSUE OF ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS
Credentials will not be awarded until a student’s complete fees are paid for the entire program in which they enrolled.
A fee of $60 applies to replacement of Credentials and/or Statements of Attainment. Proof of identity may be required.
Course fees include the issue of a single credential for each Training Product in which they are enrolled. A fee of $60 applies to issuing additional credentials, other than for the full product in which they are enrolled. Examples:
- a student enrolled in Cert IV TAE is half way through their program. They request a Statement of Attainment for units completed thus far. They pay $60 for that. Upon completing the whole Cert IV TAE, they are issued a Graduation Certificate and Record of Results. They do not pay for that.
- a student enrols in the Dual Dip VET/TDD. They fulfil requirements for the Dip VET and request a Graduation Certificate and Record of Results. They do not pay for that. They then continue to complete the second Dip TDD, and on completion they are issued a second Graduation Certificate and Record of Results. They do not pay for that.
- a student withdraws prior to completing their qualification in full. They request a Statement of Attainment for the units that they did complete. They do not pay for that.
Course duration is calculated as the number of calendar months commencing from the date of payment, unless the first date of the nominated start month is after the date of payment.
- If the nominated start month is March, and payment is made Feb 25, then the course duration commences from March 1.
- If the nominated start month is March, and payment is made March 10, then the course duration commences March 10.
In event of extension following suspension of enrolment, the extension period is calculated from the date of the payment of the extension fee.
Fortress Learning is committed to establishing, maintaining and enforcing a safe system that focuses on:
- A safe work environment
- A risk management approach to safety
- Preventing injury/illness
- Complying with legislative requirements
- If, at any time during the Fortress Learning training program, you identify hazards in the workplace please notify your trainer immediately. Incident Report Forms are available from the RTO on request or can be downloaded from the website on www.fortresslearning.com.au as required.Trainers regularly revue venues and assets to identify and mitigate risks. All hazards are reported, and are addressed through the RTO’s Risk Register and Action Plan.
Fortress Learning is aware of its responsibilities under ASQA to provide adequate protection for the health, safety and welfare of students attending face-to-face training sessions. This includes adequate and appropriate support services in terms of academic mentoring and coaching services.
Fortress Learning is also aware of their obligations towards students with a recognizable disability as defined under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. They will work with such students to customize their services, including making reasonable adjustment to the provision of assessment services in order to facilitate their successful participation in education, training and employment opportunities.
In striving to have a skilled, competent and caring workforce, unsatisfactory student performance and/or conduct will be addressed in a professional manner to ensure a fair and consistent process in line with natural justice.
Within the framework Fortress Learning is committed to ensuring that inappropriate behaviour that may impair the integrity of the learning processes or the well being of individuals is appropriately managed.
Fortress Learning students have a right to:
- Be treated fairly and with respect
- Pursue their learning activities in a supportive and stimulating environment
- Learn in an environment free of discrimination and harassment
- Be assured of privacy of their personal information and records
- Lodge a complaint without fear of victimisation.
Fortress Learning Students have responsibilities to:
- Treat other students and staff with respect and fairness
- Follow any reasonable direction from staff
- Not engage in plagiarism, collusion or cheating in assessment activities
- Submit assessment activities by the due date or seek approval to extend the due, and retain a copy of all assessment materials that are submitted in the event that submitted items are not received by Fortress Learning
- Return company equipment and materials on time
- Observe normal safety practices
Where Fortress Learning identifies that plagiarism, collusion or cheating in assessment activities may have occurred among a group of 2 or more students, either concurrently or over a period of time:
- The students so involved will be invited to resubmit anew all materials that they wish to be assessed. Students who choose to not submit anew their portfolio of assessment will have their most recent previous submissions used for the remainder of this process.
- Once all students involved have submitted anew all materials that they wish to be included in the assessment, these will be assessed by a single Assessor
- Where one or more students have previously been awarded an outcome, that outcome will be subject to revision based on the findings of the re-assessment outlined above.
- If one or more students are dissatisfied with the outcome of the assessment, they may pursue the Complaints & Appeals Process
- If, through this re-assessment, plagiarism, collusion or cheating in assessment activities is found to have occurred, then any outcomes that have previously been awarded will be revoked and/or credentials recalled and the steps below will be followed
Where a student breaches these guidelines or where a single incident is a serious breach of discipline, the following steps will be taken by Fortress Learning staff:
- The student will be invited to participate in a Counselling interview or provided a written request to adopt a more courteous tone.
- If the student acknowledges the breach and indicates a willingness to address it, then the student will be issued a first written warning. If the student does not acknowledge the breach and/or is unwilling to address it, then the student’s enrolment will be terminated.
- If the breach persists after the first warning, then the student will be issued with a final written warning.
- If these repeated attempts to manage unsatisfactory student behaviour fail then the student’s enrolment will be terminated.
Where student behaviour constitutes an attempt to threaten or otherwise coerce staff such as in relation to the integrity of assessment decisions, Fortress Learning reserves the right to immediately cancel that student’s enrolment, with any refund to be calculated in line with the Withdrawal Policy or at the Manager’s discretion.
Fortress Learning is committed to dealing with complaints and appeals in a timely and constructive way. If wishing to make a complaint or an appeal concerning any aspect of a Fortress Learning course, or a course provided by a Third Party Partner of Fortress Learning, the student should refer to the following process:
Students have the right to make an appeal against the academic decisions made by Fortress Learning.
Appeals should be made within ten (10) working days of the original decision having been made.
An appeal against an assessment decision can be made on the following grounds:
- the student was not provided with a clear explanation of the assessment process;
- the student needs were not taken into consideration where appropriate;
- the assessment process did not meet the requirements of the training package;
- the student genuinely believes there has been an administrative error in the calculation of their assessment marks; or
- alleged bias or incompetence of the trainer
Attempt to informally resolve the issue with appropriate Fortress Learning staff.
If unsuccessful they should lodge a formal complaint in writing and using the Complaints & Appeals Form that is available on request. It should be submitted to:
PO Box 1096
Maroochydore QLD 4558
Or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fortress Learning will seek to resolve all appeals and complaints within 60 days of its receipt, and where a longer period is likely to be required, Fortress Learning will advise in writing the reasons for this.
No changes to an enrolment status are permitted to occur while a Complaint is being addressed. This includes graduation, extensions and deferments.
Making a complaint to ASQA
If you are not satisfied with the quality of service or training being provided by a registered training organisation (RTO), there are ways for you to make a complaint.
Anyone can lodge a complaint: students, training organisation personnel, employers, parents, industry personnel, or any other member of the community.
If you are a local/domestic student of an ASQA RTO and you intend to make a complaint, you must first follow your RTO’s internal complaints and appeals procedures.
If, after following your RTO’s internal procedures, you still believe the RTO is breaching or has breached its legal requirements, you can submit a complaint to ASQA by completing the online complaints process available from here: https://www.asqa.gov.au/
Fortress Learning aims to create a working environment which is free from harassment and where all members of staff are treated with dignity, courtesy and respect. Workplace bullying and harassment can be seen as the repeated, less favourable treatment of a person by another that may be considered unreasonable and inappropriate workplace practice. This relates to actions by both staff and students. For example:
Students with complaints concerning bullying and/or harassment should refer to the steps outlined in the Complaints/Appeals Policy.
If these attempts to settle the grievance are unsuccessful then the student can refer the matter to the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland on their statewide number 1300 130 670 or via TTY on 1300 130 670
Where student behaviour is deemed to be offensive, either to another student or to staff, then Fortress Learning reserves the right to immediately cancel that student’s enrolment, with any refund to be calculated in line with the Withdrawal Policy or at the Manager’s discretion. Offensive behaviour includes such things as shouting, use of aggressive language or body language, making of threats and use of threatening gestures and language, and swearing. Where such behaviour persists or is considered sufficiently serious, the involvement of Police will be considered.
Fortress Learning is committed to providing a safe caring environment where all employees have a right to work free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.Discrimination may be defined as unfair or prejudicial treatment of individuals or groups of individuals based on personal attributes, characteristics, idiosyncrasies or associations. Sexual harassment can be regarded as any form of unwelcome sexual attention that is offensive, intimidating or humiliating.
Racial harassment is defined by harassment on the basis of race, which can vary from relatively minor abuse to actual physical violence.
Students with complaints concerning Discrimination should refer to the steps outlined in the Grievance Policy.
If these attempts to settle the grievance are unsuccessful then the student can refer the matter to the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland on their statewide number 1300 130 670 or via TTY on 1300 130 670
Students must have access to their own training records at all times. Should it be deemed necessary, information about student records can only be divulged to a third party with the written consent of the student.
Students are able to access their records via the Fortress Learning LMS through their Dashboard. Once a student graduates they are able to access their records by emailing email@example.com. Student submissions are destroyed 6 months following graduation and/or expiry.
If you have concerns about personal information held by Fortress Learning, you should contact the RTO Manager on 1300 141 994 or in writing to Manager, Fortress Learning, PO Box 1096, Maroochydore, QLD, 4558 – marked Private & Confidential.
If you still feel that your concerns have not been resolved, your complaint can be sent direct to the Commonwealth Privacy Commissioner, GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 1300 363 992 or TTY 1800 620 241
Fortress Learning will from time to time record phone calls. This is for the purpose of monitoring service standard, and to enable training of staff. Recordings are not shared with any third party, and are deleted regularly.
Where a student submits for assessment by recognition records of study completed previously, Fortress Learning may contact the issuing organisation to authenticate these records. Similarly, where a student submits for assessment by recognition any third party statements, Fortress Learning may contact the author to authenticate those statements.
Any information provided by a student as part of their assessment within their program of study will only ever be used by Fortress Learning for the purposes of that student’s program of study.
Disclosure of Information to National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER) and other parties
Why we collect your personal information
- administration of VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation
- facilitation of statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage
- understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information.
Fortress Learning is committed to the principle of continuous improvement. This is articulated in the Continuous Improvement Plan that is available on request. This Plan aims to support and strengthen compliance with Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations in a way that reflects the growth of Fortress Learning, encourages innovation and measures and monitors outcomes.
Fortress Learning will ensure that all forms and documents used in the delivery of qualifications under their scope will be accurate and up to date. As significant changes or amendments are made to documents then old versions will be recalled and new ones circulated.
At least once a year a complete review of all documents will occur.
Fortress Learning has a systematic way of ensuring that assessments undertaken are fair and reasonable and consistent with industry best practice. This is articulated in the Validation Strategy that is available upon request. Forms detailing validation processes are also available on request.
Risk management is the systematic, positive identification of threats to resources and the development of appropriate strategies which minimize risk.
Fortress Learning has a systematic way of ensuring that all risks associated with the delivery and assessment of qualifications within its scope are minimized. Their Risk Management Action Plan is available on request.
Fortress Learning is committed to issuing qualifications and statements of attainment that are within its scope of registration.
A Statutory Declaration attesting to authenticity will be required from a student prior to awarding official certification for one or more units/qualifications.
Certificates will be issued in a timely manner and in accordance with the 30 calendar day period stipulated by the Clause 3.3 of The Standards for Registered Training Organisations.
Fortress Learning is aware that there are many versions of computer softwares and operating systems in use. Our assessment materials are developed using MS Word on a Windows platform. Effectively engaging with our online programs will require access to:
- a broadband internet connection
- Laptop or PC
- a video camera, either built in to your device or a separate webcam
- a microphone, either built in to your device or in the webcam
- Adobe Flash Player
and the ability to:
- open web pages
- view embedded video and slideshows (eg, youtube, slideshare)
- download and extract .zip folders
- open and download .pdf and .swf documents
- open, edit, save and upload documents created in .doc and .docx format
Fortress Learning wishes all prospective students to make an informed decision prior to enrolling. The best way to confirm that you have the necessary system requirements is to visit the Live Online Student Account, download some of the sample assessment tasks and open the links that are contained within them.
We are unable to attest to the reliability of our platform for Mac Users.
While the majority of people using Mac computers and applications are able to engage with the program without issues, it is the case that some Mac users do experience difficulties in with some aspects of downloading, saving, converting and uploading files. Mac Users who decide to enrol are encouraged to test all aspects of our online portals within the first week of their enrolment, so that they can avail themselves of the Cooling Off Period if so required.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note: Because it is a real life account, some people change the password. If you cannot log in, then let us know and we will reset it for you.)
Students undertaking a Business Diploma may be provided some or all of their course content via eBooks. These eBooks can only be accessed online and via an app that is downloaded to your PC, laptop or tablet. The app can be downloaded to a maximum of 2 devices. Hard copy Learner Guides are available at an additional cost.
Other Resource Requirements
Each program will require resources that are provided by the student. These are itemised in the Suitability Self-Assessment Checklist that students must review, and acknowledge reading prior to enrolling.
Fortress Learning is open 9am – 5pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time, each business day. We are closed on Queensland Public Holidays.
Our staff will not be available for four periods during the year. During this time, we are involved in professional and business development activities, and it is also during this period that most of our staff will take their leave.
The dates are shown on our Contact Page.
Not all of the above details apply to Fortress Lite programs.
Duration, Resources & Assessment
- I am aware of the scheduled non-contact times, and that those periods are included within the enrolment duration.
- I am aware that this enrolment is for a defined period of time, with my initial payment resulting in access to an online Resource Space where I will be able to access all learning and assessment resources. When I complete the assessment tasks for each of the three Fields of Study, I will pay an assessment fee for the assessment of assessable items for that Field. That fee will enable me three attempts at each task, after which a decision of competency or otherwise will be made for each unit of competency in the Field being assessed.
- I will not pay for assessment of any tasks related to Fields of Study that I have not completed.
Cooling-Off Period, Refunds, Extensions & Deferments
- I am aware that there is a cooling-off period of 7 days, during which time I may cancel my enrolment and receive a full refund of fees paid.
- I am aware that beyond the Cooling-off period, there are no refunds.
- I am aware that I will not be able to extend my enrolment duration beyond 12 months.
- I am aware that I should have all items requiring final assessment submitted at least 3 months prior to my end date to enable sufficient time for any correction.
- I am aware that I am unable to defer during this period.
Transfer of Program
- I am aware that I may transfer my enrolment to the standard Fortress Learning online program by paying the difference in fees. Time already used will be deducted from the new program.