Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)
There are various nationally AQF endorsed certificates available in a great deal of subject areas, so there is certain to be a course to suit your skills and prior experience. The qualifications range from Certificate IV, through to Advanced Diploma level:
Qualifications certify the knowledge and skills that a person has achieved through study, training, work and life experience. They are a measure of Australia's intellectual capital, which is increasingly important in a society where unskilled jobs have disappeared and continuous up skilling is required in all forms of work and in day-to-day life.
An AQF qualification is the result of an accredited complete program of learning that leads to formal certification that a graduate has achieved learning outcomes as described in the AQF.
An AQF qualification is recognised all around Australia and by other countries.
School, work-based qualifications and academic qualifications are part of a single system of qualifications, allowing maximum flexibility in career planning and continuous learning.
The AQF links together the qualifications and is a highly visible, quality-assured national system of educational recognition that promotes lifelong learning and a seamless and diverse education and training system.
Certificates I and II
An 'entry level' qualifications. They provide the initial skills and knowledge required to specialise in an area, and are what you would need for 'entry level' employment, or to go on and study at a higher certificate level. If you have been employed in a specific job then you may well already have the skills to be eligible for a Level I or II Certificate.
This qualification provides you with the skills to carry out a specific work role such as a childcare assistant or retail assistant. Again, if you've been working in these sectors, you may already have the prior learning to qualify for a Level III Certificate.
Certificate IV (Level 4).
This qualification prepares you for a more responsible position where you may need to have a better theoretical knowledge or a more complex grasp of the skills required for a job. Many trade supervisors require a level IV certificate.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals working as developing and emerging leaders and managers in a range of enterprise and industry contexts. As well as assuming responsibility for their own performance, individuals at this level provide leadership, guidance and support to others. They also have some responsibility for organising and monitoring the output of their team. They apply solutions to a defined range of predictable and unpredictable problems, and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
Diploma (Level 5).
A Diploma requires more highly developed skills: in coordinating projects; managing staff or demonstrating management responsibilities within a specific industry, for example. Examples could include a superintendent, operations manager, or a business manager.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply knowledge, practical skills and experience in leadership and management across a range of enterprise and industry contexts. Individuals at this level display initiative and judgement in planning, organising, implementing and monitoring their own workload and the workload of others. They use communication skills to support individuals and teams to meet organisational or enterprise requirements. They plan, design, apply and evaluate solutions to unpredictable problems, and identify, analyse and synthesise information from a variety of sources
Advanced Diploma (Level 6).
An Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply specialised knowledge and skills, together with experience in leadership and management, across a range of enterprise and industry contexts. Individuals at this level use initiative and judgement to plan and implement a range of leadership and management functions, with accountability for personal and team outcomes within broad parameters. They use cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse and synthesise information from a variety of sources and transfer their knowledge to others, and creative or conceptual skills to express ideas and perspectives or respond to complex problems.
Vocational Graduate Certificate (Level 7).
A Vocational Graduate Certificate demonstrates the self-directed development and achievement of broad and/or specialised areas of knowledge and skills building on prior knowledge and skills.
Vocational Graduate Diploma (Level 8).
A Vocational Graduate Diploma demonstrates the self-directed development and achievement of broad and/or highly specialised areas of knowledge and skills building on prior knowledge and skills.
AQF qualifications are available in all main vocational areas, so if you have skills or experience in any specialised area, you will already have qualified for some, or all of the criteria for these awards.
CLICK HERE to peruse the Qualification Levels Summary to understand which certificates or Diplomas or even Advanced Diploma your skills may qualify you for, or by contacting us.