Student Handbook and FAQs

Straightforward answers to common questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Easy HR?
RTO Information

Easy HR is a Registered Training Organsiation (RTO).

Our RTO Number is 91334.

This means we are able to deliver Nationally Recognised Qualifications and Training, and that our training meets the quality standards specified by the Australian Training Regualtor.

Are your certificates Nationally Recognised?

Yes, as a Registered Training Organsiation (RTO) we are able to issue Nationally Recognised Qualifications.

As we have approval to provide training from SafeWork NSW and WorkSafe WA, not all of our training is provided through the RTO.

Courses that are nationally recognised will say so on the relevant course page, and have a course code.

Health and Safety Regulator Accrediations

Easy HR is approved to provide Workplace health and safety (WHS) training by:

* SafeWork NSW

* WorkSafe WA

Our Team

Easy HR is 100% Australian owned and operated.

We have a small handpicked team to ensure our training delivery meets the standards that you expect.

Assessments
General Information

Assessments for qualifications are competency based. Students are assessed against the unit of competency (unit) requirements.

Students receive a 'Satisfactory (S)' or 'Not Yet Satisfactory (NYS)' result.

When a student receives a satisfactory result for all assessment tasks a 'competent' outcome will be awarded for that unit, and a certificate will be issued.

Extensions

If you have a serious reason for not meeting the deadline, you should apply to your trainer before the due date. It is your responsibility to ensure that your assignment is received by the due date.

The following tips will help in regard to assignments:

* Save regularly whilst you're working

* Backup-up your work regularly

* Ensure you have security software on your computer to check for viruses

* Keep a printed copy of all assignments submitted as well as an electronic version.

Appeals

Should you wish to appeal the result of an assessment, you should complete a Student Assessment Appeal Application Form. The Form also provides details on the appeals process.

Assessment appeals must be lodged within 14 days of the original assessment date.

If you are not happy with your grade, you can complete the online assessment appeals form.

Will I pass

There is no guarantee with competency based training. It’s up to you.

We will provide you with quality learning material, coaching, contextualisation, support if you get stuck, BUT you must do the reading, take feedback, research the Internet and make a commitment to work consistently on your assessments.

With Diploma level courses, there is an expectation that you will manage your own study, and will use Google or other addtional resources to support the reading materials provided.

You must be responsible for developing and maintaining good study habits. This is especially important if you are studying through distance learning.

This partnership is generally successful and the results are rewarding.

Assessment Processes

All courses will be assessed against the competency standards or the assessment criteria set out for that course against the industry regulations. Qualifications or credentials cannot be purchased and payment for any course does not guarantee that the Participant will achieve the competencies required or receive the qualification or credential.

What if I fail an assessment

Participants who do not pass an assessment or assignment on the first attempt will be given written feedback and offered an additional opportunity to resubmit.

Your trainer will discuss this with you, and you should be prepared to revise your work.

If you are not happy with your grade, you can complete the online assessment appeals form.

We may charge an addtional fee if you fail the same assignment more than twice.

Plagiarism and Copying

Plagiarism is to pretend that ideas or language of other people are your own.

In your assignments, you imply that all of the ideas and language are your own, unless you explicitly indicate otherwise.

If you fail to make clear that sections of your work are not your own, then you are guilty of plagiarism.

Plagiarism is stealing, and is a very serious offence.

Plagiarism can take several forms. The most serious is simply quoting from a source (book or article) without acknowledging by quotation marks and a reference that it is actually from someone else. It is also possible to plagiarise by using a writer's unique ideas (ideas that belong to them and are not generally held) without indicating who expressed that idea - therefore leaving the false impression that the idea is your own.

Downloading information from the Internet without acknowledgement is also plagiarism, and can be detected using software that locates downloaded material easily.

You may not hand in work that has been done by another person.

Referencing an website, does not make it ok to copy the text from that website.

Remember, that the assessor needs to ensure you demonstrate understanding of the subject.

Copying answers from an 'assignment' website is considered Plagiarism, even if you reference these answers.

If we find you copying another person's work, we will ask you to show cause as to why you should not be removed from the course.

Reasonable Adjustment

Reasonable adjustment options are available to accommodate students who have a learning need, disability or impairment.

Any reasonable adjustments that are made to the training materials and/or assessments will be recorded in the student’s file.

Please contact us before enrolling to discuss any how we can assist you.

Please be aware there may be addtional fees associated with reasonable adjustment.

 

Language and literacy - Face to Face courses

Support persons such as signers and interpreters are welcome in our classes.

We will ensure that our training is delivered at a reasonable pace for the various types of learners in each class.

We will use Plain English and explain terminology with practical examples.

Assessment will be both written and practical.

 

RPL and Direct Credit
What is RPL

RPL stands for 'Recognition of Prior Learning'.

RPL is an assessment process that lets people with substantial existing skills and knowledge demonstrate their competence without first having to be trained.

RPL is an assessment only pathway to the Qualification.


CAN I RPL?

Easy HR recognises that some students may have existing qualifications or work experience within this field.

Easy HR supports the process of RPL for participants who have undertaken appropriate studies or work experience and who can provide evidence of competency


WHEN TO RPL

RPL is a great option if:

* You have worked in an industry for a period of time but do not hold a nationally recognised qualification;

* You are looking to progress your career or re-enter the workforce; or

* You would like to successfully transition from one career path to another.


BENEFITS OF RPL

There are many benefits in undertaking our RPL process:

* The assessment is focussed wholly on you and your skills and experiences.

* Your skills can be formally acknowledged with a nationally recognised qualification

* There are increased career opportunities due to holding a qualification

* There is no classroom study required


How Much does RPL cost?

If you require RPL, please contact us so that we can review your options.

We offer several RPL packages.

The cost is determined by how many units you wish to RPL and how we split the workload.

Direct Credit

If you have completed previous study that includes units in your Qualification, we may be able to automatically give you credit for those units.

You must provide us with a certified copy of the certificate containing those units.

Where evidence can be provided, we may be able to grant credit for some units of the course.

Is Direct Credit the same as RPL

No - these are different terms, although they are often confused.

Direct Credit is the term we use when you already hold a specific unit of competency. We can use your existing certifcate to give you credit towards your Qualification.

RPL is the term we use when you wish to use your work experience as an assessment only pathway to the qualification. You need to provides samples of work, references, etc in order to demonstrate competency through real life experience.

Fees
Why are we cheaper

Distance education means that we don't have to rent classrooms and we pass these savings onto our students.

We have priced our courses very competitively in order to make them as attractive as possible to potential students.

The quality of our service is not reflected by our competitive pricing!

Payment Plans

We do offer payment plans for some of our courses. Thids means you can pay by credit card, and split the payments over several consecutive months.

DISTANCE EDUCATION - ONLINE COURSES
Yes, if your course fee is more than $600. There is an additional fee, which depends on the number of payments you wish to make.

DISTANCE EDUCATION - WITH WORKBOOKS
No, as we ship the workbooks to you in a single package, these courses must be paid in full at the time of enrolment.

SHORT COURSES AND SINGLE UNITS
There are no payment plans for short or single unit courses.

FACE TO FACE COURSES
You can make multiple payments for a face to face course, however the course must be paid in full prior to your attendance.

Refunds

Refunds are not provided for students who change their mind, or who do not complete the course within the required time frame.

If you require an extension, please contact us before your course expiry date.

You can also purchase addtional time if required.

Are there any hidden fees?
NO - the price you see is the price you pay.

For online students, there may however be additonal fees if we need to assess the same assignment more than twice, or if you wish to purchase an extension of time.

Entry Requirements
Face to Face Courses

There are generally no academic pre-requisites for face to face training.

Online and Workbooks

Some of our Certificate IV and Diploma courses have academic pre-requisites. This will be clearly stated on the course page.

Distance Education PC Requirements

Easy HR online training courses use internet and computer technologies to enable the delivery of material and issuing of qualifications.

ONLINE

If you choose to study this course online, you must

* have access to an internet enabled computer.

* be able to play flash files on your PC

* you may find it easier if you have access to a printer.

WORKBOOKS

If you have a poor internet connection, we strongly suggest you order the printed workbooks.

COMMUNICATIONS

Students will be expected to communicate with their trainer/assessor via email.

If this is not possible, students can book a phone meeting at a mutually convenient time.

Courses that cannot be completed due to not having access to the above mentioned requirements will not be entitled to a refund.

In the case of a technical error with customers hardware or software Easy HR will not be held responsible and full refunds will not be possible.

All online courses are tested on our own computers using Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Language and Literacy

The term 'language, literacy and numeracy' refers to five core skills; learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy. These five core skills have been identified by the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) as the essential skills for individuals to hold to participate effectively in society including the workplace and the education sector.

Easy HR ensures that all documents are written in plain English, however we are aware that due to the nature of training, some course materials will use industry specific jargon or complex words. Training environments can often demand particular language, literacy and numeracy skills from participants. These may not necessarily be the same skills that are demanded in the workplace.

There is an expectation that students enrolling in a course have the language and literacy skills to undertake the course in a written format.

If a student is unsure whether they have the appropriate Language Literacy and Numeracy skills, they should contact Easy HR before they enrol in the course.

Overseas Students

Students who are located overseas can still enrol in ours courses.

Evidence of Identity

Some of our courses will require you to provide evidence of identiy. Acceptable documents will vary between courses, and will be clearly outlined on the relevant course page.

Course Duration
Certificate IV and Diploma

We allow a maximum of 12 months to complete the course There is no minimum time to complete the course.

After 12 months the student forfeits the cost of the course, if it has not yet been completed, or an extension purchased.

Double Diplomas

We allow a maximum of 24 months to complete the course.

There is no minimum time to complete the course.

After 24 months the student forfeits the cost of the course, if it has not yet been completed, or an extension purchased.

Single units

Students have 60 days to complete the online course and to submit Identification requirements.

After 60 days the customer forfeits the cost of the course, if it has not yet been completed, or an extension purchased.

Alternatively a single 30 day extension can be purchased.

Extensions

If you feel that you need a little extra time, please contact us, as we may be able to provide an extension for an additional fee. This fee may be waived at our discretion in exceptional circumstances.

What if I don't complete the course

We may take steps to cancel the enrolment of a student who has not completed the course within the required time frame.

Where a non-cancellation occurs, any fees already paid are not refundable.

If you feel you are falling behind, you may purchase an extension.

How long will it take me to finish the course?

Many have completed qualifications in as little as 1-2 months.

A lot depends on:

* how quickly you start work.

* how much time you can devote to your study.

* Your prior work experience and knowledge of the subject.

Is there a deadline for each assignment?

No - You have a course deadline, but there are no assignment deadlines.

You must finish all the assignments by the course deadline.

Course Delivery
What is the difference between Online, Workbooks, Face to Face?

ONLINE - Your learner guides and assesment portal are all accessed online. You must have access to the internet to access this material.

WORKBOOKS - Your learner guides are printed, however you can choose to complete your assessments in the workbook or online.

FACE TO FACE - These courses are conducted in our facility or in your workplace.

What certificate will I get?

If you complete the full Qualification you will receive a Nationally recognised Qualification.

If you partially complete the course you will receive a Statement of Attainment for completed units.

Your certificate will be issued under the Australian Quality Training Framework standards.

In order to receive any Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualification or Award, (i.e. Certificate or Diploma), you must demonstrate competence in every unit of that qualification.

Should you fail to complete the entire course, or choose to complete a short course workshop, you will be awarded an AQF Statement of Attainment outlining those units in which you demonstrated competence.

Will I get a certificate if i don't finish the course?

QUALIFICATIONS

In order to receive any Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualification or Award, (i.e. Certificate or Diploma), you must demonstrate competence in every unit of that qualification.

Should you fail to complete the entire course, or choose to complete a short course workshop, you will be awarded an AQF Statement of Attainment outlining those units in which you demonstrated competence.


NATIONALLY RECOGNISED SHORT COURSES
Once you have satisfactorily completed your assessment, you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.


SAFE WORK NSW COURSES

You must attend all the days of a SafeWork NSW course in order to be issued with a certificate.

If you have missed a day, you may be eligible to attend a catch up day, however there may be a fee for this.

Will I get feedback frm my trainer?

Yes, of course.

Our trainers will be quite specific with their feedback if you get a question wrong.

What support can I expect?

We offer full telephone and email support to our distance learners.

How to contact us information will be included in your 'welcome' email.

What if I get a question wrong?

Our trainers will be quite specific with their feedback if you get a question wrong.

You will be given an opportunity to resubmit that question, however additional fees may apply after 2 submissions.

Can I see a sample of the Online interface?

You can see a sample online learner guide here

Training Locations
Online / Distance

As these courses are offered by distance education, you can study anywhere or any place, subject to meeting the mode of study requirements.

If you have selected the ONLINE option you must have access to the internet.

If you have selected the WORKBOOK option, there are no limitations.

Public Courses

We are based in Sydney, and our training room is located in Surry Hills.

The venue is:

* A 5 minute walk from Central Station

* 2 minutes from the Light Rail stop

* On major bus routes

* Has plenty of commercial parking nearby

* Within walking distance of several hotels

You can find Easy HR on the map here

In Your workplace

We can run all our courses as a private course in your workplace.

Our trainers do travel throughout Australia.

Please contact us for a quote.

USI and AVETMISS
What is a USI?
USI stands for Unique Student Identifyer.

The USI is a reference number made up of ten numbers and letters that:

* creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, from all training providers you undertake recognised training with

* will give you access to your training records and transcripts

* can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere

* stays with you for life

If you are a new or continuing student undertaking nationally recognised training, you need a USI in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment.

If you don't have a USI you will not receive your qualification or statement of attainment.

The law says that we are not permitted to issue a certificate if you have not provided us with your USI.

More Information can found on the Unique Student Identifier (USI) Website

Why is my course not appearing on my USI?

We are required to upload the USI data every February for the previous calendar year.

As a result it can take up to 14 months for your training records to appear on your USI transcript.

What is AVETMISS data?

AVETMISS stands for the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard. It is a national data standard which ensures the consistency and accuracy of vocational education and training.

When you enroll we direct you to a form that asks you some persoanl questions, and your reason for studying. This is the AVETMISS data.

We are required by law to collect this data, and share it with the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd.

Student Information and Policy
EEO

All clients and participants are entitled to, and will be given equal consideration and treated with equal respect.

Easy HR staff will in no way discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, belief, or age.

Access and Equity

Easy HR encourages access to its courses subject to the prerequisites required to participate in a particular course. Easy HR will provide a learning environment that is free from discrimination and harassment and ensure that participants are treated with respect and in a fair and considerate manner whilst studying with us.

Student Privacy

Information that we collect from you is used only for the services that we provide.

We agree to collect, manage, use and disclose personal information strictly in accordance with privacy legislation.

On occasions, and as required by law, Easy HR may disclose the personal information of participants, staff and clients to organisations outside Easy HR.

REGULATORS
The organisations to which we disclose information may include but is not limited to:

* Government and regulatory authorities

* Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

* ATO (Australian Taxation Office)

OUR SUPPLIERS
Client information may be shared with third parties in order to provide our service to you.

This may include, but is not limited to:

* Our professional advisers including accounting auditors and lawyers

* Web service hosts (email reminder services, newsletter providers, etc)

* Couriers

LEGAL
Easy HR may also disclose Personal Information to comply with subpoenas, court orders and other legal processes.

EMPLOYERS
The Company also reserves the right to discuss a student's academic progress/attendance with employers if they have paid your course fees.

YOUR OWN RECORDS
You have the right to access your personal information. Participants may be required to make such requests in writing.

The Company reserves the right to charge a 'search fee' for locating access to your information.

Student Support

Each enrolled student will have access to trainer support.

Trainers can be contacted by telephone and email during business hours. There is no additional cost to chat with a trainer.

All of our trainers are passionate industry experts who are available to guide you through this learning experience.

In some cases you may need to make an appointment to talk with your trainer, as they be be conducting face to face training. You can always leave a message or send them an email directly.

You are encouraged to email or phone your trainer to raise questions, seek clarification or discuss difficulties in regard to any aspect of the unit, including assessment tasks.

Alternative assessment tasks, deemed to be equivalent to those described in the course units, may sometimes be negotiated between the trainer and the participant to reflect your work situation provided such tasks meet the outcomes of the unit.

Reasonable Adjustment

Topic exists in ASSESSMENTS

Complaints

All complaints and appeals must be dealt with in a constructive and timely manner.

Steps to follow in an assessment appeal:

For testing and assessments, if the participant appeals the results, the Assessor will immediately discuss the outcome to resolve the difference and reach agreement.

If agreement cannot be reached, the participant has the right to be assessed again by the same assessor, or requests that another assessor undertakes the assessment.

If agreement is still not reached, an appeals form must be completed. Then the participant and Director, or nominee, shall meet to discuss the assessment. Details of the meeting will be recorded in writing and the participant informed of the decision.

If agreement still cannot be reached, and the Participant wishes to make a formal appeal, then this appeal must be heard by an independent person or panel if resolution cannot be reached first

Steps to follow if clients or participants have a complaint with Easy HR

We are customer focused and want to use complaints as an opportunity to improve our services.

In the first instance, the complaint should be discussed with the relevant member of Easy HR staff or the Director. If not satisfied, a complaints form should be filled out and sent to the Director.

Details of any meetings with the complainant will be recorded in writing and the complainant informed.

If agreement still cannot be reached, and the complainant wishes to pursue the matter it can be taken to the Department of Fair Trading or the Training Complaints Hotline.

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