Australian College of Training (ACT) is a nationally recognised Registered Training Organisation (RTO). At ACT we are continually working to develop comprehensive learning resources to ensure that students are taught both relevant skills and underpinning knowledge to work with their companies to compete in global markets.
Australian College of Training (ACT), a 2008 winner of the Australian Training Awards and the 2009 Meat Industry National Provider of the year. Like many private RTOs the College began in 2003 as a small business with a delivery scope of one training package and has grown to develop and invest in a $3M modern campus in 2009. Now in 2011 ACT delivers eighty six qualifications from eight training packages across a range of industries including business, food and meat processing, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, training and assessment, and transport and logistics. The College provides training to companies with multiple shifts and with multiple format training delivery. Learning and assessment strategies are tailored directly to multiple occupation pathways within the industry and within companies.
Diversity and quality are two cornerstones which have shaped ACT and exemplify the CEO, Terrence Richards.Since studying teaching and learning at the Canberra Institute of Technology in 1993. Terrence has been consistently involved in the structural development of Vocational Education and Training both Nationally and within Western Australia for the past 18 years. Prior to entering the teaching and learning field Terrence was working in the Quality Assurance and Best Practice field and as the Quality Manager was instrumental in his previous employer achieving the Prime Ministers Award for Quality Excellence. Having worked for nine years as a Commonwealth regulator and auditor demonstrates Terrence’s integrity, honesty and transparency. Terrence has worked tirelessly with education and industry bodies to ensure that Vocational Education and Training are just that. Currently Terrence sits on the boards of several key bodies including WA Private Providers Advisory Group, WA Australian Council for Private Education and Training Board, Food Industry Reference Group (Food Fibre and Timbre Industry Council), Agrifood Industry Skills Council (Skilled Provider Reference Group & National Steering Committee Meat Training Package).
Christina Richards began as an Environment Health Officer working for several years as a regulator in local government. She has qualifications in Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, Graduate Diploma in Food Science and Technology, Graduate Diploma in Education, Diploma in Training and Assessment and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Together with husband Terrence, Christina is one of the founding partners of Australian College of Training. They have built up the College from a small Registered Training Organisation, to one that is now considered to be one of the larger private RTO’s in Australia. Christina has an integral role as College Director, in maintaining compliance with AQTF for the College, developing much of the College’s curriculum and intellectual property and also as a trainer and facilitator in the new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
As the winner of WA Training Excellence Award (2008) & Australian Training Award (2008) a key point of difference in the ACT's profile is that our trainers and assessors have qualifications and experience ranging from university to industry level with extensive experience in industry and regulatory roles. ACT also engages with through industry association and Industry Skills Councils.
Along with a highly diverse portfolio, ACT is proud of its highly competent and culturally diverse workforce. The College chooses industry champions with solid reputations and levels of experience within industry. Australian College of Training strives to be a choice provider in each of the industries we support and is continually looking for leaders in industry and education to grow our broad based of knowledge.
ACT also provides extensive consultancy services within Australia and internationally. Consulting activities include food safety risk management and quality assurance, export market development and effective design of systems and work flows and we have worked with companies and governments across the Asia and the Middle East. ACT has also developed several successful professional development programs for overseas and national regulators.
Australian College of Training is currently delivering to trainees and apprentices in over 100 Australian companies and has considerable service delivery capability beyond our scope. We will continue to strive for excellence and innovation in education, industry and beyond.