WHAT IS A REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATION?
Registered Training Organisations, known as RTOs are recognised as providers of quality-assured and nationally recognised training and qualifications. RTOs must distinguish between accredited and/or nationally recognised training and assessment leading to the issuance of AQF certification from any other training or assessment they deliver. RTOs are also able to provide training which is not accredited or nationally recognised.
IS MELBOURNE FASHION INSTITUTE A REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATION?
Yes, since 27 November 2015. Melbourne Fashion Institute is a trading name of National Training Services Pty Ltd which is a Registered Training Organisation RTO number 21254.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO MELBOURNE FASHION INSTITUTE OFFER?
Melbourne Fashion Institute offers different qualifications depending on the subject and pathways people choose to study. The School offers full Nationally Recognised Qualifications, partial recognition toward Nationally Recognised Qualifications (known as Statement of Attainment) and non-accredited Industry Recognised Certification.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATIONALLY RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS (NRQ) AND NATIONALLY RECOGNISED STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENTS?
Nationally Recognised training and qualifications are accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Registered Training Organisations can issue qualifications which are recognised anywhere in Australia, not just in the state or territories in which the study is conducted.
Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainments fall under the same category as NRQ’s however these certificates are issued when students complete accredited units in a qualification without necessarily completing the full qualification. Statement of Attainments recognise full and partial completion of a Nationally Recognised Qualification.
WHAT ARE COURSE PATHWAYS?
Pathways allow students to move through qualification levels with full or partial recognition for the qualification and/or learning outcomes already gained. MFI will assist people in deciding what qualification and pathway to chose prior to enrolment. Choosing a course/s and pathway depends on the persons needs, interests, career choice, job roles and desired outcomes.
WHAT TYPE OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE AND AM I ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING?
Students may be eligible for Government State Funding through the Skills First Funding program. Eligibility can be determined by making an appointment for a Pre-Training and Skills Review Meeting. To book a meeting please call 03 8669 1530.
IS MELBOURNE FASHION INSTITUTE REGULATED BY AUTHORITIES?
Melbourne Fashion Institute is regulated by ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority). Melbourne Fashion Institute undergoes quality audits by the department to ensure compliance and quality is always maintained. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development also conduct audits.
DOES MELBOURNE FASHION INSTITUTE ASSIST STUDENTS WITH JOB PLACEMENTS OR WORK EXPERIENCE?
Industry experience is mandatory when studying the 3 year Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design & Technology course. This is completed within the course and supported by the School. Other courses do not have mandatory work experience as part of the curriculum.
Melbourne Fashion Institute engages closely with the fashion industry, therefore increasing its job opportunities for students. The School’s mentors who are current in industry are always looking to give students opportunities as well. When employment opportunities arise, students are vetted by staff based on the course studied, current and past experiences, personality and work ethic. Melbourne Fashion Institute has assisted many students with job placements and internships over the years. Students are encouraged to always have their C.V. up to date and ready to go if a job prospect becomes available.
WHO TEACHES THE COURSES AT MELBOURNE FASHION INSTITUTE?
Melbourne Fashion Institute employs people who also work in the fashion industry. They are known as ‘Mentors’. Mentors teach in subject areas that are relevant to their experience, skills and knowledge. Employing fashion industry experts enhances the learning experience for our students and it ensures course content is validated regularly to maintain relevance and currency.
ARE MELBOURNE FASHION INSTITUTE MENTORS QUALIFIED TO TEACH?
All of the School’s mentors are required to be qualified in delivery and assessment prior to teaching with Melbourne Fashion Institute. Mentors will have a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE4011), a requirement needed to teach in the VET sector.