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How much time do you spend writing policy?   06 Jan 2017

I met Tamara Simon at the 2016 VELG conference and she had some great ideas about RTO Business Management. She recently published this article on the role of policies in RTOs, and in general. Take a look:

USI required for single day training courses now after 1 January 2018   12 Dec 2016
Edit
There was a bulletin released by the USI Office at 12.51pm on 20 December 2016 that extended the extension for the USI Exemption to 31/12/2017. See details here https://www.usi.gov.au/training-organisations/training-organisation-requirements/exemptions-reporting-usi

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Tis the Season   28 Nov 2016

Seasons Greetings! Not the Holiday Season, which is fast approaching, but rather, the yearly trial (and error) that is the VET Reporting Season.
For those delivering VET Training, this means Total VET Activity Reporting . For some, it might be reporting for funded training programs like CSO. Everyone, it means frustration, confusion, and long hours put in to meet what seems to be an impossible deadline.

The pitfalls of IT rollout   20 Jul 2016

You may have read a bit in the news recently about the unfolding disaster with TAFE's new student management system. Although the software at the heart of that rollout is one of our competitors, it isn't with schadenfreude that I write this. Failures like this hurt the whole software industry. Tribal is but one part of the $750 million dollar Department of Education IT implementation; a project that was originally costed at under $450 million.

Searching for CSO or Smart and Skilled enrolments for AVETMISS reporting   12 Jul 2016

Some new search options have been added to the Enrolments list view to make searching for, and selecting, the students you wish to report for government funded AVETMISS training simpler.

Where do I enter a Commitment ID?

Solr and the Panama Papers   11 May 2016

You'll all have heard of the Panama Papers: the leaking of 11 million documents showing illegal and legal tax evasion around the world. The 2.6Tb data set was so enormous that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists engaged data analysts to help them index and search through all that data in order to find newsworthy stories.

Creating custom discounts for Smart and Skilled fees   04 Jan 2016

From onCourse 8.7, a new class discount override feature and negative discount feature makes managing the variable Smart and Skilled student fees much simpler.

Under Smart and Skilled, you may have five or more price points for an enrolling student. The fee they are charged depends on their meeting various eligibility criteria.

onCourse and ASQA: Issuing compliant VET certificates (Standard 3.1 to 3.4)   12 Oct 2015

The onCourse Student Management System includes many tools to assist your RTO to comply with the ASQA Standards for RTOs 2015. This series of blog posts focus on a particular standard and what options you have inside onCourse to set up your data in a compliant manner.

Smart and Skilled eReporting Technical Specifications and Business Validations   04 Aug 2015

Looking for the new Version 1.1. July 2015 version of the eReporting specifications for Smart & Skilled that NSW State Training Services conveniently hide behind the AusKey only access user portal, STS Online and don't publicly publish?

onCourse and ASQA: Protecting prepaid fees from learners (Standard 7.3)   31 Jul 2015
The onCourse Student Management System includes many tools to assist your RTO to comply with the ASQA Standards for RTOs 2015. This new series of blog posts will focus on a particular standard and what options you have inside onCourse to set up your data in a compliant manner.

Standard Seven requires your RTO to have effective governance and administration arrangements in place. Clause 7.3 in particular requires you to protect prepaid fees by learners, stating:
NSW Smart and Skilled and ACE CSO reporting   11 May 2015
New AVETMISS reporting requirements are being grappled with by many of our NSW customers right now, so I thought I'd put together a quick cheat sheet to answer some common questions.

Please note, you must be running at least onCourse 7.1 to have access to these reporting options.

Where do I record the Commitment ID for Smart & Skilled?
NSW Smart & Skilled and ACE CSO reporting   11 May 2015
New AVETMISS reporting requirements are being grappled with by many of our NSW customers right now, so I thought I'd put together a quick cheat sheet to answer some common questions.

Please note, you must be running at least onCourse 7.1 to have access to these reporting options.

Where do I record the Commitment ID for Smart & Skilled?
Understanding onCourse workflow - scripts and templates   21 Apr 2015
As part of onCourse 7.0 (released December 2014), a very powerful scripting and template engine for business workflow automation was made available to all onCourse customers.

Here at ish we have been having lots of interesting discussions with customers about processes they'd like to automate in onCourse, and in many instances, we are developing new scripts and templates that all users can implement.
USI FAQ Part 2: USI Emails and reminder processes   09 Feb 2015
This FAQ follows on from USI FAQ Part 1: The automatic verification process

The focus in this FAQ are the business processes onCourse RTO software can assist you with for finding, collecting and reminding students about their USI obligations.

More information is also available in the Unique Student Identifier (USI) chapter of the user documentation.
USI FAQ Part 1: The automatic USI verification process   09 Feb 2015
It's been six weeks since the mandatory USI (Unique Student Identifier) collection process began for most of our RTO customers and we have been getting lots of very useful feedback on how the processes and validation systems and software are working for RTOs of all shapes and sizes.