FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD STUDY AT PLENTY RIVER COLLEGE (PRC)

  • Our classes are small and friendly. As a student at PRC you will enjoy the benefits of belonging to a vibrant and welcoming community.

  • We offer pre-accredited courses and accredited TAFE courses with the added benefit that our students receive a higher level of support from our teachers and administration staff than those attending larger institutions.

  • Our school is conveniently located and is close to various bus routes and train stations.

  • Our staff deliver high-quality training and all of our teachers hold appropriate qualifications.

  • Our students can progress from beginner to advanced levels of English in one convenient location, and we offer various options for students to progress into vocational training.

IS PRC A PROPERLY ACCREDITED TRAINING PROVIDER

PRC is an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) that provides nationally recognised qualifications from the VRQA (Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority).

HOW LONG HAS PRC BEEN OPERATING FOR?

PRC was founded in 2022 and has been providing services all around Victoria. We are a not-for-profit organisation and charity registered with the ACNC.

CAN I JOIN A CLASS ALREADY IN PROGRESS?

Many of our courses allow for enrolment after the start date. This is often indicated in the course information, but please contact us, if you are unsure.

WHAT COURSES DO YOU OFFER?

PRC runs both accredited (nationally recognised) and pre-accredited courses in the following areas.

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET): Computer, Short Vocational Courses, Certificate III in Education Support

  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)

  • Adult Literacy

  • Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL): Foundation and Intermediate VCAL 

For a full list of available courses, please visit our courses page.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACCREDITED AND PRE-ACCREDITED TRAINING?

Accredited Courses: are nationally recognized within the Australian Qualifications Framework and Victorian Registration and Qualifications authority.
Pre-accredited Courses: are courses designed for learners to gain confidence and skills. They focus on creating pathways to nationally accredited training or employment.

HOW HARD IS IT TO DO A COURSE?

At PRC we offer training in a supportive community environment. Our aim is for students to be engaged in a positive, enjoyable and successful learning experience.
For many of our courses, we conduct a pre-training interview to ensure that students are enrolled in appropriate training and to determine what support we can make available.

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR A GOVERNMENT FUNDED PLACE?

You may be eligible for a government-funded training place under the Victorian Training Guarantee. The Victorian Training Guarantee makes vocational training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

Generally, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are:

an Australian citizen
an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
a New Zealand citizen
and are any of the following:

under 20 years of age
seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification.
Please note you are eligible to commence a maximum of two subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your lifetime. This restriction applies whether or not you complete the course.

Also you are eligible to enrol in a maximum of two government subsidised courses in any calendar year as long as you are not doing any more than two courses at a time

You can also check your elibility for government subsidised training using the interactive Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator.

Please contact PRC to discuss your eligibility for a government subsidised place in your desired course.

Please note: Accessing the Victorian Training Guarantee may impact your future access to government subsidised training.

CAN A COURSE COUNT TOWARDS MY JOBACTIVE JOB SEEKERS ANNUAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS (AAR)?

Yes.
Pre-accredited training delivered by Learn Local Providers is recognised by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment and can count towards jobactive job seekers Annual Activity Requirements (AAR).

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR MY COURSE AS SOON AS I ENROL?

Short courses: a deposit of 20% is required to secure your place in the course and full payment is required the week prior to commencement.
All other courses: a deposit of 20% is required to secure your place in the course and payments are required in instalments once the course commences.

WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY A SERVICE AND AMENITIES FEE?

PRC’s service and amenities fee is used to maintain student areas and fund tea and coffee supplies.

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

If PRC cancels a course all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Tuition and Service & Amenities fees

If you are unable to commence your course, to be eligible for a refund of any fees you have paid, you need to formally withdraw in person or in writing at least 2 business days prior to the course commencement date.

In this case, tuition and amenities fees and charges paid will be refunded minus an administration fee as outlined in the table below:

Administration Fees            
Fee for Service    Full Fee    Concession
Full nationally recognised qualifications    $150    $100    $50
Single units and non-accredited courses    $25    $25    $15

This means NO refunds will be given after course commencement.

If a learner chooses to become part-time and therefore withdraws from only part of an enrolment, PRACE will refund only the portion of the tuition fee and materials fee applicable to that part of the course.

Course Materials Fees

If the materials are returned to PRACE and the Course Coordinator deems that the materials can be used in a subsequent course, based on currency and quality of the materials, then a full refund will be given.

DO YOU PROVIDE CUSTOMISED COURSES & TRAINING?

PRC can provide customised training for organisations. Please contact our office for more information.

WHAT IS A USI?

If you’re studying nationally recognised training in Australia from 1 January 2015, you will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).
Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcript) that you have completed from 1 January 2015 onwards.
Your USI will be required by each training organisation you study with.
If you do not have a USI You can create one via our USI link. PRC is also able to create your USI for you if you need help. Please contact the office for more information

DOES PRC PROVIDE CHILDCARE?

PRC does not have childcare facilities on site. If you are an AMEP student childcare services will be organised on your behalf by the NAMEP.
Where eligible, PRC staff can provide you with a confirmation of enrolment letter to assist you with obtaining funding for childcare through Centrelink.

WHERE ARE CLASSES HELD?

PRC classes are held in a range of training venues in our local area. For a full list, please see our training venues page.