Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started?
Commencing your studies with the AIECS is simple. Either complete our Student Enrolment Form and return it to us, along with your $200.00 enrolment fee or enrol directly on our website: www.aiecs.com.au
What happens then?
Once your enrolment forms and enrolment fee has been received, you will be sent a learning assessment evaluation form and student orientation form. This information is confidential between the student and the AIECS and is used to determine if you may require any additional support services which we offer, an online student orientation test must also be completed before your enrolment can be confirmed. You will also be provided with a student practicum handbook for recording your volunteer or paid practical work completed for the course, a student information handbook and enrolment letter confirming your enrolment with our Institute and providing you with the contact details of your Trainer Assessor if you are ever in need of additional support. The letter will also include your log in details to access our services on the online student training centre.
Next, if you haven’t already done so, you are ready to purchase your first training module! Your Trainer Assessor will also be in contact with you within the first two days of your enrolment to welcome you to our Institute. They will also arrange to see you in the workplace if you are either volunteering or have paid work at a Child Care service once every four weeks.
How do I purchase my first module?
You can purchase your first module by telephone, email, the online student training centre, or by visiting our campus.
What If I’m not sure if I’m on the right track with my modules?
If you have any queries in between your regular Trainer visits or phone calls, remember that your Trainer is always available to support you, six days per week Monday-Saturday from 8am-6pm via mobile telephone contact and email, so never hesitate to contact them for assistance and peace of mind.
I’d like to finish by a certain date, but am unsure if it is possible?
We have many students with many different study requirements and goals. If you have a goal in particular that you are planning towards, our Trainers can assist you with developing a tailor-made training plan to keep you on the right track towards achieving your goals.
What are the payment methods available?
Payments for initial enrolment and for the purchase of training modules can be made via cheque, credit card over the phone or the online student training centre, Centrepay – Centrelink can pay your bills for you direct from your regular Centrelink benefit payment, direct debit instalments via EZI DEBIT or EFTPOS at the AIECS campus.
I’m not currently working in the Industry, do I need to start my practicum straight away?
At the AIECS we have many students enrol in our courses who are not necessarily working in the Child Care Industry but may plan to in the future. You may choose to complete the theory aspect of the course first through the training modules and complete your practicum requirements at a later stage in your course if more convenient although we do encourage that your practical hours are done throughout your course as you need to put into practice what you are learning. Students need to be aware that they may need to complete anywhere up to 240 hrs placement before they successfully meet the practical requirements and should take this in to consideration when planning when to commence their prac. Some assessments require access to a service for observation, documentation and following policies and procedures. If you are looking for a service to complete your practicum in, you can approach Child Care centres within your local area to enquire if you could be placed there for volunteer work or paid employment if available. In some instances, the AIECS may also be aware of centres in need of staff or volunteer workers so don’t hesitate to check with your trainer or with our administration staff.