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Student Handbook

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Student Support

SkillsLink Training is able to provide a range of support services to students and referrals to other community support services. If you think you will have difficulty achieving the outcomes of the course, discuss this with your trainer or the Training Manager. It is best if this is done prior to commencing the class or as early as possible once the class commences so your needs may be assessed and accommodated if possible. SkillsLink Training offers specialised support in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy and English Language.

In recognition of the particular needs of specific groups, we also offer specialised programs such as the LifeSkills Express for people with a disability and the Birpai Learners Programs for Indigenous learners.

Blended Learning

All of our Certificate III and Certificate IV qualifications allow you to Start Anytime. You may join a course already underway completing what you missed out using supported self-directed learning with face-to-face workshops with your Trainer. This is called Blended Learning.

Download the Blended Learning Brochure to find out more.


For all VET accredited courses, students are required to meet the competency standards and will be assessed using a range of methods such as research assignments, case studies, written assessments, simulations and group projects. Information about your assessment requirements will be provided by the trainer in your first class.Students have the right to one re-assessment if the competency is not achieved first time.If you are not happy with an assessment outcome, you have the right to appeal through the Assessment and Appeals Process.

Reasonable Adjustment

Port Macquarie Community College embraces the universal design approach to accessibility, whereby spaces, services and resources can be accessed and used by everyone, regardless of ability or disability. We provide a wide range of services and support to students with a disability and students with additional needs relating to learning difficulties.

Accessible features include:

General Access

• Designated access parking

• Clear, wide pathways free from obstructions

• Ground floor wheelchair access

• Accessible toilet compliant with Australian Building standards

• Signage, including universal access symbols

• Assistance animal-friendly

• Non-slip, low friction floor surfaces


• Staff suitably prepared to assist the public with a range of disabilities


• Information and resources available in a range of formats

• Various communication options

• Signage, including universal access symbols

• Large size font


• Established relationships with local disability and community groups

• Individualised support

• Reasonable adjustments for students as required by the Disability Standards for Education 2005

Recognition and Credit Transfer

SkillsLink Training recognises both prior learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer.Recognition of Prior Learning acknowledges skills and knowledge gained through formal training and work experience. The process assesses the evidence of current skills and knowledge of the candidate against the elements of competency.Credit Transfer (Mutual or National Recognition) is a process whereby the national qualifications or accredited units of competency issued by one Registered Training Organisation are recognised by another for the purposes of providing credit or advanced standing into national qualifications.SkillsLink Training has a comprehensive Recognition Strategy. Go to Recognition of Prior Learning to find out more.

Complaints Policy

At SkillsLink Training, we believe that a professional response to complaints leads to improvements and creates confidence in the outcome.
Complaints, as well as compliments and other constructive feedback, create opportunities for an organisation to improve its services and prevent future problems. Students are able to access this and other policies here.