What is ACE?
Adult Community Education (ACE) is designed for people who are beyond the compulsory phase of education and provides adults and young adults from the community with access to learning programs throughout their lives. ACE programs can be accredited or non accredited.
What is an ACE provider?
In addition to community owned or operated registered training organisations and TAFE Queensland, ACE is provided by a diverse array of organisations including: school based parent and citizens' associations, professional associations, libraries, senior citizens associations, specialist literacy groups, computer clubs, University of the Third Age, in house employer training, English conversation groups, trade unions, parenting associations, adult education organisations, community and neighbourhood houses, job placement organisations, volunteering programs, churches and spiritual groups, special interest groups, environmental groups, university extension, sporting clubs, local governments, men's sheds, workplace learning programs, community service organisations and drop in centres.
Who can attend ACE programs?
Anyone can attend an ACE program; however, they are primarily designed for people who are no longer required to undertake compulsory education.
How do I find an ACE provider near where I live?
For details on ACE providers in your area, please visit the list of ACE providers in Queensland.
What if the program I want to do is not available in my area?
Some providers offer programs via the internet. To find out consult the List of ACE providers in Queensland on this website. Alternatively, contact a local provider and ask if they would be able to offer the program you want.
Where do I get more information on ACE providers?
For more information on an ACE provider, either go to their website (where available) or contact them directly by email or telephone.
Do I need to do exams or tests?
Registered training programs will require you to demonstrate competency and undertake an assessment. However, many ACE programs do not require you to do so.
Can ACE programs help me get a job?
Any program that helps you build relevant skills for the sort of job you wish to do will help you. Many ACE programs are geared toward the building of workforce skills.
Are non accredited short courses worth doing?
All learning has value. Non accredited short courses can help build confidence and skills that lead to further opportunities through registered training programs. On the other hand, you may wish to do a course just for fun or to learn more about a particular area of interest.
Can ACE programs contribute toward the recognition of prior learning (RPL)?
Non accredited training outcomes from ACE programs may contribute to RPL in formal vocational education and training in much the same way that skills and knowledge from other life and work experiences can count. If your ACE program is accredited then you may be eligible for credit transfer toward a vocational education and training qualification.
How much does it cost?
Prices for courses will vary. Contact a provider of ACE in your area to find out about course costs.
Are concessions or discounts available?
For information on concessions and discounts, contact your Queensland ACE provider.
What is a registered training organisation?
Registered training organisations are registered to deliver nationally recognised training, which:
- is recognised by all registered training organisations throughout Australia
- is part of a training package that has been developed to meet the needs of a particular industry
- results in a qualification that is part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Please refer to the official national register of VET information Training.gov.au website for further information on registered training organisations, training packages, qualifications, courses and units of competency.