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Career Commitment T&C's
This commitment enables Open Colleges students who do not achieve the objective specified during their enrolment (e.g. Enter the workforce, career change, promotion, learning new skills/hobby) within 6 months of completing their course, to receive a second Open Colleges course or module selected by Open Colleges of equal or lesser value for no additional course fee (the Commitment Course), in order to assist the student to gain additional training necessary to achieve their specified outcome.
The conditions of the commitment are:
The Commitment only applies to online courses offered by Open Colleges
The Commitment does not apply to face-to-face courses offered by the School of Health
It only applies to Australian domestic students.
The student must have successfully completed or graduated from their initial course within the maximum course duration
The commitment will only apply if the student has paid their course fees in full
If course pre-requisites and/or eligibility criteria apply for the Commitment Course, the student must meet these conditions to be enrolled in the Commitment Course
The commitment will only apply if the student has made reasonable efforts to achieve their specified objective during their course and within the 6 months’ post course completion. Open Colleges will assess and determine whether the student has made reasonable efforts based on evidence of effort provided by the student. Examples of this include:
Proof of job applications in an industry related to their course of study
Proof of applications within the same employer for promotion or other jobs related to their course of study
Students that enrol as a hobbyist will need to let us know what skills were not learned in their course (to help us close the skill gap)
To accept the commitment, the student must contact Open Colleges within 6 months after the date which is 6 months after completion date of the initial course, after which the commitment expires.
The commitment applies to any course of equal or lesser value. If the second course is more expensive the student will need to pay the difference in the course fees.
The offer is limited to one Commitment Course
The commitment is non-transferrable
The commitment is only valid for new enrolments after (July 3rd, 2017).
Open Colleges reserves the right to cease to offer the commitment at any time without notice, provided that the commitment will remain in place for any student enrolled prior to the commitment offer being cancelled.
Certificate IV in Legal Services
Certificate IV in Legal Services
This nationally recognised legal services course will train you to research legal information, produce legal documents and apply legal principles in various contexts.
Please note - This course is not currently offered by Open Colleges. Register your interest and get notified of any updates.
The nationally recognised BSB42215 Certificate IV in Legal Services will train you to research legal information, produce legal documents and apply legal principles in various contexts. Throughout your course, you will have access to the latest learning materials, experienced trainers and Open Colleges renowned student support to give you every chance of success.
This self-paced course is delivered online, making it ideal for students with work or family responsibilities.
While there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, preferred pathways for candidates considering entry into this qualification include:
School Certificate or equivalent OR
Relevant qualifications such as BSB31015 Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal) OR
Relevant vocational experience.
You will need to be at least 18 years old.
This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.
If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:
Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication
Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to you by Open Colleges.
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
Broadband internet connection
2GB of RAM
CD-ROM or DVD drive
Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
Access to printer and associated software
Access to scanner and associated software
Digital imaging software
File compression software
Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
Mac OS users:
Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:
Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
Accessing and searching the internet
Downloading and saving documents from websites
Uploading documents through websites
Participating in online discussions
Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
Compressing image, audio and video files.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.
Produce complex legal documents
Establish document design and structure
Develop precedents for document design
Prepare to produce documents
Prepare to print documents
Save file and exit system
Identify and apply the legal framework
Identify sources of law
Identify and analyse relationships between the Federal and the states and territories governments
Differentiate between civil and criminal proceedings
Examine elements of adversary trial system
Examine elements of precedent
Conduct work within a compliance framework
Identify individual compliance requirements
Interpret individual compliance requirements
Ensure individual compliance
Identify and adapt to changes in compliance requirements
Implement effective communication strategy
Identify and apply appropriate communication techniques
Determine action to be taken
Review outcomes of communication
Establish and maintain a file in legal services
Initiate preliminary file activities
Carry out conflict of interest check
Contact other persons about the file
Undertake legal process according to plan
Facilitate file administration and closure
Research legal information using primary sources
Receive and process request for information
Identify information sources
Prepare to extract information
Ensure information meets request
Compose report or correspondence
Prepare to format report or correspondence
Finalise report or correspondence
Apply the principles of contract law
Determine the nature and meaning of contract
Determine the principles of contract law
Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of contract law
Distinguish between a contract being discharged or breached
Apply the principles of the law of torts
Define nature and meaning of law of torts
Identify principles of the law of torts
Apply relevant elements of tort
Identify remedies for breaches of law of torts
Maintain trust accounts
Check that trust funds are adequate
Draw cheques against trust account
Prepare documentation upon completion of legal matter
Apply the principles of evidence law
Define nature and meaning of evidence law
Identify principles of evidence law
Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of evidence law
Identify relevant and admissible evidence
Apply legal principles in family law matters
Identify laws related to family law
Apply principles of family laws in relation to marriage dissolution, property settlement and dealing with minors
Identify and prepare appropriate costing documentation
Prepare and despatch documentation
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage
If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.
zipMoney Payment Plan
If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to ZipMoney over a period of agreed time with them. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free* payment plan (dependant on which course you are enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.
Pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.
Brian has over 5 years’ experience as a trainer and 14 years’ experience in legal practice. Essentially a General Practitioner and In-House Counsel, he has expertise in civil litigation, commercial, family law, real property, wills and criminal law. Brian holds a BA, LLB, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment. He is a current member of the Law Society of New South Wales and a Legal Lecturer and Assessor with the College of Law.
Ean is a practising Solicitor in NSW who also holds a Master of Laws degree in criminal prosecutions from the University of Wollongong and various other post-graduate qualifications in law from the Australian National University. He has been actively involved in vocational training for the past 25 years, as a Teacher, Trainer, Assessor and developer of learning materials.
Ean also currently lectures in law at Western Sydney University and within TAFE (NSW), primarily in his interest areas of criminal law, litigation and legal history. He maintains his currency with the industry through the legal practice that he operates with his wife, also a Solicitor.
Holly is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with over 13 years' experience in business administration, account management, marketing and print. She has also been working within the education and training industry since 2013, in both a face-to-face and online capacity, and is passionate about the power of education.
Holly holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Business Administration, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Marketing Communication, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Certificate III in Printing & Graphic Arts. She is also currently completing the Diploma of Social Media Marketing.
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