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What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI) Starting in 2015 any student undertaking a nationally recognised qualification in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This becomes a unified way for all Registered Training Organisations to store student information. Essentially the USI keeps a student’s VET […]

With the new year practically upon us there’s no better time to discuss the age old issue of setting objectives. Prior to midnight millions of people will count down to a new year already filled with promises and expectations, but for how many will those expectations be realised? The truth of the matter (well according […]

Tips for lessons learned in Project Management Do it The excuse of “there isn’t enough time” has long expired. The rationale behind this is the premise that it takes longer to study the challenges of others than to actively experience the same situation and solve it for yourself- clearly this has been dismissed. It doesn’t […]

Who is the client? Easy enough question or so I would have thought. It’s one of my standard questions when conducting Project Management Training. What often comes next is ….. silence.  After a bit of encouragement the responses start to flow, many with little confidence in their answers. Know who your client is and be […]

What is a Project Manager and what does a Project Manager do? A Project Manager’s role will differ based upon the size, nature, complexity and the industry in which the project is being implemented.  However in broad terms a Project Manager is responsible for the successful implementation of the project to achieve agreed objectives. In […]

What does a Project Manager earn? Identifying the earning capacity of a Project Manager is much like asking the length of a piece of string.  It’s varied and pay is very much linked to the complexity, return and industry in which the project is being run.  Whilst a junior Project Manager should earn around $50,000 […]

What is Project Management? Project Management is the effort expanded to yield the successful delivery of the project’s outcomes.  It is usually defined as staged process whereby a project is initiated, planned, executed, controlled and reviewed.  However Project Management is far more involved; it is the coordination of an integrated range of knowledge and skill […]

What is a Project? A project is can most aptly be defined as a set of interrelated tasks focused upon the achievement of a goal.  Upon initial consideration, most things may be defined as projects and it’s not until you start deconstructing the definition that the characteristics of projects come to light. A project is […]

Codes in Nationally Recognised Training The are 3 types of codes typically used in Nationally Recognised Training, these are; Training Package Codes Qualification Codes Unit Codes Training Package Codes These codes assign a unique identifier for each training package.  The convention applied for most training packages is three letters followed by 2 numbers. The letters are […]

In Australia accredited training can take on different meaning based upon the perspective of the individual; for example accredited training for an employee may be training which has been approved by the organisation, within a university environment it usually means that the training will contribute towards an enrolled degree etc. However and most commonly the […]

What is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) What is an RTO? A Registered Training Organisation or RTO is a provider of Vocational Education and Training authorised to issue nationally recognised qualifications.  There are 2 main types of RTO’s: Private and Public RTO’s. Public RTO’s, formally known as TAFE’s are government funded institutes established to provide […]

WHAT IS RPL What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)? RPL, more formally known as Recognition of Prior Learning is simply a skills assessment.  It’s a pathway which recognises a student’s previous work achievements and competencies in view of attaining a nationally recognised qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is offered to students who currently possess […]

FILLING A SERIES IN EXCEL Excel is designed to save you time Each time you sense a routine, Excel normally has a way to automate it. Filling series are a great time saver and so simple to master.  Consider the example of creating a monthly roster or calendar where we commonly use days of the […]

HOW TO WRITE BASIC FORMULA IN EXCEL The key to writing formulas in excel is understanding Microsoft Excel’s logic. As humans when we consider an equation, we first think the values of the argument.  For example if we are to multiple 3 and 5 our brains would naturally structure it like this: 3 * 5= ?. However […]

Manual Scheduling or Automatic Scheduling ?  A Microsoft Project Question OK so I recently made a nice video for a corporate client which can be found on In essence MS Project has two options for scheduling: Manual and Automatic.  These can be found in the Task Mode column. By default (and I suggest you change […]