The Aged and Community Services Association of NSW & ACT (ACS) has announced plans to increase its scope as a registered training organisation (RTO) at the launch of its 2009 education and training calendar.

The comprehensive program covers a broad range of topics including management, risk, clinical governance, dementia care and elder abuse.

“We want to provide the knowledge, education and qualifications to help you bring people into the sector and then to retain them,” said the association’s CEO, Jill Pretty.

RTO and learning centre manager, Margaret Burndred said ACS has focused on meeting the needs of its members through its expanded program.

“We will be able to offer them a wide range of courses in accredited and non-accredited training areas,” she said.

“And we will now be able to serve them better in key areas like clinical governance and risk assessment.”

ACS is issuing a training needs survey to its members, asking them to identify the top three training needs throughout their organisations.

The results of this survey will be used to select future training modules for the association’s learning centre.

“We want to find out exactly what they need – it’s not about what we want to teach them,” said Ms Burndred.

As part of its expanded training profile, ACS has reached an agreement with the Aged Care Channel that will enable core competencies from the channel’s programs to be recognised as prior learning in some ACS courses.

ACS members have already received the training program and the association is currently emailing the survey to them.

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