PARTICIPANTS CODE OF CONDUCT
BEHAVIOUR OF PARTICIPANTS
Students must not act in a way that interferes directly or indirectly with others or that hinders staff from carrying out their duties. It is therefore expected that you will behave in a manner that is acceptable by your peers. If you are unsure about what is the right thing to do in any circumstance, you are encouraged to ask advice from staff.
Breaches of the Participants Code of Conduct have penalties that will be applied by BTWA. A student agrees to this Code of Conduct once he or she has enrolled.
As an enrolled participant you may be required to provide information that is confidential to that workplace. You must not divulge any information that you may become aware of as a result that affects confidentiality of a workplace. BTWA assessment tools are considered confidential. Breaches of confidentiality are considered to be an act of misconduct.
You may only copy materials in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968 and you must comply with licensees for the use of intellectual property, including software. Acknowledgements must be use wherever necessary.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
We totally discourage participation whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, where their condition adversely affects their own or anyone else’s safety, damage’s public image or property, or is in breach of drink driving laws (0.05 alcohol blood level). Consumption of alcohol on premises, other than at an authorised function, is prohibited. No person under the age of 18 may consume alcohol. You must take responsible judgment for drink driving laws of 0.05 alcohol blood levels being one standard drink per hour.
The possession, of illegal drugs or controlled substances on BTWA premises are forbidden and have a zero tolerance policy. Use or misuse of prescription drugs should not affect the safety of the student or those around them and has a zero tolerance policy.
- You are expected to dress in a manner that is neat, clean and safe at all times.
- Be adequately clothed in accordance with occupational health and safety requirements.
- Wear appropriate footwear at all times to meet OSH requirements.
- Mindful of common values such as decency, modesty and cleanliness.
EATING AND DRINKING
Eating is not permitted in classrooms environments. Food odours are very disruptive to the learning process. Only the consumption of water is permitted during training.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
We are committed to promote a safe and healthy work and study environment. BTWA recognises its obligation under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OS&H Act) to, so far as practicable, provide and maintain a working environment that is safe for all persons in the workplace. We all have a Duty of Care in the workplace.
Persons engaged in the habit of smoking shall follow the clauses stated in the current OSH Act and Regulations. We are committed to a smoke free learning environment.
Conduct which disrupts lecturers and hinders them from delivering education and training programs and services or other services in an orderly manner is a breach of our policies. Any individual or group behaviour, which is abusive, violent, disorderly, dangerous, and offensive or which unreasonably disturbs other groups or individuals is prohibited. Conduct, which constitutes a danger to anyone’s health, safety or personal well-being, including verbal or physical threats or threatening behaviour, will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behaviour includes:
- failure to comply with the lawful directives of staff acting in performance of their duties;
- damaging or misusing property;
- Intentionally providing false information or forged documents;
- physical abuse of another person, threatening behaviour (including stalking and bullying) that causes any other person to fear physical abuse;
- all items detailed in the Equal Opportunities Act;
- threatening the health, safety or well-being of anyone.
Note: Lecturers are authorised to suspend classes in which disruptive behaviour is occurring, if the offender does not stop the disruptive behaviour when directed to do so.
Cheating means gaining an unfair advantage by deception and is forbidden. All of the following actions are considered to be cheating:
- Allowing another person to substitute for you in taking an assessment.
- Giving or receiving assistance during an assessment that has not been agreed to by the lecturer
- Obtaining information about an examination before it is held, except for information provided by the lecturer.
- Handing in someone else’s work as your own.
- Using any sources of information during an assessment that has not been agreed to by the assessor.
- Altering the record of any grade or result.
- Giving untrue information in order to obtain exemptions from course requirements.
- Giving your online password to another person on your behalf to enable that person to log on and undertake any academic activity, including assessment.
- Copying from another person’s assignment or assessment paper.
The term plagiarism refers to taking and using another person's work, like written material, your own and failing to acknowledge the source. Even if you put someone else’s work into your own words or images (pictures, tables, diagrams) and you fail to acknowledge the source of this information it is plagiarism. Professional ethics and good academic practice, requires you to acknowledge and wherever possible, reference any material from another source.
Disciplinary Consequences and Penalties
- An authorised person may proceed against the enrolled participant as for a disciplinary offence and have the complaint heard and determined by the CEO if he /she is independent of the process.
- If the Managing Director or the authorised person referred to in (1) is of the opinion that the alleged offender has committed an offence the CEO or authorised person may impose one or more of the following penalties;
- suspend all or any of the privileges;
- exclude him/her from attending other lectures;
- withhold results or work due for assessment;
- expel the participant without refund.
Payment terms are 14 days from the date of the invoice.
To confirm your attendance and booking, payment must be received within 7 days of commencement of the course delivery date. Late payment fees of $15.00 will be applied to any invoice exceeding each 30 days from the date of issue. All debt recovery cost will be paid by the participant
Please note that there is no refund for “fee for services” cancellations. Course refunds are subject to participation, notice, non-refundable administration charges. Requests for hardship or specific events may be considered by the CEO where a portion of the paid fees may be returned excluding administration fees.
Funded programs are subject to special contractual conditions were part refunds are applicable to enrolled students.
Participation is considered to have commenced once a student has been provided the UOC learners material, class information and or assessment tool.
*As per BTWA's Student Refund Policy
A complaint is a statement expressing dissatisfaction with a product, service or action of a person that requires action or a response. Our Policy extends to dealing with student to student grievances. Complaints are handled in a timely manner and documentation is placed on the Customer Complaints file for levelled (3 staged) action plan. Stages are as follows; by the direct Assessor/ Administrator/ CEO.
We will endeavour to resolve any grievance or complaint within 10 days
All appeal will be within 45 days of the event and shall be in writing addressed to the CEO.
Fire, smoke and other
Leave the training room quietly if the fire alarm beeps, use the exits to the stairs and assemble in the eastern end of the carpark.
Refer to the “Evacuation Procedure Plan” in the classroom or at Reception.
RECOGNISED PRIOR LEARNING
The BTWA Recognised Prior Learning process has two parts:
This guide has been provided to assist you identify your key skills and knowledge to support your application for Recognised Prior Learning against the competency units within the building and construction industry.
Pay the unit fees, attach the application documents and attend the formal assessment (written test requiring a 100% mark)
Please Note: The RPL process still requires you to complete an assessment to demonstrate your skills and knowledge as well as having workplace experience in each unit of competency.
RPL is a great tool if you have extensive workplace experience and can validate it. This is not a 30 minute process and unless you have all of the requirements you are better off enrolling in the subject.
Read the details relating to the performance criteria against each unit of competence.
- RPL or RCC will only be granted against the whole unit of competence.
- Collect and provide evidence to show that you can meet ALL of the elements shown within the unit of competence. (Refer to evidence guide)
- Think about this because your assessor will, regarding your evidence
Valid – Does it match the unit of competency?
Sufficient –Is it enough?
Current – How old is your evidence? (Refer to note relating to currency on the following page.)
Authentic – Is it your own work and will your bosses allow you to provide it?
Knowledge test - Can I pass an upfront written assessment on the subject content?
Employability Skills – I am performing these tasks in a workplace environment?
- Where to get this evidence?
Certificates of Completion/Statement of Attainments of Formal courses or training programs undertaken;
Proof of paid or unpaid workplace experience for a period no less than 12 months;
Letters of validation (see Guidelines for Letters of Validation for details)
- When you have completed the above steps, collate and organise the information and return by post, email or hand deliver to BTWA your Training Organisation along with the payment for the subject fee
- Subject fees for enrolment are set by BTWA and will vary from the usual scheduled fee for training, according to your eligibility for RCC or RPL. The minimum fee is $300 per subject each application plus incidental and assessor costs.
* incidental costs will be quoted to students once your application has been received.
- You are required to participate in a formal assessment. This knowledge test (approximately 60min) requires a satisfactory demonstration of knowledge as stated in the subject unit of competency. 100% must be achieved to be successful.
- We will endeavour to complete this process within 30 days during our normal trading hours of business.
- Upon the successful completion of these items a Statement of Attainment will be provided:
Provided the evidence mapped against the self assessment of knowledge checklist for the subject.
Deemed have adequate knowledge by completing the formal written test.
Validation checking process has been completed on the authenticity of evidence
The assessor result
BTWA TEACHING STRATEGIES
Part of being an effective accredited provider involves understanding how adults learn best. We attempt to deliver education covering the basic learning styles so each participant has the best opportunity to learn. We also focus on basic adult learning characteristics, which fulfil the development of employability skills.
autonomous and self-directed. Adults need to be free to direct themselves. The lecturers actively involve adult participants in the learning process and serve as facilitators for them. Lecturers develop participants' perspectives about what topics to cover and let them work on projects. Allow the participants to assume responsibility for presentations and encourage leadership. Guiding participants to knowledge and supplying them with some facts that will help them reach their goals.
life experiences and knowledge needs to be shared amongst peers that include work-related activities, community responsibilities, and previous education. Most participants feel a better connection in learning to this knowledge/experience base. Lecturers help students draw out experience and knowledge, which is relevant to the topic
goal-oriented. Students enrolling in a course usually know what goal they want to attain. They, therefore, appreciate an educational program that is organized and has clearly defined elements. Instructors show participants how this course will help them attain their goals. This classification of goals and course objectives is done early in the course.
relevancy-oriented. Learning has to be applicable to their work or other responsibilities to be of value to them. Lecturers identify objectives for adult participants before the course begins. This also means, that theories and concepts must be related to a setting familiar to participants like projects that reflect the region and construction industry.
practical. Focusing on the content and aspects of a lesson most useful to them in their work. They may not be interested in knowledge for its own sake. Instructors must tell participants explicitly how the lesson will be useful to them on the job.