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Hi,

 

I have been living and working in Australia since February 2015. I have, however, been with my current employer since October 2016. My employers would like to sponsor me for PR, but since I have not been with them for 2 years, I require a skills assessment with Vetassess.

 

I have 12 years experience in my role, however I am not degree qualified. I have contacted a company called Get Qualified, and they said my experience can be transitioned/recognised as comparable to a Graduate Diploma  - http://qualifyme.edu.au/qualifications/graduate-diploma-of-management-learning/ . This qualification is nationally recognised.

 

This is actually higher than a Bachelor Degree (Undergraduate program). On Vetassess website, it says that in order to get a positive skills assessment, I require a qualification comparable or higher than a Bachelor Degree for my chosen occupation. So, in theory, if I get this qualification, would that be sufficient for a positive assessment?

 

 

 

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12 September 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Get Qualified Australia Pty Ltd (Get Qualified). The ACCC alleges that Get Qualified made false or misleading representations and engaged in misleading and unconscionable conduct in connection with its supply of services to consumers seeking recognition of their prior learning to gain qualifications.

The ACCC has also brought proceedings against Get Qualified’s sole director, Mr Adam Wadi, alleging he was knowingly concerned in Get Qualified’s contraventions. 

Get Qualified offers services which it asserts will assist consumers to gain qualifications such as a Certificate III in Carpentry from Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is an assessment process whereby students can obtain recognition for their previous work experience or prior study in order to achieve credit towards a qualification.

The ACCC alleges that from around 1 January 2015 to date, Get Qualified engaged in misleading and unconscionable conduct by:

  • assuring consumers they were eligible for qualifications when, in fact, the sales representatives were call centre staff who were not qualified to assess consumers’ eligibility for qualifications and were required to meet sales targets as part of their role
  • telling consumers that they would be entitled to a “100% money back guarantee” if they were unsuccessful in obtaining the qualification through the RPL process when Get Qualified almost always declined customer refund requests in circumstances where customers did not receive their qualification
  • using unfair sales tactics to pressure consumers, such as claiming there were limited places in courses when this was unknown to Get Qualified
  • insisting upon up-front payment, either in full or under a payment plan, and only providing important information about the qualification requirements and Get Qualified’s terms and conditions after payment was made
  • after payment was made, failing to provide the  service promised, refusing refund requests, and taking debt recovery action against consumers who did not receive a qualification and refused to make further payments to Get Qualified.

“The ACCC alleges that Get Qualified targeted vulnerable consumers with conduct that was clearly unfair and unreasonable, including providing them with false or misleading information about eligibility and refusing refunds,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“The ACCC alleges that since 1 January 2015, more than half of consumers that have been signed up and charged fees ranging from $700 to $8,500 have not obtained the qualification they were seeking.” 

“Consumers must be provided with accurate and all relevant information in order to make an informed decision about their education. This is a recurring theme that the ACCC is determined to tackle,” Mr Sims said.

The ACCC is seeking consumer redress orders, pecuniary penalties, declarations, injunctions, orders for the implementation of a trade practices compliance program and costs. 


Westly Russell Registered Migration Agent 0316072 www.pinoyau.com

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My apologies Its not Get Qualified - The company is Qualify Me - a completely different company and are legit

 

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If the Vetassess occupation is a degree-level occupation then you have to be careful. The requirements for degree level occupations are 'Bachelor or higher'. This means that the qualification has to be a Bachelor degree or higher degree for Cat A occupations. For Cat B occupations, you are allowed to submit a combination of a Bachelor degree and a PG qualification (cert or diploma, but only with an underpinning Bachelors).

A PG qualification on its own is not going to be recognised without an underpinning degree level qualification. I know this from experience.

Regards,

Richard

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Richard Gregan Registered Migration Agent 9905168, MIA 880

www.overseas-emigration.co.uk

Direct telephone 0131 625 6900

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