The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-06T00:56:31Z ACS Delivers Brand New ‘LearnHowTo’ Micro-Learning Platform 2019-08-06T00:56:31Z acs-delivers-brand-new-learnhowto-micro-learning-platform Media Release - for Immediate Release 6 August 2019   ACS Distance Education has just launched a brand-new learning platform aimed at businesses, professionals, students and anyone interested in personal development. Called Learn How To, this online subscription-only training site provides hundreds of short courses in a range of disciplines. For just AU$32.95 per month, subscribers have access to ALL courses. They can also view numerous educational videos to support the learning process. Upon completion of the course, you will receive an electronic badge to promote your skills. Courses are designed to enhance skills, fill gaps in knowledge, or get an introduction to an area of interest.   Each course takes between 1 to 4 hours to complete, and high scores on the self-assessment test at the end are awarded with a digital achievement badge. There are a huge range of topics covered. But there are no time limits. Subscribers get to study in their own time, at their own pace. What’s more, course content may be saved as a pdf or printed, so it won’t ever be lost. It takes about 2 minutes to enrol, and subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.    Visit the site here: www.learnhowto.com.au   Watch how Learn How To works here: https://vimeo.com/347217761   Be inspired... we love learning, and with us you can learn how to do all sorts of things.     For more information, or for business package subscriptions, please email us at: hello@learnhowto.com.au Gold Coast Business ACS Distance Education Celebrates 40 Years in 2019 2019-03-27T06:34:50Z gold-coast-business-acs-distance-education-celebrates-40-years-in-2019 Media Release- For Immediate Release               27 March 2019 ACS Distance Education Celebrates 40 Years in 2019 Family-Owned Vocational School Still Going Strong After 40 Years Starting out with nothing more than a printing press and a few ads in the back of gardening magazines, horticulturalist John Mason has come a long way. Often referred to as an educational innovator, John heads up Robina-based ACS Distance Education, a distance education school with a focus on developing real world skills in an ever-changing digital landscape. Since its humble beginnings, ACS has developed over 700 courses, helping students worldwide with everything from setting up a vegetable garden in the backyard to becoming a life coaches, landscape designers, counsellors, business owners, and many more. ACS Puts Students First ACS has a student-focussed approach, which is why we’ve developed our own custom learning system, and interactive career maps. Working at the leading edge of educational research, we believe in tailoring learning to the student. As a family business, ACS treats all its students as individuals – ACS academic staff are available to help students 5 days a week. Why Interactive Career Maps? The educational and employment landscapes are in flux. With its practical, goal-oriented maps, and self-paced learning, John believes ACS can help Gold Coasters find their passion and get into a career they love. People like Darrell Blackman, who says ACS’ Crisis Counselling course “enhances my skills in my job in the disability field.  One of the most pleasing things about ACS, is the flexibility it does allow in the way that you can lay out your assignments.  They are not pedantic about little issues; but [instead focus on] the core learning that you have gained”.   What has ACS learned in 40 years? Skills matter. Degrees look great – on your wall. Employers need staff with real world training and skills. Practical understanding and application are necessary across today’s marketplace, even for people just starting out. With new interactive career maps, ACS helps job-seekers find experience-based pathways into their dream job. There are no secrets to getting your dream job – it’s all hustle and hard work. Resume dropping, cold calls, volunteering – finding a job you love is all about getting your name out there and proving yourself. Follow the standard recruiter advice and analyse job ads. Then go out and network. Attend seminars and conferences, volunteer for non-profits, and get involved in the sector as much as you can. Capitalise on any opportunities you see. All learners have the potential to “make it”. There’s no such thing as an unteachable student. Everyone learns differently. If you’ve had trouble with traditional learning methods and classrooms, you might need to vary your approach. Some people learn best by getting out and doing; others need time to read, diagram, and take notes. Do what works for you. You have to advocate for yourself. If your current learning program isn’t working for you, be vocal about it. Get in touch with your school and let them know your thoughts and ask for help. At ACS, we adapt programs to suit our learner’s needs, which means everything from tailoring assignment content to offering exams over the phone for learner’s with special literacy needs. John is available for interviews via phone or at the ACS Gold Coast office in Robina. To learn more about ACS and our programs, contact Sarah at admin@acs.edu.au Visit our career maps here: https://www.acs.edu.au/advice/career-advice-maps.aspx ACS Releases New Course- Telephone and Online Counselling 2018-11-22T06:43:57Z acs-releases-new-course-telephone-and-online-counselling ACS Distance Education have just written and released a new 20-hour course in Telephone and Online Counselling. Increasingly, communication is conducted online and via the telephone.  People may be dealing with difficult customers, people who are in distress or stressed. We have developed a brand-new course to train people in how to deal with supporting clients or customers who are experiencing difficulties. Our new Telephone and Online Counselling course will help students to develop their skills in: ·         Dealing ethically with people in distress. ·         Dealing with difficult customers and clients. ·         Listening and paying attention. ·         Good communication online and by telephone. The great thing about studying our short 20-hour courses is that you can work through them at your own pace and put as much or as little as you feel you need to make the most of your studies. There are many opportunities to do extra studies to delve deeper into the topic if you need to. Upon completion of this course, you would be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Learn more about this course: https://www.acsbookshop.com/product-telephone-and-online-counselling-6039.aspx ACS Distance Education teaching people to grow food 2018-02-27T00:08:09Z acs-distance-education-teaching-people-to-grow-food ACS Distance Education has been passionate about teaching people to grow food for a long time. With a passion and love for horticulture combined with a drive for wanting to help people become more self sufficient or start their own commercial production, ACS can help people to learn the essentials of growing food crops. With the increase of the local food movement, people learning horticulture to grow their own food has also increased in popularity. Finding somewhere that will teach you the essentials and help you make your own choices on how you would like to grow your plants to suit your needs is also an important consideration. Whether you would like to become more self-sufficient, start your own commercial vegetable or fruit production, or even become a micro-business producing small quantities of food for a roadside or market stall, we have courses supported by expert tutors every step of the way to help you achieve your goals. Take a look at some of the courses that we have to help you grow food here: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/horti.aspx ACS Distance Education- Helping people learn 2018-02-20T05:50:56Z acs-distance-education-helping-people-learn ACS Distance Education has just released a new video on how our courses work and what makes our courses unique. This video provides an interesting snapshot of some of the innovative and interesting course options that are available for people who are wanting to learn something new. As our courses are flexible and self-paced, students can focus their learning for their goals. Whether the student’s goals include learning for more information to further a hobby or a passion, or for wanting to further a career and get some foundation or in-depth knowledge in the area, our courses are ideal for both. Watch our video on how our courses work now https://youtu.be/wxqtVyIKmG4   ACS Releases New Course- Building Renovation 2017-11-29T04:17:34Z acs-releases-new-course-building-renovation ACS Releases New Course- Building Renovation ACS Distance Education have just written and released a new 100-hour course- Building Renovation. This course would be great for anyone who wants to work on their own home, gain more skills for a handy-person business, building manager or even flip a house for profit and a new income opportunity. Building renovation projects may be large or small, costly or expensive, complex or simple. All such projects should be carefully considered with respect to these issues before anything is ever done. This course will provide you with practical and theoretical experience in renovating buildings. This course covers the following 10 lessons: Introduction to Building Renovation Projects Core Structural and Site Works. Replacing/Repairing Roofs and Floors Doors, Windows and walls Plastering Carpentry Reno Painting Plumbing Basics Electrical Basics Renovating a Room Upon completion of this course, you would be awarded a Statement of Attainment from ACS Distance Education, or you could add it to a module in one of our qualifications, a Certificate, Diploma or Associate Diploma. Learn more about this course: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/building-renovation-787.aspx ACS Releases New Course- Child Counselling 2017-11-23T04:13:47Z acs-releases-new-course-child-counselling ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new 100 hour course- Child Counselling. The Child Counselling course will help you to learn to be more sensitive to the needs of children, and more capable of interacting in a positive way with children during counselling. In order to counsel children effectively, a therapist needs to understand the types of problems that can affect children and how they might have evolved. Like disorders of adulthood, childhood disorders can, and usually do, have more than one cause. Also, like adults, these causes may be of genetic or environmental origin. With children though, we must also consider developmental causes since childhood is a time when children are continually developing: intellectually, socially, emotionally and, of course, physically. This course covers 9 lessons: 1/ Introduction to Types & Causes of Childhood Problems 2/ Assessment of Childhood Problems (including ethical/legal considerations) 3/ Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders I: Anxiety 4/ Counselling for Internalising Problems & Disorders II: Depression 5/ Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders III: Eating Disorders 6/ Counselling for Externalising Problems & Disorders IV: Conduct Disorders 7/ Counselling for Other Problems & Disorders 8/ Other Counselling Approaches 9/ Problem based learning Upon completion of this course, you would be awarded a Statement of Attainment from ACS Distance Education, or you could add it to a module in one of our qualifications, a Certificate, Diploma or Associate Diploma. Learn more about this course: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/counselling-children-788.aspx ‘Australis 2020’ International Garden Festival One Step Closer 2017-10-05T06:12:54Z australis-2020-international-garden-festival-one-step-closer-1 ‘Australis 2020’ International Garden Festival One Step Closer For Immediate Release                                     Thursday 5th October 2017 In an exciting development for Australian Garden Tourism, Australis 2020 is one step closer. The Association of International Horticulture Producers (AIPH) executive, following their 69th Annual Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, met with Australian Federal and State Government MP’s, Australis 2020 and Australian Garden Council representatives for a tour of iconic Sydney gardens and landscapes. The Australis 2020 exhibition was given full AIPH approval in Taipei. Australis 2020 is a 6-month garden exhibition to be conducted in 2020 and Sydney is the preferred location (once Government has approved the site). Steven Haggart, MD and Founder of Australis 2020, and Graham Ross, Chair of the Australian Garden Council, and Robert Reynolds, AGC Director, hosted the AIPH executive on Monday 2nd October to showcase some of Sydney’s most outstanding gardens. Following a tour of Sydney, Royal Botanic Gardens’ Calyx project and the multi-award winning Barangaroo Headland Reserve on Sydney Harbour, the delegates then enjoyed historic Bronte House, and stopped at Vaucluse House where they were joined by the Australian Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP. The PM met these key players who are organising this planned garden, environment and sustainability expo. Mr Turnbull expressed a keenness to be kept abreast of developments with both the AGC and Australis. The Australis 2020 exhibition is a great opportunity for Sydney and Australia’s wholesale nursery, landscape and garden tourism industry, as similar exhibitions in Asia and Europe attract tens of millions of visitors. For more than 6 decades, international garden festivals have been held across the Northern Hemisphere, attracting visitor numbers greater than the Olympics. These are the world’s biggest horticultural projects, but there has never been one held in the Southern Hemisphere. The AIPH is the peak international body that approves and supports these events and approval was for Australis 2020 to be held in Sydney from September 2020 until March 2021. To keep abreast with Australis 2020 developments, visit the website australis2020.com or contact Steven Haggart, Founder and Managing Director of  Australis  stevenh@australis2020.com or John Mason, Australian Garden Council Board Member agc@acs.edu.au . ACS Releases New Ebook- Fish for Freshwater and Aquaponics 2017-09-25T04:21:51Z acs-releases-new-ebook-fish-for-freshwater-and-aquaponics ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new ebook- Fish for Freshwater Aquaculture and Aquaponics.Globally, many different freshwater fish species have been successfully farmed, on a small or large scale. Choices are frequently be limited though by what is legally able to be farmed, and what is available where you live. Most developed countries do impose restrictions, banning some fish species and requiring licences to farm others.Get to know the fish that you can keep in an aquaponics and aquaculture system and some different features.This ebook covers the following chapters:CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION TO AQUACULTURECHAPTER 2 FISH BIOLOGY FISH ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGYCHAPTER 3 TROUTCHAPTER 4 CATFISHCHAPTER 5 PERCHESCHAPTER 6 OTHER FISHFor more information on the Fish for Freshwater Aquaponics Ebook or to download, please visit our website:http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-fish-for-freshwater-aquaculture-and-aquaponics-pdf-ebook-6027.aspx ACS Releases New 2017 Course Handbook 2017-07-18T01:49:11Z acs-releases-new-2017-course-handbook ACS Distance Education have recently released a new digital course handbook for 2017. Download the 2017 course handbook to learn about all the courses that ACS Distance Education has on offer. The handbook introduces our huge range of courses. With over 600 distance education courses covering such a wide array of topics, this handbook is an essential compendium for anyone interested in further studying on a personal or professional level. Some of the areas that ACS Distance Education courses include are gardening, horticulture, self-sufficiency, environmental studies, agriculture, psychology, health, leisure and fitness, hospitality animal care, science and business studies. Our distance courses are flexible to suit our students’ busy lifestyles, and our courses can be taken online, via correspondence or e-learning. Our courses are the result of continuous input from academic officers, students and industry over a period of more than 35 years. The input has come from formal channels (e.g. advisory committees, industry reports, student and employer surveys, etc), and informally, by alterations/improvements being made to course notes whenever an improvement is required. To download your free electronic copy of the course handbook, please visit our website: https://www.acs.edu.au/advice/course-handbook.aspx ACS Releases New Course- Biographical Writing 2017-07-05T05:23:56Z acs-releases-new-course-biographical-writing-1 ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new course- Biographical Writing. The Biographical Writing course is a 100-hour course that helps you understand the foundations in how you can go about writing your own biography. A biography is neither a diary nor a journal. It's more than a collection of ‘she did this’ and ‘he did that’. Although biographies are writing about life, it's more useful to think of them as a collection of writings about life events. What are the key events? How do these tie around a central theme or purpose? What's the difference between biography and memoir? What's biographical research? Who "authorizes" a biography anyway? Dig into how this popular form works with our new 100-hour course: Biographical Writing. You'll learn about different types of research, where to start gathering information, and how to apply the art of fiction to the craft of a biography. In the final lesson, you'll write a 2000 - 4000 word biography and receive individual feedback from our academic staff. This course covers the following lessons: Scope and Nature of Biographical Writing Researching a Biography Developing Context Short Biographies Comprehensive Biographies Planning a Biography Editing and Marketing a Biography Project – Writing a Biographical Story  For more information on the Biographical Writing course, please visit our website: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/biographical-writing-732.aspx ACS Releases New Course- Food Processing & Technology 2017-06-14T05:30:57Z acs-releases-new-course-food-processing-amp-technology ACS Releases New Course- Food Processing & Technology ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new course- Food Processing and Technology. The food industry is a vital part of the world’s economy. Food products are necessary to life, and advancements in food technology can improve nutrient density and delivery, lower cost, and provide nourishment to communities all over the world. Food is generally divided into two categories – processed or preserved, and fresh. While there are development processes for fresh food, such as the development of new fruit strains, a significant amount of new food development is in the processed and packaged space. Sometimes, this is as simple as repackaging a fresh food, such as offering green beans in a ready-to-cook format. More often, though, it’s developing a more complex processed or packaged product that meets a consumer need. New product development is an important part of any food business, from a small family business through to large corporations. Without products – and new products – to bring to market, business growth is more likely to stagnate. Most companies use a staged approach to product development. Being informed and knowledgeable about how to produce new products is just as crucial as is creating products that have market value. This course provides a foundation for developing those new products better, and minimising all types of risks along the way from product quality risks to health and business risks. This course covers the following lessons: Overview -Scope and Nature of Food Processing Industry The Role of Nutrition in New Product Development Chemical Processing, Preservatives and Additives Thermal Food Processing, Pasteurisation and Microwave Cooking Managing Health Claims and Other Statements Developing New Food Products (including Marketing) Packaging, Labelling and Storage Legal, Policy and Management Developing a New Product - Problem Based Learning (PBL) Project For more information on the Food Processing and Technology course, please visit our website: https://www.acs.edu.au/courses/food-processing-and-technology-721.aspx Root Vegetables Ebook 2017-06-07T04:47:05Z root-vegetables-ebook ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new ebook- Root Vegetables. Root vegetables from potatoes to taro and yams, are one of the most important food crops in many parts of the world. This book may surprise you as it explores not only the root vegetables you are probably familiar with, but also ones you might not have even encountered before. This is a valuable and unique reference for anyone with an interest in vegetable growing, from the commercial grower and serious horticulture student to the home gardener seeking to try things in their home vegetable garden that they had not previously tried. This ebook covers the following chapters: Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION Chapter 2 POTATOES Chapter 3 CARROTS AND RELATED ROOT VEGETABLES Chapter 4 TURNIPS AND RELATIVES Chapter 5 BEETS Chapter 6 OTHER ROOT VEGETABLES   For more information on the Root Vegetables Ebook or to download, please visit our website: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-root-vegetables-ebook-6025.aspx ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new 20- hour short course on Land Degradation, Restoration and Management. 2017-06-06T04:17:06Z acs-distance-education-have-recently-written-and-released-a-new-20-hour-short-course-on-land-degradation-restoration-and-management ACS Releases New Short Course Land Degradation, Restoration and Management Short Course   Our 20 hour courses are a great way to get a snapshot of a topic and start to get an understanding of the area in your own time. Sustainable land management is the key to preserving our natural resources in a healthy state for the enjoyment of all - for cultural, social, and recreational pursuits as well as for agricultural and other commercial uses, now and into the future. Where land has been degraded or its use is not sustainable, rehabilitation is required to improve or restore the land to good health and ensure future sustainability. This course covers seven lessons including the scope and nature of land management, land degradation and rehabilitation, managing soils, managing water, managing plants, managing animal populations, maintenance and natural regeneration.  This course covers the following lessons: LESSON 1 SCOPE AND NATURE OF LAND MANAGEMENT LESSON 2 LAND DEGRADATION & REHABILITATION LESSON 3 MANAGING SOILS LESSON 4 MANAGING WATER LESSON 5 MANAGING PLANTS LESSON 6 MANAGING ANIMAL POPULATIONS LESSON 7 AFTERWARDS Students can enrol into our course at any time and courses are self paced with tutor support available when needed. For more information on the Land Degradation, Restoration and Management course, please visit our website: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-land-degradation-restoration-and-management-short-course-6024.aspx New Biophilic Landscaping Course 2017-05-29T03:41:47Z new-biophilic-landscaping-course ACS Distance Education are proud to announce that we have recently written and released a new 100- hour course on Biophilic Landscaping. Biophilia means 'love of nature'. Biophilic design is based around the inclusion of nature in the built environment.  But it is more than just the inclusion of plants and all things natural. Biophilic design has an underlying philosophy. That is, as humans we have evolved in conjunction with the natural environment and we have an innate affiliation to it. This strong leaning to the natural world means that we feel better when we are able to connect with it. Since industrialisation much of the urban landscape has been constructed in such a way as to isolate us from nature. However, there is now growing scientific evidence that exposure to nature and natural patterns helps with stress, fatigue, attention, concentration, productivity and general levels of wellbeing. Through providing environments where people can have strong connections with nature, biophilic design seeks to provide the physiological and psychological health benefits to people of living and working in them.  This course examines biophilic design - what it is, and how it can promote wellbeing. In doing so it considers patterns and principles which underlie the biophilic hypothesis and also looks at other approaches to promoting healthy landscapes. Students are encouraged to use examples of landscapes, and components of them, as they work through the course and it culminates with them creating their own biophilic design. The course will be of value to those with an interest in landscape design, garden design, landscape architecture, town planning, building, and related disciplines, but it may also appeal to those with a bent towards psychology, environmental psychology and horticulture therapy.    This aims of this course are: Relationship between Outdoor Environments and Human Wellbeing Design Considerations Patterns and Principles in Urban Design Components of the Landscape Providing Services to People Affecting the Individual Affecting Environmental and Climate Conditions Assessing and Analyzing Existing Landscapes Integrating Biophilic Design into Existing Landscape Working in/ Improving Urban Development Students can enrol into our course at any time and courses are self paced with tutor support available when needed. For more information on the Biophilic Landscaping course, please visit our website: http://www.acs.edu.au/Courses/biophilic-landscaping-731.aspx