Tassie students complete national qualifications online Fri 31 August 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Education and Skills Tasmanian students are among the first in the nation to graduate with qualifications in social housing after completing the training online. The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, tonight presented 20 graduates with their Certificate IV in Social Housing at a special celebration in Hobart. "This training was made possible through a partnership between the NSW Federation of Housing Associations (NSWFHA), Shelter Tasmania and Skills Tasmania through the Productivity Places Program (PPP)," Mr McKim said. "The NSWFHA Centre for Training in Social Housing is the first training provider to offer the full qualifications for Social Housing Certificate IV and Diploma levels online across Australia. "They are also the first training provider to offer recognised prior learning online for existing community housing providers across Australia. "Their programs are unique, as they engage the learner through social media platforms such as chat and discussion forums, blogs, online activities, sequencing puzzles and are followed up with a support specialist facilitator for each unit." Mr McKim said that the first PPP was successfully rolled out in March 2011, delivering training to 14 Housing Tasmania and eight non-Government organisations. "Due to the success of this first program, a second PPP was delivered to 16 participants and a Recognition of Prior Learning Program was delivered to a further six students," Mr McKim said. "The success of the two programs has enabled the NSWFHA to run with a third Tasmanian program, offering the Diploma in Social Housing, commencing in September 2012. "This specialist training has enabled the students to see a broader picture of the sector, its future growth, and in turn, enabled them to better manage their own career opportunities. "I'd like to acknowledge the contribution of NSWFHA and Shelter Tasmania in delivering this exciting training program to Tasmanians. "It's a shining example of Government and the training industry working together to make a difference in the lives of Tasmanians."