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To keep us at the forefront of innovation, we continually embrace progressive practices throughout our lives. Our office environment/culture is certainly not immune either. To combat the issues surrounding 'sitting is the new smoking' the entire office has switched to standing desks months ago.

Combined with the occasional lunchtime workout, and the 30 minute pushup timer (which comes around all too quickly!) all of the staff here at Ammonite also do Crossfit.

The old proverb, “Self-praise is no recommendation” is very true. So while we at Ammonite are passionate about the innovations that are being continuously implemented into the Ammonite TOMS learning platform and the automation of almost everything that can be automated, it is great to see our platform come through the rigours of audits from multiple organisations without any non-compliances and as yet, not even a suggested improvement.

RPL, we know what it is and we know the benefits to the individual and the broader society by acknowledging that a person’s formal, non-formal and informal skills and experience can contribute to a person meeting competency standards.

We know too, that up until now, it has been a cumbersome, inefficient process that has the potential to scare students and burry trainers in endless paperwork.

The one thing we at Ammonite are not good at is marketing, but really we don’t have to be because our most vocal supporters are our customers (and their clients). Whenever one of our staff has a free minute it’s not unusual to find them with a smile on their face going through the recorded webcam feedback provided to Inscope Training by some of their students who have completed their courses. Their feedback is just great.

In response to recent media reports which claim that overseas organisations are providing false diplomas from Australian educational institutions for up to $6500 each, the Chief Commissioner (ASQA), last Friday, reminded RTO’s that they have a responsibility to have “mechanisms in place to reduce fraudulent reproduction of its certification.”

Back in April 2014, we posted a video that shows one bulletproof mechanism that all but eliminates potential fraud. It is really great to see that this 'solution' has now made it onto the list of fraud prevention steps provided by ASQA.