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ou may be closer to achieving
your university qualification
than you realise.
The The Australian Defence Force
Higher Education Advanced Standing
(ADFHEAS) Scheme provides a pathway
between ADF education and training to
internationally recognised qualifications, including
undergraduate degrees, graduate certificates,
graduate diplomas and masters degrees, at 24
participating universities across Australia.
In signing the latest agreement with the
University of Wollongong on behalf of Defence,
Director General Defence Education and Training, Air
Commodore (AIRCDRE) Ian Pearson said that while
the early focus of the ADFHEAS Scheme was on
post-graduate qualifications, the current priority is to
provide opportunities for members to translate their
trade qualifications into undergraduate degrees.
“Members do not need to hold High School
Certification (HSC) or equivalent to participate in the
Scheme since the universities look at ADF career
experience and trade training when working out the level
of advanced standing offered,” AIRCDRE Pearson said.
“We have 14 universities offering pathways
for members to translate their trade qualifications
to university degrees and are currently working
with other universities in this area.
“We are also actively working at growing the
number of universities involved with the Scheme to
provide a range of geographic locations, a range of
courses and a range of delivery methods, ranging
from face to face classes to distance learning.”
The Scheme assists former and serving ADF members
receiving equivalent civilian recognition for Defence-specific
education and training, whether these be vocational
qualifications (Certificate III to advanced diploma) or higher
education qualifications (degree or higher).
The ADFHEAS contact officer is able to issue
Certificates of Eligibility for expired qualifications,
which will be accepted by the universities
participating in the ADFHEAS Scheme. These
qualifications may then count as credit or advanced
standing towards the chosen university course.
For example, if an ADF member has completed
their Logistic Officers Intermediate Course,
Intermediate Staff Course, Logistic Officers
Advanced Course and Intermediate Operations
Course, they would be entitled to a Graduate
Diploma in Logistics Management.
This qualification can then be used to obtain
advanced standing for a Masters of Business
Administration (MBA) at a participating university,
which may result in up to 50 per cent of the
required units of study being given as a credit.
Similarly, the Advanced Diploma Management
(Air Maintenance Engineering), which maps
advanced technical training, would provide advanced
standing in an undergraduate degree course in either
management or engineering, significantly reducing the
length of study required to complete this qualification.
“This Scheme represents a win for the ADF, a
win for participating universities, and a win for the
broader community,” AIRCDRE Pearson said.
“Along with the advanced standing received
towards their chosen studies, serving ADF members
may also be eligible for a study assistance package
through the Defence Assisted Study Scheme.
AIRCDRE Pearson said that members that
serve in the ADF for greater periods and who gain
associated Defence qualifications are likely to gain
greater advanced standing towards their studies.
“There has been positive feedback on the
scheme, including one case of a junior Navy officer
who had made substantial progress towards
completing a postgraduate qualification through
distance learning whilst on deployment in the Middle
East Area of Operations,” AIRCDRE Pearson said.
Details of the ADFHEAS Scheme are on both
the Defence intranet and the internet at: www.
A head start to uNiversity
AbOve: Director general Defence education and Training Air commodore Ian Pearson signs the
MOu with the university of Wollongong's vice chancellor Professor gerard sutton.
- Director general Defence education and Training, Air commodore Ian Pearson
This scheme represents a win for the ADF, a
win for participating universities and a win
for the broader community
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