1. STUDYING WITH LTSA

How many hours per week do I need to be working or volunteering in the library to complete the course?

You need to be working / volunteering a minimum of 8 hours per week in a library. Obviously, the more you work, the more practical experience you get, and the more your studies are enhanced by your practical experience and practice. The additional work will also enhance your employability in the future. For info on finding a volunteer role in a library, go to Pre-Enrolment Info.

Do I need to be actually working or volunteering in a library to do this course, and why?

Yes. As part of your study, you will need to be volunteering or working in a library. We may require your supervisor to sign off on your practical work/assessment. The assessment tasks contain a practical component which needs to be completed within the environment of a working library, using library software programs and other library resources.

The aim of these courses is to provide a well-rounded education to prepare you for your library career and that can only be achieved by including a practical component, which involves working in a library. Implementing theory into practical assessments is the most effective way to learn something new.

For more info on obtaining a volunteer role and arranging a training supervisor, go to Pre-Enrolment Info.

Are there any prerequisites for any of the courses?

Prospective students are required to:

  • be enrolled in or have completed Year 10 or equivalent
  • be either working in a library or volunteering in a library for a minimum of 8 hours each week
  • possess computer skills and have access to a computer and the internet at  work or home
  • complete practical tasks in a library workplace and have access to a workplace supervisor who can sign off on any practical tasks

For more information on each course, go to our Courses page.

Can I start studying the Diploma straight away or do I need to do a lower certificate course first? I haven’t done any library study before.

You do not need to have completed any previous library studies to enrol in the Diploma course. You will just need to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment before your application can be accepted. However, it is important to note that the level of study is more challenging. For more info on our Diploma, click here.

When can I start?

Today! LTSA offers rolling enrolments, which means that you can enrol at anytime and start your studies whenever you are ready, as opposed to having to fit into semesters like other education providers. Study can be undertaken in your own time and at your own pace, to accommodate your work / life commitments. Check out our Pre-Enrolment Info first then you can submit your enrolment application.

Do you offer traineeships?

LTSA does not offer traineeships, however, we work in partnership with employers and trainees as the nominated training provider. We suggest you contact your local Apprenticeship Centre for available traineeships. For more information about traineeships, click here.

Can I study a library course if I’m still at school?

Absolutely, as long as you’re enrolled in year 10 or higher. It’s a great idea to get some vocational qualifications before you leave high school, as this gives you a competitive advantage by making you more employable. Refer to the Australian Government website for Vocational education and training or Department of Education and Training in your State or Territory to get more information. Click here to check out our Courses.

2. OUR COURSES

How is the course delivered?

All of our courses are delivered by distance education. A learner guide gives you all the theory you will need to study your course, with links to extra readings, videos and other resources on the internet.

The assessments are delivered in two parts, a written assessment and a practical assessment. The written assessment contains theory questions which require answers in the form of a few sentences or short paragraphs. The practical assessment gives you tasks to research or perform. Answers may be in the form of reports up to one page in length, videos or photographs, PowerPoint slides, brochures or screen shots of library work.

For more info, go to Studying at LTSA.

In what format are the Learner Guides and Assessments delivered?

As we are moving towards a paperless environment, all assessment tasks and all learner guides will be delivered electronically. Students will receive an email with a link from which they can download the learner guide and assessment tasks for the unit of study.

How many hours per week do I need to study to finish the Diploma in 2 years?

10 hours per week is generally all it takes to finish the Diploma. Our experience shows that this is an ideal amount of time in order to maintain a good work/study/life balance. To maintain steady progress and motivation, we do recommend that you complete one unit every month. For more info on our Diploma, click here.

How long does it take to finish a qualification?

This depends on the qualification you choose to study. Our qualifications are set up for students to complete one unit every month (full-time study load) OR one unit every six weeks (part-time study load). We want to help you complete it as quickly as possible. For specific timeframes, refer to the relevant qualification in our Courses.

3. FEES AND FUNDING

How much does it cost?

The course fees vary by qualification:

  • BSB52115 Diploma of Library and Information Services – $9,995
  • BSB42115 Certificate IV in Library and Information Services – $6,150
  • BSB31215 Certificate III in Library and Information Services – $4,950
  • CUA20515 Certificate II in Information and Cultural Services – $4,150

For students who are paying for the qualification themselves, payment plans are available. Upfront payments are accepted ONLY when the course fees are being paid by the employer or a third party organisation. Study material will be delivered after payment is received.

If you are experiencing any financial difficulty, please feel free to contact us to discuss, and we can work out a payment plan that works for you.

For more information, please feel free to contact us.

Is there any student funding available for study?

LTSA is a pre-qualified supplier with the Queensland Government, and can offer eligible students access to the Certificate 3 Guarantee Funding. To learn more, see here.

Do you offer FEE HELP or HECS?

LTSA does not offer either VET FEE-HELP or HECS.

4. COURSE CREDIT AND RECOGNITION

How can I get a Credit Transfer for subjects that I have already completed?

When you submit your Application Form, or beforehand if you wish, you can email us a copy of your existing qualifications and your Academic Transcript or Statement(s) of Attainment.  We will then be able to assess whether the subjects you have completed are equivalent or applicable for transfer to your Library and Information Services qualification. Once a Credit Transfer has been authorised, we will prepare a course quote based on the remaining subjects that need to be completed. For more information, click here.

I have completed some subjects from the old curriculum with another training company, but haven’t finished the course. What do I have to do to finish that course?

Unfortunately, it is not legal to enrol in an older version of a course when a newer version of a qualification/course exists. However, we can assess the subjects for which you have already finished and issue you with a credit transfer if that is possible based on the new training package. You should be aware that some older subjects may not be equivalent, and thus credit transfers may not be available. However, we may be able to provide Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if possible, if you do not wish to re-study the newer subjects. For more information about Credit Transfers and RPL, click here.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of recognising that you may be competent in an area of study or subject, regardless of how, when or where your learning occurred. You can gain competency in a subject or for an entire qualification through a number of ways, such as formal or informal learning or training, work experience, or general life experience. Thus, you do not have to complete a formal study program of a unit or subject in order to be deemed competent. For more information, click here.

Is your course accredited and nationally recognised?

Yes! As a Registered Training Organisation, we deliver nationally recognised qualifications. Our courses are based on the qualifications outlined in the Business Services (BSB) Training Package, release 2.0. Visit training.gov.au for more information.

We are also governed by and strictly follow the SNVR requirements set by Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and ensure that we provide quality training and education in line with best practice and government standards.

Our Diploma of Library and Information Services has also been accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

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5. EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES

Where will I be able to work after completion of my studies?

Completing library and information studies will allow you to have a rewarding and exciting career in any Library and Information Services work context. Once you have completed your studies, you will have many employment choices, and higher salary expectations in the following areas:

  • School libraries
  • Higher education libraries (e.g. Universities or TAFE)
  • State or National libraries
  • Business or Corporate libraries
  • Other specialist libraries
  • Museums or other cultural services
  • Government libraries
  • Any area where you manage large amounts of information
  • A company that provides products/services to the Library and Information Services sector

For further information, check out the ALIA website.

What types of roles are there and what qualifications do you need?

There are numerous roles in various areas and industries available to you, the most common of which are:

  • Librarians (undergraduate and postgraduate university courses)
  • Teacher Librarians (postgraduate university course + must be teacher qualified)
  • Library Technicians (Diploma level course)
  • Library Assistants (no formal qualification required – however any Cert II, III, or IV qualification would be highly beneficial and increase your employability)

Other roles include:

  • Research officers
  • Information consultants
  • Customer service officer
  • Community information officer
  • Circulation officer
  • Coordinator electronic resource access
  • Information data professional
  • Collections and facilities assistant

As with all employment opportunities, job vacancies vary over time.  Employment websites and industry organisations provide advice and advertising for a wide variety of vacant positions. We also often post job vacancies on our social media.

*Information sourced from the ALIA website

For more information about the industry, click here.