AHCOCM404 Record and Document Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community History

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The Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID 91800) delivering Nationally Recognised Training.

We have a commitment to helping people achieve their learning goals, in a fun and supportive learning environment.

The CMTO provides specialised industry training for anyone considering a career and employment within the community broadcasting industry and the wider media.

How can training benefit you?

  • A Nationally Recognised completion of a unit of competency upon successful completion of the course
  • Fun and flexible delivery of training and assessment by experienced industry trainer and assessor
  • Learning of new skills
  • Develop your existing skills further, or have your existing skills recognised with a nationally recognised unit of competency
  • Meet new people and gain confidence in your ability to record and document community history!

Who is this training course for?

This course is suitable for:

  • First Nations persons working on or with an interest in preservation and archiving projects
  • Journalists
  • Historians
  • Archivists and curators
  • Academics

What are the entry requirements for this course?

There are no entry requirements for the course.

What are the units of competency for this course?

The unit of competency is AHCOCM404 Record and Document Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community History

What are the Pathways for further studies for this course?

After the successful completion of this unit, participants will have the skills and knowledge required to participate in further studies.

The Creative Arts and Culture (CUA) Training Package does not mandate particular pathways to the achievement of qualifications.

However, the CMTO suggests possible pathways for community broadcasters to attain qualifications.

Please note: the CMTO does not deliver the Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Sites Work qualification.

Certificate III in Creative Industries Certificate IV in Screen and Media Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Sites Work
Community Radio Program Maker

Community Radio Presenter

Radio/podcast producer/presenter

Production coordinator

Audio editor

Digital producer

Content creator

Sound recordist

Audio narrator

Cultural heritage officer


Tour guide

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Site Officer

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Land Council Worker

How long is the course?

This course is delivered over a period of 2 days.

Each workshop will span for approximately 6 hours.

Students should plan for the following over that period:

Mode Approx. hours
Face To Face/Online learning 12 hours
Online self-paced learning 23 hours
Workplace learning 0 hours
Assessment 20 hours
Total 55 hours

How is this course structured?

The course includes the following structured learning stages:

Workshop One -6 hours

  • What is oral history?
  • Guidelines for ethical practice: writing an invitation to participate and informed consent
  • Preparing for the interview: interview techniques and questions,
  • Cultural protocols

Workshop Two -6 hours

  • Recording stories and how to use a professional recorder
  • Practice recording: interviewing each other
  • Concluding the interview
  • After the interview – reflections, storing the interview and uses
  • Summaries, transcriptions
  • Editing, making podcasts

Practical tasks to be completed to gain the qualification include:

  • Complete assessment workbook containing activities including answering questions re ethical practice.
  • Learn how to write a letter of invitation and informed consent to suit your project.
  • Use professional recording equipment
  • Complete an interview.
  • Keep a reflective journal to evaluate the interview context.
  • Each student will be given individual feedback on their interview.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Training and assessment will take place face-to-face.

The course is delivered with both theory and practical elements and is completed both in a simulated and real-life working environment.

Assessment is used to provide you with feedback on your progress and to measure your skills and knowledge against the training qualification requirements and those of the industry.

The assessment process will include written and practical presentations, observation and online participation and will require time for completing assignments, as well as self-paced exercises.

How often are the courses offered - transition statement?

This course is offered on an annual basis via an application process with classes being held at times which suit the majority of students.

How much will it cost?

CMTO training is subsidised by the Community Broadcasting National Training Project.

For fully subsidised courses, the CMTO does not charge course fees to participants.

We can also assess your current skills and consider applications for Recognition of Prior Learning.

For non-subsidised courses, please contact the CMTO via info@cmto.org.au for details of the currents fees that apply.

For all other courses, including courses which are customised to your needs, contact the CMTO office for fee details.

Other fees

For re- issuance of Certificates and Statements of Attainments the student will be charged $25 per document required. Payment for the re-issuance of such documents is required prior to the re-issuance occurring by the RTO.

How do I enrol?

Simply complete the following steps and you could be on your way to starting a course:

  1. Read and understand the information contained in FORM 22 Student Information Handbook.
  2. Talk with your station manager and trainer about the course.
  3. Apply for a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This can be done by going to the Unique Student Identifier website (http://www.usi.gov.au/ ). All students enrolling after January 2015 must have a USI. If you would like assistance call the CMTO office on 02 9318 9626
  4. Request an enrolment form from the CMTO.

Would you like more information?

Go to www.cmto.org.au where you will find out all you need to know about opportunities to learn more about the media!

Or you can contact our friendly team at the Community Media Training Organisation by calling: 02 9318 9626 (Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Download the Course Handbook here - FORM 129 Course Handbook- AHCOCM404

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