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Franchise Opportunity Starting a School, How to Start a School

Start Your Own Distance Education School

  • We supply the courses (400+)
  • Proven successful business model
  • Very affordable buy in
  • Massive market (some individual competitors turn over in excess of $7billion a year)
  • Support and guidance from a successful school in business 30+ years
  • International course recognition
  • Join our network of successful international affiliates
  • Software updates the courses weekly
  • You can burn customised courses on CD
  • Includes procedure manuals for students and staff
  • Staff training programs
  • Online Affiliates Room - with lots of support

What do our affiliates think of us?

  • Watch this video:

Find out more:

Call us: +61 (0)7 5562 1088
Fax us: +61 (0)7 5562 1099
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.acs.edu.au


  • Run OUR courses through YOUR school
  • Deliver courses by correspondence, online or on CD
  • Set your own fees and adjust courses
  • ACS provides marketing and IT support
  • ACS provides assistance with tutoring
  • Licensees market, teach and administrate

Who can be an affiliate?

  • Established colleges or institutions
  • Businesses involved in training who are ready to move into successful online training
  • Anyone who's ready to run a school
  • Any individual or company interested in selling quality educational products

Standard affiliation Contract

  • The affiliate delivers the course.
  • ACS provides electronic copies which the affiliate can brand & deliver as their own.
  • ACS supplies additional support (eg. advice, procedures, student room resources etc).
  • ACS is paid a royalty on courses sold; which is on the sliding scale, with the % being higher if only small
    quantities of courses are sold.
  • For details regarding costs & royalties, please see our "Sample Contract" below under "Want to know more".

Are We Compatible?

ACS is keen to find affiliates who are like minded and compatible. We expect:

You are prepared to work with our standard contract.

You join IARC (International Accreditation & Recognition Council)

You visit our Australian or UK staff for several days to fast track becoming familiar with operations, services and products

      Courses Direct Australia, New Zealand, UK and India are proud to be affiliated with ACS. Not only are the courses of the highest standard and quality, the student feedback is great. We highly recommend any institution to deliver ACS courses.
      - Shane Collison, Courses Direct

      "Partnering with ACS has given us the ability to greatly expand the range of course we offer our students. During our first year of partnership, the support and encouragement provided by the ACS team has been exceptional."
      Matthew Smith, NSW School of Massage

      “ Working with an ethical institution like ACS as an affiliate has been a very positive experience. I appreciate the fact that the affiliates are valued highly and any suggestions are taken seriously and acted upon.”

      Dr Ramana Panda, Director, Health Academy Australia

      "Warnborough is proud to be in partnership with a leading provider of distance learning programmes. ACS students obtain solid course guidance throughout their study programme. The bedrock of ACS, like Warnborough, is academic quality and attention to career needs."
      - Dr. Brenden D. Tempest-Mogg, President, Warborough College
      What do our affiliates think of us? Watch this video:

      Our Products


      Distance Education Courses     
      We offer over 400 courses by distance education which can all be customised for affiliates and run as their own courses.
      Distance Education Courses

      Online Courses
      Approximately 200 courses can be delivered as online with interactive self-tests, lessons and assignments.

      We offer over 400 courses by distance education which can all be customised for affiliates and run as their own courses

      E-Learning Courses      
      Approximately 200 courses delivered on a CD complete with interactive, lessons, tests & assignments

      We provide software & customisation of CD's for affiliates.

      Student Resource Room          Affiliates are given student resource room software, including an online library, virtual community and other facilities.



      Services we supply you with:

      • A license to deliver specified courses
      • Options to deliver with or without tuition, using paper-based notes or e-learning
      • Electronic copies of courses in a format that is readily branded as your own
      • Continuous upgrades (as courses are revised) through an online repository
      • Initial customisation of courses for CD
      • Unique Online Student Resource Room branded as your own
      • Unique Online Affiliates Room (includes a register of potential tutors -Find staff easily!)
      • Regular News Bulletins and updates are emailed to all affiliates
      • Networking and Business Opportunities with other Affiliates around the world
      • PR support (listings on ACS sites, copy of content for own use on web, media releases, brochures etc)

      Student Resource Room:

      This provides a virtual community online, giving students opportunities that mirror and exceed benefits previously seen as accessed in classroom education.

      Branded to appear as the affiliate's own, and offering a range of automated support services unique to ACS affiliates, including:

      • Student Directory, where your students register and list messages and contact details for other students to view and contact them
      • Jobs Board, where your students advertise for free -- seeking jobs or seeking employees
      • Online Library (most of the listed articles are unique to this library and are not freely available on the internet or in other libraries)
      • Image Resizer, allowing students to easily resize images for submitting in assignments

      Want to know more?

      Want to know more? Click on the following links for more info before registering your interest


      Contact Information


      Phone: (UK Only) 0800 328 4723 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      Fax: International: +44(0)207 6812702 In UK: 0207 6812702


      Phone: International: +61 7 5562 1088 In Australia: 07 5562 1088
      Fax: International: +61 7 5562 1099 In Australia: 07 5562 1099
      Check out these FAQ's

      1. Are there any specific criteria that you require from an Affiliate?

      We look for people who are basically of like mind to ourselves and other affiliates; and who have the capacity to make a success of marketing and delivering our courses.
      There is no point (for you or us) going into a deal if you are trying to do something with our courses which they are not designed for; or if you are heading in a totally different direction to where we are going.


      2. Could I create a portal for online training and market your training programs alongside training programs from other suppliers?

      Yes; but we do like to talk to affiliates about the options. We have a great deal of experience and have seen too many potential affiliates flounder because they make mistakes that we've already seen made before.


      3. How do you track the sales that you generate through affiliate sites?

      It is the affiliate's responsibility to track sales and report to us monthly. The contract allows us to send in auditors if we suspect foul play, but this is an unlikely scenario if we are working with people who are credible and ethical.

      4. I intend on creating an online catalogue populated with training programs, could I use your affiliate program to promote your training programs in this way?

      This is a complex question in some respects. We do provide a great deal of marketing support, and some affiliates do deals with other affiliates. We use our web sites and experience to help build affiliates' web sites too. We not only provide a product to sell (i.e. courses), but also help with formulating strategies for marketing, management, provision of student services and so on. It's a rather comprehensive support package, and we're geared to doing things a certain way. There's a lot of room for customisation & differentiation between affiliates, but there are also limitations to the direction which an affiliate can take (eg. we have seen affiliates wanting to repackage & sell courses as a mass market item, without tutor support at a budget price over the counter, and that concept simply does not work here).

      5. Could I set up an online shopping catalogue promoting your training programs with a link through to your shopping cart for order processing?

      We've had hundreds of approaches from companies wanting to sell courses on commission, leaving us to deliver them. We DO NOT operate this way. This simply does not fit our business model.
      We've developed a system that allows & makes it easy for affiliates to set up and deliver the courses themselves - we can help you set up your own school with very little infastructure or cost. This gives you much more profit; and is the model we are seeking to build.

      6. Would you have any issue with me using content/wording from your site to promote your products on my own site?

      We do allow this in start up phase; but encourage affiliates to differentiate from each other over time by customising the wording they use to their own business.

      7. How are commissions paid?

      Bank to bank transfer, either in Australian dollars or pounds sterling; either to our Australian Westpac account or our UK HSBC account. 

      8. What support do you provide for affiliates?

      Initially we insist on 2 or 3 days of induction to familiarize a new affiliate with the product, services, marketing, and support services. This can be conducted face to face in either Australia (Gold Coast) or the UK (Stourbridge near Birmingham); or over the internet using Skype.
      After this we provide:
      - Mentoring from the UK and Australia via skype, email or phone (certain limitations may be specified by the contract)
      - Support via an online (password protected) affiliates' room (this provides advice, aricles, artwork, a directory of potential tutors - so you don't need to advertise to find tutors, and more)
      -Access to course upgrades continuously via an online (password protected) repository of courses
      -News bulletins and reports, emailed frequently to affiliates 


      9. Are there any issues with marketing your training programs in Australia?

      Again, this can be discussed at length, but the programs are designed specifically to be relevant in any country, climate or culture. There are no particularly significant concerns; though there can sometimes be issues for the occasional student or with the occasional course.


      10. What recognition do your programs have?

      This is another issue that can be discussed at length. Informally, and generally, our recognition is extremely good. Once you get down to specifics though, the answer to this question is going to be different for every course, and different in different countries.

      We find that many potential affiliates assume that this is a critical factor.
      In reality, we have done studies over a long period of time to determine the significance of formal recognition and accreditation, and for our market/demographic, this issue is surprisingly unimportant compared with many other factors.

      Many of our qualifications are recognised by IARC. Some are accredited or recognised by government or relevant industry bodies. Others hold no formal recognition. Often recognition does not flow automatically to the new affiliate. Most accreditation bodies will approve a "specified institution" to deliver a "specified course". If a new institution starts enroling students, normally that new institution will need to apply for "approval" in some way, shape or form before they can claim the recognition or accreditation This is the same in most colleges with most courses and in most countries... so even if you get your courses elsewhere, you still have that same problem to deal with!


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