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Becoming an Affiliate

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN ACS AFFILIATE? Find out if you are Compatible:

ACS is keen to find affiliates who are like minded and compatible. Are you:

  • Looking for a business that can either provide add on sales to an existing business; or a start up that can be operated just as easily from a home or a commercial site, kept on a small scale or be grown into a multi million dollar operation.
  • Passionate about QUALITY LEARNING and less focused on ACCREDITATION and RECOGNITION?
  • Prepared to work with our standard contract?
  • Prepared to join IARC (International Accreditation & Recognition Council) AND maintain your membership?
  • Willing and able to devote several days to “training” guided by our staff”  to fast track becoming familiar with operations, services and products? Preferably at our office (Australia or UK); or alternatively with guidance provided via skype or telephone.
  • Adequate manpower and financial resources to get started. Compared with other start ups, these requirements are modest.

 

If you answered "YES" to all of the above, please read on:

Start Your Own Distance Education School

    •     We supply the courses (550+ courses over a wide range of disciplines)
    •     Options for tutor supported courses or fully automated course delivery (tutors not needed)
    •     Option to sell e books as an “add on” product –developed to “fit” with the courses and published by ACS.
    •     Proven successful business model
    •     Very affordable buy in
    •     Massive market (some individual competitors turn over in excess of $10 billion a year)
    •     Support and guidance from a successful school in business 35+ years
    •     International course recognition
    •     Join our network of successful international affiliates
    •     Software updates the courses daily, automatically
    •     You can burn customised courses on CD
    •     Includes procedure manuals for students and staff
    •     Staff training programs
    •     Online Affiliates Room - with lots of support.
    •     Tutor registry –takes the hard work out of finding tutors
    •     Report on monies taken at the end of each month, and pay a royalty 30 days later

 

THREE OPTIONS FOR  STARTING UP:

The only significant difference between these two options is that we will provide more help initially , to get you established faster, and with minimal work on your part. The differences are shown below:

Option 1  Foundation Licence *NEW*

(For ebooks and 20 hour courses only)

This simple solution for a quick start up includes a template website, course delivery software, and license to sell our short courses and ebooks. Establishment cost for this package is $995 (+GST if applicable). Email kate@acs.edu.au for details. 

Option 2  Standard Licence

(For ebooks, 20 hour courses and 100 hour courses, with limited services in the establishment phase)

    • This licenses you to sell courses. A separate contract needs to be approved to license ebooks.
    • We can provide a manageable Template Web Site (in “.Net") to sell courses; but you will need to do a substantial amount of work writing and adding content such as individual course descriptions and procedures. This web site does not have the capacity to sell e books
    • You will need to develop or license a course delivery system (software) separately if you wish to deliver courses on line. Because your system will be separate, you need to maintain it yourself; adding course updates periodically.
    • You need to establish payment systems that work to process payments within the web site. (eg. Bank transfers/credit cards); and build the system into your web site.
    • Manual reporting of sales for billing (added monthly costs for you)
    • The initial establishment fee is only $4,950 (+ GST if applicable)

Option 2  Premium License

(For ebooks, 20 hour courses and 100 hour courses, with extensive services in the establishment phase)

    • Template Web Site –provides you with a "manageable".Net" site that has the capacity to sell both courses and ebooks
    • Basic information is already loaded onto the site to sell courses and ebooks (Only names, prices and a very brief generic description for each; but enough to begin making sales immediately if you have a customer ready to buy). 
    • Minimal other information is already on the site
    • Online Delivery System – We provide a unique channel for online delivery of courses. Using software written by our staff, access to courses is directly from a database maintained by our staff; but the technology will automatically re-brand the courses with each affiliates own name and logo.
    • Because you are accessing course materials from our database; rather than your own; you do not have the ongoing added cost of needing to upload revised courses into your database each time something is updated.
    • Note: You will need to expand, and if you want, change the minimal information on the site we supply, to create a uniqueness and optimise the site.
    • The initial establishment fee is $7,950 (+ GST if applicable) –but for this added cost, you are likely to become operational faster; and incur lower set up costs
    • Payment system built into site that can be connected to Paypal for example (once account is arranged by yourself)
    • Automated reporting of sales for billing
    • Optional initial “web optimisation” pack for an additional sum.
 

Find out more:

Call us: +61 (0)7 5562 1088 (Australia)
  +44 (0)1384 442752 (England)
Email: kate@acs.edu.au and tracey@acsedu.co.uk
Website: www.acs.edu.au and www.acsedu.co.uk

 Benefits

  • Start a New College or Expand an existing College
  • 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

ACS reserves the right to run background checks, and/or ask members of our affiliation network if they have any knowledge of a company that applies to be an affiliate. ACS is not obliged to provide a reason for declining an application.

Standard Affiliation Contract

  • The affiliate delivers the course.
  • ACS provides electronic copies which the affiliate can brand and deliver as their own.
  • ACS supplies additional support (e.g. 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 and royalties, please see our "Sample Contract" below under "Want to know more?".

Comments from Affiliates

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, Director at Learning Cloud

"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:
 

Learning Methods and Modes
Our courses are delivered via correspondence, online and e-learning. Read more on our delivery methods.

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?

Click on the following links for more info before registering your interest


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER INTEREST IN BEING AN AFFILIATE

Contact Information

UK:

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

Australia:

Phone: International: +61 7 5562 1088 In Australia: 07 5562 1088
Fax: International: +61 7 5562 1099 In Australia: 07 5562 1099
 
 
MORE QUESTIONS? 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 (e.g. 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 infrastructure 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, articles, 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 enrolling 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!

11.  How much money can be earned and what size does the business need to be?

There are some distance education schools with a product range not much different to ours (in size) that are generating billions of dollars a year in course fees from paying students. We have seen a number of affiliates generate in excess of a million dollars a year from licencing our courses, withing only a couple of years of commencing business. Typically, most of our successful affiliates however are generating fees in the hundreds of thousands.

There is nothing stopping you keeping your business to a modest size if you wish, or growing it much larger if that is your preference. We would consider anything less than $5,000 a month in course fees to be lacking long term viability though.

 
12. What is the simplest way to get started?

You can promote our courses and/or ebooks through your web site simply and easily; and earn commission payments from us when your advertisement leads to a sale. This requires nothing more than putting a button or banner on your site, that contains a click through to our site. This can take as little as a few minutes to set up; and requires no investment on your part. Everything including your payments can be automated through "clix galore". See http://www.acsaffiliates.com/v.aspx?id=22&n=Earn-Commissions

In our experience though; it is rare for anyone to earn much money this way.  We generally recommend our "Foundation Licence" as a far better starting point.

 
 
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