ACS aims 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).
  • Willing to invest in adequate manpower and financial resources to get started? Please note that 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

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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: Agent Licence *NEW*

You sell our 20 hour courses (see full list here: and we deliver them, paying you commission on the courses you sell. There is no cost associated with the set up of this model. We pay you 35% commission on each course sold. The courses can be priced around $AU200+GST so provides a great return.

Option 2  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 for details. 

Option 3 Standard Licence

You sell ebooks, 20 hour courses and 100 hour courses, and are responsible for setting up your own websitewith limited services in the establishment phase)

Option 4  Premium Licence

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


Find out more:

Call us: +61 (0)7 5562 1088 (Australia)
  +44 (0)1384 442752 (UK)
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  • 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


What some of our affiliates say: 

"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?

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Contact Information

Phone: (UK Only) 01384 442752 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

International +44 (0) 1384 442752


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 (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. 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. This improves website rankings as well as differentiates you from other affiliates.

6. How are royalties paid?

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

7. 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 

8. 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.

9. 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!

10.  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 licensing 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.

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