Your frequently asked questions answered…

What Quality Assurance processes are your courses subjected to?

Our Digital Photography Expert and our Digital Photography Basics courses have passed a rigorous process that looks at content, delivery and assessment models along with industry relevance and currency.  Online Camera Ed received a 5 star rating in these areas as reviewed by IARC. (The International Accreditation and Recognition Council). We are not an RTO and our courses fall outside of the ASQA framework.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Most students are able to complete the Basics course in 4-6 months, and the Expert course in 12 months.

What happens if I don’t complete the course within this time?

Our courses are self paced learning with no set deadlines so you can take as long as you want however we do require students to submit at least one assignment in a 12 month period or else we deem them as having abandoned their course.  Our course abandonment policy is detailed in another question in our FAQ’s page. Some people learn quickly. Others take a little longer. Some people have more time to devote to studies than others. You can take your time. That is fine by us.

From when I enroll, how long does it take before I can start my course?

Once you enroll and pay your course fee (or initial payment if you are on a payment plan), your enrollment will be processed. Your log-in and site access will be established within 24 hours and you will be up and running.

Do I have to do the Basics Course before I can do the Expert Course?

No. You do not need to do the Basics Course first. You can enroll directly into the Expert course. The courses are different. If you have a DSLR camera, the Expert course is the best course for you to do.

Do I need a special camera?

For the Basics Course, you can use any camera that captures a digital image, even your smart phone. For the Expert Course, you need either a DSLR camera or a modern mirrorless or compact camera with the required features.  Click here to check if your camera is suitable or find out more.

How long does it take for an assignment to be marked?

Assignments are generally marked within 5-7 working days. We don’t want to slow you down, so you can start working on your next module once your assignment has been submitted. You don’t have to wait until you get your results back.

What happens if I don’t pass an assessment?

If an assignment does not meet the required standard, that shows us you need a little bit of extra assistance with this one. Your tutor will go through the trouble spots with you in detail, giving you extra help where it is needed. You can re-submit the assignment when you are ready. This is all part of the learning process. Your original course fee covers any additional tuition and re-submissions as required. There are no additional fees or charges.

Do I need image editing software?

Yes as we are working with digital images, so you will need a software program that allows you to download and process your images. The cost of this software is not included in your course. We teach Adobe Photoshop, but there are other programs you can use if you prefer. Please be aware that our lecture notes and support are directed towards the use of Photoshop. Adobe has recently stopped selling Photoshop in a standalone package that you could install on your computer and this has been replaced by their cloud based subscription service called Creative Cloud. Please note that Adobe requirements mean that students enrolled in our Expert Course do qualify for student discounts on selected Adobe Software, however Basic Course students do not.  Adobe stipulate this to qualify for the student rates. Follow this link to the latest pricing information from Adobe –

I have not studied in a long time. Is the course difficult?

Do not worry. Our courses cater for people of all ages, experience and ability. The courses are written by experts. They are designed to gently ease you into study mode. They are written in a way that is interesting, fun and easy to understand, with lots of hands-on practical sessions along the way to keep you interested and help you really get into it. Parts of the courses may challenge you. That is all part of learning. You have our full support to guide and assist you every step of the way.

Do I have to attend any classes or workshops?

No. All of your study can be done online in your own time. How convenient is that!

Can I get VET FEE HELP to cover my course fees?

No. Our courses do not quality for VET FEE assistance.  However we have kept our course fees affordable.  You will find that you will pay far less to study with Online Camera Ed than you would at another college offering courses where VET FEE help is available.

In the Digital Photography Expert course how many modules is it delivered in?

Our Digital Photography Expert course is delivered in 12 modules in total.  The first 10 modules are compulsory and then you pick the other two out of our ever increasing range of electives.

What sort of things are covered in the electives?

Really great fun topics such as Light Painting, Water Droplet Photography,Smoke Photography, Situational Photography and the list goes on.  They are all highly interesting, awesome topics.

When do I have to choose my electives?

Our advice is that you choose them after completing module 9.

How do I progress through the course?

Online Camera Ed are competency based educators.  What this means in simple terms is that we do not let you progress on to another assessment if you have not achieved competency in the one you have submitted for marking. You can download the next study module but you should not submit the assessment for that module until you have received your marks for the previous one.

It is really important that any problem areas you may be experiencing are fixed as soon as possible and this is why we do not allow course progression until you are fully competent in what you have covered in the module you have just completed.

In photography, doing things the right way is really important so it is in your best interests to not take any short cuts in your learning.

Are you a Registered Training Organisation?

No we are not an RTO.  For a list of RTO’s please go to

Is your college covered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority?

We are not a part of the ASQA and our courses we deliver are independent of courses they regulate.  For people wanting to study an ASQA accredited course please contact the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Follow this link to contact them –

I noticed a big price difference between your course and for example TAFE. Why is that

Online Camera Ed has made a conscious decision to provide high quality, affordable, online photography courses so that a wide  variety of people can have access to quality training.  The reality is that a lot of people just can’t afford to do courses at places like TAFE and so we try and fill the gap that has been created by the ever increasing price of education. By providing our services online we can greatly reduce the overheads on things like real buildings etc. That is the main reason for the difference in price. Online Camera Ed is not an RTO and we don’t deliver courses that are covered under the ASQA framework.

What Award Documents do I receive on graduating?

All graduating students receive their official Graduation document (like a Cefrtificate) which includes our seal and our external QA stamp plus a full formal course transcript document which details the subjects studied and the marks achieved.These are sent via Australia Post mail.

Education providers often mention course abandonment. What is your policy on this?

At Online Camera Ed we deem a course as abandoned if a student has not submitted at least one assignment in the previous 12 month period.  This means the student is no longer registered with us and can not continue with their studies so it is like being expelled.  All money paid is lost and is not refundable. This is a strict policy so it is important for students to be working on their course until they finish. We assign a tutor to each student so if a student does not do anything for more than a year we essentially have a tutor who could have been helping someone else not being used effectively.

Your courses are self paced learning. What does this mean?

Self paced means you can take as long as you need to complete our courses. The only condition we place on this is that you must at least submit one assignment in any twelve month period to remain enrolled.  If you don’t do this we deem you as having abandoned your course.  Our course abandonment policy is detailed in another question in our FAQ’s page. Some people learn quickly. Others take a little longer. Some people have more time to devote to studies than others. You can take your time. That is fine by us.

If I enroll am I affected by things like Copyright?

That is a very interesting question.  Any work you create in other words images you take belong to you so you have copyright on them.  We have Copyright on this website and a range of things so instead of boring you with that here I will give you the links to our website pages that cover those type things.  All prospective students should read these points in any case as it is a great idea to have all of the information.

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