About Western College
Western College is a not-for-profit community-based organisation that contributes to the well-being of the community through the creation of opportunities for lifelong learning and vocational education and the development of educational pathways and services for members of the community.
Strategic Direction & Future
Overall, the college’s strategic direction is one of foresight and flexibility for a sustainable future.
The college will review its vocational scope of registration to build its capacity to service major industry within the region.
The college will strive for diversification of programs, revenue streams and partnerships, to optimise the services offered and insulate the college, where practical, from any unexpected changes to funding by governments.
The college will be flexible and innovative while consolidating, where possible, its previously successful approaches to serving the Orana community.
The college will continue to build the firm foundations of an experienced and engaged board, a skilled and committed staff group and a reputation for delivering quality programs.
Our CoursesAt Western College we offer a variety of courses for you to choose from. Be sure to check our events calendar to know what's on, or call us on 02 6884 2899 for further information.
Other Courses We Offer
Please contact us for further information on any of these courses and the complete course directory.
Board of Directors
Rod Crowfoot – Chairperson | Michael Adams – Secretary | Geoff McKechnie – Director
Frequently Asked Questions
You don’t have a course that I am after, what can I do?
You can provide us with your contact details and we can try and arrange a private tuition course. If we cannot provide a trainer for your particular course we will put you on an expression of interest list and contact you once we have something scheduled. You can register your interest in a course or make a suggestion for a course we don’t have via our Register Your Interest online form by clicking here.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept: cash, cheque, Mastercard, Visa and Bankcard
We do not accept American Express.
Western College have cancelled a course, what happens now?
Should the College need to cancel a course, you will be advised as soon as possible using the contact details you provided on your enrolment form. The decision to cancel a course will be made at a maximum of 10 days prior to commencement or a minimum of 24 hours prior commencement of the course. If the College needs to alter dates or times of a course and these new details are no longer convenient to you, a full refund or transfer to another course will apply. Western College guarantees a full refund (by cheque) or a credit note will be processed and mailed to each student at their request. All credit notes are valid for a period of 12 months and must be produced when re-enrolling.
I want to cancel out of a course I am already enrolled in, can I have a refund?
We regret that the College cannot be responsible for your change in circumstances. Please choose your courses carefully. There will be no refunds, except in the case of cancellation of a course. A credit note can be applied for if circumstances do not permit the student to attend the course, provided 5 working days notice is given. (NB: If you enrol within 5 days of the course commencing this will forfeit your right to receive a credit note). An administration fee of $10 will be applied. A copy of the Refund Policy is available upon request.
I have lost my certificate, can I get a new one?
Yes. We can reprint Western College certificates on site for a fee of $35.00, providing it was issued to you after 1st January 2010.
We can reprint Western College certificates prior to 2010 but the fee will be determined upon the date in which the certificate was originally issued.
How do I know that I have successfully enrolled?
You will receive a Confirmation Letter in the mail and by email to let you know that you have been enrolled into the course. Your confirmation letter contains very important information about the course, please take the time to read this letter carefully.
Do you offer any concessions?
Some of our courses are funded by the Government or other funding bodies and places are available to eligible participants. Eligibility criteria may differ from course to course so it’s a good idea to ring and check with our training services staff to see if you are eligible.
Do I get a certificate for my course?
Yes – all students who study at Western College will receive some kind of certificate, this can range from a certificate of attendance for non accredited training to a nationally recognised certificate for accredited training.
Can my employer pay for my course?
Yes, we will require a purchase order before an invoice can be issued, but you will not be enrolled into the course until we have received full payment for your course.
Can I pay by instalments for my course?
You can pay by instalments for full certificate courses only, all other courses must be paid for up front.
However, if you are on government assistance, you can contact Centrelink or your local job search agency for further options.
Can I have a Tax Invoice for the payment of my course?
Yes, please let the staff know upon enrolment and a Tax Invoice will be sent out to you in the mail.
Can I bring my own laptop to my computer course?
Yes, we encourage students to bring their own devices and use the Colleges wifi.
What is a USI and do I need one?
USI stands for ‘Unique Student Identifier’ and is a requirement when you enrol in accredited training in Australia. The USI is a reference number made up of ten numbers and letters that:
- creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, from all training providers you undertake recognised training with
- will give you access to your training records and transcripts
- can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere
- is free and easy to create and
- stays with you for life
You can create a USI or find one you have previously created by clicking here.
What do I need to know before I sign up for a course?
Before you sign up for a course, please read the following information on the Department of Fair Trading Website.
Can you reserve a place in the course for me?
To be fair to everyone, we do not reserve or ‘hold’ places in our courses for anyone. Payment must be made in full before your enrolment is processed.
Can I enrol today and pay at a later date?
In order to secure your place in a course, we require full payment upon your enrolment.
How do I enrol at Western College?
Contact our friendly staff on 02 6884 2899 and have your credit card ready
Come to Western College at 39 Cobbora Road between 8.30 am to 4.30 pm and pay by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card.
Download our Enrolment Form (582 KB) via PDF, complete it and post it to us with your credit card details or cheque to:
Western College, PO BOX 408, Dubbo NSW 2830
We welcome your enquiry about group bookings and we’ll work with you to tailor our training to suit your needs. Please phone us on 026884 2899 to discuss. Your group can use our online enrolment form to enrol however, each person must complete their own individual form with their own email address.
Please also read…
For further information on our enrolment process, please download our Learner Handbook.
How can I contact you?
Visit us at 37 Cobbora Road Dubbo.
Phone us on 02 6884 2899.
Or send us a message via our contact form.
What People Are Saying
What real people are saying about Western College and Alesco Learning Centre.
Firstly, I am a senior citizen and I have attended about 6 lots of Tech Savvy Courses for Seniors held at Dubbo since August 2016.
Although I have a reasonable basic knowledge of computers, I found the courses very beneficial and this enabled me to experience a much wider use of the internet. I have much more confidence in such things as Gmail; Apps; Podcasts; Facebook; Youtube; as well as buying online. The smaller classes enabled a more comprehensive coverage of each topic.
I would definitely recommend to any senior citizen who is computer “illiterate” seeking to use computers, iPads, tablets etc. to enrol in these courses.Colin Selwood