Josh Rennex is a man on a mission.

 Whether it be cleverly outsmarting opposition defences on the pitch or carefully planning for his professional future, there is a drive and determination to Josh Rennex that is refreshingly palpable.

 A young man with a casual exterior and laid-back persona, it is onwards and upwards for ‘The Man With The Plan’ since completing his Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716) qualification at the Stirling Institute of Australia (TOID 21132).

 Relaxed but calculated, polite yet competitive, it’s not hard to feel comfortable around a likeable young man with such a seemingly placid and gentle nature.

 But don’t be fooled by the friendly mannerisms and approachable personality, for behind the well-mannered, slightly vulnerable exterior is a highly organised, intelligent man with a burning desire to succeed.

 “I’ve always been pretty competitive in whatever I do,” Josh says.

 “Whether it’s playing lawn bowls on the weekend or trying to do my best in class, I just don’t like losing,” he adds matter-of-factly.

 That’s ‘The Man With The Plan.’

 Not surprisingly, Josh was an exemplary student throughout Stirling’s highly regarded and increasingly popular Certificate III in Horticulture program based at Noble Park.

 The one day a week course runs for 35 weeks in duration along with 120 practical placement hours, and Josh is quick to praise those who assisted him in complet


“The Horticulture course at Stirling was first class,” Josh says.

 “The facility is excellent, the staff are really accommodating and the Trainers are both current and experienced.”

“I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors, so it seemed a natural fit to study a course like Horticulture and ultimately build a career in the industry,” he adds.

 They are profound words from a bright young man with the foresight to know what he wants in life and perhaps more importantly how he plans to get there.

 Acknowledged for his work ethic, reliability and attention to detail throughout the course, Josh’s qualities and attributes would not go unnoticed, particularly by those who he impressed during his work placement with Citywide Landscape Construction.

 “The placement was initially set up by Stirling,” Josh says.

 “It’s one of the real positives of the course at Stirling – they actively help in finding placements for all their students which is fantastic because it can be quite daunting and overwhelming for some people.”

 “I really enjoyed the placement with such a great company so I thought it can’t hurt to ask if there was an opportunity to join Citywide on a full-time basis after I completed my qualification,” he adds.

 Josh Rennex is now a full-time landscape crew employee with Citywide Landscape Construction.

 That’s ‘The Man With The Plan.’



At only 21, it would appear that Josh Rennex has the world at his feet.

 Mature beyond his years, his zest for knowledge and methodical planning comes as no surprise to many, including his trainer at the Stirling Institute of Australia, Quentin Kirley.

 “Josh is a real go getter,” Kirley says.

 “As a trainer you see many students come and go, but you could see right from the start that Josh had something special.” he adds.

 It’s a glowing endorsement from a highly experienced trainer who stops short at wanting to single out any of his Horticulture pupils.

 “Josh was a hard worker from the outset. He had a definitive plan he was working towards and I’m not surprised that he has progressed so quickly since completing his Certificate III in Horticulture at Stirling,” he adds.

 So what’s next, I hear you ask, for ‘The Man With The Plan?’

 For a young man with a Certificate III in Horticulture and 12 years of experience as a lawn bowler under his belt, you don’t have to be Einstein to work out what may be next on Josh Rennex’s professional agenda.

 “I’d love to get involved in turf management down the track,” Josh says with a smile.

 “At the moment I just want to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can, but with my passion for lawn bowls and perhaps further education in the future, who knows, anything is possible.”

 That’s ‘The Man With The Plan.’

 The Stirling Institute of Australia’s Certificate III in Horticulture course is run one day a week for 35 weeks plus 120 practical placement hours at various locations throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

 For more information please call on 1300 790 265 or visit

Do you CARE?

YES WE DO! – If you love caring for others, then you’ve come to the right place.

Did you know?

One of the fastest growing industries in terms of employment projections is within the Health & Community Services sector.

That’s right and we’re talking about Aged Care & Allied Health.

Here are some things that you need to know if you are intending on changing careers.

LMIP Projection

According to the Australian Government’s Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP),
It is projected that:


Between Personal Carers & Assistants, Aged and Disabled Carers, there will be an expected growth of 39.9% which is equivalent to 168,000 jobs!


For Allied Health Services an expected increase of 29.6% or approximately 55,200 jobs.


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an initiative that will generate a need for up to 18,100 full time positions to be filled by 2020.

This is achieved with the assistance of funding injected into the scheme expected to be up to $5.1 billion by 2020.

This is achieved with the assistance of funding injected into the scheme
expected to be up to $5.1 billion by 2020.



The Stirling Institute of Australia (RTOID 21132) embodies a holistic method of education and training with a specific emphasis on the practical components associated with each and every one of its courses.

In simple terms, we strongly believe that the best way to learn is to experience.


Never is this philosophy more relevant than in Stirling’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance program (HLT43015).

‘Allied Health’ is a term used to describe the broad range of health professionals who are not doctors, dentists or nurses.

Allied health professionals aim to prevent, diagnose and treat a range of conditions and illnesses and often work within multidisciplinary health teams to provide the best possible patient outcomes.


Allied Health professionals currently represent approximately 30% of the Australian health workforce, encompassing more than 175,000 practicing individuals across 22 professions including Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Podiatry, Speech Pathology, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy and Exercise Physiology.

The Stirling Institute of Australia’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance program is conducted one day a week for a period of 30 weeks, along with 120 hours of practical industry placement.

The qualification best reflects the role of individuals who provide therapeutic and program related support and assistance to Allied Health professionals.

As a result of the extremely broad scope of Allied Health professions across the board, this qualification is particularly appealing

to anyone interested in pursuing a career as an Allied Health Assistant in health related professions either specifically or in general.

In other words, the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance program is suitable for students already with a specific health profession in mind, but also for those who are unsure, or yet to categorically determine which profession they wish to pursue as a career in the future.

Furthermore, the course is particularly attractive for first year students in courses such as Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Podiatry and Occupational Therapy.


For these students specifically, a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance provides a qualification and pathway to be able to work in their field of choice while simultaneously completing their ‘major’ qualification.

Without a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance qualification, such students are not qualified to work while they study (in their health related profession of choice) and are often forced to look for jobs in completely unrelated industries to subsidise their substantial university fees.

From a course syllabus perspective, having a clear and definitive emphasis on the practical component of this qualification is a non-negotiable pre-requisite, according to the Stirling Institute of Australia.

The provision of a first class practical workplace and health related equipment is critical, particularly in the delivery of hands-on units including client-specific physiotherapy programs, implementing injury prevention strategies, conducting group sessions for individual client outcomes and instructing fitness programs.

The current group of Allied Health Assistant students at Stirling are a classic cross-section of students from a diverse range of backgrounds and with varied objectives and motivations.

From Physiotherapy students to aspiring Exercise Physiologists, the group has been particularly impressive thus far throughout the program, and collectively speak glowingly of the course, staff and facilities at the Stirling Institute of Australia.

“The course at Stirling has been fantastic,” says Lisa (SIA Allied Health student).

Trainer Adam Heath with students from SIA’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT43015) program.

Trainer Adam Heath with students from SIA’s Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT43015) program.

“The teaching and facilities are outstanding, and we’re a pretty tight knit group so the whole experience has been really beneficial,” she adds.

“I’m currently studying Physiotherapy, and in reality if you want to work in the field while you are studying, which I do, you need to complete a qualification like Allied Health Assistance, otherwise you are essentially just a qualified Year 12 student.”


They are profound words from an intelligent young woman who clearly knows what she wants in life and how she plans to get there.
She is not alone in her plans to work in the same industry that she studies, and her sentiments are supported strongly by her fellow SIA colleagues.

“The primary objective is to get a job in the industry from this course,” says Georgia (SIA Allied Health student).

“I really like the content of the course and the method in which it is taught.” “Adam (SIA Trainer) has been outstanding and we are all really happy with how the course has been structured – It’s really interactive and delivers exactly on what we are all trying to achieve,” she adds.

Adam Heath, a senior trainer of Allied Health at SIA is quick to praise his prodigy of students and current group of Allied Health Assistance students. “This group of students is particularly well equipped to achieve exactly what the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance is designed to do,” Heath says.

“They are an intelligent bunch, with the foresight to know that studying a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance can only be beneficial with respect to what each individual is trying to achieve within their careers,” he adds.

For more information on Stirling’s (TOID 21132) Certificate IV in Allied Health course please contact us at

Released May 2018



The Scottish town of Stirling needs no introduction.

Best remembered in medieval times for the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, where William Wallace led a grossly outnumbered Scottish army in conquering its nemesis England, the infamous battle is as significant as any in Scotland’s history and successful struggle in finally gaining its independence from English rule.

The Stirling Institute of Australia (RTOID 21132) may not share the colourful history or drama of its Geographical namesake, however its position and relevance in the Victorian education and training sector is significant, and growing exponentially.

Now in its third year of existence, The Stirling Institute of Australia (SIA) continues to enhance its reputation as one of the most reliable and professional registered training organisations in Victoria.


Highly regarded for its diversification, flexibility and unwavering attention to detail, SIA deliver a broad range of qualifications across a variety of industries encompassing a widespread geographical reach throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

SIA’s courses are efficient in design and practical in method, run by highly talented, experienced trainers and reinforced by qualified support staff.

Qualifications range from Certificate I through to Diploma level, and include:
Certificate I in EAL (Access)(22250VIC)
Certificate II in EAL (Access)(22251VIC)
Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716)
Certificate III in Food Processing (FDF30111)
Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015) (Ageing) or (Ageing/Disability) Streams
Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015)
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT43015)
Diploma of Business (BSB50215)
Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB51915)
Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy (10177NAT)

The Stirling Institute of Australia has a clear and definitive emphasis on completion rates and employment outcomes for its students.

In its unwavering commitment to achieving this, SIA offer all students work experience or work placement throughout all of their programs, irrespective of whether the qualification requires It or not.

Not only is this an additional learning tool for students throughout their study, it is by far the most practical and realistic method of preparing students for future employment.


In contrast to other training organisations, Stirling meticulously review their students prior to the commencement of all of their programs to ensure they attract the most suitable students who are totally committed and dedicated to completing their respective qualifications.

Equally, SIA’s flexibility remains one of its strongest points of difference in comparison to other registered training organisations.

Innovative in their approach, Stirling’s philosophy with respect to training locations is consistent with their commitment to their students – if the interest is there, Stirling will come, and this is reflected by the numerous Victorian regional locations that currently incorporate SIA students and courses.

Stirling offers quality hands on training with a clear emphasis on the practical components associated with each qualification.

Their mantra of “We believe the best way to learn is to experience” is aptly reflected by the compulsory incorporation of a practical training venue or simulated lab at each of SIA’s training locations.


With a clear emphasis on health and wellbeing related qualifications, the importance of practical based training methods is as critical as it is effective, and the Stirling Institute of Australia continues to break new ground and be an industry leader in this regard.

SIA Director, David Youssf believes Stirling’s practical training methods and philosophy of aligning each and every student with the most appropriate qualification are two of the reasons why the company has flourished in its first two years of operation.

“We are strong in our belief at Stirling that the best way to learn is to experience – in a practical, hands-on, professional training environment,” Youssf says.

“We are meticulous in doing our due diligence on each and every student, not only to ensure they are suitable for their respective course but also to understand their needs and objectives and then developing a program that delivers on those requirements,” he adds.


The Stirling Institute of Australia is a rapidly growing training organisation providing quality education and training in a practical and professional learning environment.

For more information on any of Stirling’s courses contact 

Released May 2018