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Q: How do I tell if my activity is counted as Skill or Service?
A: The Skill section is where you improve something for yourself.
The most important element of Service is that you are helping someone else.
Q: Is a first aid course counted as a Skill or Service?
A: It could be counted toward your Service section, because the purpose of the course will enable you to help others.
Q: Can I count umpiring as Service?
A: Yes, as long as you are not being paid for your work.
Q: I've looked at a web design course that I'd love to do for the 'skills' component but it's only a 12 week course. How can I extend this activity to satisfy the 12 or 18 month time requirement?
A: If your course instructor is your Assessor you could make an agreement with them to continue setting goals for you after the course has concluded and submit your work for assessment. This might be your own web designs, designs for local services and businesses, etc.
Similarly, if you enrolled in a cookery course you could invite your assessor over once a month to a meal planned and prepared by yourself. You could also consider enrolling in a more advanced course after you have completed the initial one.
Q: Some of the courses I've looked at, for example language and music lessons, are quite expensive. What would you suggest as less expensive options?
A: Look online for video tutorials, or check if your library has language learning DVDs or texts that you can use. Check out your local community houses/centres, library, council offices for possible courses.