Inspiring excellence, transforming lives. This is the mission of the University of the Free State (UFS), one of the oldest institutions of higher education in South Africa. In line with its mission, the UFS now offers Advanced Certificates in Teaching (ACTs) in either foundation, intermediate or senior phase (English First Additional Language), 100% online. These programmes enable practising teachers to earn their National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 6 qualification conveniently on their computers with no travelling required. This qualification empowers teachers.Busy South African teachers can now complete relevant and required modules electronically – providing more flexibility in meeting personal and professional needs.Currently the UFS serves more than 33 000 students across seven faculties and three campuses. Prof. Daniella Coetzee-Manning of the UFS South Campus says: “Online learning presents an outstanding opportunity to conveniently and affordably progress in higher education and obtain advanced professional qualifications. It is a brilliant solution for adult students who cannot easily access traditional on-campus or blended contact programmes. “Against the background of the current situation of school education in the country, the UFS is mindful of its responsibility to provide access to teachers to improve their qualifications, while they are not able to travel long distances to attend classes”. The UFS is well prepared to assist teachers in becoming increasingly effective in their work in South African schools. Through continuous projects and long-term commitments to community schools, such as the School Change Project and the widely acclaimed Internet Broadcast Project (IBP), UFS lecturers understand and continue to address the unique needs of South African schools. The remaining starting date for 2017 is 6 November and the starting dates for 2018 are 22 January, 19 March and 14 May 2018. For more information on the ACTs, call the toll free number on 0800-982-167, or send an email to online@ ufs.ac.za or visit the website at www.ufs.ac.za/ACTonline. Alternatively, send an SMS or WhatsApp message to 082-548-2493.