THE University of the Free State is the first in SA to introduce a 100% online platform for teacher training.The South Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) has become the first in South Africa to introduce a completely online platform for teachers to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT) in either Foundation, Intermediate, or Senior Phase in 18 to 20 months, compared to the usual 24 months. These accelerated, online programmes, which also provide academic and technological support, represent further opportunities for connecting teachers to essential professional growth and credentials. This programme will be done in conjunction with Academic Partnerships (AP), a company that has supported more than 40 universities in providing high-quality online programmes for teachers. In performing its comprehensive services, AP works as an extension of the university, transparently promoting the partner’s brand and adding cost-effective resources to extend a university’s market reach.This fully online programme enables teachers to advance in their level of learning achievement through increased knowledge, problem solving exercises, and practical applications. The skills obtained can be used immediately in the classroom and ACT completion qualifies teachers on a higher level.Students complete the certificate programme via a 100% online format, so no travel or contact sessions are required. There are no formal exams; student progress is measured through online assessments based on demonstrating practical application in the classroom. Applied competencies to meet National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 6 are organised into nine to ten consecutive eight-week sessions. These are designed to meet the professional needs of in-service teachers, and academic tutoring as well as technological support is included. Students can enrol in, and pay for, one session at a time. For more information visit the website at www.ufs.ac.za/ACTonline.