An RPL assessment can be a quick and easy way to be awarded a nationally recognised qualification. In vocational education and training, recognition of prior learning is common practice but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the RPL assessment process is commonly known or understood.
The process doesn’t involve any study or course resources or typical exams or writing assignments (although you might use a case study or question bank to supplement your evidence).
RPL assessment is a very specialised way of recognising the skills and experience of a person and aligning those with the relevant units of competency within a qualification. Notice I said aligning with units of competency, not with qualifications…
What is a unit of competency?
A Unit of Competency is the smallest component of a Training Package that can be assessed and recognised. It gives a description of the skills and knowledge required to perform effectively to a specific standard in a particular workplace role or function.
Why is an RPL assessment aligned to a unit of competency?
Each training package consists of a number of qualifications that consist of a number of units of competency. You can be awarded the same qualification as someone else, for instance a Diploma of Quality Auditing, but the units of competency that make up that qualification might be completely different.
Qualifications allow you to pick units of competency that relate more specifically to your skills and knowledge or the outcome you want to achieve from receiving the qualification, so long as they fit within the training package rules.
We use units of competency within RPL assessments because they are the parts of a training package that contain:
- Performance criteria
- Required skills
- Required knowledge
Against these, we can measure your eligibility for RPL.
Let’s take for example the Diploma of Quality Auditing. If you have been participating in audits or helping to prepare for them in your current or recent roles but don’t have a transferable qualification to show for it, we can use RPL to examine your skills and determine your eligibility for the qualification.
One of the units of competency within the Diploma of Quality Auditing is BSBAUD402 Participate in a Quality Audit. To be eligible for RPL for this unit of competency you must demonstrate your knowledge of the elements and your ability to perform the functions under the performance criteria.
To do this, you can provide documents that showcases your abilities aligned to the performance and knowledge evidence dot points of this unit of competency which makes it much easier for you to know exactly what you need to provide.
The types of evidence you might provide here could include:
- Quality audit reports
- Audit checklists
- Risk management plans
- Compliance documents
- Policies and procedures
- Audit plans
- Emails and copies of meeting requests relating to your participation
- Meeting minutes including audit opening and closing meeting minutes
- Audit schedules
- Copies of standards against which you have been audited
Can you see how these documents relate to the unit of competency and come together to showcase that you have in fact participated in a quality audit or basically, you have an understanding of the audit process?
Instead of completing the activities, you are providing ones you have completed already!
You would then continue on with this process for each unit of competency you have selected that meets the training package rules for the qualification.
At Asset College, our assessor will provide you with a custom mapping document that will help guide you in the collection of your evidence.
Now that you have an understanding of the RPL assessment process, why not see what you’re eligible for? Take our Free Skills Assessment today.