Thinking of RPL for 2019?
Recognition of Prior Learning is a process that is sometimes hard to explain – considering that each RPL application is different and each RPL applicant requires their own plan of attack.
When attempting to answer frequently asked questions from potential RPL students, sometimes there is just no definitive answer until the RPL process begins.
If you’re thinking about being recognised through the RPL process in 2019 – maybe this will help!
How can you determine whether I am a good candidate for RPL?
When you first enquire with us about RPL, we will ask you to complete a FREE skills assessment. This requires you to provide at a minimum an up-to-date resume and position description (if you are an employee).
These documents are then used to gauge whether you are the level of experience for the qualification that you are seeking RPL for.
We will always tell you that based on the information you had provided ONLY, that you may or may not be a good candidate for RPL.
Why do we say that?
Because we don’t have a crystal ball. Just because a potential candidate sends us a resume outlining their skills and experience, does not mean you will always be able to prove it.
Sounds harsh – but in reality, with the RPL process we require documented evidence from you to showcase your ability to perform all tasks and that you hold the knowledge required of you within each unit of competency.
We will always say – so long as you can provide the evidence. Meaning, you need to back up your claims.
How do I ‘back up my claims’ in RPL?
We want to see at a minimum 3 pieces of evidence that outline your competency for each unit. Keep in mind, one piece of evidence, for example – a business plan can be used multiple times as evidence across multiple units.
Ok, so what types of things should I be providing?
- Portfolio of evidence which may include:
- Prior qualifications, both accredited and non-accredited
- Employment history, position descriptions and performance appraisals
- Industry appointments such as board and committee roles
- Publications and journals
- Samples of work and other relevant documents including photos, videos etc.
- Testimonials and other references from verifiable sources
And then, we can help substitute your evidence through:
- Written or verbal questions demonstrating the required knowledge
- Case studies or practical activities demonstrating the required skills
- Projects based on real or simulated workplaces
There is a lot of different things that you can provide and most likely, you have a whole wealth of work you have done that can be used in the RPL process – sitting on your computer!
How do I know what I should be looking for?
When attempting to determine the skills and knowledge you should be evidencing – training.gov.au is your one stop shop. Head to the qualification on the website and review each unit of competency that you want to be awarded and the performance and knowledge evidence components.
This will give you a good idea of the types of questions you will be asked in RPL interviews as well.
Need to know more?