- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 11:30
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the process by which candidates may through the production of appropriate evidence have their prior qualifications, workplace learning and skills formally recognised. The evidence needed to confirm the candidate's competency must be:
- Authentic – the candidate may be asked to verify that the evidence presented is their own work.
- Relevant – the evidence must be applicable to the qualification.
- Valid – the evidence must cover all requirements of the unit of competency.
- Current – the evidence must demonstrate that the candidate has kept up to date with industry practice.
- Sufficient – overall, the candidate must have sufficient evidence to demonstrate their competency.
Why would I RPL?
The RPL process is designed to offer candidates the individual opportunity to reflect on their education, training and work experiences (paid or unpaid) to identify their full range of knowledge and skills which can then be mapped against a unit of competency or qualification. The RPL process may therefore reduce the number of hours required in training and assessment.
How do candidates apply?
Candidates seeking to gain credit through RPL must do so before enrolling in and commencing formal studies. Candidates initially submit an expression of interest to undertake their chosen qualification. Upon receipt of the expression of interest, a qualified Volunteering Qld assessor will contact the candidate to discuss their personal Training and Assessment Strategy for the qualification and in doing so will clarify the potential for RPL.
At this stage, the qualified assessor will provide to the candidate professional advice in regard to where the candidate’s knowledge and skills are suitable for recognition and where "gap training" might be applicable.