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					   Guide for Application of
    Recognition of Prior
       Learning (RPL)
This booklet contains general information about what you need to do for Recognition of Prior
Learning (RPL). Please see your course advisor or Team Leader for detailed requirements.




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                          Recognition of prior learning
You may be eligible for a qualification or a partial qualification and not realise it.

Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may have gained
knowledge and skills through your education, training, work and life experience.

You could have your existing knowledge and skills formally recognised and gain credit towards a
qualification.

What is recognition of prior learning?

Recognition of prior learning, also referred to as RPL, is the formal acknowledgement of a person’s
current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred.

This is an important assessment pathway, particularly for people who are considering doing some
study. The recognition gained may considerably reduce the study time needed to obtain a
qualification.

Your knowledge and skills are assessed against competencies of the qualification you want to
achieve. The following may also be taken into account during your assessment:

    •   your performance in paid and unpaid work experience
    •   results from formal or informal training and education.

Usually, you will have developed and demonstrated your skills through a combination of your work,
learning and life experiences.

To have your prior learning recognised, you must be able to show that your skills are still current
and meet today’s industry standards. You will need to produce recent evidence of your skills and
knowledge. You will also need to provide contact details of people who can confirm your abilities.
These people might be supervisors or others in your community, who have seen your skills in
action.


What can be granted through RPL and who do I contact?

RPL can be granted for a whole qualification or for individual units of competence, or
modules of a course. If you believe that you can provide reliable and valid evidence – see
list below under the heading ‘Evidence’ - to support your claims, the first step is to contact
the Team Leader/trainer/assessor and discuss the process.




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       TIPS AND HINTS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR RECOGNITION

To have skills formally recognised in the national system, assessors must make sure you have the
skills and knowledge to meet the industry standard. This means you must be involved in a careful
and comprehensive process that covers the content of all unit/s or qualification/s you can be
recognised for.

Assessment happens in a variety of ways. Being prepared can save you valuable time and hassle
and make the recognition process stress-free for you.

Here are some tips and hints for you:

   1. Be prepared to talk about your job roles and your work history. Bring a resume or jot down
      a few points about where you have worked, either paid or unpaid, and what you did there.

   2. Bring your position description and any performance appraisals you have from any recent,
      relevant positions you have worked in.

   3. Consider the possibilities for workplace contact. Are you in a workplace that is supporting
      your goal to get qualified? Would you feel comfortable to have the assessor contact your
      workplace or previous workplaces so your skills can be validated?

   4. Think about who can confirm your skill level. Think about current or recent supervisors who
      have seen you work in the past 18 months and will be able to confirm your skills. The
      assessor will need to contact them. You may also have community contacts or even clients
      themselves who can vouch for your skill level.

   5. Collect any certificates from in-house training or formal training you have done in the past.

   6. You can speak with your training organisation about other ways you can show your skills in
      industry. These could be letters from employers, records of your professional development
      sessions, employers or clients in related industries or government agencies,
      acknowledgements, workplace forms (as long as they don’t show client details) or other
      relevant documents.

RPL Fees

       RPL will incur an administration fee. RPL fees are set at the same rate as per
       nominal hour for Government-funded programs and $5.00 per nominal hour for fee
       for service courses. There may be extra charges for courses with additional specific
       requirements.




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                             STEPS IN THE RPL PROCESS

Step 1 – An interview with your assessor
During this interview you will discuss your skills and experience and complete the attached
forms with your assessor.

Step 2 – Collect evidence of your skills and experience
Following your initial interview, you are required to provide proof of your variety of experience in
the industry. This may be from workplaces or voluntary work, and may include previous study.
   General employment documents
           brief CV or work history
           position descriptions
           certificates/results of assessment
           details of in house courses, workshops, seminars, orientation or induction sessions
           references/letters from previous employers/supervisors

   Other suggested documents (there may well be many others)
           diaries / task sheets / job sheets / rosters /
           hand-written documents (job cards, client notes, etc)
           computer-generated documents you have produced that show you can use software
           eg. letters, memos, spreadsheets, etc
           copies of equipment maintenance registers you have completed (eg. organising
           equipment repairs and service)
           financial documents e.g. invoices, accounts, purchasing, cash balancing and
           reconciliation forms you have completed
           documents showing interaction with clients (complaints, quotes, enquiries, etc.)
           documents showing how you have kept up-to-date with industry knowledge
           emails and letters
           checklists you have completed for specific tasks
           promotional material you have developed (flyers, CD, brochure, etc)
           evaluations or feedback forms
           photographs / video
           project work
           any other documentation that may demonstrate industry experience
Depending on the industry you have worked in, you may or may not have documentary
evidence available. This should not deter you from seeking RPL as the Assessor will work with
you during the RPL process.
You will also need to supply contact details of one or two work referees who can confirm your
skills in the industry.

Step 3 – Conversation with Assessor
An assessor will review the information you have provided (usually with you) and begin to
match up your skills to the units/subjects in the qualification. At this point, you will have the
opportunity to discuss and identify your previous experience with the assessor who will
understand your industry experience and conduct a competency conversation with you. You
will be required to answer industry related questions to identify your current skills.




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Step 4 – Practical demonstration of your skills
The assessor may conduct a practical skills test at your workplace (if appropriate) or at another
suitable venue. This again, is an opportunity to demonstrate your level of competence. This
assessment will be focussed on skills that are required in the qualification. Your assessor will
identify the skills that he/she will want you to demonstrate.

Further steps
After the assessment, your assessor will give you information about the skills that have been
recognised and whether you have been granted RPL. If you do have skills gaps, these may be
addressed through further training; discuss this with your trainer/assessor.


Appeals Process
If you are not satisfied with the final assessment decision, the right of appeal is available to all
RPL candidates. In this case, an independent panel will be appointed and re-assessment of the
application will be made. If you disagree with the assessment decision, please make this known
to the assessor and the appeals process will be explained to you.

Information on the appeals process can be found on the CDU Website:

http://www.cdu.edu.au/ses/student-complaints.html

The appeal must be submitted to the General Manager VET Business Improvement through
the Director of Support and Equity within 21 working days of the formal notification of results.




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